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Grow into it

Heigham Grove, Norwich, Norfolk
Price: £895,000
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Tel: 01603 612 333

They say: Early Victorian villa with mature, south-facing gardens located within a few minutes' walk of the city centre. It has three reception rooms and five bedrooms as well as a utility room and small conservatory.

We say: Lots of lovely living space, including a library, which could be used as a playroom. In addition, there is a two-storey coach-house which currently provides a lot of storage but could be converted to become aguesthouse or a studio.

Exercise in good taste

Burford Lane Farm, Lymm, Cheshire
Price: £2.6m
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Tel: 0161-928 8881

They say: Stunning farmhouse, with three en suite bedrooms and a fourth bedroom/dressing room, set in delightfully landscaped mature gardens. There is also a detached leisure complex with a swimming pool, gym, sauna and Jacuzzi.

We say: The main rooms are so huge that to have only three or four bedrooms doesn't seem quite enough, particularly as there is garaging for six cars. Perhaps it would suit a family that doesn't get along.

Towering success

The Water Tower, The Millfields, Plymouth
Price: £500,000
Agent: Marchand Petit
Tel: 01752 675 880

They say: Newly converted water tower in exclusive redevelopment of a Georgian naval hospital, this is a superb modern home in the heart of the city, with three bedrooms, a kitchen/diner, study and drawing room, plus a garden room and tower balcony.

We say: The kitchen is very black, shiny and contemporary, and the downstairs has been created to maximise the light from the large windows. However, upstairs in the tower the windows are small and too high up and the octagonal shape dictates a rather awkward space.

Thatch all folks

The Old Post Office, Tichbourne, Hampshire
Price: £1m
Agent: Dreweatt Neate
Tel: 01962 842 742

They say: Thatched cottage located in one of Hampshire's prettiest backwater villages, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two receptions, as well as a study, conservatory and a cellar/office.

We say: This is the archetypal weekend bolthole from which guests would never want to return to the big smoke. In addition to the charming cottage interiors, which include an inglenook fireplace and an Aga, the garden features a chicken run and summerhouse.

Open wide

Prusoms Island, Wapping, London E1
Price: £360,000
Agent: Savills
Tel: 020-7456 6800

They say: Immaculate one-bed warehouse flat with protected parking and communal courtyard.

We say: A good-sized flat that's well presented and light. Although the living area is basically open-plan, it's arranged in such a way that it makes it seem as if there's a separate dining area.

Ups and downs

Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, London W2
Price: £750,000
Agent: Marsh & Parsons
Tel: 020-7313 2890

They say: Beautiful top-floor, two-bedroom, two-bathroom flat with wonderful vaulted ceilings.

We say: It doesn't really seem necessary for a two-bed flat to have two bathrooms when you have to eat in the living room, but the lift giving direct access to the property is quite cool.

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