Dawn Cottage in Pillerton Priors, six miles from Stratford-upon- Avon and six miles from the M40, is perfectly placed for a quick Friday night getaway. On the edge of open countryside, the two-bedroom cottage has a small manageable garden with an apple tree, garage and workshop. The study/dining room has a beamed ceiling and the sitting room has an open fireplace with a cast iron range. There's a Romany style hand-painted unit in the kitchen along with wall cupboards and a walk-in larder. pounds 95,000 through GA Town & Country (01789 269276).

Orchard Cottage in Child Okeford, Dorset has a date stone inscribed 1847, but the house may be much older. The white painted, three-bedroom cottage has an inglenook fireplace in the sitting room and a garden room/conservatory. A period outbuilding could, with planning permission, convert to a studio or office if working from home. The gardens of a third of an acre include terrace and lawn, with flower borders, a kitchen garden and an old orchard. pounds 169,000 through Humberts (01258 452343).

Two Seaview Terrace in Churchtown is just a mile from the popular Mullion Cove in Cornwall. Renovated four years ago, the three-bedroom cottage is centrally heated and has a 75ft garden. The kitchen is modern with plenty of cupboards, there is a sitting room with fireplace, a dining room and a conservatory. All for pounds 57,000 through Miller & Son (01326 572434).