This two-bedroom house in the village of Benson, 12 miles from Oxford, was built before the car impinged on property design. There is no vehicle access to the edge of the cottage; instead a public path runs along the front, dividing the house from its garden... which, by way of a bonus, includes an air-raid shelter built snugly for two.

Simply and sympathetically restored, it has a good fitted kitchen, a dining room and a 14ft sitting room with an exposed stone wall, an open fireplace, shelving and a wine store. The garden also has a large summerhouse with a 13ft sitting room, a utility room and a loo. If it came with a garage, it would cost around pounds 30,000 more than it does. But public parking is only 50 yards away at the end of the path. The guide price is pounds 160,000. For details call Mallams on 01865 311909.