PEAR TREE Cottage in Thornton Steward, near Bedale in Yorkshire, is a stone-and-cobble four-bedroom farmhouse standing in walled gardens. The sitting room has a beamed ceiling and stone fireplace, the dining room has an exposed stone wall, and the kitchen has a terracotta floor and Aga. An en suite bathroom has a cast-iron bath. Offers of pounds 270,000 to GA (01677 423911).
LITTLE ORCHARD in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, is a Georgian cottage standing in gardens of hollyhocks and roses. There are two sitting rooms, a separate dining room with marble fireplace, a kitchen/breakfast room, three bedrooms, a small study and garage has light and power and there are three brick garden stores. For sale at pounds 230,000 through Stimpsons (01462 459786).