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House swap: what does £250k get you?

£250k for a house? You betcha! If that mortgage is feeling like a millstone, take a peek at these properties across the Muddy counties and start mentally moving in ASAP. 

Kent

Ramsgate might be the underdog next to artsy Margate and genteel Broadstairs, but if you want a pretty home by the coast there’s no denying this once-posh seaside town is is good value. Try this four-bedroom Victorian number on for size. 

Norfolk

Pretty as a picture. This charming thatched cottage is in the peaceful country village of North Lopham, near Diss, so it’s all about location location location. There are three bedrooms, oodles of period features and a pretty cottage garden. Perfecto.

Berkshire

Named one of the best cities to live and work in, the humble town of Reading offers the best of all worlds. Countryside on your doorstep, London an easy commute away and itself a bit of a tech hub. Plus, there’s the brilliant Reading Festival each year (‘cept this one, of course!). This tidy two-bed terrace house is close to the railway station in the centre of town. 

Surrey

Fancy living on a boat? This 23-metre Dutch Barge is moored in Chertsey and as well as a master bedroom suite, has a second bedroom with two berths and a bathroom with a full-sized bath. It is spacious – for a boat – and filled with light thanks to plenty of overhead hatches. There’s even a cleverly-designed home office nook. Aye aye captain.

Sussex

Snap yourself up a two-bed apartment in the brand new Brighton Road development at Shoreham-by-Sea. You’ll be right in the heart of the town centre, near several train stations and of course, just a stone’s throw from the beach. And as it’s a new build, no renovation or doing-up needed!

Somerset

We’re going to the chapel and we’re gonna get… perhaps not married, but St Joseph’s Chapel in Langport, one of the smallest towns in England, is up for sale and it’s ripe for renovation. It used to form part of a convent, and includes the original chapel with vaulted ceiling, the apse, cry room and two confession rooms. And there’s also a private garden outside. Mother Teresa has worshipped here – and if that’s not great dinner party chat, I don’t know what is!

Cornwall

If you’ve always hankered after a place by the coast, this white-washed cottage in the pretty fishing village of Boscastle ought to do it. There are three bedrooms and views to die for out over the Jordan Valley. And it’s just a short walk to the harbour. 

Leceistershire

This cute as a button terrace is is in the pretty village of Sheepy Magna surrounded by unspoilt countryside. The house is in tip-top condition and oozes charm and history. Think exposed timber floorboards, fireplaces with checker-board tiled hearths, and timber panelled bathroom. There’s also a lovely courtyard garden.

Warwickshire

Well hello there big boy! Sorry, guys, £250k does not get you this entire manor house in Leamington Spa. It does however, buy you a smart two bedroom apartment within this private gated development. It’s split over two levels and comes with it’s own parking place. The town centre is walking distance and you get shared use of the beautiful grounds. Low-maintenance living at its best.

Wiltshire

Oozing character and charm, this terrace house within the Old School House is in the quaint village of Collingbourne Ducis several miles from Marlborough. There are two bedrooms – or one and a study – and a cute and compact courtyard with lovely views out towards St Andrew’s Church. 

Dorset

If you’ve always wanted to own your own slice of beach, get a load of this huge beach hut, for sale on the unspoilt area of North Beach in Swanage on the Jurassic coastline. The property includes a whopper of a beach hut (make it your own private caste, or rentals) and comes in at £200k so you’ll have plenty of dosh left over to kit it out.

Oxfordshire

What do we have here? A pretty mid-terrace stone cottage that looks like it’s been around a hundred years or so, but was in fact built only four years ago. So you get period charm with new-build mod cons. There are two bedrooms, and it faces out onto a lovely green in Chipping Norton.

Isle of Wight

Want to wake up to the sounds and sights of the ocean? Nab this two bed apartment, perched on a cliff, overlooking the beach and Freshwater Bay Golf Club. The apartment has a balcony with sea views, plus the building has a leisure suite (oh hello salt water heated swimming pool, spa, sauna and games room!).

London

Looking for a city bolt hole? This pretty blue one bed houseboat, for sale in Little Venice (name a more fitting location for a houseboat, I dare you), has an open plan living space, bespoke fitted kitchen and modern bathroom. The price of mooring in the Big Smoke will probably cost more than the boat, but it’s fun to take a look anyway, right?!

Buckinghamshire

This two bed apartment in Oakgrove has the largest balcony in the whole of Milton Keynes (okay, maybe not, but it’s up there at a whopping eight meters long). The apartment has a central location (near the shopping centre, Waitrose and bank) and it comes with a private parking space.

Cornwall

If you’ve always dreamed of building your own home, then this generous and secluded plot is a great place to start. It already has planning permission to building a four bed house, plus stunning river views of Penryn and Falmouth. Me likey.

Dorset

Like a house with history? Check out this handsome Grade II listed family home in Sherbourne. The three storey, three bed terrace previously formed part of a school’s boarding house, and before that, was a Georgian coaching inn so you can expect lovely high ceilings, well proportioned rooms and character windows.

Oxfordshire

Situated on Lincoln Farm Park (winner of the 2020 AA South East England Campsite of the Year), this stunning lodge is surrounded by pretty woodland and Oxfordshire countryside views. The property is completely kitted out (ideal if the idea of a do-er upper has you quaking in your boots), plus you’ll have access to the site’s indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and games room.

Fancy a holiday home?

France

Oh la la! This pretty five bedroom stone cottage in Aquitaine, southwestern France, looks like something off a postcard. It’s within walking distance of the nearest town (ideal for stumbling home after one too many vinos) , plus you’re also getting an additional stone cottage guest apartment, perfect for renting.

Italy

This typically Tuscan four bedroom house – we’re talking exposed stone, chestnut beams and terracotta tiles – is in a small village in the hills above Bagni di Lucca. The property comes with a massive garden so plenty of space to put in a pool. I’m thinking the bigger the better.

Greece

Outside space is top priority when it comes to a home abroad and this three bed villa, in Crete, is a winner with a tiled pool, large garden with fruit and olive trees, BBQ zone and multiple seating areas. It’s just 20 minutes from the beach too.

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