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Heavenly homes for autumn

As the days grow shorter and the trees shift to their golden hues, we yearn for a home with an autumnal attraction. Whether it’s a cosy fireside, a garden painted with rich golden colours or a sun-drawn migration to warmer climes, here are our top suggestions for your year’s-end dream property.

As the days grow shorter and the trees shift to their golden hues, we yearn for a home with an autumnal attraction. Whether it’s a cosy fireside, a garden painted with rich golden colours or a sun-drawn migration to warmer climes, here are our top suggestions for your year’s-end dream property.

Morchard Bishop, Devon £700,000

A West Country longhouse is the epitome of picture perfect. From its cute thatched top to its sturdy cob walls, this fetching farmhouse oozes winter warmth. It has open fires, a bread oven, woodburners and an Aga. Outside, as the air turns chill, the leaves will brighten the charming three-acre garden and the trees in the orchard will offer their ripe fruit. There are five bedrooms and a three-bedroom annexe. More land is available.

Call Winkworth’s Exeter office on 01392 271177

Shaftesbury, Dorset £675,000

Gracious Georgian proportions combine with country charm in this, the Old School House, which sits on a hilltop on the outskirts of Shaftesbury. You could lounge in your elegant drawing room by the fire and watch the seasonal progression spreading out below. This four-storey home has four bedrooms and a terraced garden with far-reaching views.

Call Winkworth’s Salisbury office on 01722 443000

Devizes, Wiltshire £895,000

If the thought of open fires sends a shiver down your spine, this half-timbered cottage is bang up to date with underfloor heating. It does have a fireplace in the drawing room, but there are clean and easy-to-handle multifuel stoves in the dining and living rooms. The gardens are glorious, with lawns, a terrace and cottage garden planting, plus views to the countryside beyond.

Call Winkworth’s Devizes office on 01380 729777

Bekesbourne, Canterbury, Kent £825,000

Charming gardens surround this attractive period property and a variety of seating areas allow you to enjoy the sun throughout the day and across the seasons. Indoors, there are open fires in the reception rooms, and plenty of period details. There are five bedrooms and a farmhouse style kitchen with room for a table.

Call Winkworth’s Canterbury office on 01227 456645

Leatherhead, Surrey £4.5m

Autumn is the perfect season to discover you were to the manor born. Boasting a parkland full of trees in all their speckled glory, and formal gardens full of asters and dahlias, this fabulous Arts & Crafts mansion sits in 8.5 acres of land in the Mole Valley. It’s within 22 miles of London, Heathrow and Gatwick yet is its own little slice of paradise. The spectacular house features inglenooks galore, vaulted ceilings and a minstrel’s gallery. What could be better for autumn evenings?

Call Winkworth’s Guildford office on 01483 339977

Laughton, East Sussex £999,950

This 16th century cottage will entice you inside, with its beams and quirky woodburning stoves. There’s a good-size open-plan kitchen/ diner perfect for modern family life, plus a cosy sitting room for relaxing in the evening. There are four bedrooms and 2.5 acres of garden and paddocks.

Call Winkworth’s Lewes office on 01273 471471

Highbrook, nr Ardingly, West Sussex £665,000

This cute, picture-postcard cottage is full of character, but offers modern living with its large kitchen/dining room complete with Aga and patio windows opening onto a terrace. The living room has a huge inglenook fireplace with a woodburner installed, and there are three bedrooms. The extensive lawns are surrounded by mature trees and shrubs, with views to the fields beyond.

Call Winkworth’s Forest Row office on 01342 822255

Marsh Gibbon, Oxfordshire £795,000

The little village of Marsh Gibbon lies just outside Bicester, with its shopping outlet centre and excellent communication links. This part thatched cottage has all the historic features you could want, plus a modern extension. There are five bedrooms in all, and the lovely gardens are sheltered and secluded.

Call Winkworth’s Oxford office 01865 511333

Petersfield, Hampshire £995,000

Parts of this large farmhouse date back to the 17th century, so expect beams and inglenooks. Newer parts have rooms of more classical proportions. There are six bedrooms and gardens of more than an acre. The mainline station is just over a mile away.

Call Winkworth’s Petersfield office on 01730 267274

Bishopstone, Salisbury £650,000

If you have ever fancied a garden with a stream running through it, this is your chance. Sedge Cottage has lawns bordered by the water and is even approached via a bridge. It has four bedrooms, two bright reception rooms and a large kitchen with room for a table. Look out to see swans, ducks and moorhens playing just outside.

Call Winkworth’s Salisbury office on 01722 443000

Eygalieres, Les Alpilles, France £2.55m

Like the swallows, perhaps you take flight as the British summer draws to an end. You head south for the winter. Set in the range of low mountains between Avignon and the Mediterranean coast, this country manor house has an appealing exterior and a light but spacious interior. It was designed in the 18th century style by a famous architect and is surrounded by nearly five acres of olive groves and vines. The perfect escape for autumn.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Nr Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy £2.1m

Lucignano is a beautifully preserved hilltop village, surrounded by an elliptical wall defending its strategic position between Siena and Arezzo. This superb stone farmhouse has vaulted ceilings, an enormous inglenook fireplace with room to burn massive logs, and nearly 20 acres of land.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Gaucin, Andalucía, Spain £ 1.42m

This gorgeous villa was run as a boutique hotel for many years. It has five bedrooms and is set in a secluded, landscaped garden with views to Gibraltar and the mountains of North Africa. There’s a pool, tennis court and snooker room, the furniture is included and the staff are willing to stay on.

Call Winkworth’s Spain office 0034 952 88 09 41

Bursinel, Switzerland POA

You may not be escaping the winter weather by heading to Lake Geneva, but you will be well placed to enjoy it. With waterfront views and direct access to the lake, you will even have a boathouse with this spectacular villa. It has six bedrooms, and comes with a fitness centre, a sauna, a library and an orangery.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Catus, Lot, France £495,800

Mellow stone, a little turret and outstanding views mark out this 17th century farmhouse near Cahors. It sits in eight acres of gardens and grounds that include a tennis court and pool as well as an orchard and vineyard. There are four bedrooms and huge open fireplaces in the living room and kitchen. There is also a stone barn with a bread oven.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Nr Uzès, Gard, France £1.1m

This period mansion is close to the heart of the little town of Uzès, which is a pretty place built of pale stone, with ancient buildings and tree lined streets. The market is famed for its size and the variety of its fresh produce. If you live here you will produce your own olives to pop in your Martini as you sit overlooking the river.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Near Avignon, Provence, France £1.185m

It is clear that this 17th century property has been designed by a master. The attention to detail and the attractive flow of the rooms exude taste and distinction. There are five beautiful bedrooms, four shower rooms, an open-plan kitchen, plus two balconies.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Figeac, Lot, France £515,000

A quintessential stone farmhouse, restored clearly by a British owner, this lovely property comes with a gîte that would be perfect to let out or run as a B&B. The main house has four bedrooms, while the gîte has six. There are two pools and extensive lawned gardens.

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

Samoens, France £1.1m

Finally, here’s a ski chalet for those who can’t wait for the snow. This property has a separate two-bedroom flat on the lower floor, plus a four-bedroom chalet on the upper two floors. Its cosy interior is wood-clad with feature fireplaces and a wraparound balcony. Roll on winter!

Call Winkworth’s international sales 020 7870 7181

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