This former hunting lodge in parkland, six miles from Worcester, has views to die for. Great care has gone into the restoration of Grade I listed Falcon Tower, and the result is a home full of 17th century character and 21st century mod cons.
There are lovely oak beams in the kitchen, a generous dining room, spiral stairs to a quadruple-aspect sitting room, a bedroom with an impressive stone fireplace and a spa-inspired bathroom built into the roof space.
Trains from Worcester reach London in about two hours 20 minutes.
Andrew Grant (01905 734705) is asking £299,950.
Frozes, central-west France
Across the Channel, in the quiet village of Frozes, about 20 minutes from Poitiers airport, more than £130,000 has been slashed from the asking price of this dreamy 17th century, five-bedroom, country house, yours now for about £420,000.
Wooden shutters frame windows that enjoy château views; floors are original flagstone; traditional stone fireplaces feature in the sitting and drawing rooms and all the bedrooms have parquet floors. Meanwhile, the detached east wing has a galleried main room, a bedroom, kitchen and shower room.
Two double garages, gardens and a large terrace complete the package.
Contact Leggett Immobilier on 0870 011 5151.