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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


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.