Derelict, dirty and dingy are how you would describe most auction properties – which is why I was surprised to find this collection of delightful chocolate box cottages going under the hammer. All have been refurbished and are ready to move in to.
So if you’ve ever fancied a period cottage at a knock down price take a look at these period charmers which will soon be for sale in the auction room:
The White House, Pewsey, Wiltshire
This detached Grade II listed 2-3 bedroom cottage just oozes old worldly charm. Dating from 1680 it is full of character with a delightful garden, garage and views to the Alton Barnes White Horse. The house has been sympathetically restored and has many period features which means you can just move in!
The cottage is well located in a pretty hamlet in Honeystreet which lies in Pewsey Vale alongside the Kennett and Avon Canal with far reaching countryside views. The village is conveniently located about 5 miles from Pewsey and 7 miles from Devizes. Pewsey has a railway station with services to London Paddington. The M4 motorway lies to the north and A303 lies to the south.
For more information: Countrywide
The Cottage, Cuddington, Buckinghamshire
This pretty Grade II listed two bedroom thatched cottage is steeped in history and also has the additional benefit of a one bedroom former school. The cottage is believed to date back to the 18th century and the property has been improved by the current owners who have owned it for over 30 years. County archaeologists have also looked into the history and there is believed to be the site of a Roman barbeque in the sitting room along with a priest hole! Adjacent to the cottage is The Penny School which is currently a one bedroom annexe with the garage to the front which also has a studio above it.
The cottage is located in Cuddington, which is a popular and sought after village on the borders of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Thame, Aylesbury and Oxford are all within easy reach and Thame and Haddenham Parkway station is are two miles away offering quick links to London.
For more information: Countrywide
Sweet Apple Cottage, Nash, Buckinghamshire
This charming period cottage has been fully refurbished and offers good accommodation, well tended gardens and a detached garage. The ground floor offers a triple aspect sitting room with feature fireplace, another feature fireplace in the double aspect dining room plus a newly fitted kitchen. On the first floor there are three bedrooms along with a contemporary bathroom.
Nash is a popular north Bucks village located less than 5 miles from Milton Keynes which offers a wealth of facilities plus fast trains to London.
For more information: Auction House Beds & Bucks
Little Hawley, Axminster, Devon
Idyllically situated in a secluded location this 3 bedroom Grade II listed detached thatched cottage is built of solid stone under a mainly thatched roof (newly thatched!). The cottage has been fully renovated by the current owners and offers a cosy home in a ‘tucked away’ setting.
Situated in a secluded rural position in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hawley Bottom is a small hamlet with a scattering of individual properties in the parish of Dalwood. This village has a Church, Inn and locally run Post Office/Stores. Further amenities are available at the country town of Axminster 4 miles which also has a mainline railway station on the London Waterloo line.
For more information: Symonds & Sampson