CHRISTMAS COTTAGE in Everton, near Lymington in Hampshire was built in the shape of a crucifix to mirror nearby Newlands Manor House. The thatched four-bedroom house stands in more than two acres of grounds which include a beach garden, a traditional Romany caravan and water gardens. The sitting room has an open vaulted ceiling and the dining hall has a glass central atrium. There is a 15ft conservatory. It's for sale through John D Wood at a price guide of pounds 450,000. Ring 01590 677233 for details.

HOLLY HOUSE in Liskeard, Cornwall is a 1960s-built three-bedroom house standing in enclosed and secluded gardens. It is on a no-through road, a short walk from the town centre. Liskeard has a mainline railway station, linking to London via Plymouth. The house has been arranged with the bedrooms on the ground floor and the sitting room and kitchen upstairs to take advantage of views to the countryside. Outside is a garage and garden shed. It's for sale through Miller & Son for pounds 97,500. Ring 01579 344401 for details.

IVY COTTAGE overlooks a small stream near the centre of Bowcott Hill, a small village eight miles from Farnham in Surrey. Dating from the 18th century, its 22ft sitting room has two inglenook fireplaces and leads through to a garden room. There are four bedrooms, a dressing room and two bathrooms upstairs and a dining room, study and 21ft kitchen downstairs. There is parking for two cars, plus a stone outbuilding, summer house and greenhouse. For sale at a guide price of pounds 395,000 through John D Wood 01252 737115.