CORNERWAYS, near Wickham Market in Suffolk, was built in the 1930s, but has been extended and refurbished to include a large indoor swimming pool and a games room. Hardier swimmers can go to the coast eight miles away.

The five-bedroom house stands in an acre of grounds which include a double garage with dovecote above, courtyard, orchard and fenced children's play area with large Wendy house.

From the 13ft reception hall, doors lead to the drawing room with wood flooring, dining room, study, second sitting room and an 18ft 6ins by 13ft 9ins kitchen with hand-painted Shaker-style units and a double oven Aga. The station to London is at Ipswich, 10 miles away. It has a guide price of pounds 295,000. Ring Abbotts for details on 01473 280645.

CORNER COTTAGE in Plush, two miles from Piddletrenthide, in Dorset, is Grade II listed. Renovated six years ago, the cottage was rethatched in 1997 and had new central heating installed last year. The three-bedroom house, near the popular village pub the Brace of Pheasants, has large gardens to the south, bounded by a flint and stone wall, with roses, clematis and jasmine. It has a large kitchen/dining room with beech worktops and quarry-tiled floor. The sitting room has a brick fireplace with wood burner, and a beamed ceiling. There's a study big enough to use as a playroom, downstairs shower room and upstairs bathroom. Priced at pounds 175,000, details are available from Symonds & Sampson, 01305 265058.

CORNERSTONES COTTAGE, in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, is 12 miles from Swindon and 58 minutes by rail to London's Paddington. Its secluded gardens are all to the rear, designed in a Mediterranean style with classical fountain, Ionic pillars and small flower beds. The three-bedroom house has a 23ft 8in by 13ft 3in sitting room overlooking the River Churn and French windows leading to the gardens. There is a dining room and a kitchen fitted with AEG and Hygena appliances. The double garage has a boarded loft. Priced at pounds 220,000, details are available from Hamptons on 01285 654535.