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Compton Valence House, near Dorchester in Dorset, was lived in by Parson Milne, the famous hunting parson who was Master of Cattistock Hounds from 1900 to 1931, long before the sport became contentious. The six-bedroom former rectory has four reception rooms, a kitchen with an Aga, and 111 acres to gallop about in. It is for sale at pounds 750,000 through Michael de Pelet (01935 812236).

A castle is for keeps

My sincere thanks to Knight Frank, property consultants of distinction, for considering me with a set of particulars which put the competition to shame. I refer to their 24-page glossy brochure extolling the virtues of the Taymouth Castle Estate in Perthshire.

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