The views from Higher Collaton Farmhouse near Kingsbridge in Devon could be seriously distracting for anyone trying to work from its 27ft by 7ft study. The Grade II listed thatched house sits in 19 acres of rolling hillside and gardens which face down to the Salcombe Estuary. The nearest beach is a mile's walk down a footpath through the valley. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms, oak beams and a two-storey barn, it's for sale at pounds 350,000 through Marchand Petit (01548 857588).
Cross Guns Cottage near Alcester in Warwickshire is a black-and-white thatched cottage with landscaped gardens which run down to the River Arrow. Built in 1550, it was later a pub and now has three bedrooms, conservatory and summer house. In the outbuildings, there are two offices with fax, phone and computer lines and a garden room. Offers around pounds 265,000 to John Shepherd (01564 783866).Reuse content