Penny Cottage is Grade II listed and around 200 years old. Named after an old coin found when it was formed from a row of cottage in 1972. The three-bedroom house in Pleshey, north-west Essex has an an 18ft office/playroom above a double garage. The cottage is up for sale at pounds 185,000 through Trembath Welch (01371 872117).
Pannells, in Tilbury Green, near Halstead in Essex, is Grade II listed but needs restoration. In partly moated grounds of two acres, it has six bedrooms, two bathrooms and a heavily beamed dining room, with oak panelling on one wall. Offers sough around pounds 225,000. (Strutt & Parker, 01245 258201).