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Loft living

NARROW STREET, Limehouse, London E14
Price: £1.75m
Agent: Savills
Tel: 020-7531 2500

They say: Classic riverside warehouse, converted by award-winning architects into a stylish, comfortable home, with three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a kitchen/diner and an integral garage.

We say: Spread over three floors, plus a mezzanine, this is the perfect loft property for those couples who want a family but don't want to move to the 'burbs – there's even a utility room. At more than 3,000 sq ft, it's spacious and beautifully done out.

In the pink

THATCHED COTTAGE, Kingston, South Hams, Devon
Price: £449,500
Agent: Marchand & Petit
Tel: 01548 831 163

They say: Pretty detached three-bedroom cottage with garden and adjoining paddock, situated on the edge of a coastal village in easy reach of Plymouth, sailing at Salcombe and Dartmoor National Park.

We say: Down a pretty lane, it would make an idyllic holiday cottage. It has a new kitchen/breakfast room, a snug and a living room. But with its small windows and low ceilings, it isn't the brightest place around.

Village views

FITZJOHN'S AVENUE, Hampstead, London NW3
Price: £1.15m
Agent: Chesterton
Tel: 020-7794 3311

They say: Triple aspect second-floor flat located in the heart of the village, with the added advantage of a garage. Situated on the second floor, there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms and two reception rooms.

We say: Hampstead is staggeringly expensive, but the living space is huge, the third bedroom would make a useful study and you shouldn't moan about the lack of outside space when you're this close to the Heath.

Country casual

HAWKLEY FARM HOUSE, Eastcombe, Gloucestershire
Price: £685,000
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Tel: 01285 653 334

They say: Located in the wooded valleys of the Cotswolds, this charming 17th-century house has four bedrooms, two receptions, outbuildings, a delightful garden and spacious driveway.

We say: This classic country cottage has lapsed planning permission to extend and is situated in a quiet location 13 miles from Cheltenham (which now has a Waitrose – something that most estate agents feel is a selling point).

Sur la mer

THE FRENCH APARTMENTS, Brighton, Sussex
Price: £515,000
Agent: Winkworth
Tel: 01273 320 300

They say: Three-bedroom apartment set within this former convalescent home. Set back from the Marine Parade, it has recently been converted and offers direct views of the sea.

We say: There are two terraces and it's well laid out inside.

Room to manoeuvre

ST JAMES, Toddington, Bedfordshire
Price: £845,000
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Tel: 01525 290 641

They say: Imposing four-bedroom property with four reception rooms, kitchen diner, and a professionally designed garden, located within walking distance of the village green.

We say: There's probably as much space as you will ever need, and you could create an en suite for bedroom two, although oddly, the master bedroom is the furthest from any of the three bathrooms. One reception is currently used as a billiard room.

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