BUILT IN 1903 by a former missionary to Palestine, Haifa, in the village of Crawford near Lanark in Scotland, is a package of surprises. Not least of these is a detailed, full-size charcoal drawing of a cavalier on the dining-hall wall. Oak panelling, stained glass and original brass door-fittings have been carefully maintained. The sitting room has an oak and slate fireplace with another charcoal drawing set in a panel. It has four bedrooms and a newly fitted bathroom upstairs, and sits in almost three quarters of an acre of grounds with views to distant hills. For sale at pounds 115,000 through Slater Hogg & Howison (01698 286221).

CONVERTED FROM the banqueting rooms of a former public house in Shoreditch, north London, this loft-style house is surrounded by similar properties owned by artists and photographers. It was designed for the current owners in 1984 and adapted in 1990 by the Survey & Design Partnership. The entrance is a pair of galvanised doors set in a 14ft glass-brick wall, leading to a perforated-steel staircase and bridge floating over a study area, with a 25ft column radiator linking the two. There's also a garage on the ground floor. Depending on preference, there are two bedrooms, or one bedroom and a 23ft studio. The main 29ft bedroom has a free-standing bath in it. The sitting room is on the second floor along with the kitchen. The third floor has a conservatory and roof garden. For sale at pounds 500,000. Details from Hurford Salvi Carr (0171-250 1012).

POLISHED GRANITE, a variety of woods and hand-made Murano glass screens are all included in the construction of Studio One, a contemporary house in Stow cum Quy, near Cambridge. It has five bedrooms with remote- controlled satellite dish, 16-channel security system and automatically controlled entrance gates and garage door. It also boasts a kitchen with fitted everything, a heated garage, indoor swimming pool, games room, soundproof booth and sauna. The master bedroom suite includes a Jacuzzi. The guide price is pounds 450,000, details from Bidwells (01473 611644).

Rosalind Russell