Byways, Long Compton, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire. A refurbished Cotswold stone cottage surrounded by mature cottage gardens in Shipston-on-Stour. It has exposed wall and ceiling timbers, oak floors, a large inglenook fireplace and a fitted kitchen with a Rayburn and Belfast sink. 3 beds, bath, recep. £475,000 Knight Frank 01451-600617.
Allan Church, Bogallan, North Kessock, Inverness. A C-listed converted church dating from 1888 close to a village at the head of Munlochy Bay on the Black Isle. It retains its double-height wooden vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows. 5 beds, 4 baths, open-plan living area, garden. £550,000+ Strutt & Parker 01463-723596.
Coux-et-Bigaroque, Dordogne, France. A converted 18th-century watermill on the edge of a medieval village on the River Dordogne in the Périgord Noir, between Sarlat and Bergerac. The mill has beamed ceilings, tiled floors, an open fireplace and terraced waterside gardens with a pergola overlooking the millpond. 5 beds, 3 baths, recep, breakfast kitchen, garage. £487,000 Hamptons International 020-7265 6571.
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Denman Road, Peckham Rye, London. A refurbished, spacious one-bedroomed flat on the first floor of a Victorian house close to Peckham Rye station. It retains its sash windows and has a newly fitted bathroom and kitchen with stone work surfaces, and French doors in the bedroom that open onto a private decked roof terrace. Bed, bath, recep, 517 sq ft internal area. £499,950 Munday’s 020-3318 8900.
Sunnydene, Houghton St Giles, Norfolk. A traditional, detached period cottage on the edge of a small village overlooking open countryside. The cottage has been refurbished and extended to include a conservatory, new double-glazed windows and an oil-fired central heating system with a cast-iron multi-fuel stove. It has tiled floors, open fireplaces, a wood-burning stove and gardens that open into the surrounding fields. 2 beds, 2 baths, recep, kitchen. £475,000. Bedfords 01328-730500.
King Street, West Deeping, Peterborough. A Grade II-listed, late 18th-century cottage in a village on the River Welland. It has beamed ceilings, an inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove and a conservatory. 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 receps, kitchen, garden. £550,000 Savills 01780-484695.
Laurel Cottage, Curload, Stoke St. Gregory, Taunton, Somerset. A refurbished and extended 1820s cottage in a village on the edge of the Somerset Levels. It has some exposed beams, an inglenook fireplace, cavity wall insulation and an air-source heat-pump system that make the house more economical to run. The large mature gardens have flagstone paths leading to an orchard. 4 beds, 2 baths, recep, conservatory, workshop. £525,000 GTH 01823-277121.
Rose Cottage, Little Wenlock, Shropshire. An extended and refurbished Grade II-listed, 14th-century cottage surrounded by mature gardens in a hilltop village on the south side of the Wrekin, with far-reaching views across open countryside. The cottage retains its exposed beams and has latched doors, an open fireplace with a wood-burning stove and a country kitchen with an Aga. 4 beds, 2 baths, 2 receps, summer house, pig sty, 0.25 acres. £525,000 Strutt & Parker 01743-284200.
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