Pear Tree Cottage in Colyford, three-and-a-half miles from the sea in Devon, is a two-bedroom thatched house with very large cottage gardens, including a wild garden. Views across the Axe Valley can be seen from the top of the gardens. There is an 18ft sitting room with stone- built inglenook-style fireplace, 12ft kitchen breakfast room and outside, a single garage. The town sits by the River Coly and consists mostly of period houses and cottages like this one. Perfect for a weekend home, there is a rail connection to London via Axminster. pounds 90,000 through Alder King (01297 21595).

Walnut Tree House in Pulborough, West Sussex, really does have a walnut tree in the garden, along with a magnolia, wisteria, winter flowering jasmine and forsythia. The Grade II listed period house is in the centre of the village and has a long driveway at the back, leading to two garages. From the drawing room, there are views across the water meadows to the South Downs. The 18ft kitchen has fitted white units and Whirlpool oven and hob. With five bedrooms, two bathrooms and an old cellar with curved ceiling, it's for sale for pounds 255,000 through Guy Leonard & Co (01798 874033).

Apple Tree Cottage near Castle Combe in Wiltshire has large rear gardens with terraces, lawns and well established trees. The thatched, stone-built three-bedroom house has two reception rooms, including a marble-floored summer lounge with French doors opening onto the patio. The 23ft drawing room has exposed stone walling and inglenook fireplace. The kitchen is custom built with a Rosieres cooking range. The main bathroom is a splendid affair with a generous free-standing oval bath on claw feet and brass telephone taps. All for pounds 350,000 through Parkinson Fairlie Robertson (01249 655101).

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