Chain-free houses you could be living in by Christmas

Homes for a quick move

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Anybody house-hunting over the last few weeks has almost certainly been dreaming of being in the new place by Christmas.

Whether you're dreaming of a grand pile where you can entertain the whole family - or a little bolt-hole to escape them all - the festive period is the deadline for many.

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Unfortunately, though, it tends to take an average of 65 days to sell a property at this time of year, according to estate agent comparison website EstateAgent4Me.

In other words, unless you get a move on, the chances are that you've missed the boat.

However, one way to speed up the process is to buy a place that's chain free. From auction properties to new-builds, we look at seven properties where you could be waiting for Santa this year.

The swish Knightsbridge flat

Knightsbridge, London SW1
Christmas will be a very grand affair if you buy this chain free penthouse apartment in the building next door to to One Hyde Park. On the eighth floor, it has three bedrooms and a huge open plan reception room with wonderful views of Hyde Park. Newly renovated and within an attractive period block, it's kitted out with a very high quality finish. But with a price tag of just under £9.5 million, you might not have much left over for pressies. Contact Property Inside London for more details.

The stone-built house

Haworth, West Yorkshire
In the heart of Bronte country, this six-bed house has beautiful views and is built of random stone under a pitch slate roof, with stone-flagged sun terraces. The former show home of this new development, it has a large kitchen/diner and a 22-foot living room. There's external disabled access to the lower ground floor and south-facing gardens. It's priced to attract early attention, say agents Hunters, at £325,000.

The beamed dining room

Drayton Beauchamp, Buckinghamshire
It's easy to imagine Christmas dinner in the enormous living/dining space of this four-bedroom barn conversion - and with no onward chain, there's every chance of moving in within weeks. There's a lovely kitchen with a double oven big enough for even the largest Christmas dinner, and beams all over the place. Outside the back door, there's a small lake in the large gardens; agents Hamptons International are looking for offers over £1.1 million.

The Christmassy chalet

Dunblane, Scotland
One way to guarantee that a property is chain-free is to buy it at auction, and this three-bedroom detached home could be yours within a couple of months. The chalet-style building has a very festive look to it, and is surrounded by conifers. It's up for sale by conditional auction with a starting bid of £180,000 plus reservation fee; contact agents Your Move for more information.

The large kitchen

Wilmington, Kent
Built just three years ago, this brick-and-tile built home has no onward chain and is in beautiful condition. There's a stunning modern kitchen/family room with bi-fold doors onto the garden. It has a central entertainment hub for all those Christmas movies, and under floor heating on the ground floor. Two of the four bedrooms have en suites. It costs £900,000 through agent Capital Sidcup.

Beachcombers Cotttage

Port Erin, Isle of Man
If you're really serious about having Christmas in your new home, you'll appreciate that this place comes fully furnished - all you'll need to do is turn up with the gifts. With no onward chain, Beachcombers Cottage has three bedrooms plus an attic room, with two receptions, and has a tiny but pretty courtyard at the back. It's in the middle of town, and just yards from the beach; it costs £219,995 through Chrystals Estate Agents.

The Georgian mansion

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Of course, one reason a home may be chain free is because there's nobody living there - and sometimes that's because nobody really can. But once this glorious eight-bedroom Georgian house is renovated, it could make amazing apartments or even a large family home. It's currently set up as seven bedsits and has a decidedly dingy feel, and there's only a small garden at the rear. But a bit of work could restore it to its former glory. It's priced at a rock-bottom £250,000 through agent Century 21 Graham Penny.

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