You’ll need to ‘run, run as fast as you can’ to snap up a fairytale gingerbread cottage in Norfolk. Too slow? Here are 7 more cottages on Zoopla that are brimming with charm.

1. Three-bedroom semi-detached cottage in Dereham, Norfolk, for £300,000

You might bake gingerbread at Christmas, but have you ever considered actually living in your own gingerbread-style home?

With its white icing-style gabled windows, this semi-detached cottage for sale in Norfolk is one half of the Gingerbread Cottages in Dereham – and it looks good enough to eat.

Constructed from 'gingerbread stone' – a type of sandstone coloured with iron oxide to create brown shades – the property dates back to the mid-1800s.

In 2012 the Gingerbread Cottages featured in a charity calendar, copies of which were signed by popstar Ed Sheeran just before he set up his record label Gingerbread Man.

Available via Fine & Country

2. Three-bedroom cottage in Grantham, Lincolnshire, for £250,000

Dial Cottage, in the village of Belton, is a gorgeous detached Grade II-listed home dating back to mid-1800s. Original features include windows with stone surrounds, lead glazing and elaborate gables.

Available via Escritt Barrell Golding

 3. Three-bedroom cottage for sale in Merstham, Redhill, for £425,000

Beautiful rural views can be enjoyed from any of the three generously-sized bedrooms in this period cottage (above). It also boasts two reception rooms, a conservatory and a feature fireplace.

Available via Leaders

4. Two-bedroom terraced cottage in Winkleigh, Devon, for £180,000

With a low-maintenance decked courtyard, and period features including exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace, this Grade II-listed cottage could present the perfect bolthole for those looking to escape to lovely Devon.

Available via Bond Oxborough Phillips

 5. Three-bedroom cottage in Ballantrea, South Ayrshire, Scotland, for £500,000

Cats and dogs rule at this charming Scottish retreat, where potential buyers are being offered the chance to purchase both a home and an established business.

Sitting on 4.64 acres – including paddocks and stables – outdoor and indoor kennels along with a cattery are located near to the cottage. 

Available via McEwan Fraser Legal

 6. Three-bedroom detached cottage in Lochwinnoch, Scotland, for £220,000

How about a cute home in an idyllic Scottish setting with a river running through its grounds? Detached Flax House sits on the edge of Lochwinnoch, an offical Fair Trade village with bistro restaurants and friendly local pubs, says the agent.

Available via Robb Residential

7. Three-bedroom cottage in Kidwelly, Wales, for £229,000

Bales of fun are to be had at this Welsh home – a former coach house hayloft which has been renovated over the past five years. The 200-year-old cottage has been stripped back to reveal its original thick stone walls.

Available via John Francis

8. Two-bedroom detached cottage in Llandefalle, Brecon, Wales, for £365,000

"Prepare to fall in love..." says the selling agent. And they wouldn't be wrong. This picture-perfect stone cottage in the Welsh countryside is beautiful inside and out. And its location is just remote enough with the market towns of Hay-on-Wye and Crickhowell both 20 minutes away by car.

Available via Holters

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