There are no problems booking a squash court at peak times for the owners of The Dower House, near Ilminster in Somerset. The house comes with its own purpose-built squash court, with reception area, shower, cloakrooms and viewing balcony. The restored, thatched, 17th-century listed house also has four bedrooms, four reception rooms (with inglenook fireplaces in the drawing- and sitting-rooms), a 17ft 6in kitchen with a walk-in pantry, and laundry and utility rooms. Outside, there is a greenhouse/conservatory and two large garden stores. The property stands in more than two acres of gardens and grounds. pounds 450,000 through Greenslade Taylor Hunt (01460 57222).

It can take years to be accepted for membership of some golf clubs - but not for a buyer of 1 Oliver Court, which overlooks the St Mellion international golf-course in Cornwall, the first course in Britain to be designed by Jack Nicklaus. Ownership of the five-bedroom house includes two residential memberships of the Golf and Country Club. The main rooms have an uninterrupted view of fairways and parkland. The interior, which was finished in 1993, has been hand-painted and decorated by Lyn Grice. The 21ft 6in sitting-room has a deep, slate-lined inglenook fireplace and the 19ft kitchen is fitted with top-of-the-range equipment. The gardens lie on a south-facing slope. pounds 375,000 through Punch & Roche (01752 223933).

As May warms up and thoughts turn lightly to your own swimming-pool, free of leisure- centre-strength chlorine and other people's children, Wilgate House near Faversham in Kent may prove to be just the thing. The white-painted, detached Victorian house, in a quiet semi-rural area, has a heated pool in the garden. The three reception-room, four-bedroom property has a number of outbuildings, including a double garage with loft space above. And should enthusiasm for the pool pall, you can go for a ride instead: there is a timber stable block for three horses. The guide price is pounds 275,000, through Strutt & Parker (01227 451123).

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