Nip over to Battersea’s Plantation Wharf and you’ll find the perfect pied-à-terre. The first-floor flat has a prime spot on the river and is newly refurbished, so you won’t have to do a thing. White walls and pale wood floors showcase clean lines in the open-plan kitchen and reception room, with glass doors to a balcony where you can enjoy the Thames view. The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes, the bathroom is very “boutique hotel”, and there is a study. It’s chain-free, too, through Winkworth.
Out of town buy of the week: Winkleigh, Devon - £450,000
Enchanting woodland — a whopping 46 acres of it — comes with Grade II-listed Halsdon Mill near Winkleigh in Devon. The poet and glass engraver Sir Laurence Whistler was inspired enough by his stay here to etch poetry on to the bedroom windows. In the kitchen/dining room there’s an Aga and a huge walk-in larder, the cosy sitting room features a log-burner and all three bedrooms enjoy idyllic valley views. A small stream meanders through gardens surrounded by a mass of wild flower meadows. Through Strutt & Parker.
Life-changer of the week: Willsersey, Gloucestershire - £465,000
A few miles from the tourist magnet Broadway lies the endearing village of Willersey, where you could set up shop at this lovely Cotswold stone home. Its double frontage currently thrives as the village store, while flagstone floors and beams aplenty can be found in the house, along with an inglenook fireplace. The kitchen/breakfast room has Shaker-style units, while French windows in the reception room open to a large conservatory, and upstairs there are five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Through Hamptons.