🏡 Homes for less than £500,000

5 April 2024

The getaway

Located in St Tudy, a Cornish village just inland from Padstow, this Grade-II listed cottage has been lovingly restored with exposed lime plaster walls, stripped floorboards and a white-painted timber-beamed ceiling. It comes with a wood-burning stove, internal archway, and plenty of canny storage spots. Exeter is a 90-minute drive, with trains to London in three hours. £380,000.

The apartment

This two-bedroom flat on the top floor of an art deco apartment building in south London has been meticulously renovated to preserve its 1930s design. It benefits from a dormer window, oak worktops and a central fireplace, with original features including picture rails and beautifully aged brass door handles. Streatham Hill station is a five-minute walk. £425,000.

The schoolhouse

Set in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains on the west coast of Wales, this converted schoolhouse is tucked into a wooded vale facing the seafront. The three-bedroom home comes with a terrace and multi-level garden, and has charming interior features including double-height vaulted ceilings, groove panelling and an original slate fireplace. Carmarthen station is a 45-minute drive, with trains to London in four hours. £475,000.

The chateau

Sitting on a hectare of parkland, this farmhouse on the edge of the Sicilian city of Palermo requires renovation. The six-bedroom property is arranged over four storeys, complete with a mezzanine and a charming turret overlooking the Italian countryside. It boasts finely frescoed vaulted ceilings, geometric terracotta flooring and a set of Billiemi marble steps. Palermo airport is an hour away. £307,000.

The townhouse

This 19th-century townhouse is near the centre of Stroud, with views over the surrounding Cotswolds valleys. It unfolds over three floors, with features including original sash windows and a façade rendered in deep blue. As well as a herbaceous front lawn, it has a rear walled garden containing a wisteria-clad pergola. Stroud station is a 10-minute walk, with trains to London in 90 minutes. £400,000.

The mill

Positioned in a nature reserve just north of Dundee, this family home is a stone’s throw from the sandy beaches and red cliffs of the Angus coastline. Interior details include oak flooring, cornicing and beamed ceilings. It comes with an adjoining 19th century mill which unfolds over three storeys and could be developed into an extension. Edinburgh is around 1hr 45mins by car. £400,000.

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