The bargain of the Millennium: 19th-century three-bedroom cottage up for auction at £139,000

Everyone loves a bargain. It's in our nature to enjoy the prospect of getting a sliver of extra value for our hard-earned money - it's like a bonus cherry on top of that something sweet and tantalising which you were already committed to paying for anyways. But when it comes to life's more important purchases - cars, football players, a new six-pack of underwear - bargains are fewer and further between. Enter: this eye-poppingly good-value 19th century cottage up for auction with a starting price of just £139,000...


Three-storey million-pound mega-house with lush Narnia-style gardens and a summer house included

We have an endless fascination with old things in this country, probably owing to the fact that we have quite a lost of history to remember. From a 5,700-year-old stone house in Orkney to an Anglo Saxon door in Westminster Abbey made out of 1,000-year-old wood, we love it all. But what about the new? As proved by this breathtaking six-bedroom, three-storey mega-home, the new can be just as interesting as the old.


The American south in Lancashire: Huge ranch-style mansion has everything from a hot tub to a cobbled driveway

Those pushing the boundaries of the American frontier were famously captivated by the views out west; the massive skies, the endless land. The kind of feeling which makes people buy ranches and big hats, shotguns and belt buckles. Sheer limitless space. Now, given the UK is about the same size as Louisiana, you wouldn't think that such a notion can't be entertained this side of the Atlantic. Well, think again.


LA-style Edwardian mansion with three storeys, an annex, and a pool on the market for £1.2m

In big glitzy American dramas, lives tend to be lived out in huge, sprawling mansions whose gardens are bigger than most flats and which always come with blue skies and pristine outdoor swimming pools. It's the stuff of dreams: a private pool, a big garden (likely with a BBQ in some corner or another), and clear skies under which to loll about. Well, I can't guarantee the nice weather, but this £1.2m super-house certainly offers everything else required.


Coastal living and world-class golf: Breath-taking £1.7m mansion a hole in one

Being a pro golfer must be great. The prize money is very appealing indeed, you get to wear snazzy trousers all the time, and it's the kind of sport in which you can maintain your professional standard well into your 50s. It just looks like ruddy good fun. And on top of that, the courses are famously pretty places. So when someone says there's a £1.7m mansion for sale practically on the grounds of one of the country's most prestigious golf courses, your ears will probably perk up.


Roman bathhouse heaven: Palatial £1.3m mansion with 21 rooms and its own spa facilities

There's a reason why the Greeks were doing it 3,000 years ago, why the Romans practically built an empire on it, and why you can still do it in most 21st century leisure centres. Everyone loves a spa. Spas are great. They're classy places where you cover yourself in mud. They're fancy retreats where you can day-drink strawberry Champagne. Now imagine that, but at home. I know, I know. Calm yourself, and check out this £1.3m pad...


No-expenses-spared, 27-room Lancashire super-manor on the market for £2.4m

The phrase 'no expense spared' is a thrilling one. It's scary because there's a panic over who's picking up the bill and it's exciting because you feel like something downright fancy is about to go down. No-expenses-spared weddings can be magical and garish and no-expenses-spared holidays can be unforgettable and forced. But no expenses spared homes are just great. Take this 27-room, three-storey £2.4m wonderland for example...


Sprawling 500-year-old Lancaster farmhouse mansion yours for £1.1m

Out with the old. Make it new. Let go of yesterday. Sayings are unduly harsh on the past. The past is old news, and old news is today's fish and chip paper. But homes buck this trend. Having a past means gravitas. It signifies longevity, and who doesn't want that? Age before beauty, you say? Why not have both? This seven-bedroom Lancaster farmhouse certainly does.


Movie-lovers' dream mansion on the market for Hollywood price tag of £1.4m

We all love a trip to the pictures. From Hugh Jackman's The Greatest Showman to the latest Avengers offering to The Greatest Showman again (face it, we all saw it at least a couple of times), it's been a pound-busting year for popcorn sales. Then again, if one were to have a private cinema at home like a certain £1.4m Lancashire mansion does, that corn may not be popping quite as often...


Mind-blowing 50-room Lancashire mansion with planning permission for a cricket pitch on the market for £4m

The word 'home' carries with it a suggestion of something compact; something warm and tight-knit and cosy. Something to be owned. One of Lancashire's finest properties, Hay Carr is a £4m, 50-room monster. It is there to admired and gawped at; explored and filled with things only of a certain pedigree so as not to offend it. It's not a home, it's a house, and a proper one at that.

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