Looking for a new place to live? Little beats a cosy cottage with a few stables and lush paddocks. From Scotland to Devon, here are seven idyllic cottages for sale where you can enjoy life in the country.
Dating from the early 18th-century, Grade II-listed North Farm (also pictured at the top of the page) has bags of period charm. Behind the traditional stone façade are airy interiors full of original features, including beamed ceilings, exposed stonework, and flagstone or reclaimed hardwood floors. An exposed stone arch tops the landing leading to the bedrooms, two of which have vaulted ceilings, painted stone walls and long views of the beautiful garden, with its topiaries, vegetable patch and apple, walnut and Kentish cob trees.
The yard has three traditional loose boxes and gated access to the paddocks. The land totals five acres of grounds, native woodland and meadows.
Agent: Finest Properties, 01434 622234.
Perfect for two horsey families looking to share the cost of buying an equestrian property, Netherton comes with a five-bedroom main house and an ancillary gatehouse with three bedrooms. Behind the main home’s traditional, stone-clad façade hide bright, contemporary interiors — the open plan living area, in particular, flows seamlessly from the reception area with feature wood burner to the cutting-edge kitchen with glass roof.
Outside, the lush gardens, studded with mature trees, have a pond and an outdoor seating area with fire pit. Opposite the house is a barn that’s currently used for storage, while the stables are situated off the drive. Just down the road is a three-acre field, split into two paddocks with running water.
Agent: Marchand Petit, 01548 857588.
The glorious Herefordshire countryside stretches at the foot of this delightful climber-clad cottage, which enjoys long rural views from all the main rooms. But the interiors rival with the panorama, with plenty of charming details, including exposed beams and stone walls, flagstone floors and an original stone cider press.
The house opens onto the pretty landscaped gardens, dotted with mature trees, and onto the stable yard — you get a clear view of the arena from the patio. The equestrian facilities include a block of seven stables with hay store, a 40-metre x 20-metre all-weather arena, a Monarch covered four-horse walker and store sheds. The land extends to nine acres of grounds and post-and-rail-fenced paddocks with water and three field shelters.
Agent: Fox Grant, 01432 367802.
With pretty white weatherboards under a clay tiled roof, this Essex farmhouse, which dates from the early 17th century and is listed Grade II, is as pretty as it gets. The interiors are heavily beamed with two massive Inglenook fireplaces, one in the sitting room and the other in the dining room.
Mature gardens surround the house. A driveway leads to the yard, which has stabling for three (including a corner foaling box), tack room and hay barn. Beyond the stables are the all-weather, 40-metre by 20-metre manège and the paddocks. The land total 3.3 acres.
Agent: Zoe Napier Country & Equestrian, 01621 840333.
Dating from the 18th century, Grade II-listed Catherton Farmhouse has has plenty of interesting details — think vast fireplaces, feature stone walls, chunky beams and a four-oven Aga in the kitchen. The windows look out across the pretty gardens to the neighbouring countryside. Behind the house is a leisure complex with an indoor swimming pool.
The yard has seven stables, three pony stables and a feed room, plus a large stone barn housing a covered tie-up and wash down area for horses and a secure tack room. Two additional stables are situated on a four-bay Dutch barn situated to the side of the 36-metre by 20-metre floodlit manège.
For sale in two lots, Catherton Farmhouse comes with either 8.3 acres or 15 acres of paddocks and grounds.
Agent: Strutt & Parker, 01584 873711.
More a country estate than a cottage, Strawberry Hill Farm comes with a massive 173.5 acres of land but the Grade II-listed house, which has four bedrooms, is of manageable size. Additional accommodation is available in a separate bungalow.
Outside are several outbuildings—from a cattle yard to a Sussex barn and an Oast house, some of which have plenty of equestrian potential. Best of all, you can ride on your own land — a rural paradise of pasture and woodland populated by fallow deer and badgers and coursed by a small stream.
Agent: Watsons Estates, 01435 865077.
Built in 2007, Markland House combines traditional style, contemporary comfort and striking country views. The bright, airy interiors, which look out across the lovely gardens and the Ayr valley, have many fine features, from the granite tops in the beautiful kitchen to the sunken jet stream bath in the master bedroom’s ensuite.
The equestrian facilities comprise stabling for seven horses, tack room and feed room, an all-weather, floodlit arena and a fenced paddock. The land reaches up to 4.33 acres.
Agent: CKD Galbraith, 01292 268181.