14 Beautiful Country Properties For Sale From £500,000

Despite the flock back to cities post-pandemic, if you still harbour dreams of escaping to the country, it’s worth knowing there’s a slew of beautiful properties across the home counties on the market from £500,000. Here, we’ve done the hard work for you and round up 16 of the best currently for sale.

Three-Bedroom House, Highstead, Chislet £500,000

This double fronted detached period cottage is in the hamlet of Highstead, near the villages of Herne and Broomfield. Dating back to the mid-1800s, it still has an abundance of period features, including exposed brickwork, timber beams and inglenook fireplaces. Even so, the property has undergone tasteful refurbishment and careful extension over the years and now offers three – one of which is on the ground floor – two reception rooms and solid oak flooring throughout. To the rear, there’s a south facing garden, and upstairs you’ll find two double bedrooms with rural views. A large family bathroom also sits on the first floor.

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Three-Bedroom House, St. Thomas Drive, Pagham, £550,000

Tucked away within a few metres of the local village of Pagham, and just a few hundred metres walk to the beach, this cottage retains plenty of authentic features reflective of a bygone era. Don’t fret – there are now lots of modern comforts, including a fitted kitchen with a dining area, a utility room, a landing and three bedrooms. Having been lovingly cared for by the current owners, the property also has well-tended to wrap-around gardens, including a well, driveway and garage. The plot measures approximately 0.23 of an acre and at the front, there’s a useful timber storage shed and summer house. 

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Two-Bedroom House, Dunsfold Road, Plaistow, £595,000

A charming Grade II listed character cottage still with many of its original features, this property can be found in the popular West Sussex village of Plaistow. With origins believed to date back to the 17th century, the original timber beams still exist, albeit complemented now by crittal windows. The double opening front door offers access to the entrance hall and the living room which overlooks the garden and has a wonderful brick fireplace with a rustic log burner. To the side of the house is a generous conservatory, affording views over and access onto the rear garden, while the double aspect kitchen has recently been updated with traditional-style units, beautiful wooden worktops and built-in appliances. Solid wood flooring continues upstairs, where you will find two double bedrooms.

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Three-Bedroom House, Reigate Hill, Reigate, £650,000

A former gatehouse, the oldest parts of this property date back to 1833, with more recent and stylish additions made by the current owners to create a modern family home arranged over two floors. The kitchen/breakfast room comes with quartz worksurfaces and Shaker-style units, as well as underfloor heating, while a bi-fold window looks out to the garden. The family rooms, each with exposed brick features around the working fireplaces, offer maximum versatility for family life, while steps lead down to a basement currently in use as a home office. On the first floor, the bright and airy main bedroom has Velux windows and a contemporary en-suite shower room, while two further bedrooms are served by a family bathroom. Even better, the garden is described as ‘low maintenance’ and there’s no onward chain.

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Three-Bedroom Semi-Detached House, Station Road, Shalford, Guildford, £750,000

The pretty village of Shalford has its own railway station, post office, village shop, chemist, two pubs, a coffee shop, and a tennis and cricket club. There is also an excellent selection of schools in the area and the surrounding countryside is full of walking, riding and cycling opportunities. This stylish period Victorian house is mere moments from the green and comes with its own 70ft southerly facing garden, a detached brick built "old forge” with a log burning stove, an additional brick outbuilding used as a home office, and a driveway for two or three cars. Upstairs, there are three good sized bedrooms, a family bathroom and a large loft space. Downstairs, the kitchen is d open plan, while the living room still has a Victorian fireplace and decorative mouldings.

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Four-Bedroom House, Fairford Close, Haywards Heath, £785,000

This detached family house occupies a quiet yet central location just 10 from the station in Haywards Heath. With a generous double aspect living room, dining room and kitchen, there is also a downstairs cloakroom and good-sized home office. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room and a good-sized family bathroom. The property has off-street parking and a single garage and there is an enclosed garden to the rear t with astro turf for easy maintenance, and a lovely landscaped garden to the front.

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Four-Bedroom House, Crowhurst Road, Crowhurst, £795,000

A beautifully presented four-bedroom late 16th century Grade II-listed cottage, this house comes with stunning rural views and large gardens including a stable and summer house. Internally there are a wealth of period features, in addition to a modern kitchen/breakfast room and ample living space. Situated on the outskirts of the historic village of Lingfield, there are nearby shops for every day requirements and a selection of village pubs. The cottage also has two staircases – the second is off the study area and leads to a good size double bedroom, which is open to the eaves.

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Four-Bedroom House, Milford, £950,000

We’ll admit it – this one is a bit of a fixer-upper, but the bones of this prestigious Georgian home will instantly capture your imagination if you’re in the market for a renovation project. With idyllic grounds and gardens of approx. 0.25 acres, it’s also centrally located in the pretty village of Milford. Plenty of the original features remain – including timber framed walls, exposed beams and fireplaces, while its versatile layout comprises four reception rooms along with outbuildings that add a host of possibilities. 

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Four-Bedroom House, Shripney Lane, Shripney, £1,000,000

This charming, detached cottage comes with a large gated driveway and ample parking. Beautifully presented throughout, with a number of character features including wooden beams and period fireplaces, there’s a choice of reception rooms, although a particular highlight is the 21ft living room, complete with a brick fireplace and French doors leading to the garden. The immaculately landscaped garden is a plus – complete with a central pond and decked seating area, it’s the perfect space for al fresco entertaining. Upstairs, a spacious landing leads to four bedrooms, a generous bathroom with a separate loo and a shower room.

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Six-Bedroom House, Theobalds Road, East Sussex £1,925,000

Theobalds Farm is a stunning Grade II-listed family home that’s had a number of additions over time. Sympathetically modernised by the current owners, plenty of period features remain, including exposed timbers, original brick and oak floors, two impressive inglenook fireplaces and a number of original doors. The result is a substantial yet luxurious country home, ideal for modern family living, with accommodation arranged over four floors, including the cellar. An original front door, studded with the date 1627, opens to the entrance hall, off which lie three formal reception rooms with good ceiling heights. The modern kitchen/breakfast room sits at the heart of the house with views over the rear gardens, and there are five bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. The second floor comprises of two separate further bedrooms, each with its own staircase. Finally, connected to the house by a part-covered rear courtyard, is a barn currently used as a games room.

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Five-Bedroom House, Langton Road, Tunbridge Wells, £2,150,000

Cheyne House is believed to have been built around 1923 and today, it’s a wonderful mix of classic period character, and luckily brought right up to date by the current owners. The colour scheme throughout is crisp and clean, while the quality fixtures and fittings include underfloor heating and a pressurised hot water system g. The rooms are light and spacious, enhanced by high ceilings and large windows, with most enjoying views over the garden. The living space is particularly noteworthy, comprising an open plan bespoke fitted kitchen/breakfast room, complete with an Aga and large conservatory to the rear. Meanwhile, four individual bedrooms on the first floor include a generously-proportioned suite with a walk-in dressing room and the second floor houses a large bedroom, shower room, fitted cupboards and an alcove suitable which could be used as a small study.

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Six-Bedroom House, Sparepenny Lane, Farningham, £2,450,000

This handsome Grade II-listed property was designed and built by the architect John Collyer in 1820, which explains why it has many of the fine classical Regency period features, including fireplaces, multi-pane sash windows, decorative cornicing, wooden floorboards and high ceilings. The present owners have significantly enhanced the property through general refurbishment and modifications such as the remodelling of the kitchen and the addition of an en-suite shower room to the main bedroom. The house sits on a plot of about a third of an acre with electric gated off-road parking, front, side and rear gardens, including a courtyard with broad paved terrace, rose beds and fountain, all with scene lighting.

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Seven-Bedroom House, Slip Mill Lane, Hawkhurst £2,850,000

Primrose Hill is a Georgian house set above a sweeping front lawn and approached by a long driveway, while the main entrance to this property set above Portland Stone steps and framed by a classical portico. The hallway has matching spacious reception rooms to the left and right and leads to an impressive central staircase, beyond which are the dining room, study and kitchen areas. The interior retains many period features including seven fireplaces, five of which are original Georgian and most of the doors are traditional too. The main lawn was once an Edwardian tennis court croquet and at the end is a round pond which is fed by a natural spring. Local history records that Primrose Hill was built in 1802 by William Ayerst, the miller who made money from the mill but also from harbouring brandy smugglers, an activity notorious in the area. 

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Six-Bedroom House, Cudham Road, Downe £4,500,000

It’s hard to believe this late Victorian house isn’t listed, but the agents still think it’s an opportunity not to be missed. In the sought-after historic village of Downe, the gardens span more than three acres, and the property comes with its own gated driveway. Immaculately presented accommodation encompasses 7000 sq. ft. of high ceilings, elegant proportions and architectural features. Outside, there’s also a tennis court, orchard and swimming pool – the latter of which has its own garden house, which could be ideal for entertaining.

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