8 annexes perfect for multi-generational living

8 annexes perfect for multi-generational living

By Matilda Battersby

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A home with an annexe can offer independent living for grandparents or a safety net for an adult child saving for a first-home deposit.

A third of UK households are currently multi-generational, as families pool resources and choose to live together.

Most of these households are adult children living with parents. But there has also been a steady rise in older relatives moving in with younger generations.

While many of us would like to see more of our relations, not all of us will be happy sharing a kitchen, bathroom and access to the television with them in the long-term. 

The solution? An “annexe” with separate facilities and the space to meet different needs.

We’ve scoured our listings to bring you some of the very best properties for multi-generational living for sale right now: 

1. Six-bedroom townhouse with separate coach house, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, £750,000

Large red brick Victorian townhouse with bay windows and a front garden with small shrubs and paved area
Interior of a Victorian property with period-style floor tiles, original stairway and bannisters

This whopping great townhouse spans almost 4,000 sq ft and has four storeys.

But, if that wasn’t quite enough space to have all the members of your family living together, then there’s a fantastic coach house at the bottom of the pretty walled garden.

Currently used as a garage and with its own entrance, the coach house has a mezzanine level and (with planning permission) would be perfect for conversion into an annexe.

If the house itself weren’t reason enough to move this instant, the view from the front overlooks the racecourse, which is now a public park. 

Red brick coach house at the bottom of the garden of a domestic home. Currently being used as a garage but ripe for conversion into a residential annexe

With more than 100 acres of parkland and sports facilities literally on your doorstep, there’ll be plenty to keep every member of your family busy all year round.

Oh, and Northampton railway station is just a mile away for any commuters in the house.

 Available via Fine & Country

2. Three-bedroom semi-detached house with lower ground floor one-bedroom annexe, Gravesend, Kent, £575,000

Large pale brick Georgian house with white stucco frontage and steps leading to the front door
Stylish mid-century modern furniture and interior of a Georgian house overlooking a long garden

This is a lot of house for the money. And it has plenty of character and original features.

Upstairs, you’ll find a large three-bedroom home with some lovely decorative touches and lots of light.

The lower ground floor consists of the annexe with its own separate kitchen, lounge area, bedroom and rear lobby.

A basement annexe with its own doorway and facilities, currently being used as a gym and storage area

The annexe is currently being used as a gym. It has its own entrance and both properties benefit from a 100ft garden at the rear.

Available via Strike

3. Six-bedroom detached house with detached annexe, Ashton-Under-Hill, Worcestershire, £950,000

Large modern bungalow with two pitched roofs and bifold doors leading onto decking
White annexe and garage with beautiful surrounding countryside

This striking dormer-style bungalow has recently been renovated throughout. It offers 4,330 sq ft of living space, superb views and a wonderful garden.

There is also a detached annexe with triple garage spanning 1,207 sq ft. Planning permission has already been granted to convert into a two-bedroom bungalow.

View over countryside from an annexe in Worcestershire

The property comes with substantial grounds of nearly one-and-a-half acres. The planned bungalow would have its own boundary and garden.

Available via Hayman - Joyce

4. Four-bedroom detached house with one-bedroom annexe, Hever, Kent, £1.85m

Stunning period red brick country mansion with mature gardens and shrubs surrounding
Comfortable interior of a large country house with squashy sofas and neutral tones and walls

This is a former coach house, stables and bothy dating back to the 1800s.

It was converted into a home in the 1980s and the current owners have transformed it through extensive refurbishment and modernisation.

Annexe attached to a big red brick country house with fish pond

The elegant four bedroom house also has an attached one bedroom annexe. It has a private gated entrance and separate entrance accessed via a shared driveway.

Available via Jackson-Stops

5. Six-bedroom Grade II listed farmhouse with one-bedroom annexe, Cumnor, Oxford, £1.25m

Beautiful old stone farmhouse with outbuildings and surrounding fields of wheat
Sofas and dining area inside a large country house in Oxfordshire, with a cosy feel and slightly dated furniture

The location! The views! The house! What’s not to love about this Grade II listed farmhouse with a one-bedroom annexe?

It’s located in the village of Cumnor, with all of its stunning countryside, and not too far from the excitement of Oxford.

The living area of an annexe over a parking area with a modern interior and sloping ceilings

Believed to have been built in the 1800s, this double-fronted stone house spans a little over 3,000 sq ft. Most of the bedroom windows look out over beautiful views.

The one-bedroom annexe itself is a decent living size at 450 sq ft, with its own entrance and an open plan kitchen and living area.

Available via Thomas Merrifield

6. Three-bedroom detached house with wood cabin annexe, Gloucester, Worcestershire, £800,000 

Cute period cottage with gabled roof and red tiles surrounded by pretty gardens
Inside the living of an old timber framed cottage with exposed beams, lots of sofas and a wood fire

This lovely detached stone cottage dates back to the 17th century but is not listed.

In a quiet rural setting, it has gardens and an adjoining wildflower meadow of around one acre. 

Down a lovely grassy path you’ll find a wooden cabin-style annexe complete with spa tub. The interior of the cabin measures 4.7m x 2.8m.

There are also further options for potential accommodation on site, with a timber garage and adjoining workshop.

Wood cabin style annexe with a decked surround and a hot tub

This house is the stuff of fairy tales. And you can enjoy evenings on the enclosed veranda all year round.

The home has fibre optic WiFi connections and a private sewer system.

Available via Peter Ball & Co Estate Agents

7. Three-bedroom semi-detached house with one-bedroom garden annexe, Carshalton, South London, £650,000

Red brick Edwardian semi-detached family home with gabled roof at the front and off-street parking
Interior of a stylish and modernised Edwardian terraced home, with pale wood floors, fitted kitchen and dining table

This might look like a stylish if otherwise ordinary Victorian three-bedroom red brick house.

But outside in the garden you can walk down a stunning decked area complete with firepit and hot tub to a fabulous annexe.

With a large kitchen and dining room, the annexe provides lots of options for inside-out entertainment in the garden.

Inside the annexe at the bottom of a family home, with dining area and kitchen and a fold

A bed folds out of a large cupboard, making the space versatile. 

The annexe has added a big extra social space to this otherwise well-proportioned home. But it could easily be a place for friends to stay or family to live longer term.

Available via Goodfellows - Carshalton Beeches

8. Three-bedroom former schoolhouse, two-bedroom headmasters’ cottage, annexe building, Penrhiwllan, Llandysul, Wales, £600,000

Period stone cottage in Wales, with surrounding countryside and a stunning pink sunset
Interior of an old converted schoolhouse with a bespoke wooden kitchen and quirky layout

Occupying an elevated position that looks down across the quiet river Cynllo valley, the history and character of Yr Hen Ysgol is as compelling as its commanding location. 

Dating back to 1848, this Grade II listed former school is a unique prospect for a buyer, bursting with quirky charm and impressive woodwork throughout.

The converted schoolhouse has three bedrooms and two reception rooms. There’s also a connected two-bedroom annexe and a detached office/studio space. 

Stone built annexe in traditional style in Wales with slate roof and tall narrow windows

This office building was constructed fifteen years ago and could be turned into living accommodation with the correct planning consent. 

All in all there’s room for two more families and plenty of space to share with friends.

Available via Country Living Group