The costs of real estate have recovered somewhat from the world economic crash of 2009. For some time, it was hard for individuals to get home loans because lending institutions were still in shock after nearly going bankrupt.
Fast forward a few years, and you can find some properties that are perfect for your lifestyle and pocketbook, and you can find bankers willing to loan you the money. So, if you are in the market, here are some things you can look for as you shop for a beautiful cottage.
One of the most striking features of cottages in the UK is the architecture. Eyebrow dormers, thatched roofs, slate roofs, Tudor styling, and more make for fascinating structures. Many places have been added on to over decades if not centuries. This can often lead to a hodge-podge of styles that may or may not have been done in a tasteful manner.
Make sure that any property you consider is properly constructed. Additions should be solid and not require demolition, unless that is what you are looking for. A mixture of architectural styles may be nice to look at, if that is your taste.
Find out before you purchase a property if you will need any permits to make changes. Some historic properties have restrictions that would prohibit you from adding a second floor, certain plumbing upgrades, or a larger footprint. You may not be allowed to change the exterior. So, find out if the property has been inspected and whether or not you will be able to make the upgrades you want before you purchase.
With these cautions in mind, let’s look at some of the prettiest cottages on the market today.
- Weir Cottage
- The Weir Cottage is in Shropshire. It is a thatched roof cottage with a timber frame. The house and surrounding garden is in the middle of the village, so you have plenty of access to the comforts of the town while enjoying a beautiful garden.
- Avon Cottage
- Located in Bredon, Tewkesbury, you find another thatched cottage with a little more square footage. This incredible Gloucestershire cottage has a beautiful garden and is right down the street from school, a pub, and a village shop. The garden is professionally landscaped, and you have outbuildings, as well.
- Oldgate Dairy
- Looking much like an old church, the Oldgate Dairy has been converted to a cottage with two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is also a kitchen, conservatory, utility, and more. You will enjoy the pretty gardens and the double car garage.
- 18 Old Cleeve
- In Somerset, you find this incredible thatched cottage with a guest annex. Traditional gardens grace the area, and include a special garden right off of the kitchen for fresh herbs and vegetables. This cottage has 3 bedrooms, a cloak room, a boot room, and 2 reception areas.
The most beautiful cottages make the most comfortable homes. Surrounding gardens anchor the house, and welcome family and visitors alike.