WHILE many people struggle to get onto the housing ladder, there are some on the lookout for million-pound mansions.

Wheher you're busy saving for a deposit, living in your own house or flat or dreaming of an amazing pad, it's always intriguing to see how the other half live.

Take a look at these four houses - currently being lists for sale through the homes section of the Swindon Avertiser.


Swindon Advertiser:

Marlborough Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4


Bedrooms: 5

Listed through Hamptons International

What the agent says:

Meadow Farmhouse is a fabulous and substantial (4800 sq. ft.) detached family home built approximately 12 years ago to a classical style and offers versatile and beautifully finished accommodation.

It is set off a long track in a delightful rural situation offering a wealth of riding and walking opportunities yet conveniently placed to take advantage of all the services and amenities of the bustling town of Royal Wootton Bassett 1.5 miles away.

Swindon Advertiser:

Most of the rooms emanate from an impressive entrance hall with a stunning central staircase leading to a galleried landing.

There is underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. 

The triple aspect sitting room has a Bath stone open fireplace and patio doors leading on to the terraces and the family room is double aspect and has oak flooring and leads through to the stunning kitchen/breakfast room which is the hub of the house.

There are 5 /6 double bedrooms on the first floor, the 6th room is currently used as a study and enjoys a wonderful outlook. 

Swindon Advertiser:

The master bedroom is on the second floor, this is a stunning room and features French doors to a large balcony terrace with outstanding views. 


Swindon Advertiser:

Church Street, Chiseldon, SN4


Bedrooms: 8

Listed through Hamptons International

What the agent says: 

Parsonage Farmhouse is a historic village house, believed to date back to the 16th century but with documented evidence from the 17th and 18th century.

The property was a former farmhouse for the Burderop estate of which it remained in it's ownership until recent years when it was purchased by the current owner. It is listed Grade II as a sign of its historical integrity.

Since the purchase from the Burderop estate, the current owner has conducted a thorough refurbishment from top to bottom, transforming it into the beautiful family house you see today.

Swindon Advertiser:
Its pretty facade of brick and ashlar give you a hint of the charming period detail you still find throughout.

The layout provides a luxurious family feel with generous reception rooms combined with intimate snugs, opulent bedrooms and a flexible layout. The three main reception rooms are all of good proportions and enjoy a variety of views over the predominantly private grounds and have a plethora of period features as one would imagine including both open fires and flagstone floors. 

There is good access to the outside and a very pretty courtyard. This has a useful covered veranda providing sheltered access to both the formal gardens and the adjacent office and in itself makes a wonderful area for al fresco dining.

Swindon Advertiser:

The master suite is an opulent and generous double aspect room with dressing room and spectacular en suite bathroom.

There is a useful and generous cellar ideal for wine storage but could be converted into gym, cinema room etc.

3. Swindon Advertiser:

The Butts, Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire, SN5


Bedrooms: 4

Listed through Hamptons International  

What the agent says: 

Located within the highly desirable village of Lydiard Millicent is this delightful, detached Grade II Listed, thatched house.

Believed to date from the 17th century it has been sympathetically extended to create a fabulous and functional family home which enjoys a secluded position backing onto fields.

Swindon Advertiser:

This lovely substantial house (2917 sq. ft.) enjoys many period features with much warmth and character coupled with a versatile and adaptable layout.

Of particular note is the wonderful conservatory, which serves as the kitchen dining space, fitted with an excellent range of base and wall mounted cupboards, granite worktops and Aga.

The ground floor living space is complemented by a rear hallway, study, cloakroom and utility room.

Located on the first floor are 4 bedrooms. The master bedroom enjoys a vaulted ceiling and a spacious ensuite bathroom with separate walk-in shower unit. There are 3 further bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, one of which is ensuite.

In all the whole plot extends to 1.304 acres and consists of well stocked mature gardens, driveway, parking and a detached 40ft. triple garage.

Swindon Advertiser:

To the front of the house is a pretty cottage garden with wide borders and lawn, and to the rear a generous terrace, a wide expanse of lawn enjoying a number of mature trees and an orchard beyond.


Swindon Advertiser:

Winterbourne Bassett, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4


Bedrooms: 6

Listed through Hamptons International

What the agent says:

The house sits well in the popular village of Winterbourne Bassett which is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the Wiltshire Downs.

It offers versatile accommodation and includes two attached annexes suitable for relatives, or to let independently, as well as a spacious, open and light family house.

Swindon Advertiser:

The property is approached via pillared gates which lead on to a chipped driveway and in turn the triple garage and through to the main house.

The house has an extensive array of reception rooms on the ground floor incorporating large open plan spaces. The many double and triple aspect rooms make the most of the south facing rear aspect and gardens.

The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a number of wooden units with large integrated range and is backed up by a useful utility room beyond.

The triple aspect garden room is bathed in light due to its large lantern light as well as the bank of windows over the south, east and west orientation.

Swindon Advertiser:

This in turn leads to the patio garden at the rear. For family gatherings there is a more intimate dining room which can also serve as an over-flow for the family space and study beyond.

The first floor bedroom is well served, as you would expect from a modern house, with a large master suite with walk through dressing area and en suite bathroom. There are a further three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Attached to the main house are two independent annexes. Whilst accessed internally they also have external and independent access allowing for letting which will generate a substantial rental income.