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For sale: from money-making manors to cash-creating cottages

Be your own boss and invest in a money-making manor or a cash-creating cottage. Why endure another commute? Escape the rat race.

After a summer of train delays and stifling carriages, we are all keener than ever to leave the office behind. There are plenty of alternatives for determined escapees – and some won’t break the bank. Be your own boss and invest in a money-making manor or a cash-creating cottage. Why endure another commute? Escape the rat race.

Stoodleigh, Tiverton, Devon Offers over £1m

Walk straight in to a ready-made business. This racing stables has trained a number of winners, including Sovereign Debt. Apart from a four-bedroom farmhouse, there are 55 acres of land and endless equestrian facilities. The one-mile gallop is said to be the best in the west. There are 40 stables and an indoor horse walker, so it’s not surprising that top trainers from around the country chomp at the bit to come here.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Haddington, Lincoln £475,000

This 18th century cottage has an annexe that currently offers two B&B rooms, so you could move straight in and make money. Halfway between Lincoln and Newark-on-Trent, the main house has five bedrooms itself, so you could expand the business if you don’t mind sharing facilities.

Call Winkworth’s Lincoln office on 01522 531321

Winterbourne Earls, Salisbury Offers over £895,000

Brush up your hosting skills in this former brush factory as it’s now a B&B. There are eight bedrooms altogether, two of which are in an annexe if you prefer to keep the house to yourself. And it’s a handsome building that has been lovingly renovated, with a modern kitchen just crying out for egg and bacon for your guests.

Call Winkworth’s Salisbury office 01722 443000

Exeter, Devon Offers over £550,000

This elegant townhouse is in a central location and is a great size for a B&B. The top floor bedroom has its own bathroom and fantastic views to delight visitors, or this could be your home. The other four bedrooms share a bathroom, but there is plenty of room to install more.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Exeter, Devon Offers over £530,000

This large Victorian property is currently being let as an eight-bedroom student house, but you could always move in yourself and let out the other bedrooms. It’s currently let for next year, but after that you could do a Rigsby. Even if you kept the ground floor rooms to yourself, it has six bedrooms and plenty of potential.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Seend, Wiltshire £950,000

If you’ve got space, you can usually make money. This attractive four-bedroom farmhouse has a stable yard, a one-bedroom annexe, out-buildings with two large offices, storage and parking. It also has four acres of land. You could let the annexe as a holiday home, rent out the offices or use them for your own business. Alternatively, let or graze the land, or offer stabling and equestrian facilities. There’s even a tennis court – perhaps you could give lessons.

Call Winkworth’s Devizes office 01380 729777

Ashby De La Launde, Lincolnshire £1.8m

Ashby Hall, with its pretty lakeside views, has been many things, including a girls’ school, an officers’ mess, a country club and a cabaret venue. It’s most recent use was as the headquarters for a defence and security company. It has eight bedrooms and 15 reception rooms. You could use it as a hotel or wedding venue, a spa or a conference centre.

Call Winkworth’s Grantham office on 01476 578888

Laughton, East Sussex £750,000

This sweet farmhouse has plenty of potential. Its location is secluded yet the local shop is an easy walk away and Ringmer is just three miles. There are four bedrooms, but you might want to turn one into a bathroom, as the only bathroom is downstairs. Full modernisation is required, but outside you’ll have nine acres of land, six stables and a number of outbuildings as well as a sand school. So you could develop its equestrian facilities, use the land for other animals, and even offer B&B.

Call Winkworth’s Lewes office 01273 471471

Near Maussane, Les Alpilles, France £1.5m

If you’re going to work from home, it gives you much great options to pick the perfect location. And who wouldn’t want to live here in Provence? This enchanting farm provides three separate dwellings, so that you could live here and rent out two. There are five bedrooms altogether, and a swimming pool to entertain your guests.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Prayssac, Lot, France £520,000

This property comes with 17 acres of land, a main house with four bedrooms and three guest houses with two bedrooms each. There’s scope to provide further accommodation and the fields could be good for glamping. The guests could use the heated outdoor swimming pool and there’s also a separate sports room or gym to keep them busy in poor weather.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

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