These gorgeous homes would make the perfect romantic setting for Valentine’s Day this year. Forget cheap chocolates and prosecco, let your other half show you they love you with one of these lovely country cottages…
1. Raybrook Cottage, Gloucestershire
Cottages don’t get sweeter than this. Made of Cotswold Stone, this listed cottage has charming and quaint interiors (including original beams and an Aga), a pretty south facing garden and a gravel drive. With three bedrooms, it’s perfect for young families or first-time buyers. Available through Butler Sherborn.
2. Spains Hall, Essex
This romantic and impressive property is on the market for the first time in more than 250 years. With seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and seven reception rooms, this is an extensive family home, perfect for fans of hosting. Spains Hall also has 70 acres of land with stabling, an 18th-century coach house and dovecote. It’s also very Jane Austen. Available through Strutt & Parker for £6m.
3. Sandford House, Tetbury
Another charming Cotswold stone property, Sandford House is a large family home, with seven bedrooms, four recpeiton rooms and four bathrooms, as well as a swimming pool and large garden of 2.9 acres. Its location couldn’t be more idyllic in front of a sweet river and bridge. Available through Knight Frank for £1.75m.
4. Ash Tree Cottage, London
This pretty cottage can be found in Mount Gardens, on Sydenham Hill, although it would look just as at home in the middle of the countryside. The Georgian fronted cottage dates back to 1812, and has four bedrooms, five reception rooms and a lovely garden (a rarity in London). The interiors are simple and elegant, ready for you to make with it what you will – the perfect project property. Available through Harvey & Wheeler for £1.595m.
5. Summer House, Gloucestershire
Located in an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, is Summer House, a grade II listed two-bed home. Nothing could be more romantic than gazing over the rolling hills from this 18th-century home, with a roaring fire. Available through Knight Frank for £990,000.
6. Bishops House, Devon
This medieval cobbled stone thatched property is postcard pretty and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Its cosy interiors are peppered with original features, beams, doors and stone walls. The home is set in the sweet town of Chagford, which has been listed as one of the most sought after locations in the UK. Available through Strutt & Parker for £675,000.
7. The Dower House, Cheltenham
A Queen Anne style home, The Dower House dates back to 1703. With newly refurbished interiors and a separate self-contained flat, this Cotswold property is romantic and well presented. There’s also a detached stone coach house with further accommodation for guests. Available through Knight Frank for £925,000.
8. Layer-De-La-Haye, Colchester
Overlooking a garden and lake (designed by one of the exhibitors of the Chelsea Flower Show in the 1940s or 50s) this five-bed property as picturesque as it is idyllic. The interiors have lovely original features to boot.Available through Fenn Wright for £1.35m.
9. Park Stile, Buckinghamshire
If you live on Love Hill lane, your home had better be pretty romantic – thankfully, Park Stile is enchanting. This country Queen Anne home is perfect for large families with seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, four reception rooms and nearly five acres of land. There’s even a secluded second floor ideal for teenage living. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2.4m.
10. Forest Way, Essex
This cute and cosy Grade II listed cottage in Essex, has an adorable kitchen and quaint interiors with plenty of original features. There’s also a small but lovely garden outside too. Available through John D Wood & Co for £550,000.