Property: Three To View - Bank Holiday Weekenders

BLACKSMITH'S COTTAGE is in Thwaite, one of the prettiest villages in the Yorkshire Dales. The 19th-century former forge, now a three-bedroom home, has an 18ft sitting room with beamed ceiling, a new dining-kitchen with an exposed stone wall, downstairs cloakroom and a bathroom upstairs with cast iron bath. For sale at pounds 95,000 through GA (01969 623451).

THE OLD Cider Press is so tucked away, you have to cross two cattle grids to reach it. The two-bedroom timber-framed cottage is near the village of Stretton Grandison, Herefordshire, and has a 30ft sitting room with a stone fireplace and wall and ceiling beams, and a sun lounge with double doors leading to the garden. For sale at pounds 110,000 from Locke & England (01531 632388).

CONVENIENT ACCESS to London makes Northiam a popular weekender's bolthole. Summer Cottage, a Grade II-listed, two-bedroom weatherboard semi in the centre of the village, has an L-shaped sitting and dining room with open fire and a 19ft kitchen with beamed ceiling. Phillips & Stubbs want pounds 89,500 (01797 227338).

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