On this week’s ‘Property price twins’, we have two country homes that vary dramatically in age. Which one would you like the keys to?
1. Four bedroom detached house in Shelford Lane, Lea, Matlock, Derbyshire, for £499,950
Our first property is this former bungalow, which has been transformed into a modern country home over the last four years. It sits in the quaint village of Lea, where Florence Nightingale and her family used to have a summer home.
The huge kitchen is the hub of the house and is a perfect space for entertaining, with plenty of room for a large dining table. It is a bright and inviting area with Velux windows and large patio doors that lead out onto a terrace – perfect for alfresco dining in the summer.
As well as remodelling the house, the previous owners converted an old workshop into an annex. The building does not yet have a kitchen or bathroom fitted, but its electrics and light fittings have been completed - leaving the new owner with a blank canvas. The annex also has separate access, a front lawn, parking and a veranda area making it ideal to use as a holiday let.
The house is nestled in the rolling Derbyshire hills and offers a secluded retreat that is less than half an hour from Derby. Nature lovers have the benefit of being a stone’s throw from the Peak District National Park, where there is plenty of opportunity for walking, cycling and wildlife watching.
Available via Grants of Derbyshire
2. Four bedroom detached house in Chawleigh, Chulmleigh, Devon, for £499,950
For those that are looking for a more traditional country home, this Grade II listed former farmhouse with a thatched roof is ideal. The property is believed to date back to the seventeenth century and is built from stone and cob.
The interior of the property is modern but has a country feel. The traditional exposed stone fireplace containing a multi-fuel stove sits at the heart of the living room, which also boasts a beamed ceiling. More recent additions to the house include an extension containing the kitchen, utility room and garage.
The house also comes with a large workshop and a thatched barn that - subject to planning permission - could be converted into living space. There is enough space in the grounds to keep sheep, chickens, or even a pony.
Pop into the village of Chawleigh, which contains a community shop, children's nursery, church, hairdressers and a pub. More extensive facilities can be found in Chulmleigh or the market town of Crediton, which is eight miles away.
Available via Tepilo
Here are three more properties that are on the market for £499,950:
3. Five bedroom detached house in Heol-Y-Cyw, Bridgend, for £499,950
Available via Jeffrey Ross Sale & Lettings Ltd
4. Five bedroom detached house in Fakenham Road, Morton on the Hill, Norwich, for £499,950
Available via William H Brown
5. Five bedroom detached house in Dyke, Forres, Forres, Moray, for £499,950
Available via CCL Property Ltd