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Thatched houses have come to symbolise the rural country idyll and are the very epitomy of traditional village life particularly in England. Picture postcard pretty, thatched cottages are very much sought after. There are around 65,000 of them in the UK today and they represent our history, our ancestry and a sense of continuity of life and living over the ages. Thatch is without doubt the oldest roofing material still being used in Britain and has been in existence since the Anglo-Saxons.

A fairytale thatched cottage in Cornwall
24th March 2014
thatched cottage for sale
Gweek, Gweek Drive, Near Helston, Cornwall, TR12 6UD
Offers around £295,000

Helston Thatched Cottage
This idyllic Grade II listed, thatched cottage near Helston, in the far south west of Cornwall is picture perfect. Built in the 18th century as a lodge house, it's been exquisitely restored, to create a two bedroomed home of great charm. The property is detached and boasts a circular kitchen, exposed beams and oodles of character. Outside there's a pretty cottage garden, a wild woodland garden and private off road parking. more

A thatched barn conversion in the heart of Hardy country
3rd of February 2014
converted barn for sale
Barton Barn, Barton Close, West Stafford, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8AD
Price £500,000

Dorset Thatched Barn
Grade II listed Bartons Barn, is located in the heart of Hardy country in the pretty, rural Dorset village of West Stafford. This five bedroom stone built barn with thatched roof, dates from the 18th century and has been extensively restored by the current owners to create a comfortable, versatile home with oodles of character. Half-cruck oak beams dominate the ceiling of the vast main reception room which has a galleried library above and the reception rooms are large enough for entertainment on a grand scale. Indeed, the vendors have hosted concerts, operas, barn dances and workshops! The property would also lend itself to B & B or holiday letting. more

Great train robber's house
2nd of September 2013
house of Great Train robber for sale
Spring Cottage, St. Keverne, near Penzance, Cornwall, TR12
Price £500,000

Great Train Robbers House

Picture box perfect and far from the madding crowds, this thatched cottage is tucked deep in the Cornish countryside . . . and that's probably part of the appeal it held for former owner and ex Great Train robber, Brian Field. As the "fixer" of the robbery, he was sentenced to 25 years in jail but on appeal, was released after 5 years and changed his identity to settle down anonymously with his ill-gotten gains. The three / four bedroom house is beautifully presented with feature beams and an inglenook fireplace in the living room. Set in a quarter of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, it's a peaceful retreat for any modern day pirate of Penzance. more

A thatched house on the Scottish - English border
11th March 2013
thatched house for sale
Rose Cottage, High Street, Town Yetholm, Kelso, TD5 8RG
Offers over £245,000

Thatched House In The Scottish Borders For Sale
Rose Cottage is a fairytale thatched cottage which retains many original features and with thatched properties relatively rare in Scotland is a unique four bedroom family home. It has been successfully extended to include an old barn and carefully renovated to provide very spacious (almost 3,000 sqft), versatile accommodation with enormous character. Situated close to the market town of Kelso, close to the Scottish - English border, the surrounding countryside is stunning and the area has a rich and colourful history. Recently reduced in price this well presented, detached property is simply oozing with charm. more

A chocolate box thatched farmhouse
26th of March 2012
medieval thatched farmhouse for sale
Chidgley Hill Farm, Nr. Monksilver, Taunton, Somerset
Price £695,000

Medieval Thatched Farmhouse
Originally two cottages and believed to date back to the 15th century, Grade II listed Chidgley Hill Farm was converted into a single residence about 50 years ago. Built of local stone with a thatched roof, the property has been modernised and improved to a high standard whilst still being full of character. The house has four / five reception rooms and four bedrooms and boasts a self contained annexe wing (ideal for granny flat / home office / holiday let etc). Included with the property are three acres of land and a number of outbuildings including a stone built barn forming part of the courtyard approach and a former piggery which provides garden storage. To the rear, adjoining the paddock is a further barn, ideal for equestrian use. A fantastic property full of Olde English character. 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

Fairytale 16th century thatched cottage
14th March 2011
thatched house for sale
St Catherine's, Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11
Offers over £459,950
Thatched House For Sale
One of my favourite books as a child was an illustrated version of Snow White and this cottage is identical to the one inhabited by the seven dwarves. Perhaps the illustrator lived in the village of Winterborne Whitechurch where this 16th century thatched cottage is located, or maybe even once owned the house itself. This listed three bedroom detached cottage has recently been sympathetically updated and has many period features including inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams and window seats. There is also a double carport and garage for your horse drawn coaches and even a workshop, perfect for any hardworking dwarves, princes or princesses. more

Picture postcard thatched house for sale
11th January 2011
thatched house for sale
Deanshanger House, The Green, Deanshanger, Buckinghamshire, MK19
Price £950,000
Thatched House For Sale
There's something about a thatched house that makes it look cosy and welcoming and Deanshanger House is no exception. Set on a generous walled garden plot within the pretty village of Deanshanger, this property is not only brimming with features but has also been meticulously refurbished to a very high standard, retaining the character feel of the property but with the benefit of luxurious modern finishes throughout. The property has three / four reception rooms and four bedrooms as well as a useful outbuilding which is currently used as an office with power, telephone and data cabling points. The outbuilding also has a kitchen area and a low level WC, so could be converted to a self contained unit subject to the necessary consents. There is also permission to build a double garage if so desired. You'll be clutching at straws trying to find fault with this house. more

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