IT CERTAINLY stands out from its neighbours in Chesil Street, near the centre of Winchester, Hampshire. Painted a rich Veronese green, this two-bedroom terraced townhouse has its paintwork, door frame and shutters picked out in brilliant white. Thought to be around 100 years old, the house is in the area known as The Soke, and has views over the city from the top floor. It's been modernised and extended, and the three floors are linked via a spiral staircase. At the back there is a paved courtyard, garden, garden shed and a greenhouse. Offers around pounds 147,000 to Lane Fox, 01962 869999.

GREENACRES, NEAR Bampton on the Devon/Somerset border, backs onto open green fields and is about five miles from the edge of the Exmoor National Park. The four-bedroom house has a 25ft sitting room with log stores either side of the open fireplace, a kitchen with a solid-fuel Aga and a separate shelved larder. There are two attic rooms on the second floor, with planning permission to build an outside staircase access and doorway. As well as a kitchen garden and lawns, an archway in a high stone wall leads to a paddock. For sale at pounds 169,950; call Webbers on 01984 624055.

SMALL BUT perfectly formed, number 33 Greenhill, in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, would suit a first-time buyer or make an easily maintained holiday home for walking enthusiasts. The two-bed cottage near the centre of town is convenient for Ashbourne, Matlock or the Peaks. The front door opens into a 13ft sitting room, which has an exposed fireplace and black cast-iron, gas-fired stove. There's a small fitted kitchen and, outside, a yard with steps up to a patio with views across the rooftops to the hills beyond. For sale at pounds 53,950; call Fidler-Taylor on 01629 580228.

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