Ninfield, East Sussex
Russells Cottage in Ninfield has five acres of grounds, paddocks, stables, and fabulous views, plus a beamed sitting room, farmhouse kitchen/breakfast room, en-suite master bedroom and two further bedrooms.
After a 10-minute drive to Battle, trains reach Charing Cross in 90 minutes. Freeman Forman (01424 773888) is asking £495,000.
A gem of the Cotswolds is Blockley where £475,000 buys this Grade II-listed beauty.
A quality renovation means floors, doors and window seats are all made from oak or elm and a bespoke carved stone fireplace features in the sitting room. Three en-suite bedrooms are upstairs.
Nearby Moreton-in-Marsh to Paddington by train takes one hour 45 minutes. Through Jackson-Stops & Staff (01386 840224).