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So 'Rushi' has cut stamp duty & the UK has been given a taste of a less London-centric lifestyle.

The average house price in the UK is £240k, so I thought there was no better time to see what's out there!


Are you looking to creep away from city life and write your memoirs? Look no further this is it. Not only do you have a sea view (good god), but also a well-proportioned bungalow already decked out in tongue & groove as well as a courtyard which you could let your imagination run wild in. All this and the Kimberly Inn, probably one of the best looking pubs I have seen for a while, is just down the road.

Owl Cottage built in 1836 offers up two well-sized bedrooms and a large open planned sitting room & kitchen. Looking around it for this article, I started to get excited about the idea of making this into my home. Then I quickly realised I don't have £190k sitting around.

Built in 1840, This set of three terraced houses are named Stonebridge Cottages and sit in the middle of the village of Dymock. With this cottage, not only would you get those magnificent large windows, but at the back of the house, there is a delightful courtyard which has great potential.

This enchanting thatched cottage is situated in the town of Mollington, which is five miles from Banbury. It has a secret garden which to me looks as if it could be around five times bigger than the house.

Now we've popped down South to have a look there - thought this cottage was a real humdinger. The outside of it practically adheres to my idea of the perfect cottage - a good bit of colour, climbers hanging around a window and a stone wall. Around the back of the house there is a small garden, but beyond that are fields galore so I think one could manage.

Another thatched one, this time we have a chance at a two bedder and a pretty attractive garden. Also, the Estate Agents seem pretty excited about Chittlehampton, mentioning good schools, an award-winning pub (The Bell Inn) & a 15th Century Church. I won't go anywhere without one of those.

I created the list of houses sometime before I sat down and wrote this piece. So you may notice a level of excitement building as I have completely forgotten what I put in there. This house has a lot of ticks for me, the garden is very pleasing, the kitchen/dining room is right up my street, and the upstairs bedroom is a delight. All that and it has a pretty view looking over the River Exe.

Well, there's a lot to do here, but the bones are good. This is a three-bedroom detached house with a large garden - I'd get those sleeves rolled up and get the elbow grease out.

'This detached brick and flint cottage sits in wrap around gardens', I have never come across wrap around gardens, my god it sounds good. Like the last house, this needs a bit of modernising but oh my is it a beauty.

This little slice of heaven comes with a communal courtyard as well as a short walk to a secret garden. The secret garden boasts views of the famous Cranbrook Windmill. The house is split onto three levels so although small it offers a good amount of distance between you and your cohabitors.

There must be very few things more charming than this two-bedroom cottage, 'Forge Row, Cwmavon was built in 1804 to accommodate workers at the Varteg Forge which was originally located on the opposite side of the valley.' It can now boast being Grade II listed house. Apart from that, it has a delightful kitchen with two well-sized bedrooms.

This little house may not have a garden but that shouldn't worry you, the expansive village green is about a metre away from the doorstep. Also, a great thing to note - The Frampton Country Fair takes place every September and is no more than a mile away - full of horse jumping, dog shows & victoria sponges.

A cottage in the Highlands has long been a dream of mine. My other half has yet to be persuaded. Looking at this cottage though, this could be just the ticket. One can find the description 'walk-in condition' somewhat worrying, thankfully, there is no need to sweat it here. Although the tiling in the bathroom could be up for discussion.

Bodmin seems to have a wealth of delightful cottages. Shall we all get together and move to Bodmin. The London properties for this amount have nothing on this beauty. It's a Grade II listed cottage, with two good sized bedrooms, a utility room and a sunroom - what more could you ask for?

A four-bedroom cottage, with a lounge & a sitting room - that is a lot of property to love. Although there is undoubtedly a bit of nip and tuck to do the structure is excellent and very impressive for this price. If you're up for the move, this could be a very exciting prospect!

This terraced house is a complete winner of a property, not only does it have a beautiful layout with three bedrooms - but a gorgeous garden which has been lovingly cared for and needs a couple of green thumbs to take it on.

What a place - This splendid three-storey house situated on the edge of the spectacular West Pennine Moors. The windows, doorways and flooring have all been restored in keeping with the period fo the cottage. It even has a beautiful courtyard garden at the back of the property, quite the delight.

So here we are the last house, there were lots of lovely ones, but I thought I might well end on high. This one to me has the look of the quintessential cottage. Although not much of a back garden the front certainly helps makes up for it, with its roses crawling on the gate and its flint walls, I thought was hugely appealing.


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