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Mind your manors

THE GOSLING, Hassobury Mansion, Farnham, Hertfordshire
Price: £1.15m
Agent: Mullucks Wells
Tel: 01279 755 400

They say: A magnificently restored portion of a fine Victorian Gothic mansion set in idyllic farmland. The property comprises four bedrooms, two reception rooms as well as a grand entrance hall. The views are charming and it has garaging too.

We say: With its 16ft-high ceilings, this has stately-home overtones. But the kitchen is minute (for the staff, perhaps) and the dining room seems rather squashed on to a galleried landing, which could lead to some tricky situations after a few glasses of port. But the panelling and plaster work are wonderful.



Go with the grain

THE GRANARY, Linton, Cambridge
Price: £625,000
Agent: Carter Jonas
Tel: 01223 368 771

They say: A striking and beautifully presented converted granary laid out over three floors in a popular, picturesque location. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a courtyard garden and double garage.

We say: There's also a large garden room, which would probably make the upstairs reception room redundant. You might want to countrify the paved garden a little to fit with your rural surroundings – the village has a pub, bakery and regular farmer's market.

Square deal

LONSDALE SQUARE, Islington, London N1
Price: £2.5m
Agent: Currell
Tel: 020-7226 4200

They say: Sited on the south-west corner of a highly sought-after square, this five-storey, three-bedroom, five-reception house is presented in excellent decorative order, with lovely open vista to the rear.

We say: For a house of this size, there are not enough bedrooms – though two of the five receptions could be easily become extra bedrooms, leaving the whole of the ground and lower-ground floors as living space. And there's a dumb waiter running between the kitchen and the dining room above.

Five stars

HAY HEDGE, Wells Lane, Bisley, Gloucestershire
Price: £550,000
Agent: Knight Frank
Tel: 01285 659 771

They say: Pretty stone cottage with four bedrooms, two receptions and views over the surrounding countryside.

We say: This part of the Cotswolds is a honeypot for celebrities. The fourth bedroom leads off the third, but there is a good-sized loft, which could be converted into guest rooms .

Just Georgious

CLAPTON TERRACE, Hackney, London E5
Price: £300,000
Agent: Savills
Tel: 020-7923 8650

They say: Set back from the main road, this spacious second-floor, two-bedroom flat is in one of the area's few remaining Georgian terraces.

We say: The price includes a share of the freehold, which is a bonus. But you have to go through the sitting room to get to the bathroom.

Flower power

NINEVEH HOUSE, Benenden, Kent
Price: £749,000
Agent: Knight Frank
Tel: 01892 515 035

They say: Delightful 1930s family house and garden with four bedrooms. The owners have created a fabulous 26ft triple-aspect kitchen and breakfast/living room, and despite being in woodland and fields, the property is only an hour from the capital.

We say: There's currently only one bathroom, but it does have planning permission for a large extension. Outside, the bluebell woods are gorgeous and there's a waterfall and treehouse.

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