Compton Acre, Old Basing, Hampshire, is described as the epitome of the rose-clad English country cottage. It is in a quiet, no-through lane on the edge of the village, three miles from Basingstoke. The three-bedroom thatched cottage has been extended and updated over the past eight years and has a guest annexe and garage with a room over it. The garden, which is about half an acre in all, is fully stocked and has a pond. Compton Acre is on the market at pounds 325,000 through John D Wood (01252 737115).
Mill Cottage, near Salcombe, Devon, has been completely renovated using traditional materials where possible. The three-bedroom cottage in Bolberry, a quiet hamlet one mile inland from Hope Cove, is about four miles from the Salcombe estuary. The cottage has a drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room and utility room and has an acre of mainly south-facing gardens with a stream and a pond. The asking price is pounds 295,000 through Marchand Petit (01548 844473).