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Riverside Retreat For Sale

Suitable for off-grid eco home or holiday chalet .

Located near Ombersley, Worcestershire.

Beautiful, secluded potential eco home or off-grid holiday let on the banks of the river Severn surrounded by trees and meadows. Overlooking the river would make this a very popular holiday let or a peaceful rural weekend retreat.

The living room and main bedroom boast views of the river and adjacent woodland and there is an open fire in the living room. Sale includes a summerhouse on stilts with veranda, large shed on stilts, garden 75' x 66' with native hedge and fruit trees and a wooden Jetty on the river (it does not include mooring or fishing rights).

The Severn Way, the country's longest riverside path runs between the property and the river. Walking downstream is particularly beautiful as you pass through water meadows and woodland for some time before seeing any sign of human habitation.

Otters use this part of the river and there is a Heronry in the woods opposite the house. The house is a long way from main roads, and is especially peaceful at night when you can only hear the owls.

Offers in the region of £99,000 -further information at:

Life on the Move

Homes with a difference -think creatively about homes on the move and there are some fantastic possiblities for a different lifestyle.

UK Vardo Project ( offer some spectacular Gypsy Caravans for sale. On water you could consider a beautifully fitted new narrowboat from Narrow Boats of Distinction ( or secondhand one from Aquarius Narrow Boat Fitters (

Buying or selling a house online:

Buying and selling of property in the UK is largely done through Estate Agents who might typically charge between 1.5 and 2.5% of the sale price. Generally the rate is lower if you give sole agency rights. Remember you will enter into a legal contract with your agent, so make sure you understand and comply with the terms of your agreement.

Agents will help you decide on a selling price, but at the end this is your decision. There is no barrier to selling your own property, either online or through traditional advertising means. There is a very good guide to using estate agents on the government's Consumer Direct website.

The process of buying a property will involve your solicitor in carrying out legal searches to verify the ownership and any legal constraints on the property. See our legal legal page for more information on this. Similarly, the process of buying property will very likely involve a survey -more on this under surveys.

If you are after a property to renovate, then Pavillions of Splendour specialises in listed and historic buildings.

For an agency with an ethical agenda, try CoolCaves, or for a specialist search for low energy properties, visit Green Moves. If you are loking further afield, have a look at our page on buying a property abroad.

Moving overseas? see our page on property abroad.

Other useful sources:

  • Books on buying and selling property.
  • Bramley Dinnes are a long established, independent, family firm of residential Estate Agents, based in Bridgewater and Mayfair.
  • CoolCaves -the ethical alternative to estate agents -work with a strong ethical agenda and donate 20% of their profits to the charity Centrepoint
  • Co ownership Housing -Co-Ownership is a Do It Yourself Shared Ownership scheme (DIYSO) for Northern Ireland.
  • Dealbeta -interesting idea -choose your estate agent and these people will negotiate a better deal on your behalf (for a commission).
  • Find a Ruin -international market place for run down real estate to restore -"turning dreams into a living reality"
  • Green Moves -website dedicated to advertising homes for sale that are more energy efficient than conventional homes.
  • -UK online estate agent - fees from 0.5% (sales), 5% (lettings) - live website - all properties with Virtual tours.
  • Homes By Web -focused on quality, interesting, period and unique properties being sold or rented privately in the UK and overseas. Recommended by The Good Web Guide.
  • -Property for sale by owner, buy and sell property online.
  • Homestagers -advice and tips to help you realise your home's potential.
  • Hometrack -provide in-depth, up-to-date and independent survey information for house prices and market trends in England & Wales.
  • Huf Haus Owners Group -if you are interested in buying one of the German system build timber house featured on Grand Designs, then this is the place to look.
  • Masterfind -links to UK estate agents, commercial property for sale, businesses for sale, prestige homes, holidays homes in the UK, Spain, France, Portugal and Florida.
  • National Association of Estate Agents -represents more than half of UK agents.
  • Ombudsman for Estate Agents -the place to go if you are not happy with your agent and the service provided.
  • Pavillions of Splendour -specialist listed building search.
  • Property Forecasts -gives house price forecasts by postcode -especially useful for first time buyers.
  • Sell Me a Home -part of Electrotech (UK) Limited, which was founded in 1991 by Ellen Baylis, who has worked in the property business for many years -after registering with them, your details are automatically passed to relevant agents in your area.
  • The Modern House -a unique property agency founded by Albert Hill and Matt Gibberd. specialising in the sale of 20th and 21st century homes of architectural distinction -they have a huge range of architect designed homes from Chamberlain , Powell and Bon to David Adjaye.
  • UK Property Shop -directory of estate agents and letting agents with property for sale or rent.
  • -loft living and contemporary design.
  • What Green Home -reviews eco-friendly homes for sale in the UK and overseas, with provides news, opinion and features on sustainable property development worldwide.
  • Wheres My Property -UK property search engine.
  • -local services and stores, property prices, nearby schools and your council's record, search classified ads and entertainment listings.

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