Seven properties for a new life

The garden centre

Many of us dream of upping sticks and starting a new life elsewhere. And for most people, this means finding a new job as well as somewhere to live.

So why not kill two birds with one stone and look for a home with a business attached? We look at seven businesses that come with lovely accommodation and are on the market right now.

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Garden centre, near Bristol

The garden centre house

Green-fingered house-hunters will adore this Somerset garden centre and cafe, which makes a profit of between £50,000 and £100,000 a year. There's a glorious four-bedroom cottage attached which was built in the early sixteenth century and has many original features. It backs onto woodland that's available for sale separately. The property is available through for £1.4 million.

Pub, near Rugby

The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn in the picturesque Warwickshire village of Monks Kirby is available freehold and is free of tie. Pretty as a picture, it includes four-bedroom owners' accommodation with two good-sized reception rooms. The pub has a successful food business and a function room seating 80 people, as well as several other seating areas; and there's oodles of character, with wall and ceiling timbers. It costs £950,000 through agent George and Company.

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Boat business, anywhere you like

The brigantine at sea

Sail off into the sunset with this French 110-foot oak, classic rig brigantine, currently based in the Canary Islands - but eminently moveable, of course. Built in 1957 as a fishing vessel, it's been used for the last 20 years as a Sail Training Vessel taking trainees and charter guests for holiday trips and corporate functions and turning over between £500,000 and £1 million a year. Beautifully restored, it has a total of 25 berths in 11 cabins, including crew and captain's quarters. It's available through BusinessesForSale with an asking price of £475,000.

Boarding kennels, near Stafford

The boarding kennels

This pretty four-bedroom cottage sits in nearly three quarters of an acre and comes with a kennel business that's been going for 25 years. It's licensed for up to 26 kennels, has an exercise paddock and there's a dog grooming business included too. The cottage is charming, with two reception rooms and a breakfast kitchen; there's an ensuite to the master bedroom as well as a family bathroom. There's an asking price of £650,000 from agent Nick Tart.

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Village shop, West Sussex

The village shop

In the well-off village of Horsham, West Sussex, is this large village shop which has been in business for 18 years. The shop is on the ground floor, along with a living room and kitchen, and there are a bathroom and four bedrooms, one with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, on the first floor. The shop turned over £175,914 in 2015. There's a garden at the back, and plenty of customer parking in front. The shop costs £750,000 through agent Michael Jones.

Beauty salon, Surrey

The beauty salon

You won't be able to start your beauty business immediately if you buy this property in Horsell near Woking in Surrey as it's currently let out, but there's only a year left on the lease. The business has a good spot on the High Street, and is making £10,500 a year. Above the salon is a two-bedroom flat which is vacant and ready to move into, with a smart kitchen with feature glass-brick wall and a reception room overlooking a very pretty garden. There's plenty of parking to the side and rear. The property has an asking price of £670,000, through agent Chancellors.

Organic farm, Sicily

The organic farm

For a real change, why not take on an organic farm and vineyard in Sicily? This one's in the heart of the Etna DOC wine region, and has spectacular views of Mount Etna. There are around three hectares of land with vineyards and olive groves surrounded by forest and gardens. The place is currently being used as an 'agriturismo' destination, with the main building split into two levels; there are ten bedrooms altogether, most of which are ensuite. The farm costs £693,592 through agents Engel and Volker.

Most viewed property of the year
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Most viewed property of the year
This unassuming three-bedroom detached house in Martins Heron in Berkshire doesn’t immediately look like the kind of property to draw the crowds. However, the fact it was used as Harry Potter’s home in the first of the films means we were intrigued to see inside this £475,000 property that was ideal for commuting.
This was an impressive seven-bedroom home in Upper Denby, on the market for £1.3 million - with plenty of rustic charm and a wood-burning stove. However, we all know the real reason this made it to the list of the most-viewed properties: it’s the enormous play area complete with pirate ship that you can just catch sight of through the lounge window.
This five bedroom relatively newly-built mansion has every whistle and bell you could wish for - from a cinema and games room to a gym, swimming pool, and a dining room that’s big enough for a grand piano in the corner. It’s still on the market for £1.05 million, and is right next to Lincoln Golf course if you fancy playing a round.
Unsurprisingly, this development project on Chadwick Road in East London has been snapped up. At just £1 million you got 13 rooms over four floors - with off-street parking for three cars. No wonder it was the seventh most popular home for us to look at, and dream that with a bit of elbow grease we could have a huge London property... and we could finally park somewhere near it too.

This is a home that comes with a dream lifestyle. For just £1.4 million, you can get an incredibly swanky five-bedroom farmhouse in seven acres of lovely Welsh countryside. You also get a two-bedroom barn conversion - either to house visiting family, or to run as a holiday letting business. The house is still in the market - so that dream could still be yours.

Ever fancy your own posh lakeside hideaway with its own jetty just over an hour from London - for just £2.8 million?

Quite a few people did, judging by the fact that this new development in Cirencester was the 5th most viewed house of the year.

For just £545,000, this 6-bedroom house in Donaghadee could be yours. The property itself is very recently developed in an elegantly rustic New England style. There's plenty of room, and a dream bathroom. But possibly the reason it features so high up the list of most-viewed houses is that it comes with a paddock and stable - perfect for anyone with horsey aspirations.
It’s easy to see why this pretty £375,000 cottage is in such high demand. First is the fact it has been rebuilt from reclaimed stone, so combines old world charm with handy modern features (like a good-sized kitchen and fancy bathroom). Then there’s the location - right in the centre of the village of Holmfirth - best-known as the setting of Last of the Summer Wine.

This impressive house in Bromley in Kent has footballer written all over it. From the pale grey colour scheme, to the acres of space, and the enormous patio for entertaining, there's plenty for a footballer to love. At just £1.7 million it’s pocket-change for them too. For the rest of us, there’s the chance to dream of a mansion within commuting distance of London for the price of a flat in Notting Hill.

There was a time when a semi-detached five-bedroom home in Hampstead Garden Suburb was the sort of thing that ordinary families could aspire to. Now it's the kind of thing we spend our time daydreaming over on property websites: marveling at a 90 foot garden and the fact it has a garage. The price tag of £2.25 million means it's the kind of house we can only ever afford to look at online - which is probably why it's the most viewed property of the year.
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