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If your idea of fun is scanning the Rightmove map for doer-uppers, country cottages or seaside homes, then you’re in luck!

With house prices flying through the roof, the potential to find a slightly more affordable home is becoming more and more difficult - add in original features or beautiful exterior stonework to your search requirements and you’ve got more of a job on your hands.

The average house price in the UK is £264,000 as of August 2021, which is £25k more than it was in 2020. It’s no secret that house prices are climbing… it’s been that way forever!

But that’s not to say that there aren’t a number of really great properties across the country that fit the criteria. So we’ve searched the whole of the UK for the most beautiful properties currently for sale for under £250k and here are 16 of our favourites -


Tucked away in the North Pennines, just outside Sparty Lea lies the perfect retreat from the busy world. This grade 2 listed, 1-bedroom stone farm cottage is positioned in the area of outstanding natural beauty of the East Allen Valley, surrounded by the most incredible views.

With a crumbled derelict barn that already has planning consent to convert into a three-bedroom house, this is a very exciting opportunity for someone looking for a project.


This charming bungalow is deceptively large as it has three bedrooms, a garden store and a large landscaped garden at the back of the property. Set in the village of Hightae, this little home is a good one if you’re looking to put your stamp on a place without having to do too much work.


Set in the rural village of Wetton in the southern end of the Peak District, this 3-bedroom semi-detached house is on the market for £240k.

This is a treat for our foody readers who are looking for a great veggie garden and kitchen set-up. The garden is large and contains all you’d need to grow your food already, and the kitchen contains a stove with seven burners. Perhaps Heston is looking for a new country home?

But there’s a catch - It’s only available to local buyers within specific Staffordshire parishes.


There’s a lot to love in this recently renovated cottage. The beams over the windows, the woodburner, the three double bedrooms.

The courtyard garden at the back is quite small, but if you’re a couple looking for somewhere to read the newspaper and drink coffee in the morning on long Summer days, then this might just be a good option!


This grade II listed cottage is like something out of a period drama. Nestled in the picturesque countryside outside Butterton, The Cottage is neighbour to farm buildings that are clustered around the home.

The bare-bones are fab - thick original stone walls, exposed beams throughout and big stone fireplaces make this little cottage rather magnificent.


I’ll be surprised if this house is still available when we post this article on Tat given it’s a great location, situated in the village of Fritwell, between the popular towns of Banbury and Bicester.

However, the Rightmove ad doesn’t show any interior photos, so a potential lucky dip for those looking to view it. Though at £240k, it’s probably worth a visit!


The perfect retreat from city life, this one-bedroom Cotswolds cottage consists of just a kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, bathroom and downstairs loo. It’s very tiny, but the back garden and surrounding countryside make up for any space absent in the house.

The cottage is located in the village of Willersey, which is home to not one, but two pubs - The Bell Inn and The New Inn. Win, win!


It’s often the case where the closer you get to London, the price gets hiked. However, if you’re on the hunt for a commuter property for under £250k, this converted apple store may be for you.

An open-planned kitchen/sitting room and a mezzanine bedroom make up this period property, but the main asset is it’s situation at the northernmost reaches of High Weald, just outside of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The town of Tonbridge is closer though, at just 1.8 miles away, offering a 44 min train journey directly into Charing Cross.


For sale for the first time in 43 years, this 4-bedroom house in Grampound boasts three reception rooms that are joined together by a hallway with beautiful giant flagstones on the floor.

The village of Grampound is said to be very sought after, situated between Truro and St Austell and is a great project if you’re looking for a good-sized family home.


With sea views overlooking The Mount, this 1-bedroom Cornish cottage is just moments away from Sancreed Beacon and a ten-minute drive from the beach, making it an ideal coastal retreat for two.

It’s a great location just gets better, as it’s just a short drive to both Penzance and St Ives - ideal for walking, beach days and lots of cornish ice cream!


If you’re looking for a property with a lot of history, then you might like The Ice House. Originally built in the 19th Century, The Ice House sits on an acre of land overlooking the west Scottish coastline.

The house has direct coastal access with mooring included, but to add even more wonder to this interesting house, it also has a built-in hot tub installed on one of the elevated terraces.

The Ice House itself will need a lot of work, but it definitely has a lot of charm.


Looking out over the beautiful North York Moors, this 3 bedroom cottage has more recently been used as a holiday let, boasting 33 bookings since May 2021 - quite impressive!

With fun, sunshine yellow kitchen tiles and original fireplaces, this little cottage could make a lovely family home.


Just a short drive north of The Cotswolds sits this beautiful baptist church. The church is nestled in the sought after Warwickshire village of Temple Grafton.

Constructed in the early 19th century, the church still contains its beautiful original features. Planning permission will be needed to convert the property, but with a guide price of just £118k, this could be a very exciting project.


This sweet cottage in southwest Wales has the most perfectly symmetrical exterior that has recently been refurbished using traditional methods.

The interior of the house is even more exciting, as with plenty of exposed brick walls and beams, the completely blank canvas offers the lucky buyer a great opportunity to design it exactly how they like.

Unusually, but interestingly included in the sale is an original Queen Victoria post box - one of only six left in Wales.


If you ever dream of building your own home, this agricultural barn will provide you with all the daydreams. Set on approx 3.8 acres of land, the barn is 40x18m in size with parking, mains electricity and water available at the site.

Many hoops will need to be jumped through though, as you’d require change of use, planning permission and a lot of imagination to make this barn livable, but for £150k, it’s slightly tempting…


This renovated 1-bedroom fisherman’s cottage overlooking the Barmouth Bridge is a perfect Snowdonian getaway for two. With a slated paved terrace overlooking the coastline and the mountains, it seems the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail in the evening.

The interior of the cottage is awash with exposed brick, fresh white walls and sunlight. This cottage is serene and sweet for someone looking for a getaway in Snowdonia.


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