Buying a sleek, two-bedroom flat just got easier at Shaftesbury Gate — Crest Nicholson’s new Battersea development — where the Help to Buy scheme provides a 20 per cent government equity loan. It means you only have to find a five per cent deposit. The flat has plenty of entertaining space, a master bedroom with an en suite and an über-chic bathroom, plus a decent-size balcony and the chance to grow vegetables at the communal allotments.
If you need to be lured from London, this Suffolk country home has what it takes. On the edge of the village of Occold, it offers half an acre of manicured lawns and two acres of wildflower meadows, plus paddocks, stables and a tack room. The house has five bedrooms, a 23ft reception room featuring a rustic log burner, a sitting room/study, dining room and a kitchen/breakfast room perfect for family gatherings.
In the Kent hamlet of Westmarsh, five miles from Sandwich, you can buy a useful chunk of countryside along with this gorgeous country cottage. Grade II-listed Russet House comes with four acres to horse around in but if you fancy setting up a serious equestrian business, there are paddocks, a stable block and a 30ft outbuilding handy for storing feed and other horsey stuff. The pretty garden includes an orchard and there are glorious views from the house’s three bedrooms.