Anyone fortunate enough to own a home with an annex would probably agree that it’s the most versatile of spaces.
Self-contained and either attached to the house or in a separate outbuilding, it can be used as an office, games room or studio, or as accommodation for guests, adult children, elderly relatives or an au pair.
Alternatively you could rent it out on a short- or long-term basis, but first ask your local planning department whether planning permission is needed.
If you’re tempted to add an annex, why not forgo the hassle of building it by buying a house with one already in situ? Take your pick from this selection, all on the market now.
1. Nedging Tye, Ipswich, Suffolk, £540,000
Pretty in pink, Tye Cottage dates back to the 16th century and has a steeply pitched catslide roof at the back, inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams and original oak doors.
The ground floor comprises a sitting room, small study, a dining room and kitchen, and there are two double bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
The annex at the side is also painted pink and has a sitting room, kitchen, bedroom and shower room.
A timber building in the grounds is used as a gym. Find out more from Woodcock & Son.
2. Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, offers over £600,000
Charmingly named Owl Cote and The Bird’s Nest consists of a stone cottage and an annex, yards from the sandy beach at Carrick Bay.
Both are currently run as holiday lets and are being sold fully furnished.
Owl Cote, created from a former barn, has two ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms, and above are a kitchen, a third bedroom and an airy living room leading out to a glass-balustraded balcony that enjoys sweeping sea views.
In The Bird’s Nest annex an open plan kitchen, living and bedroom area and an ensuite bathroom are all on one level. Via Galbraith.
3. Bennett House, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, £650,000
This beautifully restored Grade II listed Georgian house is believed to be the oldest property in the town, and comes with a host of period features such as sash windows, fireplaces, high corniced ceilings, exposed wooden floorboards and a distinctive stained glass window on the landing.
There are three bedrooms and three reception rooms in the main house, and the former studio/garage on the ground floor has been cleverly transformed into an annexe with an open plan kitchen living and dining room, a bathroom and a spiral staircase leading up to the mezzanine bedroom area. For more information, contact Strutt & Parker.
4. Maidenhead, Berkshire, £850,000
There’s lots to get excited about in this three-bedroom period house, which is conveniently located in the town centre, a short walk from shops, restaurants, the Thames and the Crossrail station.
Grade II listed, it includes a modern kitchen and a dining room/sunroom that looks out over a tranquil garden containing a Koi pond.
The property includes a useful one-bedroom single storey annex. Get in touch with Foxtons.
5. Wooler, Northumberland, offers over £900,000
A wraparound verandah makes the most of the views of the landscaped, terraced gardens surrounding Woodside, a modern villa in a small town on the edge of Northumberland National Park.
Inside, it’s finished to a very high standard, including four bedrooms, a country-style kitchen, a bay-windowed sitting/dining room, and a snug that opens into a garden room with French windows out to the patio.
The lower ground floor guest annex, made up of a sitting room, bedroom and shower room, has separate external access. Through Finest Properties.
6. Warmington, Banbury, Oxfordshire, £1m
The Old Post Office is perched in the most idyllic spot, overlooking the green and duck pond in a pretty village.
It was built in the 1600s and arranged as a four-bedroom house with a substantial three-bedroom barn annex, but could be reinstated to a single house if required.
The main house contains a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility and conservatory on the ground floor, with the bedrooms and three bathrooms spread over the first and second floors, and is linked to the annex via an orangery and passageway.
There’s also a large garage with an office above it, and a south-west facing garden. Via Mark David.
7. Barnes, London SW13, £3.75m
If you have a big budget and highly contemporary tastes, this striking six-bedroom property could very well be your dream home.
Set back from the road, it’s been extensively rebuilt and has a neutral décor throughout, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a bay-fronted living room, a cinema room and a spectacular full-width kitchen/living/entertaining space that opens on to the terraced garden via two sets of full-height bi-fold doors.
The annex at the end of the garden is just as swish, comprising an all-in-one kitchen/living room, a shower room and a first floor bedroom. Like what you see? Then contact Savills.