NORTH LODGE, near Ringwood in Hampshire, was the former gatehouse to Sopley Manor and was built to impress visitors, with its curved walls, arrow-slits and towering chimneys.

If they had to wait for permission to proceed to the manor, the lodge provided a stone slab seat in the entrance vestibule.

Now a two-bedroom private home, it has a family room with oak floorboards, a sitting-room with curved wall and wood panelling to dado height, and a bathroom with an enamel bath. Outside, a white picket fence guards gardens, pond and parking areas. pounds 149,000, details from Denisons (01202 484748).

BEAR LODGE, near Newton Ferrers in Devon, is a Grade II-listed, three- bedroom Victorian home, built as a lodge house to Lord Revelstoke's estate and still standing on a private road. It has irregularly shaped roofs, lattice windows and some slate flagstone floors.

The lodge also has a garage with a studio room above it, a sitting-room that has fitted bookshelves and a multi-fuel stove in the hearth, a dining- room with partially panelled walls and a 13ft kitchen with a vaulted ceiling. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two with duck's nest fireplaces. Outside are stable and tack room, garage, lawns and pergola. pounds 179,950, details from Stratton Creber (01752 881361).

THE LODGE, in Winchester, Hampshire, was built in 1967 then extensively modernised and extended. Mostly single-storey, it stands in grounds that include a Japanese-style water garden. The five-bedroom house has a kitchen fitted with dishwasher, microwave, double oven and hob, deep fat fryer and griddle, plus a breakfast room with insulated wine cupboard.

The 21-ft drawing-room leads into a 24-ft dining-room and study, with two telephone lines. There is a second sitting-room with fitted walnut bookshelves.

With gardener's loo, workshop, potting shed and double garage, it's for sale at pounds 475,000 through John D Wood (01962 863131).

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