The Downs, Essex
You can enjoy all the trappings of country life and be less than 45 minutes away from London by train if you buy Primrose Cottage within The Downs, near Great Dunmow, Essex.
This Grade II listed, charming 16th century, three-bedroom cottage is surrounded by a pretty garden.
On the ground floor is a bespoke kitchen, conservatory, lounge and dining room with inglenook fireplaces, a bathroom and shower room.
For jet-setters, Stansted airport is only 15 minutes away. The price is £399,500 through Hetheringtons (01371 878392).
High in the desirability stakes is this 19th century Cotswold stone home within the glorious 30-acre Northwick Park estate in Blockley.
The house is set in a secluded courtyard next to the estate’s Grade I listed mansion, with impressive views over the grounds and deer park. There are high ornate ceilings, French windows out to a private walled garden and a fireplace in the large drawing room and dining area.
Three bedrooms and a bathroom are on the first floor. Communal tennis courts, a swimming pool and croquet lawn are on the doorstep.
Trains from nearby Moreton-in-Marsh take 95 minutes to Paddington. Jackson-Stops & Staff (01386 840224) is asking £395,000.