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Gentleman's relish

SEDGWICK HOUSE, Sedgwick, Kendal, Cumbria

Price: £275,000

Agent: Carter Jonas

Tel: 01539 722 592

They say: A well-proportioned duplex apartment in a former gentleman's residence in this popular south Lakeland village. It's in excellent decorative order, with one en-suite bedroom, a mezzanine, galleried hallway, sitting room and kitchen/breakfast room.

We say: The property is leasehold, which will be a deal-breaker for many, but the rooms are all good sizes and the communal facilities include a gym, solarium, heated indoor pool, tennis court and fishing on the River Kent.

Different glass

FAIR OAKS, Tubney, Oxfordshire

Price: £1.495m

Agent: Knight Frank

Tel: 01865 790 077

They say: Excellent example of a Huf Haus, with a large main living area, lots of glass walls and four double bedrooms, each with access to a large balcony. Backing on to a golf course, it provides contemporary living in a traditional English village.

We say: Basically a high-end kit home with lots of glass, lots of space and a hi-tech spec. You'll either love it or hate it.

Room to grow

GRAHAM ROAD, Hackney, London E8

Price: £430,000

Agent: Currell

Tel: 020-7241 4111

They say: Two-bed flat with large reception room leading on to a recently refurbished kitchen. There is potential for expansion to include a second terrace and a loft conversion. The property will benefit from the extension of the East London line to Hackney.

We say: The second bedroom is, predictably, small, but the fact that you can extend means it's worth compromising for now. You're certain to add value by adding a third bedroom, and in this market you need to make money where you can.

Apple of your eye

HALF MOON COTTAGE, Half Moon Lane, Tudeley, nr Tonbridge, Kent

Price: £799,000

Agent: Freeman Forman

Tel: 01732 366 681

They say: Delightful Grade II-listed cottage in its own grounds overlooking woodlands and apple orchards. The spacious house offers family and formal areas as well as a fourth bedroom/sitting room on the ground floor that would be ideal as a guest suite, with its own lobby and cloakroom.

We say: Classic country cottage in the woods. The ceilings are low, but the beams and exposed bricks are charming. It's only four miles from Tonbridge station.

North rocks

WHITEHALL WATERFRONT, Leeds

Price: £750,000

Agent: Knight Frank

Tel: 01423 530 088

They say: Enjoying panoramic views, this penthouse has been designed to reflect the best of modern living. Fully intergrated media system, underfloor heating and specialist lighting.

We say: It's fully furnished so you can move in now, and it has parking, a roof terrace and utility room.

Spaced out

GREAT JUBILEE WHARF, Wapping Wall, London E1

Price: £1.6m

Agent: Cluttons

Tel: 020-7488 4858

They say: Three-bedroom apartment in this landmark conversion on the Thames. Arranged over two floors, it has warehouse features throughout and a balcony.

We say: You get an idea of the space when you see a grand piano and a three-seater sofa in the reception area. It's more like a house, except without the garden.

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