Fulbeck House is in a part of England where you still get a lot of property for your money. This listed property, dating from 1700, has five bedrooms and four reception rooms as well as two self-contained wings currently rented out. Humberts in Grantham (01476 76133) is asking pounds 375,000 for the house and gardens. In the grounds are a cottage, and a coach house and walled garden. They are offered as a separate lot for pounds 100,000.

For what it's worth

It takes, on average, nearly five months to sell a house in England, according to this month's Home Report from Black Horse Agencies. The national average hides huge discrepancies between regions, with properties selling far quicker in the South than the North. In the South-east and East Anglia the average selling time is about three months, compared with seven months in the North-west. In the South-west the figure is four months, in the North-east it is five months. Property priced realistically is likely to sell quickest and for a figure closer to the asking price. Houses sold within two months by the agency's 340 branches went for 93 per cent of the asking price compared with 85 per cent for houses which took a year to sell.