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STANHOPE PLACE, London W2
Price: £5.5m
Agent: Simon Barnes
Tel: 020-7499 3434

They say: A Georgian townhouse that has been stunningly refurbished to provide a luxurious haven with seven bedrooms, formal reception, plant room, wine cellar and laundry, plus three decked terraces.

We say: All that money and no proper garden. The brochure helpfully points out that there is "excellent security due to the proximity of a recent former Prime Minister and his police protection scheme". You can decide if that's good or bad.

Green house

EMILY'S COTTAGE, York Street, Broadstairs, Kent
Price: £395,000
Agent: Carter Jonas
Tel: 01843 863 100

They say: Double-fronted two-bedroom house featuring an orangery. Upstairs a minstrels' gallery overlooks the double-height kitchen, which is fitted with bespoke units and a Dutch farmhouse stove.

We say: It's a very odd shape, this house, which accounts for the bespoke kitchen, but if you like quirky, this is a great buy. The orangery (an internal courtyard with a glass roof) is a wonderful place to sit and read.

You can bank on it

REGATTA VILLAS, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
Price: £795,000
Agent: Knight Frank
Tel: 01491 844 900

They say: Built last year, this is part of an exclusive gated development located moments from the town centre and overlooking the famous riverfront. There are three bedrooms, a sitting room with sun terrace, enclosed balcony and private garden.

We say: Designed to make the most of the views, this house has the sitting room at the top, the kitchen on the ground floor and the bedrooms sandwiched in the middle, which won't work for everyone. But as befits a modern house, it scores well on energy efficiency.

Pretty as a picture

THE GALLERY, Northwick Park, Nr Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Price: £275,000
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Tel: 01386 840 224

They say: Set in rolling countryside, this carefully restored two-bedroom apartment was formerly a picture gallery. It has access to 35 acres of communal parkland including tennis courts, pool and croquet lawn.

We say: This has been beautifully converted and the high ceilings and galleried drawing room add to the sense of space. The kitchen/diner is behind that arched window, giving a lovely view of the grounds.

Bay watch

BELLEVILLE ROAD, Battersea, London SW11
Price: £899,950
Agent: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
Tel: 020-7228 2666

They say: Fantastic three-bedroom, semi-detached house between two commons. It has a double reception, large kitchen/breakfast room and a garden.

We say: The kitchen has been extended to a fabulous size – at the expense of the garden.

Lost in space

OLD HALL, Barningham, Suffolk
Price: £875,000
Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff
Tel: 01284 700 535

They say: Timber-framed house in a peaceful setting, with seven bedrooms, three receptions and foundations for a conservatory.

We say: It's so big it's got two boot rooms, two Agas and a music room. There's enough space to do exactly what you want, and the original features are lovely.

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