So you want to live... in a room with a view

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How good is the view?

The very best, according to readers of Country Life. In 2002 they voted Salisbury Cathedral as the most picturesque site in Britain. Which is what you can see out of most of the rooms.

I bet it's just a little speck on the horizon

That couldn't be further from the truth - just look at the picture! In fact, it's located in one of the most prestigious areas in Salisbury - Cathedral Close - only 100 yards away from the famous landmark.

Is the house suitably grand?

It's not bad at all - although more than anything, it's the location you're paying for. You get an impressive Grade-II listed, four-bedroom Victorian home set on four levels. It's been recently renovated, so you get the benefits of modernisation - check out the stunning, fitted, solid-beech kitchen with granite work-surfaces - with striking, period features such as intricate cornices, exposed beams and iron fireplaces. Main rooms include a dining-room, living-room, drawing-room, study and kitchen.

So it would be an ideal family home?

If you're suitably wealthy, yes. Just don't take too long about it though; the leasehold has 50 years left, so it's not the best value-for-money-purchase you're likely to make nor is it something you can leave for the kids. The agents are unapologetic, though, pointing out that, in an oasis of tranquillity, beauty and high property values, it's what you'd expect.

Anything freehold available?

A second five-bedroom property has just come on the market, with equally striking views, and is one of a clutch of freeholds in the close. You get a Grade I-listed, 14th-century home with a Georgian façade and a similar number of main rooms - although this is without the benefit of a recent renovation.

How much?

No 59 The Close is on the market for £1.2m, and the second, freehold property (No 57) is valued at around £1.7m, so if you can stretch an extra half-mill, this is infinitely the better purchase. Available through Strutt & Parker (01722 328 741).