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Wednesday 02 February 2005
Price: offers over pounds 165,000
Agent: Bell Ingram
Tel: 01863 766683
They say: A superb opportunity to acquire a charming two-bed croft cottage with outbuildings and about 18 acres of land. Recently modernised, the cottage is surrounded by its own fields, is a mile from the village, pub, school, shops and petrol station and is opposite the Forestry Commission's D Gunns Wood. A working croft on the Lairg Estate, it comes with a stone steading, but the Highland cattle are available only by separate negotiation. There is a kitchen with Brazilian slate floor, mains electricity and water. Broadband is due in the area soon.
We say: Legal rules on crofting should be carefully studied before throwing in a career in accounting to head for the hills.
A pastel fantasy
Turtleback Ridge, Barbados
Agent: Knight Frank
Tel: 020-7629 8171
They say: Spectacular property set on the edge of a ridge in over an acre of land, with panoramic views of the west coast, taking advantage of the cooling trade winds which gently flow through the house. Built in 2001, the four-bedroom house is arranged on three levels, with a top-floor master suite. In immaculate condition and in beautifully landscaped gardens, it is one of 20 in the development. Ideal for entertaining, it has living and dining areas, large covered patio, pool deck, double garage and an exercise room.
We say: The rich person's holiday home.
Thinking big in Bucks
Price: pounds 825,000
Agent: Jon Drew-Smythe
Tel: 01296 658270
They say: A fine 17th-century thatch-and-tile former farmhouse in three- quarters of an acre of gardens, with views over the Vale of Aylesbury. Updated and improved, preserving the original features, it has a 21ft sitting room with part-vaulted ceiling, study, sun room, dining room. large kitchen and a 24ft snooker room with a beech sprung floor and antique snooker table. There is a ground-floor guest suite, five more bedrooms upstairs.
We say: Much bigger than it looks, would suit large family looking for good, nearby grammar schools.
Poetry in motion - and a short walk from the sea
Helford Passage, Cornwall
Price: pounds 1.9m
Agent: Knight Frank
Tel: 01392 423111
They say: An outstandingly situated house with views to the Helford River and Falmouth Bay. A mile from Mawnan Smith, it was built in 1937 on land previously owned by the poet John Masefield. Modernised and remodelled, it has an entrance hall with oak floor, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, breakfast room, the original kitchen and a new kitchen with two- oven Aga. It has five bedrooms and a second floor which is a large space over most of the house. There is a four-car garage, gardens with fig and palm trees, and a heated swimming pool.
We say: Pure poetry.
Near hallowed ground
THE PAVILION APARTMENTS
St John's Wood, London NW8
Price: pounds 2.895m
Tel: 020-7472 5000
They say: A substantial duplex flat of more than 3,400 sq ft on the ground and first floors of this prestigious apartment building opposite Lord's cricket ground. The innovative and modern design earned the architects Koski Solomon Ruthven an award and was described as "bold and beautiful". The four-bedroom flat has four en-suites, 26ft drawing room, dining room, kitchen breakfast room and a study. It has three underground parking spaces and landscaped communal grounds.
We say: Expensive, anonymous and curiously not very British, despite the proximity of the sacred sward.
Devoted gardener required
THE MANOR HOUSE
Price: pounds 750,000
Agent: Knight Frank
Tel: 01432 273087
They say: Period charm in the Arrow Valley. A six-bedroom listed house in about three-quarters of an acre, with a self-contained flat, behind a Queen Anne facade. Has been run as a bed-and-breakfast, and the self- contained flat and a cottage provide opportunity for additional income. On the ground floor it has a living room, sitting room, dining room and 23ft kitchen. The flat is on the floor above, while the cottage is at the back in the north wing. There are outbuildings, garaging, gardens and a crocus lawn.
We say: A delightful jumble of rooms, with cracking gardens, which would require constant care.
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