GETTING UP in the morning to a view like the one from Valley Cottage, in Bagpath, five miles from Tetbury in Gloucestershire, could seriously put you off ever living in the city again. Rolling fields fall away from the idyllic gardens, all of which can be seen from the sitting room which has an open fireplace with carved stone surround and beamed ceiling. The two-bedroom cottage has been extensively restored by the present owners, with rewiring, a new kitchen, central heating and damp-proofing. It has a separate dining room with a Rayburn in the inglenook and a downstairs bathroom with a white suite. The property comes with an old Cotswold stone shed, woodstore and a workshop. Offers from around pounds 225,000 to Knight Frank (01285 659771).
HILL COTTAGE in Cockington Village, on the outskirts of Torquay, is the kind of place you could imagine settling in to write your first novel. The detached, two-bedroom thatched cottage in the middle of the village is pink-washed and almost tooth-achingly sweet and charming, just like its neighbours. It has a 13ft 6in sitting room with an old stone fireplace, fitted kitchen and downstairs bathroom and utility room. The main bedroom has an en suite shower room. Offers in the region of pounds 135,000 from Alder King (01803 29229).Reuse content