Seven houses near festival sites

All the comforts of home


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The summer's festivals have almost come to an end, and this year the weather hasn't been too bad.

All too often, though, enjoying the fun means wading through mud, sleeping on hard ground or else forking out for an expensive B&B.

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Some lucky festival-goers, though, get to take a shower at the end of the day, change into clean dry pyjamas and sleep in their own bed.

We look at seven houses near festival sites.

The kitchen of the Reading house

If your teenagers are just back from Reading, filthy and broke, you might rest easier in your bed knowing that next year they'll be resting in theirs. This five-bedroom period family house, set in a conservation area, is just a mile from the festival site. Two of the bedrooms are in the basement - perfect for sulky teens - and you're close to the station and shops. Unfortunately, though, Reading house prices have rocketed over the last year, and it'll cost you £597,500 through Davis Tate.

The Glastonbury cottage

You get a lot for your money in pretty Somerset, and this three-bedroom end of terrace cottage is just £215,000. It's in Shepton Mallet, a twenty-minute walk from Pilton, the home of the Glastonbury festival. The modern property is in great condition, and there's an en suite to the master bedroom. The garden's small, but there are pretty views over the fields. It's on the market with Palmer Snell.

The music room of the Glyndebourne house

Opera buffs will love this large three-bedroom house: not only is it just a ten-minute drive from the site of the Glyndebourne festival, it has its own music room. In one of the smartest - and priciest - areas of Lewes, the house has another good-sized reception room and a study; there's currently only one bathroom upstairs, but plenty of room to add one or two more. Unfortunately, all this doesn't come cheap: the house costs £899,950 through agent Rowland Gorringe.

The Isle of Wight home

Isle of Wight
There's plenty of room for a band to rehearse in the detached double garage that comes with this building - and its forest location means thare aren't too many neighbours to disturb. Currently divided into a one-bed bungalow and three-bedroom house, it's a ten-minute drive from the site of the Isle of Wight festival. There's a good-sized farmhouse kitchen and a conservatory, and the gardens are particularly lovely. Agents Watson Bull & Porter are looking for £500,000.

The Hay valley home

Hay on Wye
Bibliophiles will love this seven-bedroom home in the Wye Valley, with the Hay on Wye book festival on the doorstep. Amongst the five reception rooms, there's a large panelled library with a wood burning stove for cosy evenings in. There are several outbuildings in the grounds, which lead down to the river Wye itself. There's a guide price of £950,000, but the place is truly enormous; agents Russell Baldwin & Bright suggest it has business potential.

The Dorset cottage

You can't stagger far at Bestival without tripping over a face-painted toddler: it's become the festival for young parents who really can't bear to let the party stop. This year, it's moved to Lulworth Castle, allowing Dorset residents to tuck their kids up at home at the end of the day. This three-bed cottage is perfect for a young family, with a large garden that backs onto open fields and streams, and there are good schools nearby. Dorset's excellent value for young families, and agents Purplebricks are looking for offers over £350,000.

The pretty Cambridge cottage

Cambridge Folk Festival
Folk music fans will relish the period features of this charming cottage in Cambridge. Dating back in parts to the sixteenth century, it has a stunning inglenook fireplace in the living room and is set in lovely gardens. There are three bedrooms, but buyers might want to sacrifice one to create a proper bathroom upstairs. It needs a bit of work - but in their spare moments, the new owners could stroll down to the nearby Golden Hind, which has regular folk music all year round. Cambridge homes have been rocketing in value over the last couple of years, and agents Abbotts are looking for offers over £475,000.

Weird and wacky festivals

Weird and wacky festivals