June's most popular homes

Which would you choose?


Craigcrook Castle

There's nothing quite like a bit of property porn, whether it's a sleek Kensington apartment or a cute country cottage.

In fact, a survey last year from Direct Line insurance found that 63% of Brits admit to browsing property websites even when they have no intention of buying.

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"We are a nation of property obsessives with very good reason. Our homes are our castles and becoming a homeowner or even climbing the ladder in the UK is a huge challenge and aspiration for many," comments Katie Lomas, head of Direct Line Home Insurance.

"Property sites are a source of information and inspiration and browsing these sites has become something of a past‐time for millions of people."

So which properties were our favourites last month?

1. Six-bedroom detached house in Oxshott, Surrey

The 1930s home

The most-viewed home last month was Laynston House which, despite its Georgian style, actually dates from the 1930s. It's been restored and expanded since then, and now houses some decidedly non-traditional features, including an annex with an indoor leisure complex, and an all-weather tennis court. It's available via UK Sotheby's International Realty, for £3.75m

2. Six-bedroom detached house in Hingham, Norwich

The charming farmhouse

This idyllic Norwich farmhouse is packed full of charming features including inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams and a rustic oak staircase. There's also a bespoke handmade kitchen and self-contained annex that could potentially be rented out. It's up for sale with Purple Bricks for £750,000.

3. Five-bedroom detached house in Coalport, Shropshire

The carriages in the garden

This unusual property was once Coalport Station, and is set in the World Heritage Site of the Ironbridge Gorge. It comes with two railway carriages in the two-acre garden which have been turned into luxury holiday lets. The station house itself has been converted into a practical family home with five bedrooms and three receptions. It costs £950,000 through agent Nick Tart.

4. Seven-bedroom detached house in Fetcham, Surrey

The front of the enormous house

Built in 2016, this enormous mansion comes with no less than five cavernous reception rooms and six ensuite bedrooms. The kitchen/breakfast room alone is more than 50 feet long. It's been kitted out with underfloor heating, engineered oak flooring and security cameras and is all wrapped up with a 10-year build warranty. But, at almost £2.7m, it doesn't come cheap - contact Huggins Edwards & Sharp for more details.

5. Five-bedroom castle in Ravelston, Edinburgh for £6m

Craigcrook Castle

It's not just users of Zoopla that like 16th-century Craigcrook Castle: it's also attracted the attention of famous writers, with Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, George Eliot and Alfred Lord Tennyson all having visited. The fairytale property needs a bit of work, but could end up with five bedrooms and two main reception rooms. It's up for sale with Ballantynes for £6m.

6. Six-bedroom detached house in Epsom, Surrey, for £2.3m

The front of the house

Surrey's always popular, and this vast mansion has the advantage of backing onto the Royal Automobile Club and Country Club. The family room is ideal for entertaining as it comes with its own bar and pool table, and there's a gym and enormous Jacuzzi. It's up for sale for £2.3 million via Hamptons International.

7. 16-bedroom detached house in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire

The grand baronial mansion

While technically this home is merely a Scottish baronial mansion, it goes by the name of Dalmoak Castle. Built between 1866 and 1868, it has stained-glass windows - one believed to be the biggest in the UK - along with grand fireplaces and intricate ceilings. It's certainly big enough to be a castle, with 16 bedrooms and nine bathrooms, along with several grand receptions. It's up for sale with Housesimple for £1.7m.

8. Four-bedroom cottage in Pontfaen, Fishguard, Wales

The hobbit-style cottage

We recently featured this lovely eco-home, and it seems plenty of pther people like it too. Built in 1972, it was one of the first modern homes to be built with a turf roof and boasts a private spring-fed water supply and solar-power electricity. It costs just £160,000 from agent John Francis.

9. Five-bedroom detached house in Newmillerdam, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Aerial view of the house

This large Yorkshire home is spread out over three floors and has everything a 21st family could ever need. There's a soundproof recreation room in the basement, a home gym and sauna, along with five bedrooms and four receptions. It's up for sale with Yorkshire's Finest for £1.2m.

10. Four-bedroom maisonette in Kensington, West London

The outside of the building

This is one of the most expensive maisonettes on Zoopla – even the service charges come to £3,890 a year. The four-bedroom home is pretty special, though, with two large reception rooms and even its own small but immaculate garden. It's available via Hamptons International for £3.4m

UK property hotspots 2017 (according to Zoopla)

UK property hotspots 2017 (according to Zoopla)