Find your happy-ever-rafter and feel the world lift off your shoulders at these unique homes with exposed beams that show off their structure with rooms that reach into the roof. As Captain Kirk would put it: seven to beam up.
In the middle of a protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Sussex countryside between Rye and Winchelsea Beach, The Shell House is a wonderful sanctuary and a unique four-bedroom home set in an acre of grounds.
There’s also a separate two-bedroom annexe with its own bathroom and kitchen, making the house an ideal proposition for multi-generational living, working from home, or even having an income-producing rental investment on-site.
On the top floor of a converted textiles warehouse in the very centre of the Shoreditch Triangle, this arresting loft of 1027 sq ft combines authentic industrial living with high-quality materials and exquisite design to reflect the dynamic and successful vibe of London’s creative hub.
Like all the best lofts, more than 50% of the floor plate is given over the main living space – a gobsmacking room of some 565 sq ft with huge industrial windows, raw brickwork and chunky floorboards, all of which permeate more of the interior.
£1,200,000 – click here for the image gallery and floorplans
As homes with exposed beams go, this converted church in the Berkshire village of Grazeley must surely be the mothership, with jaw-dropping cathedral-like spaces that are a true sight to behold.
The interior covers 3,500 sq ft over three levels, including four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a cinema room, a study and a centrepiece triple-height living space, while a separate building, The Coach House, provides a three-bedroom guest lodge. Equally wonderful as a statement home, luxury holiday let, or events space, it’s all set in beautifully landscaped grounds with a driveway big enough for 12-15 cars.
Offers over £2,200,000 – click here for the video tour, image gallery and floorplans
Up in the air
There’s glass everywhere at this three-bedroom duplex penthouse in Clerkenwell with fine rooftop views towards the Barbican towers from three outdoor areas: two balconies on the main level and a large terrace upstairs.
With 1,673 sq ft inside and 554 sq ft outside, the apartment is a bright and elegant slice of contemporary living that, come rain or shine, is the perfect place to get above it all.
You wouldn’t normally expect a Victorian family house to feature in a list of homes with exposed beams, but this is no ordinary Victorian family house. With seven bedrooms and three living rooms across 2,463 sq ft, plus a separate 182 sq ft studio at the bottom of the garden, it’s a truly multi-functional place.
This wonderful and immense home in St Leonard’s is just a mile inland from the beach and lends itself to various configurations, not least making the entire top floor into a spacious self-contained unit for a long-term rental, Airbnb, or even a retreat for a lucky teenager.
You’ll love going around in circles at Mushroom House, a delightfully quirky detached live/work home of 714 sq ft on the edge of Woodside Park in North London’s Wood Green.
Specifically for someone who runs their own business from home – the current owner is a photographer – the two-storey house is held on a 70-year commercial lease and therefore only suitable for purchasers who don’t require a mortgage.
£350,000 cash only – click here for the video tour, image gallery and floorplans
Wing of desire
Discover the largest apartment at this converted manor house that overlooks the English Channel at beautiful Pegwell Bay, about a mile along the coast from the royal harbour at Ramsgate.
Arranged over the first and second floors in the east wing and stretching out across 1,464 sq ft, the duplex interior includes three double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a fabulous 483 sq ft open-plan living space.
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