Jeremy Clarkson is the latest celebrity to make a TV show about how his countryside home helps to pay its way.
His new Amazon Prime show, Clarkson’s Farm, sees the former Top Gear host work on his 1,000 acre farm in the Cotswolds. It includes his Diddly Squat Farm Shop, which was recently overrun by visitors following the TV show’s success.
Other celebrities with TV shows about their homes include Sarah Beeny, who has built a countryside mansion in Somerset.
The last series of Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country saw her look at various businesses she could set up from her new home, including cider making and glamping.
Amazon Prime show, Clarkson’s Farm, sees the former Top Gear host work on his 1,000 acre farm in the Cotswolds
The last series of Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country saw her look at various businesses she could set up from the new mansion in Somerset that she built for her family
While you may not have the financial resources of a celebrity, is there a way that you can capitalise on this trend and move to the countryside into a property that helps to generate an income?
We take a look at three options including a shop with turnover of around £400,000, a home with nine holiday cottages and a cattery business attached to a family house that generates an annual turnover of almost £60,000.
While some of the businesses were happy to reveal turnover, profits were not divulged. Anyone genuinely considering buying should seek that extra information.
Tom Parker, of Zoopla, said: ‘For those looking for an exciting new venture, there are some great properties for sale with businesses attached that have a healthy turnover.
‘Many of these properties are located in more rural locations and could offer a change in lifestyle for prospective buyers currently living in a city and looking for a change of scenery along with the added benefits of being your own boss and not having a long commute to the office.’
Here are some homes with businesses attached…
1. Four-bed house and shop, Cairngorms National Park, £475,000
This four-bedroom house is in Grantown-On-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park, and is for sale £475,000 via estate agents Masson Cairns
Inside the main house, there are clean and modern interiors with plenty of space for a family, including this kitchen
The cost of the property includes a profitable shop that is easily accessible from the main street with large display windows
The busy shop sells garden and homeware essentials, and has traded for more than 40 years with only two owners during that time
As well as the main townhouse, there are some outbuildings that could be rented out to help generate additional income from the property
This long-established and profitable business is in the town of Grantown-On-Spey in the Cairngorms National Park.
The garden and homewares store has traded for more than 40 years with two owners. It has an impressive annual turnover of between £350,000 and £400,000, with profits consistently above £100,000.
The property includes some outbuildings and a four-bedroom townhouse, which can be used as owners’ accommodation or be rented out to produce an income of around £700 a month.
Altogether – including the main townhouse – the property is on the market for £475,000, via estate agents Masson Cairns.
2. Twenty-six bed house and holiday lets, £1,695,000, Pembrokeshire
Fashionable Pembrokeshire: This established holiday lettings business sits in around seven acres of beautiful West Wales countryside
Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages has nine self-catering holiday cottages, and the new owners could live remotely or on site
Facilities at the property include private hot tubs and outdoor seating areas for guests to enjoy during their stay
The property has been updated with wood-pellet biomass central heating, which was installed at a cost of £120,000
Alternative attractions: There is a small farm animal area outside on the property to help keep guests entertained
The Welsh coastline is only three miles away from the property, but there is an indoor heated swimming pool complex that includes a sauna and a gym area for those looking to exercise on site
The property is set in more than seven acres and is currently on the market for £1,695,000, via estate agents Fine and Country
This established holiday lettings business sits in around seven acres of beautiful West Wales countryside.
Croft Farm and Celtic Cottages is on the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire borders, which is rated by National Geographic magazine as the second best coastline in the world.
It has nine self-catering holiday cottages, with an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, gym and hot tubs, along with a children’s soft play area and a small farm animal area. Turnover was around £300,000 for the 2020 to 2021 financial year.
The property boasts wood-pellet biomass central heating, which was installed at a cost of £120,000. There is a renewable heating incentive running until December 2035 at an index-linked annual return of around £7,500. It effectively runs the heating and hot water to all the properties and the swimming pool.
It is on the market for £1,695,000, via Fine and Country. The estate agent described the property in its marketing literature, saying: ‘This is a really attractive opportunity for someone looking to run their own business, either remotely or living on site.’
Nigel Salmon, of Fine & Country West Wales, told MailOnline: ‘Croft Farm is a terrific family run business, which has been developed and enlarged in the last three decades, the owners have invested heavily into making the business ‘futureproof’ and easy to operate in a beautiful West Wales location. With the British accommodation marketplace never busier, it is an excellent opportunity for new owners to take the reins of a popular and established enterprise particularly popular with families.’
3. Four-bed house and cattery, Yorkshire, £500,000
This house in Brough, East Yorkshire, is on the market for £500,000, via estate agents Kings Business Transfer
The property comes with an established and licensed cattery that produces an annual turnover of almost £60,000
The current owners of the Evergreen Cattery are now looking towards retirement, and so have put the property on the market
The business facilities are completely separate from the main owners accommodation, which comes with four bedrooms
This four-bedroom house in Brough, East Yorkshire comes with an established and licensed cattery.
Evergreen Cattery has been owned by the same family since 2012, who are now looking towards retirement.
The cattery is licenced for 42 cats in 24 luxury units, with fees currently standing at £11 a day for one cat. Annual turnover stands at around £58,000 based on an 11-month year.
The business facilities are completely separate from the main house with a dedicated reception area.
The entire property is for sale for £500,000, via estate agents Kings Business Transfer.