Britain is a nation of nosey window (or app) shoppers when it comes to homes for sale and having a look inside.
The top five most viewed properties on Rightmove have been revealed for March, and it is clear that wannabe buyers are dreaming about spacious homes.
Included are castles, homes by the coast and properties with character and charm, that are out of reach of most people’s budgets.
Your next home? Orchardton Castle is a unique Grade B listed Scottish castle
Locations featured in the line up are in Whitstable, Bucks Mills, Auchencairn, Rainford and Besthorpe.
The question is, which property would you buy if money was no object?
1. 20-bedroom castle in Auchencairn – offers over £1.7m
Divine: The Scottish castle, being sold by Fine & Country, could be yours and is on sale for offers over £1.75m
Options: The castle is now a family home but could be turned into a hotel or wedding venue
Ample space: The castle has ample space to cook and dine in style
Grand: The castle is brimming with history and spacious rooms for buyers to enjoy
Orchardton Castle is a unique Grade B listed Scottish castle located on the Solway coast.
The property was originally constructed in the late eighteenth century for Robert Maxwell as a mansion house and subsequently largely rebuilt in 1881.
The property was extensively renovated in 2011 with a new roof, electrics, central heating and pipework, and the current owners continue to restore it.
Its status was changed to a castle in 2014, having been approved via Scottish heritage and government services.
In late 2017, the owners offered the property for sale in a lottery with £5 tickets. But, not enough tickets were reportedly sold and a cash prize was offered as an alternative.
Now, the castle has 30 working fireplaces and 40 rooms spanning four floors, including 20 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms.
While the castle is currently a family home, it could be turned into a wedding venue or boutique hotel, says the sales blurb.
It is set among five acres of stunning grounds. It also has access to a very private beach via a footpath across the field in front.
The property is on sale via Fine & Country, Selkirk, for offers over £1.7million. This time last year, it appears to have been listed for £2.5million – a 32 per cent reduction.
2. Six-bedroom former Victorian farmhouse in Besthorpe – offers over £750,000
Perfection: This former Victorian farmhouse in the Nottinghamshire village of Besthorpe is on sale now
Practical: The bespoke hand-made fitted kitchen has a large island, ideal for family life
Perfection: A welcoming and spacious hallway at this home in Besthorpe could be yours
Wow factor: The property has a large, light and airy kitchen for cooking and socialising
Space: You can enjoy great views of the countryside from this Besthorpe-based home
This former Victorian farmhouse in the Nottinghamshire village of Besthorpe blends period features with modern styling.
It is believed to have been built around 1890 and used to be the main residence for a farm next door. It has a colourful history of many different uses including as a vet’s practice.
The property sits in the middle of an acre worth of grounds, and provides top-notch views of the Nottinghamshire countryside.
The house even comes with its own separate summerhouse, which will be ideal for entertaining. It also has a 25ft long triple aspect living room with French doors opening to an idiylic rear courtyard.
3. Four-bedroom oast-style house near Whitstable – £895,000
Ideal: This oast-style property near Whitstable could be yours for £895,000
Restful: Buyers can sit back at relax at this gorgeous home near Whitstable
Options: Buyers can reconfigure spaces however they like to suit their needs
Space: The oast-style home comes with ample open outdoor space, perfect for relaxing
Handy: This workshop space is a real bonus for any would-be buyer of the oast home
This unique, quintessentially British oast-style property is set in two thirds of an acre of land
The property comes with several outbuildings, and boasts sweeping views across the countryside.
The home has a mezzanine floor with a bedroom, overlooking an open plan living space with tremendous views outdoors.
Three of the four double bedrooms are on the first floor, alongside a ‘Jack & Jill’ en-suite, with the main family bathroom located on the ground floor. The ‘Kiln’ area comprises an office to the ground floor and fourth double bedroom to the first floor.
The property, being sold by Woodward & Bishopp for £895,000, also comes with a superb large workshop, serviced by power and light, which comprises a mezzanine storage area and houses a car lift.
4. Three-bed home and separate cottage in Bucks Mills – offers over £695,000
All yours: A three-bed home and separate cottage in Bucks Mills could be all yours
Pair: The pair of homes are on sale via Taylor Underwood, Barnstaple, for offers over £695,000
Slice of heaven: Whyte Cottage and Boat House are located just above a beach
Quaint: Who wouldn’t want to spend time in this cosy living room in Bucks Mills?
Let their be light: This light and airy kitchen comes with all the mod cons a buyer needs
Bathroom focus: The two properties have a number of clean and modern bathrooms
Beach ready: Westward Ho! Beach is right by the two coastal properties up for sale now
Located in Bucks Mills, Whyte Cottage and Boat House are located just above a beach, with stunning views across the bay in North Devon.
The properties are steeped in history, with Whyte Cottage having been named after Sir Winston Churchill’s niece Lady Maud Whyte who it is understood owned the two cottages.
In the man site, the open plan living room and modern kitchen are just two of the standout features inside, as are the far reaching sea views outside.
The properties are being sold by Taylor Underwood, Barnstaple, for offers over £695,000.
The estate agents notes: ‘The majority of properties within the village currently discharge waste water into the natural watercourse.
‘A planning application has been submitted for a village water treatment system to be installed.
‘Until this has been approved we advise that the property is only suitable for cash buyers as it could be difficult to obtain a mortgage, however it is advised that viewers should seek their own professional mortgage advice.’
5. Four-bedroom contemporary home in Rainford – £2,250,000
Your new property: This large home in Rainford is on sale for £2,250,000 via Fine & Country
Impressive: Wow friends and family in this plush Rainford pad
Sleep well: You’ll get a great night’s rest in this serene and luxurious bedroom
Getting things done: The Rainford property comes with a super-plush office space
This modern home in Rainford, Merseyside, features immaculately designed living areas and each fixture and fitting has been carefully chosen to create an impressive style, and the large open plan dining room is ideal for showcasing the home to friends and family.
The home includes an on-trend home office space, ideal for working from home.
Wrought iron gates providing electronically controlled access to the property enclose the grounds, and the garage and annexe complex in the grounds provide buyers with additional accommodation and great entertainment space, as well as ample car parking for several motors.
A purpose-built cinema room, equipped with Bang and Olufsen technology can be found in the basement of the garage.
The home is being sold by Fine & Country, Heswall, and is currently on sale for £2,250,000, making it the priciest in Rightmove’s top five viewed homes over the past month.