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The Causeway Cottage Tea Rooms is in Finchingfield, north Essex, which was home to the late Dodie Smith, author of 101 Dalmatians. It's a picture-book English village, with ducks, old church and cottage gardens. The Grade II-listed Tea Rooms, overlooking the village pond and green, has traded for 40 years and is a magnet for touring cyclists in summer. Not surprising, as the tea rooms serves morning coffee and afternoon tea with home-made cakes and sandwiches. The owner's quarters include two bedrooms with potential for a third small one. For sale as a going concern through Trembach Welch (01371 872117) for pounds 150,000.

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).

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