Here are the 10 best properties in market towns. From thatched cottages, to old vicarages we have a collection of stunning houses of all shapes and sizes.
1. Abbey House, Wiltshire
A late Tudor house overlooking the River Avon, this is a gorgeous property in a fantastic location. The house is in the ancient town of Memesbury (thought to be England’s oldest borough) and boasts spectacular gardens that have achieved international acclaim. The property is a substantial size with 11 bedrooms, perfect for a family or for those that enjoy entertaining. Available through Strutt & Parker for £3.25m.
2. Saffron Walden High Street, Essex
This lovely house on Saffron Walden High Street is currently owned by Michelle Thompson, the well known illustrator. She has worked on projects with the BBC, Reebok, Penguin Books and the Sunday Times. With trains to London from the local station taking under an hour, this property is within commuting distance. The house has three reception rooms, four bedrooms and one bathroom. Available through Cheffins for £700,000.
3. Vera Low’s Cottage, Northamptonshire
This quaint cottage, that dates back to the 16th century, has been extended and renovated and is now a substantially sized family home. Situated on the edge of Northampton yet overlooking the Althorp Estate, this property reaps the benefits of both town and country living. The house has four reception rooms, seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. Available through Carter Jonas for £1.345m.
4. Abbots Fee, Dorset
This Grade II listed townhouse is just a short walk from the centre of Sherborne. The property was re-modelled in the 19th century resulting in the beautiful classical facade of the house. This property would suit a large family with two reception rooms, six bedrooms and two bathrooms. Available through Knight Frank for £725,000.
5. Hailsham Grange, East Sussex
This former vicarage is a combination of the Queen Anne period with the Dutch influence of William and Mary, the result is an elegant, classical home. Whilst many period features remain, the second floor needs some work, an opportunity for the owner to exert their own style on the property. The house has three reception rooms, four bedrooms (with five further rooms in need of refurbishment) and three bathrooms. Available through Savills for £1.45m.
6. Patchwork House, Oxfordshire
This attractive Grade II listed house in the centre of Watlington is done up to a very high standard. With a walled garden, large patio, lawn and a barn, there is plenty of outdoor space. The property has three reception rooms, five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Available through Hamptons for £955,000.
7. Stanley Road, Lymington, Hampshire
This charming house blends traditional features with modern 21st century ones. Set in a partially walled garden yet with easy access to the High street this property affords both seclusion and easy access to local amenities. The marina and various coastal paths are also within walking distance of the house. Available through John D Wood & Co Price on Application.
8. St Nicholas House, Oxfordshire
This lovely house is set back from the Wallingford High Street behind wrought iron railings. As well as the principal house that contains three reception rooms, four bedrooms and two bathrooms, there is a self-contained studio with a bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and kitchen. Perfect as staff accommodation or as a guest house. Available through Savills for £2.5m.
9. Lubenham Hill, Leicestershire
This property is approached by a long tree lined driveway. This house was formerly part of an Arts & Crafts manor house and still retains many original features such as oak panelling and corniced ceilings. The house has two reception rooms, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Available through Strutt & Parker for £495,000.
10. Middleham Grange, North Yorkshire
Just off the market place in the historic town of Middleham, this Grade II listed house is a lovely family home set behind wrought iron gates. The property includes a cottage that can be accessed via the main house or a private entrance, ideal as staff accommodation or an extension of the principal house. Available through Knight Frank for £1.1m.