Property: Three on view in northern France

One-bedroom cottage situated near St Pierre des Nids. This property makes true the escapist's dream. It is set deep in rural countryside, flanked by a pretty one-acre garden, and the small village of St Pierre des Nids is within easy distance for amenities. Lovingly renovated, it comprises a large, tiled main room and fitted kitchen and a spacious attic room at the top. Price: about pounds 36,000. Contact: A House in France, 11 Mountview, Mill Hill, London NW7 3HT (0181-906 3749).

A two-bedroom cottage in a village near Cherbourg, Normandy. It is situated in a quiet area half a mile from Cherbourg and near the many beaches along the western peninsula. It is in good condition and features include a glazed porch entrance hall and a dining room with fireplace. Price: about pounds 36,750. Contact: A House in France, 11 Mountview, Mill Hill, London NW7 3HT (0181-906 3749).

A converted farmhouse in Normandy between Saint James and St Hilaire du Harcouet. This is the perfect spot for those who enjoy activity since it is just 300 metres from the leisure facilities along the Selune River. A three-bedroom property, it features wonderful additions such as a marble floor and large open fireplace. Price: about pounds 70,600. Contact: Rutherfords, 25 Vanston Place, London SW6 1AZ (0171-386 7240).

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