SUMMER HOUSE, Egypt, Sutton Scotney, Hampshire
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Tel: 01962 844299
They say: Classic Georgian-style house with wonderful gardens landscaped by a medal-winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. It has four or five bedrooms, three reception rooms and a library. The garage has been partly converted into a gym and games room, and the space above it would make a good office.
We say: It's not actually Georgian, but a modern copy built only 11 years ago. Having said that, its location on the edge of the river is stunning and the owners have paid great attention to detail with the cornicing, marble fireplaces and flagstone floors. But perhaps the columns around the bath tub are a little OTT...
Yacht to trot
HARBOUR YARD, Fore Street, Salcombe
Agent: Marchand Petit
Tel: 01548 844 473
They say: Recently built townhouse of superb quality located close to the harbour in the heart of the town. This property is part of a small development and has three bedrooms and a secure underground parking space as well.
We say: Another one for the holiday market, this has the living areas on the top floor, so you can see the sea (over the adjoining rooftops) with the bedrooms on the two floors below. One has built-in bunk beds looking out over the decked courtyard.
On the up
THE COTTAGE, Ryecroft Road, Streatham, London SW16
Agent: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
Tel: 020-8769 8744
They say: Delightful three-bed, two-reception, Grade II-listed house within an exquisite 200ft garden. This is a highly sought-after residential area.
We say: The garden is well-established, and the house is big for the money – by London standards. But then Streatham does have its rougher neighbourhoods, along with the middle-class families and leafy streets.
Hook, line and sinker
BRYN MOEL, Dolwyddelan, Gwynedd, North Wales
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Tel: 01244 328 361
They say: Two pretty stone-built cottages in a delightful setting in the glorious Lledr Valley in Snowdonia National Park. Both have been modernised, and included in the sale are two rods on the nearby River Lledr, which offers trout fishing.
We say: These two cottages are attached, so you could either live in one and let the other, or (if you feel like spending some serious money) convert them into one large six- or seven-bedroom house.
Have a Deco
THE WHITE HOUSE,
Third Acre Rise, Oxford
Tel: 01865 339 700
They say: Outstanding detached 1930s house that has been extended and refurbished to offer six bedrooms, three reception rooms and two roof terraces.
We say: It's vast, and well decorated in a style that fits the architecture. An acquired taste – so you may be able to cut a deal.
Buy the book
ARLINGTON PARK MANSIONS, Chiswick, London W4
Tel: 020-8994 7022
They say: A two-double-bedroom apartment that's part of a mansion block where the author EM Forster once lived. The kitchen has been newly fitted.
We say: Forster's old flat overlooks the Common. Sadly, this one doesn't.Reuse content