OFFERS over pounds 1m will put you in with a chance to buy the Old Rectory at Doynton, near Bath in Gloucestershire, a Grade II-listed house priced at considerably more than the average vicar could afford. But two reverends have lived in the house, including the 25-year old Rector Louis Balfour- Clutterbuck in 1847. The Church sold the three-reception, six-bedroom house in 1939.

The current owners have completely renovated the Georgian house, standing in three acres of gardens and grounds, including walled garden, paddocks and outbuildings which have been converted into three offices. Details from Knight Frank (01285 679771).

NUMBER 46 Upper Mall, on the banks of the Thames, a quarter of a mile up-river from Hammersmith Bridge, will also set a buyer back pounds 1m-plus. The four-storey, four-bedroom Victorian house has two reception rooms, including a first-floor drawing room, and two kitchens, because it is currently laid out to provide a separate one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor. As it needs some modernisation and the garden is small, the price reflects the views from all the main rooms - and a good-size garage under the house - rather than any ritzy decor. Details from Hamptons (0181 940 0070).

YOU GET more space for your million in Overton, Hampshire. Here it will buy Turrill House, a period five-bedroom house with an inter-connecting three-bedroom cottage. The River Test is one of its boundaries - although it doesn't have fishing rights - and it comes with more than five acres of gardens. Just over a mile from the railway station (London is 55 miles away), it has been decorated inside and out, and has a kitchen with oak units and two-oven Aga, a 28ft drawing room, study, breakfast room and cellar. The gardens include a vegetable garden, tennis court and spring-fed lakes. Details from Hill & Morrison (01256 702892).

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