FINCHINGFIELD IN Essex is held to be one of the prettiest villages in England. Howe Street, the adjoining hamlet, is where The One Hundred and One Dalmatians author Dodie Smith lived until her death. It's also where Yeldhams Cottage awaits a sympathetic restoration.
The Edwardian cottage has no central heating, no bathroom and the loo is outside. It is being sold at auction on 20 July with a guide price of between pounds 80,000 and pounds 100,000. Call Trembath Welch on 01371 872117.