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Since man actually began putting down roots and living in houses, being close to a river or sea has always been desirable. Granted, we no longer need to fish for our suppers (although many love to do so), but there is something deep within all our souls that tells us that we want to be near water. The wish for riverside, lakeside or lochside views and the feeling of space and peacefulness that they give make these unique kind of properties very desirable indeed.

A lock keepers cottage on the banks of the canal
8th April 2014
lock keepers cottage for sale
Tarvers Lock Cottage, Aynho Road, Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 3JP
Guide price £495,000

Lock Keepers Cottage Banbury
Tarvers Lock Cottage is a Grade II listed property, constructed in the late 18th century and set on the Oxford canal in the Cherwell Valley west of Adderbury. The property comprises of a four bedroom canalside cottage and an unconverted barn / workshop with potential for conversion (sstp). To the rear of the cottage is an attractive, enclosed garden with views over the surrounding farmland. Adjacent to the barn is a further parcel of land with lawns with fruit trees, which is leased by the current owners from Canal and River Trust. There is also a mooring associated with this leased land. The property enjoys a peaceful setting surrounded by open countryside and is accessed via a one mile long farm track which passes over the M40 motorway. more

Contemporary houseboats with stunning river views
17th of December 2013
houseboat for sale
The Houseboats, Pin Mill, Orwell, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 1JW
Price £345,000
Orwell Houseboat
Designed and built by a company lead by a skilled husband and wife team, these contemporary designed houseboats are in a stunning location at Pin Mill, on the banks of the River Orwell. Pin Mill was once a busy landing point for ship borne cargo, a thriving industry for repairing Thames sailing barges, and home to many small marine based businesses including sail making and is now a charming village. The properties are to be sold off plan, allowing the client to have an input into the layout and finish. The houseboats are built from sustainable materials and will incorporate other environmentally friendly construction methods. more

A lakeside retreat in Snowdonia
13th of May 2013
former rectory for sale
The Old Rectory, Nr Tywyn, Tal-y-llyn, LL36 9AJ
Guide price £595,000
Former Rectory In Snowdonia
The Old Rectory on the Lake at Tal-y-Llyn in south Snowdonia is a stunning lakeside residence far from the madding crowd. Set on the slopes of Cader Idris within the Snowdonia National Park, the property is set in one and a half acres of woodland garden with spectacular views and lakeside frontage. The rectory has four bedrooms, an adjoining self contained holiday let, lakeside summer house, sauna cabin and outdoor hot tub. Too good not to share, it has been run as a successful, luxury bed and breakfast (graded five star) for the last seven years, but for those who want it all to themselves, it could easily revert back to a family home with The Rectory Retreat perhaps being used as granny / teenage annexe. more

A roundhouse on the banks of the canal
15th of April 2013
circular house for sale
The Round House, Chalford, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL4
Guide price £350,000

Round House Stroud

This unique Grade II Listed Round House is one of five such houses, built in the 1790’s on the banks of the now disused Thames and Severn Canal for the linesmen that worked there. The horses were originally stabled on the ground floor, and the family lived on the floors above. It has been sympathetically renovated and retains a wealth of period features such as oak beamed ceilings, a Georgian range, Gothic style windows and unique stained glass windows. The property has two public rooms, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms (one en-suite) and is set in an idyllic garden that borders the canal. more

An island retreat within Canterbury city walls
4th March 2013
half an island for sale
Binnewith Island, Behind Stour Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NZ
Guide price £50,000 - £60,000

Binnewith Island For Sale
It's not often an island within a city comes on the market but Binnewith Island, a site of great local historical interest, is for sale. Situated within Canterbury city walls (and one of the last pieces of undeveloped land in the city) a group of friars were first given the island in 1224, in order to establish their chapel. The overgrown island lies between two spurs of the Great Stour River and can be accessed either via the gardens or by a footpath off Water Lane. It measures 0.47 acres (0.2 Hectares), has the remains of a dilapidated building and could be suitable for a variety of commercial or residential uses, subject to all the necessary consents being obtained. more

A fixer upper on the water
17th September 2012
house boat for sale
"Corrie", Salterns Boatyard, Portsmouth Road, Bursledon, SO31
Price £70,000
Bursledon Houseboat For Sale
If you want the ultimate in riverside living, why not opt to live right on the water on a houseboat. Corrie is a 92ft barge, requiring some tlc to make her shipshape again but has ‘very generous accommodation, good headroom, natural light, attractive lines and an idyllic mooring’. The aft cabin suite is habitable and has been partly refurbished. It includes two large single / small double berths, a dayroom, galley cabin and W.C cabin. The main hold has been stripped out to bare shell and totals 81sq. metres of floorspace. There's also a forepeak cabin with single berth and a wheelhouse. There are generous decks from which to enjoy the beautiful River Hamble setting. Apart from the internal refurb, there are also some hull repairs to make but it's a great opportunity to finish a riverside property to your own taste. more

A marine residence with a private pontoon
11th of June 2012
marine residence with a shop for sale
Unit 1, Fishermans Cove, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9AS
Price £395,000

Porthmadog river house
Comprising of not just a house but also a shop, Fishermans Cove offers a rare opportunity to not only live in a unique marine residence but work there too. Set on the Afon Glaslyn estuary where it runs into Tremadog Bay, the river views are second to none and are complemented by a rear balcony which extends the length of the property. This area provides a magnificent seating area commanding a fantastic uninterrupted outlook over the Estuary and the surrounding mountains beyond and a private pontoon area, makes this property highly attractive to a boating enthusiast. Inside, the shop is 35' long and could be used for a number of different purposes and the two bedroomed self contained living accommodation is in excellent decorative order. A fantastic property for those who love living by the water. more

A Victorian country house with boathouse and loch frontage
5th of December 2011
Victorian country house on Loch Goil for sale
Swallowbank, Lochgoilhead, Argyll, PA24 8AH
Fixed price £320,000

Lochgoilhead House With Boathouse And Shore Access
Swallowbank is a charming Victorian country house in the attractive Argyllshire village of Lochgoilhead, situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The house is set in 1.4 and is formed over three levels with three public rooms and four bedrooms in the main part of the house and a lower ground floor level which could be kept as part of the house or converted to a self contained flat / holiday let subject to the necessary consents. There is direct access to the water from the bottom of the garden and there's even a small boat house situated within the gardens. Moorings are available in the loch subject to an annual payment to the Crown Estate which offers the keen yachtsman the ideal opportunity to enjoy messing around on the water on his very own doorstep. more

A riverside cottage that doesn't feature Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
25th October 2011
thatched cottage for sale on the riverside
Lower Road, Rockland St Mary, Norfolk NR14 7HS
Price £625,000
Thatched Cottage With River Moorings For Sale
Not that we have anything against celebrity chefs, but if you are looking for your dream riverside cottage and don't want Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall popping in at meal time, we may have found just what your looking for. Tucked away in rural Norfolk, and yet only seven miles from the Cathedral City of Norwich, is this beautiful three bedroom detached thatched cottage set in one and a half acres. Not only is it only a stone's throw from the river's edge, but it also has 22 private moorings which are currently let out, making it a property than earns its keep. And all this in the heart of a village that boasts a village shop with post office, pub, primary school and bus service to Framingham Earl High School. more

A Downton Abbey style property with its very own curse
3rd of October 2011
Jacobean mansion house for sale
Howsham Hall, Howsham, York, YO60 7PJ
Offers over £5,000,000
Howsham Hall For Sale
Grade I listed Howsham Hall is largely late Jacobean with early classical renaissance influences and has only been on the market three times since 1573. The current owner has comprehensively upgraded the house into an exceptional historic 8-10 bedroom home, with 21st Century advancements ensuring a comfortable environment for a modern day stately home. The 83.50 acres of grounds include formal lawns, parkland and pastureland and the sale includes fishing rights and sporting rights. It's the perfect "Downton Abbey-esque" property for those seeking bygone grandeur . . . or is it! Howsham Hall was built on the site of a previous manor house using stone from the nearby Kirkham Priory, an act that was considered sacrilege at the time and it is said that a curse was placed on Howsham Hall and the people that owned it. more

A riverside barn conversion
8th August 2011
converted barn for sale
Copping Syke Barns, Copping Syke, Langrick,PE22 7AP
Offers in the region of £850,000
North Yorkshire Barn Conversion For Sale
This fabulous five bedroom barn conversion has been tastefully and painstakingly converted to an exceptionally high standard. Set in five acres of land, it borders the River Witham and enjoys a peaceful, rural location just 10km from Boston in Lincolnshire. The property was converted with a view to creating a private home. It has a walled courtyard with two water features and a superb raised split level patio area. The house is very spacious - 5500 sq ft and there is a triple garage outside too. All in all a beautiful converted barn in an idyllic setting. more

The perfect property for those who like messing around on the river
3rd of November 2010
former mill house on the Thames for sale
Sol Mill, Mill Lane, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire
Offers over £2,400,000

Thames Mill House For Sale
Sol Mill occupies a major portion of a former 18th century watermill set on Lulle Brook, a tributary of the River Thames, and has been beautifully renovated and improved to create a bright and modern living space. Owned by musician Chris Rea until 2006, it was used as a recording studio with the likes of Elton John, Bill Wyman, Geoff Beck, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, ELO, Fleetwood Mac, The Pet Shop Boys, The Fall, Texas, Electronic and Chris Rea himself, all being inspired by the tranquil waterside setting. And for those interested in the environment, the flow of water through the two sluices at Sol Mill are sufficient to generate hydroelectricity for all the domestic needs at the property. The perfect spot for any Mole, Mr Toad, Mr Badger or Ratty! more


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