Properties with potential: UK houses in need of renovation

The idea of creating your own home from scratch has always held a lot of appeal. Designing a house, from major building work down to the very last design detail, is not just a passion project, but a great way to develop and expand a diverse set of skills, and maybe even launch a new business venture.

With the extra time that we’ve all been spending in our homes over the past few months, many people have been turning to DIY and home rejuvenation projects that have been long-overlooked. Perhaps you’ve discovered a new aptitude for interior design, and maybe you’re now feeling inspired to take on something bigger? Whatever your reason, as the property market springs backs into life, now is a great time to take a look at what’s on the market.

A five bedroom blank canvas in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

If you’re looking for a contemporary new build with fantastic views and a blank interior that you can completely make your own – then look no further.

This unique home of approximately 7,724 sq ft, built by renowned developer Brookes Cavendish, is set in around four acres of land (with an option to acquire a further four acres of paddock) with far-reaching views of the Chiltern valleys.

Arranged over two floors with south-facing views, the house occupies a spectacular position over a long private driveway. Constructed of steel with natural flint, oak and glass elevations, the open plan design of the house – together with its 10ft ceiling heights – allow the space to be flooded with natural light.

This property is perfectly located for access to Henley-on-Thames and Marlow, as well as being a commutable distance for both London and Oxford

A five bedroom family home for renovation (or large building plot) in Weybridge, Surrey


Thirlstone is a large family home that’s perfect for entertaining, suitable for refurbishment or would provide a magnificent larger than average plot at the head of a rising driveway, which now has granted planning permission for approximately 15,919 sq ft GIA (subject to guidelines).

Set in just under one and a half acres, this fantastic home has plenty of potential and is located in the highly exclusive St. George’s Hill private estate in popular Weybridge. With an indoor swimming pool and games complex, as well as a garage block with accommodation, this property is in need of a new vision (remedial works required) or would make an exciting replacement development opportunity. Plans have been drawn up for a single luxury dwelling.


St George’s Hill is a highly sought-after area, with exclusive golf and tennis clubs, excellent schools nearby and easy commutable access to Central London.

A five bedroom house in need of modernisation in Winchester, Hampshire

This quirky 1920s detached home is in desperate need of some TLC to bring it into the 21st century. Located in the popular village of Itchen Abbas, this home is surrounded by wonderful open countryside and has around half an acre of garden, which also offers much scope to be transformed, perfect for keen gardeners.

The accommodation comprises a spacious entrance hall, large double aspect dining room, double aspect sitting room, a garden room with double doors opening out to the garden, a study, a kitchen opening through to a breakfast room, and five well-proportioned bedrooms.

The pretty village of Itchen Abbas is located in the South Downs National Park, between Winchester and Alresford. A popular place to live, Itchen Abbas benefits from a primary school, village hall and pub. The pretty Georgian market town of Alresford is around four miles away and provides a more comprehensive range of shops and amenities.

A five bedroom property with scope for development in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


This spacious family home, with five bedrooms and three reception rooms, offers plenty of scope to extend or develop, subject to planning permission.


Located on a corner plot of just under half an acre in the exclusive Burwood Park private estate, this property has all the potential to be transformed into a fantastic, modern family home.

Walton town centre is nearby and provides a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars. Schooling in the area is superb with an excellent selection of private schools including ACS International School, Hampton, Halliford, St George’s College, Notre Dame Preparatory School. The area also benefits from a range of fantastic leisure facilities including golf at Burhill and St. Georges Hill Tennis and Golf Club, and a David Lloyd fitness centre. Burwood Park sits on the edge of Surrey’s commuter belt, with central London and Heathrow and Gatwick airports in easily reachable distance.

A two bedroom eclectic terrace house in need of an update, north of Oxford City Centre


This colourful and compact property is located on the sought-after road of Observatory Street in Walton Manor, and offers exciting scope for extension, subject to planning permission.

Presently, the house has an open plan sitting room, kitchen, utility area, two bedrooms and a bathroom, with a charming south-facing garden.


The residential areas of Walton Manor and Jericho lie immediately north of the city centre and offer a wonderful mix of independent shops, cinemas, artisan cafes and bakeries as well as restaurants. The city centre, rail and coach station are a short walk, as is Port Meadow for canal and riverside walks.

A five bedroom maisonette with street-level commercial unit in Bath City Centre


This is a unique opportunity to acquire a five bedroom apartment and a ground floor commercial unit in need of renovation and/or development and a new business venture in the heart of Bath.

St Paul’s House comprises of a commercial office (ground floor) which were two offices, as well as a two storey, five bedroom maisonette above. This is the first time that the property has been on the market since 1985, and is in need of renovation offering 1,642 sq ft of great investment opportunity.

St. Pauls House is set just off Queen Square, benefitting from a convenient central location – the perfect place to enjoy the diverse array of restaurants, pubs, shops and tourist attractions that Bath has to offer within minutes of the doorstep.

A seven bedroom Prime Central London masterpiece with opportunity for renovation in Belgravia


An opportunity to update a beautiful example of one of London’s most iconic styles of property, this Grade II listed period house is situated within one of London’s most elegant crescents and desirable postcodes, overlooking the central gardens.

The property is offered together with the benefit of a mews house immediately behind incorporating two garages. There is a private enclosed courtyard garden, a roof terrace and a glass-covered mezzanine terrace. The previous refurbishment of this property was under the direction of the internationally acclaimed interior designer, Robert Kime.

Belgravia is one of London’s most desirable central residential locations; close to Hyde Park, Knightsbridge and surrounded by fabulous boutiques in and around Sloane Street, a range of spectacular restaurants, private dining and health clubs as well as the renowned Berkeley Hotel located in neighbouring Wilton Place.

Four bedroom property with potential to extend in St. John’s Wood Park, London


On the market for the first time since it was built in 1968, this four bedroom family offers plenty of room for modernisation and refurbishment, with potential to extend into the loft, incorporate the double garage to within the house as well as possible extensions to the side and to the rear, subject to the necessary planning consent.

The ground floor is home to a double reception room with a separate dining room as well as kitchen, conservatory, study and guest WC. On the first floor there are four impressive bedrooms, with the master bedroom benefiting from a walk-in-wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom.

St. John’s Wood Park is within walking distance of the amenities of St. John’s Wood High Street as well as St. John’s Wood Underground Station, on the Jubilee Line.

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