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If these walls could talk: top 10 converted homes for sale

From chateaux to churches and oast houses to farmhouses, we have picked the best historic properties for sale converted into amazing homes.

Whether their roots were industrial, agricultural, or defensive, converted properties always retain something of their past. We all love to immerse ourselves in the history of a place. Who were the people who lived or worked here? What was it like a century ago, or maybe two? In these homes, the story is all around, and the next chapter awaits you.


Dordogne, France £785,000 (€967,000)

From 15th century fortification to comfortable home is not always easy metamorphosis, but in this case it works beautifully. The living rooms are grand in size, yet cosy, and there are five bedrooms. There’s also a cottage and a studio as well as a range of outbuildings that could be converted. If you are looking for a home with holiday let potential, this homes is definitely worth considering. Call the Winkworth international sales team on 020 7870 7181

Old College House, Brighton, East Sussex £650,000

This landmark Victorian building was converted into apartments in 2004. It stands in the city centre, close to the Lanes, famous for their shops and boutiques. This split-level penthouse has three bedrooms and a modern, open-plan layout that merges seamlessly with the original beams in the upper rooms. The building has a 24-hour concierge service. Call Winkworth Brighton on 01273 772175

St Oswald’s Place, Kennington London SE11 £3,495,000

Back to school in this conversion – but what a school! This classy adaptation of the Gothic Revival building was undertaken by architect Tony Fretton and the three-bedroom flat is now on the market for the first time in 30 years. The interior spaces are light and airy, yet retain their period charm. There are communal gardens and two parking spaces. Call Winkworth Kennington on 020 7587 0600

Trotton, Petersfield, Hampshire £1,095,000

At the end of a no-through lane, on the banks of the River Rother, this watermill was still working in the 1960s. Its conversion to a family home has been done lovingly, retaining many of the old mill workings. There is a three-car garage with a self-contained annex above, making four bedrooms in all. Call Winkworth Petersfield on 01730 267274

Beckenham, Bromley £550,000

Part of an award-winning church conversion, this two bedroom flat is convenient for anybody working in central London. The magnificent communal entrance reflects the building’s 1878 origins, but once inside the apartment, the layout and décor are completely up to date. There’s a private courtyard and allocated parking – which will no doubt preclude any preaching. Call Winkworth Beckenham on 020 8650 1000

Tonbridge, Kent £795,000

More than anything else, oast houses are quintessentially Kentish. A glimpse of a cowl above the orchard blossom in spring and you know you’re in the garden of England. This oast house conversion has a matching twin, also for sale. In this property, the master bedroom has its enormous en suite up a private staircase in the oast roof. Call Winkworth Tunbridge Wells on 01892 519600

Gosberton, Lincs £599,950

This attractive brick-built barn conversion comes with nine acres of land all ready for horses. The human habitation includes four or five bedrooms, a large double garage and a carport with a studio or games room above. Call Winkworth Bourne on 01778 392807

Lot, France £589,000 (€725,000)

This manor house built to be easily defended has been turned into a family home with four bedrooms and plenty of space for children to charge around. There’s an acre and a half of grounds which include a separate turret for little princesses or knights, a swimming pool and a stretch of riverbank. Call the Winkworth international sales team on 020 7870 7181

Seer Green, Bucks £3.75m

This commuter-belt farmhouse is still a farmhouse, albeit a very upmarket one. But it comes with a superb tithe barn which has been converted into a one-bedroom guest house, or office suite. The buildings sit in 15 acres, including beautiful gardens, an orchard, fields and a swimming pool with a retractable cover. Call Winkworth Beaconsfield on 01494 677978

Milford, Godalming, Surrey £875,000

On the outskirts of this vibrant village, this barn conversion retains all the character of its 17th century origins but offers modern living with a large kitchen/diner, plenty of downstairs space and four bedrooms. Its semi-rural position is convenient for the A3 and the village station is an hour from Waterloo. Call Winkworth Guildford on 01483 339977

And one for luck… 

Nr Avignon, France £2.4m (€2.97m)

Milling around by calm waters could be your raison d’etre if you bought this former mill in the south of France. What could be more peaceful? This delightful property, surrounded by the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone, has 10 bedrooms, so if you wanted to be busy, you could run a B&B here. Call the Winkworth international sales team on 020 7870 7181


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