Househunter Lechlade, Gloucestershire

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Only the creeper on the front wall disturbs the symmetry of Sherborne House, a listed William and Mary property just a few minutes' walk from the centre of Lechlade. The house sits in more than an acre of walled gardens, with an 18th-century gazebo, a swimming-pool and an orchard where peaches grow up the wall. The house has three reception rooms, six bedrooms and three bathrooms. It is for sale through John D Wood, London (0171- 493 4106), and Butler Sherborn in Burford (01993 822325) at a price of pounds 495,000.

For what it's worth

The number of people moving house has fallen this year by 10 per cent, with August producing the lowest figures since February 1993. In the first eight months of 1995 there were just 786,000 transactions compared with 868,000 up to the end of August 1994. With autumn once again failing to provide a seasonal boost, the pattern looks set to continue until the end of the year. That would leave annual house moves at less than 1.2 million compared with around 1.6 million in the early 1980s.

Who's moving

A run of successful TV series and movies has allowed the actor Sean Bean to leave his double-fronted Edwardian house in Muswell Hill, north London, for a period property with a big garden a few miles out in Totteridge.