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Born again chapel




Price: pounds 995,000

Agent: Hamptons International

Tel: 020 8940 2772

They say: An impressive conversion of a former chapel, now offering dramatic living space. The highlight is a vaulted, 30ft reception room with a herringbone patterned wooden floor and a chrome and Perspex staircase leading up to a mezzanine level. The 18ft kitchen is finished with stainless steel, the main bedroom has French doors opening to the garden, which has been beautifully landscaped and an ornamental pond runs beneath an extensive area of decking. There is a second reception room and three bedrooms.

We say: Good garden size, handy for picnics in Richmond Park with the family, and a bracing walk to the London Underground station which is about a mile away.

Reams of beams




Price: pounds 625,000

Agent: Savills

Tel: 01245 269311

They say: An attractive late 16th century Grade-II listed barn conversion overlooking the Church Green about four miles from Chelmsford. Constructed on a heavy oak-vaulted timber frame, its main reception room rises almost into the ridge. The sitting and dining areas are separated by a stock brick fireplace with a wood burning stove, open plan to the kitchen, which has an oil fired Rayburn. There are five bedrooms, or three bedrooms, a family room and a study, depending on how you want to arrange it, and there is a third of an acre of garden backing on to the church.

We say: A comfortable home in an idyllic spot, will be snapped up by a city commuter.

So this is Sller




Price: pounds 1.3m

Agent: Kuhn & Partner

Tel: 00 34 971 63 34 08

They say: A completely renovated 300 year old stone finca in the valley of Sller. There are two buildings, including eight luxury bedrooms with bathrooms en suite, a spacious lounge with a fireplace, a comfortable dining room and a kitchen. The property is centrally heated and has satellite television. It is surrounded by large terraces, a Mediterranean garden includes a swimming pool and a tennis court.

We say: It is easier to access this beautiful, mountainous area now that the road tunnel is open. The house is surrounded by fabulous scenery in one of the most fashionable parts of the island.

Horse sense


Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh

Price: pounds 395,000

Agent: Strutt & Parker

Tel: 0131 226 2500

They say: An attractive and flexible house, formerly a coach house, on an elevated position, north west of Edinburgh's city centre. Arranged over three levels, it has a family/dining room, a 25ft by 7ft kitchen and a study. A spiral staircase rises to the first floor and the sitting room, with more steps leading up to the three bedrooms. The house shares a driveway, has parking for several cars and private gardens with a series of decks and patios.

We say: The sloping site was obviously a challenge during conversion, so a buyer may decide to change the layout, but a good price for the space in the area.

Playing to the gallery


Filkins Hall, Oxfordshire

Price: pounds 469,000

Agent: Mallams

Tel: 01865 241466

They say: Grade-II listed former coach house, now a stylish residence with a private south facing garden. On four floors, the property is within the walled grounds of the Filkins Manor Estate, the main building is now converted into apartments. Built of Cotswold stone, it has two circular windows and a bell cote, with the original clock mechanism in working order. There is a ground-floor living room, a galleried sitting room above, a newly fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and a 22ft bedroom in the attic.

We say: For downsizers who want grounds without having to shove the lawnmower personally.

Cotswold country


Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire

Price: pounds 925,000

Agent: Jackson-Stops & Staff

Tel: 01285 653334

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. It 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: Love the bathroom with the wavy line painted floor.