Arts and Entertainment An Edouard Vuillard painting bought for £3,000 on Ebay is thought to be worth £250,000

Fiona Bruce said the owner has 'bagged themselves the bargain of the century'

The Sketch: Whiter than white does not apply to underwear

How will Prescott maintain his standing now that his pinky isn't so perky? He has "become the story". Doesn't the New Labour constitution say he has to resign?

My Home: Jean-Christophe Novelli, chef and restaurateur

At first, the celebrated chef wasn't keen on living in Luton. But he was won over by this 14th-century farmhouse

Five Best: Parisian pieds a terre

In a grand salon or a houseboat on the Seine, feel totally chez vous, says Rhiannon Batten

The Five Best: Designer hotels

My home: Cressida Granger

The owner of the Mathmos lamp company lives in a thatch - but her interior is light years away from chocolate-box chintz

Emma Bridgewater: One home is better than two

When the pottery designer and her family bought their rustic idyll, they liked it so much they ditched their London home

Buy Of The Week: Chelsea

Apart from the odd splash of silver and lilac, this riverside house is whiter than white. Nick Lloyd Jones reports

My Home: Sophie Conran

Sophie Conran has turned a series of Bayswater bedsits into the nerve centre of her gourmet pie-making business. Joey Canessa reports

Buy Of The Week: Maidstone

With its suits of armour and underground passageways, it's no surprise that this manor house is a local legend

Five Best: Spas with a view

Every scrub-down needs a perfect setting. By Rhiannon Batten

Me And My Home: Richard Clark

This house was rescued from oblivion and brought back to life by its owner, says Alice Black

GARDENS: Men at work

Diary of a Dorset garden; When it came to creating her new terrace, Anna Pavord used a combination of local materials and skilled craftsmen

PS Two of a kind in East Molesey

THE BEATLES knocked four terraced houses into one in Help - and started a fashion for fun behind the closed doors of adjoining houses. These two detached villas in East Molesey aren't exactly the same, but there are some quirky parallels: they're next door to each other, both for sale at the same time and both on the market for the same price: pounds 369,950. Numbers 8 and 10 Esher Road are likely to appeal to Mr and Mrs who "need some space", swinging couples who don't want to shell out the bus fare, and those who want Granny to knock before she enters. At a push, they could be joined together, though you would need planning permission, says Kate Arney from selling agent Townends (020 8979 7773): "You could unite the houses" - ensuring they don't tumble down, of course.

Me and my home: Skye Holland

The Brighthouse has had as many functions as its owner has had careers, discovers Jenny Knight
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