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    The Good Life: 8 farmhouses worth leaving the city for

    5 March 2020

    Have you ever dreamt of taking the plunge and moving to the country in search of the good life?

    It might be quite the lifestyle change, but it needn’t cost the earth. Here are eight countryside properties you can snap up for less than £700k.

    6 bedroom farmhouse in Ceredigion (£699,950)

    6 bedroom farmhouse in Ceredigion

    6 bedroom farmhouse in Ceredigion

    Sitting on 15-acres of land in Ceredigion’s Teifi Valley, this period property comes complete with paddocks and pasture, as well as a private frontage on the river (with your very own fishing rights). Dating back to the 1740s, the house was converted from a rectory and still boasts impressive period features, including some stunning church-style windows. Meanwhile DIY enthusiasts will no doubt spot the conversion potential of the various stone outbuildings (subject, of course, to planning permission). Location-wise, you’ll be 30 minutes from the market town of Carmarthen.

    The Raise by Cockermouth, Cumbria (£695,000)

    The Raise by Cockermouth

    The Raise by Cockermouth, Cumbria

    Situated on the edge of the Lake District, this beautiful farmhouse boasts a spacious open-plan kitchen (complete with a Belfast sink and Aga), a dedicated breakfast room, and a large first-floor dining room (connected to the kitchen by a dumb waiter).  The property also features an unconverted barn on which permission has already been obtained to develop into holiday lets. Lifestyle-wise, it’s an easy walk to the village gastropub or a short drive to Cockermouth where you’ll find everything else you might need – including shops, supermarkets, a sports centre, and a doctors’ surgery.

    Interior of The Raise: Kitchen

    Sedling Farm in County Durham (£685,000)

    Sedling Farm in County DurhamSedling Farm in County Durham

    Sedling Farm in County Durham

    Situated in the North Pennines, this period farmhouse has been brought into the modern age with beautiful oak doors, a stylish new kitchen, and – for those who go in for that sort of thing – a whole-house audio system. As with any country property, it’s just as much about what’s outside the house as in it: this one enjoys some 12.5 acres of greenery, as well as immaculate views of Weardale Valley and Burnhope Reservoir. The property is accessed through double metal gates with a stylish curved driveway leading to a large courtyard.

    4 bedroom farmhouse by Taunton (£650,000)

    Just 17 miles from Taunton, this stylish farmhouse sits at the end of a 500m long drive – perfect for those who enjoy that quiet, secluded feel. The house itself has all the features you’d expect from an upmarket farmhouse – including a fully-equipped country kitchen, french doors, a large open fireplace, and a sitting room with bay windows. Those who enjoy a countryside hike will relish being so close to the Blackhood Hills AONB. Taunton railway station, which can get you to Bristol in 30 minutes, is another area benefit.

    4 bedroom farmhouse in Keith, Moray (£380,000)

    If you’re willing to go off grid, this farmhouse in north-east Scotland is quite the bargain. Built as a 19th century farmhouse and upgraded with high-quality, modern fittings, the property has 4 acres of land on which you’ll have your own barn and two grazing paddocks – and all for under £400,000. But where exactly is it? Keith is a small town (population around 4,700) in the historic county of Banffshire in the north-east of Scotland. The town, which has three whisky distilleries, marks the official start of Scotland’s malt whisky trail. If you want to really fit in, it’s worth learning some Doric – the old Scottish dialect still spoken by many residents.

    5 bedroom farmhouse by Market Rasen, Lincolnshire (£650,000)

    5 bedroom farmhouse by Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

    5 bedroom farmhouse by Market Rasen, Lincolnshire

    Five miles outside Market Rasen, this large country farmhouse sits on grounds of 2.75 acres alongside a spacious paddock and a full-serviced static caravan, the latter offering perfect accommodation for visitors or income from holiday-letting. The house itself boasts plenty of desirable features including ceiling beams, two multi-fuel stoves, an open fireplace, triple-glazed multi-pane windows, and a large pantry. Market Rasen, meanwhile, has a monthly farmers’ market, a secondary school (rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted) and a fully-functional racecourse.

    3-bedroom barn conversion in Blackburn (£550,000)

    This renovated and maintained 17th century farmhouse sits on a private plot enjoying panoramic views of the local countryside. The property has been treated excellently by its current occupants and boasts a newly-fitted bespoke kitchen as well as solid oak flooring. A large (30ft) reception room with bay wonders offers that snug feeling whatever the weather outside. The property also has a triple-detached garage.

    5-bedroom barn conversion in Bingley, West Yorkshire (£675,000)

    This fully-detached barn conversion stands within a small estate (roughly half an acre) with its own private woodland and gardens. The property, which enjoys panoramic views across the Aire Valley, has been refurbished with care by its current owners, ensuring it retains its period charm and character. Two of the five bedrooms are en-suite, and the property also features a gorgeous breakfast kitchen and two reception rooms. A gated driveway provides ample off-road parking.