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Property: Three To View - Village Choice

COULD THERE be a more perfect bolthole from the hurly-burly of life in the capital than this one-bedroom period cottage in Steyning, a little country town 10 miles from Brighton, just to the north of the South Downs? Tucked away from passing traffic, but only 200 yards from the shops and pubs in the high street, it has small, easily manageable gardens. From the road, a stable door opens onto the 10ft sitting room, which boasts an open fireplace, a beamed ceiling and a pretty bow window. The kitchen may be small, but it has everything that you could need for a weekend. Stairs lead from it to the first floor, where there's a bedroom with exposed beams, a small period fireplace and the bathroom. All all this for only pounds 69,950. Details are available from Geering & Colyer (01903 812781).

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