From a Grade II-listed rectory in Warwickshire to a thatched cottage in Saffron Walden, Essex, we bring you eight of the bestproperties within commuting distance of London.
Avenue Farm, Gosmore, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. This Grade II-listed house dates back to medieval times, with the Queen Anne frontage added in 1700.It is just over two miles from Hitchin, which offers regular services to King's Cross. 6 beds, 3 baths, 3 receps, library, pool with pool house, tennis court,1.7 acres. A further 19 acres are available separately. £2.95m Savills 01582-465000.
Berkeley House, Lower Benefield, Northamptonshire. A Grade II-listed, 18th-century house 14 miles from Peterborough, from where trains to King's Cross take around 60 minutes. It has a newly fitted kitchen with an Aga.3 beds, 2 attic beds, 2 baths,3 receps, orchard, 1 acre. £895,000 Woodford & Co 01832-274732.
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Brooksbys, West Hanningfield, Essex. Brooksbys was built on the site of a 16th-century house and altered in 1801 to create the Grade II-listed house that exists today. Billericay is six miles away, from where trains to London Liverpool Street take 29 minutes. 8 beds, 3 baths, 3 receps, coach house, stables, pool house, pool, tennis court, gardens, 2.25 acres. £2.25m Strutt & Parker 01245-254600.
Bearton Pond, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. This renovated 1970s house is within walking distance of the station, with fast trains to London King's Cross taking 38 minutes. It is situated on Bearton Pond and has its own mooring and fishing rights. 3 beds, bath,2 receps, kitchen, gardens. £695,000 The Modern House 020-3795 5920.
Manor Farm House, Kingston Lisle, Oxfordshire.A farmhouse in a popular village. It has been extended over theyears to create a comfortable family house surrounded by gardens that overlook the countryside. Kingston Lisle is 14 miles from Didcot, from where trains to London Paddington take around 60 minutes.6 beds, 4 baths, 2 receps, kitchen, outbuilding. £940,000 Strutt & Parker01635-521707.
The Old Rectory, Birdingbury, Warwickshire. A Grade II-listed rectory set in landscaped gardens ten miles from Leamington Spa, which offers trains to London Marylebone in just over an hour. 6 beds, 3 baths, 3 receps, parkland, fishing rights, 10.9 acres. £2.2m Knight Frank 01789-297735.
Red Court, Haslemere, Surrey. An 1890s, Grade II-listed country house designed by Victorian architect Ernest Newton. The house is in good condition, but could do with modernisation. It is one mile from Haslemere station, from which trains to London Waterloo take 50 minutes. 11 beds, 7 baths, 4 receps, orangery, gate lodge, three cottages, woodland, 23.8 acres. £6.5m Knight Frank 01428-770562.
The Druce, Clavering, Saffron Walden, Essex.A Grade II-listed, thatched cottage in a village close to Newport, which offers direct trains to London's Liverpool Street. It has exposed wall and ceiling timbers and inglenook fireplaces with wood-burning stoves.3 beds, 2 baths, 3 receps, gardens. £725,000 Savills 01279-756800.
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