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Britain's 20 cosiest homes for sale this autumn

As the days grow shorter and the nights draw in, it’s time to seek out a cosy nook and hibernate.

As the days grow shorter and the nights draw in, it’s time to seek out a cosy nook and hibernate. With crackling log fires or a toasty range in the kitchen, we need somewhere to curl up with a good book. Here are our top 20 cosy homes to hunker down across Britain.

Morchard Bishop, Crediton, Devon £700,000

A pastel-painted thatched cottage is the epitome of cosiness and this one is no exception. It has large fireplaces in the main reception rooms and a four-oven Aga in the kitchen. Once winter is over and you start to uncurl, there’s a swimming pool to tempt you outside. There’s also a separate cottage and extra acreage on offer.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177 www.winkworth.co.uk/exeter

East Garston, Hungerford, Berkshire £525,000

With its heart-warming Rayburn and a woodburner in the inglenook of the sitting room, this cottage ticks all the boxes as winter draws near. Imagine snuggling up on the sofa by the light of the fire as the evenings close in. There are three bedrooms, and the thatch was replaced in 2011.

Call Winkworth’s Newbury office on 01635 552552 www.winkworth.co.uk/newbury

Tunstall, Kent £1.25m

What to do now the clocks have gone back and it gets dark so early? Curl up with a good book and a glass of wine in this cosy home. This farmhouse offers a library, a music room and a wine cellar. It also has five bedrooms in the main house and a coach house with a one-bedroom annexe, as well as further outbuildings.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645 www.winkworth.co.uk/estate-agents/canterbury

Radley, Berkshire £2.5mM

From the outside, you’d never guess that this property was built in 1983. Inside, the flow of the rooms and the size of the spaces is comfortably modern. With woodburners and a winter snug, you’ll be all set for the coming season. There are four bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool.

Call Winkworth’s Newbury office on 01635 552552 www.winkworth.co.uk/newbury

Aislaby, nr Whitby, N Yorks £1.45m

Have you ever thought about owning a country estate. Here’s one for you. A compact 53 acres comprising woodlands with deer, grazing land and fishing rights in the River Esk. The main house has a wood-panelled dining room with a woodburner, and Aga. There are outbuildings and two separate cottages.

Call Winkworth’s Cobham office 01932 500200 www.winkworth.co.uk/cobham

Ringmer, East Sussex £895,000

This Victorian home is bursting with beautiful fireplaces. There’s a lovely black grate with marble surround in the living room and a woodburner in the dining room. There are five bedrooms in all, including a huge one in the attic. One of the bedrooms has a feature fireplace. The master bedroom has far-reaching views to the South Downs.

Call Winkworth’s Lewes office on 01273 471471 www.winkworth.co.uk/lewes

Sonning, Reading £1.85m

The warm red brick of this Georgian gem should produce a cosy glow. There’s something very comforting about a sturdy historic house. This one was home to the playwright Terence Rattigan just after the Second World War and boasts a blue plaque. It also has a tennis court, a charming orangery and views of the Thames.

Call Winkworth’s Reading office on 0118 402 2300 www.winkworth.co.uk/estate-agents/reading

Newton-St-Loe, Somerset £895,000

This pretty stone cottage is off the beaten track in a hamlet near Bath. Although it’s set in lovely gardens surrounded by gorgeous countryside, winter will be no hardship here. You’ll be keen to sink into a sofa in front of the enormous inglenook fireplace, or toast your toes near the Aga. One of the five bedrooms is downstairs, and could become a separate granny annexe, or used as extra living space.

Call Winkworth’s Bath office on 01225 829000 www.winkworth.co.uk/bath

Steep, nr Petersfield, Hampshire £925,000

Newly thatched last year, this attractive cottage dates back to the 17th century yet has a bright and modern interior. There are three bedrooms in the main house, plus one in the detached Bothy in the garden. It’s close to Petersfield and the A3, but totally rural and set in beautiful gardens.

Call Winkworth’s Petersfield office on 01730 267274 www.winkworth.co.uk/petersfield

Lewes, East Sussex £515,000

This cute little cottage in lovely Lewes will have you longing to return to its warm embrace. Bigger than it looks, it has a smart kitchen plus a dining area in the basement with doors to the courtyard, and a large reception room on the ground floor. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor and a master suite in the attic.

Call Winkworth’s Lewes office on 01273 471471 www.winkworth.co.uk/lewes

Bishopstone, Salisbury, Wiltshire, £650,000

If you yearn for the tranquillity of the countryside, this home with ducks for neighbours, could be the perfect pad. This charming riverside property overlooks a stream and is bordered by the River Ebble. The cosy cottage is reached via a footbridge and is located on the Southern edge of the Chalke Valley village. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception rooms. French windows lead into a pretty garden, reaching 3/4 acre, full of autumn colour to raise the spirits.

Call Winkworth's Salisbury Office on 01722 443 000 www.winkworth.co.uk/salisbury

South Harting, West Sussex £785,000

South Harting is a pretty downland village with a distinctive copper-wrapped church spire and a wide main street of handsome houses. This four-bedroom cottage dates back to the 16th century and its beamed living room has a huge inglenook fireplace to welcome you home.

Call Winkworth’s Petersfield office on 01730 267274 www.winkworth.co.uk/petersfield

Downton, Lymington £1.395m

It might not be quite the seat of the earls of Grantham, but this four-bedroom barn conversion has a much cosier interior. It also has three holiday chalets and currently offers B&B. The hamlet is within easy reach of the sea and the New Forest. It comes with two acres of land including paddocks and stables.

Call Winkworth’s Sway office on 01590 683834 www.winkworth.co.uk/sway

Bekesbourne, Canterbury £795,000

A pretty cottage in an idyllic garden, this five-bedroom property has a farmhouse kitchen and fabulous views from the adjoining dining room. There are open fireplaces in the large living room and the family sitting room, plus a study, utility room and boot room. Bekesbourne is a tiny village just outside Canterbury, but it has its own mainline station.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645 www.winkworth.co.uk/canterbury

West Wellow, Romsey, Hampshire £900,000

This lovely thatched cottage is everything you might dream about. It has a smart farmhouse kitchen with a black Aga, a beamed living room with big windows and a hearty woodburner. There are two sunny conservatories, too. Outside you have 15 acres to lose yourself in, including woodland and a stream, as well as a heated pool if you need a dip.

Call Winkworth’s Romsey office on 01794 511911 www.winkworth.co.uk/romsey

Steep, nr Petersfield £1.35m

This large, five-bedroom family home has been totally remodelled to a very high-spec finish, with a good flow and open-plan family spaces. However, there are plenty of nooks to hibernate. The book-lined study is one such area, and the upstairs games room. There’s even an outdoor fireplace to extend the al fresco season.

Call Winkworth’s Petersfield office on 01730 267274 www.winkworth.co.uk/petersfield

Calstone, nr Calne, Wiltshire £1.495m

If you love to hide away for the winter, try this 17th century farmhouse in sleepy Wiltshire. It has a traditional kitchen with an Aga, and a huge inglenook in the dining room. There are three reception rooms and five bedrooms, as well as a cellar, converted barn annexe and a range of outbuildings. You’ll have 11 acres of land to roam in, bounded by a stream.

Call Winkworth’s Marlborough office on 01672 552777 www.winkworth.co.uk/marlborough

Studham, Bedfordshire £1.4m

Close to Whipsnade Zoo on the Dunstable Downs, this thatched country residence sits in a plot of one acre. There’s a quick rail link into London from nearby Harpenden. The house has plenty of living accommodation and five bedrooms. There’s period detail throughout, with beams, open fireplaces and lattice windows.

Call Winkworth’s St Albans office on 01727 844330 www.winkworth.co.uk/st-albans

Collingham, Newark, Nottinghamshire £250,000

If you like your winter warmth with a touch of Scandi cool, this two-bedroom bolthole could be for you. With pale walls and a cream Franco Belge wood stove, underfloor heating, brushed chrome fittings and bi-fold doors to the walled garden with views to the church, this is a contemporary triumph.

Call Winkworth’s Newark office on 01636 611666 www.winkworth.co.uk/newark

Whitestone, Exeter £435,000

A few miles outside the city and off the main A30, this semi-rural location hides a charming home. Inglenook Cottage takes its name from its most prominent feature. It has three bedrooms, plus a separate apartment above the garage. The garden offers plenty of space for summertime relaxation, with lawns and woodland areas, and the property is surrounded by fields.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177 www.winkworth.co.uk/exeter

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