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9 egg-cellent homes that come into their own at Easter

Photo: Cheffins

The longest bank holiday weekend of the year is upon us and comes with the promise of chocolate, Easter egg hunts and relaxing with family and friends – though sadly not decent weather. If house hunting is part of your plans, check out these properties as they are bound to put a spring in your step

1. Herbarium House, Kew, London TW9, £14,000 pcm

Photo: Tom Rothery
Photo: Tom Rothery (Tom ROTHERY)

A rare opportunity to rent a house within the estate of Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can currently immerse yourself in spectacular spring blossom while listening to music inspired by the glory of the season. The Grade II listed Georgian house overlooking Kew Green was once the official residence of the keeper of Kew herbarium and has five/six bedrooms, four reception rooms and six bathrooms, and is available unfurnished. Find out more from Carter Jonas.

2. Orton, Penrith, Cumbria, offers over £260,000

Photo: Purplebricks
Photo: Purplebricks

This immaculate cottage will hit your sweet spot as it’s in a lovely Lakeland village with a pub, primary school and a family-run chocolate factory, coffee house and shop. At the moment it's run as an Airbnb and consists of a beamed living room with a log burner, a Shaker-style kitchen/diner, three first floor bedrooms and a bathroom. There’s also a gravelled outside seating area and off-road parking, and J38 of the M6 is just five minutes away. Via Purplebricks.


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3. The Watchmaker’s, Bodmin, Cornwall, three-bedroom houses from £329,995

Photo: Bunny Homes
Photo: Bunny Homes

It’s only fitting that house builder Bunnyhomes has chosen the Easter weekend to launch a brand new development. When complete, it will comprise 170 two, three and four-bedroom Georgian-inspired houses, arranged around a green space. Three show homes will be open and visitors are being treated to chocolate bunnies and masks, and will have the chance to win prizes. Contact Bunnyhomes.

4. Edinburgh, offers over £445,000

Photo: ESPC/Warners
Photo: ESPC/Warners

No chocolate lover could resist living on a road called Quality Street, which happens to be Davidsons Mains, a desirable suburb north-west of Edinburgh city centre. A tastefully upgraded townhouse is for sale here, comprising a contemporary open plan kitchen/breakfast room fitted with an island, skylights and bifold doors opening into the walled garden, a large living/dining room and a ground floor shower room. Two double bedrooms and a bathroom occupy the first floor, and a third bedroom at the top is accessed via a spiral staircase. Through Warners via ESPC.

5. Preston, Weymouth, Dorset, £550,000

Photo: Domvs
Photo: Domvs

You’re in for a treat when viewing this three-bedroom split level bungalow as the owner has decorated it for Easter. It’s in a quiet, elevated position with views of Weymouth Bay, and has a large kitchen leading through into a conservatory, a living room, dining room, two bathrooms, basement storage and a wraparound garden. For more information contact Domvs.

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6. The Three Horseshoes, Swineshead, Bedfordshire, £750,000

Photo: Fitzjohn Estates
Photo: Fitzjohn Estates

During its 300+ years of history, this Grade II listed property has been an alehouse, a brewery and a smithy. Now it's a comfortable four-bedroom home, full of original features and potential hiding places for eggs, which could be balanced on the exposed beams, tucked inside a fireplace or perched on the secret staircase at the back of the farmhouse kitchen. The garden includes a small orchard and a chicken coop. Available through Fitzjohn Estates.

7. Chapel House, Devizes, Wiltshire, £850,000

Photo: Winkworth
Photo: Winkworth

Easter’s made easy in this characterful former chapel, as you can buy chocolate eggs and chickens from Hollychocs, a chocolatier based on a local farm then hide them in its nooks and crannies or in the enclosed garden. Dating from 1776 and Grade II listed, it’s been imaginatively converted into a five-bedroom home with a 44-foot long kitchen/dining room, a double-height central living space and many intact original features. Find out more from Winkworth.

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8. Kingston, Cambridgeshire, £1.1m

Photo: Cheffins (Cheffins)

A large and very pretty garden that’s perfect for Easter egg hunts is one of the myriad delights of this country house, located on the edge of a picturesque village and with views over the surrounding countryside. Accommodation includes six bedrooms, a triple aspect sitting room, a dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility/boot room and a study. Find out more from Cheffins.

9. Rimington, Clitheroe, Lancashire, £2.95m

Photo: Knight Frank
Photo: Knight Frank

There’s tons of space for big Easter gatherings in this extended and remodelled 6,400 square foot period house. Along with far-reaching views, it has six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a huge farmhouse kitchen, four reception rooms, a snooker room and gym. The eight acres of grounds contain a newly-constructed two-bedroom cottage, a walled vegetable garden, woodland and paddocks. Contact Knight Frank.

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