Lee Moor, Devon
The perfect bolthole can be found in the idyllic, semi-rural setting of Lee Moor, where, for £243,000, The Mill, part of a large barn conversion, could be yours.
An upside-down layout has given a light, lofty feel to the first-floor lounge/dining room and kitchen/breakfast room, which has beams open to the eaves and French windows to a Juliet balcony. Below are three bedrooms (one en-suite) and a bathroom.
After a 20 minute drive to Plymouth, trains reach London Paddington in about three hours. Through Fulfords (01752 347347).
Middleton-on-Sea, West Sussex
The Jacobean charms of Grade II listed Rose Cottage, 300 yards from the beach at Middleton-on-Sea, have been saved thanks to a restoration overseen by English Heritage.
The roof has been re-thatched, a new handmade kitchen has been fitted and the bathroom is now a sleek wet room tiled with slate.
A deep inglenook fireplace houses a wood-burning stove in the sitting room, exposed beams feature in both bedrooms and the garage doubles as a home office/utility. Pretty gardens surround.
London Victoria is 90 minutes away by train from Chichester. Jackson-Stops & Staff (01243 786316) is asking for buyers with £249,950.