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Italianate job

ASHLEY HOUSE , Ripon, North Yorkshire

Price: £950,000

Agent: Knight Frank

Tel: 01423 530 088

They say: An Italianate Victorian villa with about 4,500sq ft of accommodation divided into six bedrooms (one with dressing and shower room) a reception hall, three further reception rooms, utility room, pantry, garden store and wine cellar.

We say: It's light, spacious and well presented. Imagine a bathroom with nothing in it but a claw-footed bath, a mirror and a fireplace. If you like the sound of that, you'll love this house. There's also a lovely big garden, and it's about 10 miles from Harrogate, four from the M1.

Park and hide

THE MOORS, Kidlington, Oxfordshire

Price: £385,000

Agent: Carter Jonas

Tel: 01865 511 444

They say: A delightful 18th-century attached cottage with a small, south-facing garden and a detached double garage. The property is arranged over three floors, and there are three bedrooms and a conservatory.

We say: A pretty house that's quite affordable for the area. The double garage may seem excessive, given the number of bedrooms, but it would always be useful as storage space if you only had one car.

By the book

FLAT 2, Cadogan Square, London SW1

Price: £2.25m

Agent: Andre Lanauvre

Tel: 020-7245 0788

They say: Bright top-floor flat with expansive views of this desirable square. Spacious reception room, two en-suite bedrooms, communal gardens and tennis courts.

We say: Once home to the late Martha Gellhorn, celebrated journalist and wife of Ernest Hemingway. She used to write in the attic, but it has been modernised since then.

Crest of a wave

HANAS AN MOOR, Droskyn Point, Perranporth, Cornwall

Price: £950,000

Agent: Bradleys

Tel: 01637 850500

They say: A unique detached property at the end of a no-through road along a cliff-top. It has uninterrupted views of the sea and beach from the decked terrace and balcony, and comprises five bedrooms, sauna, open-plan living room and office.

We say: Lying in bed with the windows open, all you can see or hear is the sea. And the view is just as fantastic from the living room.

Go with the flow

MAGNOLIA HOUSE, Strand on the Green, London W4

Price: £2.45m

Agent: John D Wood

Tel: 020-8940 6611

They say: Exceptionally located Thames-side Georgian residence arranged over four floors, with two or three bedrooms, three or four reception rooms, and an office or playroom.

We say: There are wonderful views of Kew Bridge from the master bedroom, and a one-bedroom guest or staff cottage in the garden.

Horse play

TOWER COURT, Overstone Park, Northamptonshire

Price: £435,000

Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff

Tel: 01604 632 991

They say: An interesting stone house, part of a former stable yard, with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two reception rooms. It has a shared courtyard with parking for two cars.

We say: This conversion is spacious and (for once) the rooms have been arranged in a way that is conducive to living: bedrooms on one side, living space on another.