PROPERTY

Astley Towne, near Shrawley in Worcestershire, is a rare gem. The five- bedroom house - formerly owned by the Baldwin family - has been sold only once in the last 150 years. It has three main reception rooms and an oil-fired Aga in the kitchen. The main bedroom is connected to three smaller rooms which could be turned into a study, dressing room and bathroom. Outside there's a two-storey former stable building, an old dairy and a paddock. Knight Frank (01905 723438) wants pounds 295,000.

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