FOX COTTAGE in Tonge, near Sittingbourne in Kent, is about 400 years old, with modern additions including a guest annexe with galleried bedroom, reached via an oak ladder. The three-bedroom main house's 25ft sitting room has an inglenook fireplace and wrought iron stairs leading to the first-floor annexe. The gardens cover a third of an acre. The cottage is for sale at pounds 345,000: details from GA on 01795 429771.
SPLASH OUT AT FROG HOLLOW
IF A frog did hop into the heated outdoor swimming pool for a few morning laps at Frog Hollow, near Lewes in East Sussex, he'd be turfed out smartish. The former gamekeeper's cottage may enjoy rural bliss, but sharing creature comforts does not usually extend to amphibians. The four-bedroom house has a 31ft kitchen with Neff appliances, wine rack and air conditioning. It is for sale at pounds 325,000, through Strutt & Parker, 01273 475411.
TOAD HALL OVERHANGS LAKE
TOAD HALL is one of seven contemporary houses fronting a lake at Haddenham, 15 miles from Cambridge. On a no-through road on the edge of the village, they all have large balconies on ground and first floors, overhanging the water. The four-bedroom house for sale was built under 10 years ago - on 27 steel piles. It has a 26ft sitting room and a 13ft study, and is for sale through Carter Jonas for pounds 245,000. For details call 01223 368771.