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THE OWNER of The Coach House in the splendidly named village of Nempnett Thrubwell, 12 miles from Bristol, is fond of telling guests that she used to keep her horse in the dining room. Equine table manners were impeccable, for the building was then the coach house and stables to the farm across the road. To take advantage of the view down the valley to the Mendip Hills, the main sitting room was sited on the first floor, although there is another on the ground floor.

There are two bedrooms, a 14ft by 13ft kitchen, a shower room and bathroom, and a double garage with workshop and store room above. The price guide is pounds 190,000 through Chappell & Matthews (01275 333199). A paddock of just over three acres is available separately.

THE STABLES, on the Coodham Country Estate, just off the A77 from Ayr to Glasgow, were converted into eight courtyard homes in the early 1990s. No 5 is a two-storey house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and has its own enclosed garden at the back.

Parquet flooring runs from the reception hall, through the dining area to the kitchen, which is fitted with colour-washed green units. There is a newly decorated formal lounge, which boasts double doors opening onto the garden, and an L-shaped family sitting room. The house has parking space and a burglar alarm. Offers over pounds 99,000 through Slater Hogg & Howison (01563 540313).

IN YE olde times, Coach-House Cottage, which is near Oakham, in Rutland, used to have horses clattering through what is now the entrance hall, which boasts a reclaimed brick floor.

Appropriately, the utility room has a stable door opening onto the rear garden. There is a 14ft 4in breakfast kitchen with a Belfast sink and quarry-tiled floor, and a 15ft11in sitting room, which has an exposed- brick chimney breast and multi-fuel burner.

The property has two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and there is an attic room that is currently used as a study. Offers in the region of pounds 119,950 through Frank Innes (01572 722868).