Thinking about quitting your job in the New Year and running your own business from home? Here are 7 properties on Zoopla that could present just the opportunity.
1. Four-bedroom semi-detached house, Mountain Ash, Cynon Valley, Wales, for £129,995
Property description: Located in the heart of the town centre, this first floor, four-bedroom home has a private car port, two storage sheds and includes commercial premises below.
Business potential: The commercial part of the property – a ground floor shop which has been used as a breakfast bar – is about 50 sq m and includes two rooms, with a serving hatch. The selling agent says the property is ideal for a large family, and provides a, "unique opportunity to work from home".
Available via T Samuel Estate Agents
2. Ten-bedroom semi-detached house, Great Yarmouth, for £290,000
Property description: The Belvedere Guest House has nine guest bedrooms, all of which are en suite, with the property including off-road parking for nine cars. Separate accommodation for the owner includes a bedroom, with bathroom, kitchen and owner’s lounge and dining room.
Business potential: As the guest house – which is still operating – is close to the seaside, Norfolk Broads, and countryside, it benefits from repeat business from visitors. With its current owner preparing to retire, the selling agent reckons there is "considerable scope to increase trade."
Available via Abbotts
3. Seven-bedroom property, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, for £495,000
Property description: There are two businesses currently operating here – a boutique luxury bed and breakfast, and a restaurant which caters for 24 guests. The latter is named after poet John Keats who stayed at the-then Eglatine Cottage in 1819. There is a two-bedroom family apartment to the rear of the building, which could be used as part of the B&B operation, or as living space for the owner.
Business potential: The renovated B&B, offering visitors themed bedrooms, has featured on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed where B&B owners take turns to rank each other as hosts. Both the B&B and restaurant have been rated highly on Trip Advisor and their position in the popular old village of Shanklin is close to coastal walks and a sandy beach.
Available via Fine & Country
4. Six-bedroom detached house, Ystrad Mynach, near Caerphilly, Wales, for £525,000
Property description: Sitting on a one-acre plot, this property includes two workshops, a heated in-ground pool, double garage, sun house and roof garden.
Business potential: Once home to the local pit manager of the former Penallta Colliery site, commercial use was granted to allow the local rugby club to use the site for many years, until the property was extended and renovated.
The selling agent says there are ‘endless possibilities’ at the Welsh property, adding that the current owners use the ground floor as a "very successful and unique vehicle upholstery business".
Available via Lucas Estates
5. Four-bedroom detached bungalow, Witton, near North Walsham, Norfolk, for £630,000
Property description: Set in a rural location, this property includes a four-bedroom bungalow, outbuildings, gardens and a five-pitch caravan and motorhome site.
Business potential: The selling agent says the property would, "suit someone looking for space to run a cottage industry" as it includes a certified caravan club camp site for five pitches. It also offers easy access to the Norfolk coastline and Bacton Woods, while the market town of North Walsham is a short drive away.
Available via William H Brown
6. Six-bedroom equestrian property, Neilston, near Glasgow, for £630,000
Property description: West Carswell Farm has a variety of assets including the main farmhouse, which had a new boiler installed in 2015, a separate cottage, range of agricultural buildings, and equestrian facilities, on just over 17 acres.
Business potential: There is plenty of scope to run various types of businesses here, according to the selling agent, whether it be a hobby farm, kennels/cattery, outdoor activities centre, or a trade. Alternatively, the on-site livery enterprise could be increased.
Available via Robb Residential
7. Eleven-bedroom country house, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, for £995,000
Property description: The fully-refurbished Enchanted Manor is used as a retreat for romantic breaks, and already has a wedding licence for small ceremonies. There are 10 luxury suites, plus the owner’s/manager’s apartment. Facilities include snooker and therapy rooms and manicured gardens.
Business potential: The Enchanted Manor can be continued as a home with a lifestyle business, or, according to the selling agent, developed to include additional restaurant services, such as a champagne bar, and an expanded range of wedding packages and spa facilities.
The top floor also has the potential to be converted into a deluxe penthouse, taking advantage of the sea views, and a roof garden. The manor is popular among celebrities, and has featured on various TV shows, the agent adds.
Available via Tepilo