If you’re looking for something special, this award-winning home off leafy Peckham Rye Common, SE15, is a must-see. Wenge wood doors and hardwood floors rescued from a sugar factory are a sweet touch in the extended L-shaped living/dining room — lit by a wall of glass doors to a garden fragranced by eucalyptus trees. Both double bedrooms have en suites, while one sits below a huge skylight. Through Wooster & Stock.
Take a derelict Georgian stable block in Bath, convert beautifully into a boutique collection of six mews houses, set around a central courtyard, and you have homes that are hot to trot. This one has three bedrooms — two en suite — a third shower room and a fabulous decked roof terrace. The impressive high-spec kitchen is open-plan to living and dining areas that are made for entertaining. There’s a separate studio/garden room that you could either let or use as a home office, and Bath’s historic treats are a few minutes’ stroll away.
Through London Real Estate Advisors.
Change tack and become a shopkeeper, or even a developer, at Southdown House in the Surrey Hills village of Churt. The five-bedroom character home is a perfect blank canvas with 2,400sq ft of living space — in need of updating — that includes a self-contained shop with prime village frontage. And there’s a bonus. You have planning permission in place to build a pair of upmarket cottages at the end of the garden. Through Hamptons.