Net returns what's on the market

A Wimbledon house that would have no problem earning its keep for a few weeks of the year is on the market with a pounds 1m price tag. Only a five-minute walk from the All England Club, the large, detached Thirties house (above) has its own grass tennis court in almost half an acre of grounds. This isn't the only feature that might appeal to an itinerant tennis star: its five bedrooms and bathrooms are likely to boast a power shower or two. It is being sold by Robert Holmes & Co (0181-947 9833). While closer to the village, the same agents have a two-bedroom early 19th-century cottage on their books at pounds 165,000.

Between the village and Southfields, but close to Wimbledon Park and the Common, John D Wood (0181-944 7172) has a six-bedroom house and a garden stocked with rare plants. It was thought to be have built for the manager of a local farm. Guide price is pounds 550,000.

Meanwhile, for those with tennis on their minds north of the border, property here comes rather cheaper. An eight-bedroom house in Bo'ness, 30 minutes from Edinburgh, has a court - overgrown though it is at present. The stone-built Carndene House also has a cottage in the grounds. It is being sold by DTZ Debenham Thorpe (0141 226 5241) for offers over pounds 190,000.

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