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Property: Cheat an estate agent? You must be joking

Suppose you sell your house privately, some time after the estate agent has given you up as a bad job. What about your agreement with them? Penny Jackson lays it on the line

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Property: Three to view: in the cotswolds

Orchard Place in Hidcote Boyce, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, is a Grade II listed four-bedroom house extensively restored by the owners. It has flagstone floors, mullioned windows, oak-boarded floors, walls and doors and three inglenook fireplaces. There are three rooms in the attic and two above the utility room. There's also a small cottage with planning permission for restoration and extension. Agents Knight Frank are asking pounds 385,000 (01789 297735).

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Mark Leatham is co-founder of fine food distributor Leathams, a company he started from the boot of a car and which now has an annual turnover of pounds 25m.

Property: 'Your dinner's in the kitchen'

The dining room has had its chips. Pressure on space, more childrens' toys, a room for the computer and growing informality has put paid to the room which was rarely used and almost always chilly. Rosalind Russell examines the causes of its demise.

Property: Home and away - the properties you missed this year

In the spring of this year house prices rocketed in London and the South-east. Properties sold in a matter of days and, in at least one case, hours. Silly money was offered by either the cash-rich or the panic- stricken. But not everyone spent a fortune to acquire a dream residence, writes Penny Jackson, in her review of the most interesting homes to be sold in 1997.

Property: three to view: with fitted shelves

Strand Platt in Winchelsea, East Sussex is a Grade II listed five- bedroom house in need of upgrading. The panelled dining- room has a full- height built-in china cupboard with shelves and glazed door. The walled garden, belonging to the house, is on the opposite side of the lane and adjoins National Trust land. With sash windows, dado height panelling and exposed timbers, it's for sale through Phillips & Stubbs for pounds 230,000 (01797 227338)

Property: Swap shop - one agent's remedy for the log-jam

"If I'd earned a pound for every time someone told me they would sell if only they could find somewhere to buy, I wouldn't need to sell houses at all", one estate agent complained the other day. He is not alone.

Property: This week: bungalows in the south of England

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three to view: with good kitchens

The School House at Addington, Buckinghamshire has a 12ft 6ins kitchen with a one-and-a-half bowl white Shires sink, with mixer tap and limed oak units. There's a Bosch hob and Smeg double oven. The five-bedroom converted school house has a double height 33ft drawing room with the original school bell tower above. There is half an acre of gardens backing on to open countryside. Knight Frank is asking pounds 400,000 (01865 790077).

Property: three to view: with one bedroom

Tomasz Starzewski, frock designer to the famous, is selling his very large one-bedroom flat in Queensgate, London SW7. The lower ground- floor apartment, with 37ft drawing room, has been designed for entertaining rather than overnight guests, but there is a study-cum-dressing room adjoining the 17ft bedroom. For sale at pounds 295,000 through Chesterfield (0171 581 5234).

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