SEDGWICK HOUSE, Sedgwick, Kendal, Cumbria
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.
FAIR OAKS, Tubney, Oxfordshire
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
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
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.
WHITEHALL WATERFRONT, Leeds
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.
GREAT JUBILEE WHARF, Wapping Wall, London E1
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.Reuse content