Number 3-5 The Square in East Morton, in the Aire Valley, two miles from Bingley in West Yorkshire, currently operates as the village fish- and-chip shop in one half of the 17th-century building, and Jacques Cottage Antiques in the other. However, there is outline planning permission for conversion to either two character homes, or one large house (though what would the village do without its cod and chips?). Grade II listed, it stands at the head of the village square. Delightful country walks are promised and access to Wharfedale. pounds 80,000 through Simon Thornton (01943 816213).
Until recently, the tiny thatched building opposite "Swallows Meet" in Goveton, south Devon, was the village Post Office. Now both properties are being sold as one, with the potential to turn the old PO into a guest annexe. The Grade II-listed, whitewashed thatched house is built of stone and cob and has been extensively renovated; the sitting room has a flagstone floor, painted beams and wood-burning stove. pounds 185,000 through Marchand Petit (01548 857588).