Seven properties for a new life

Homes with businesses attached

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.

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