Britain's unusual homes and wow-factor conversions

From nuclear bunkers with retractable roofs and water tower conversions with rooftop pools to churches and Victorian schools that have been transformed into stunning homes, we take a tour of the unique and show-stopping homes just waiting to be snapped up.

New homes in Kent: The Vale

The Vale in Southfleet, North Kent, has 32 houses set in a semi-rural hamlet and benefits from close proximity to the Eurostar station at Ebbsfleet.

Commuter homes for first-time buyers from £250,000

Many house hunters are eager to leapfrog London's tiny studios and flats by finding a larger home outside of the city - but still within a 60-minute commute. We find three top spots for good-value homes, schools and outdoor spaces - from Great Dunmow in Essex, to West Malling in Kent and Hook in Hampshire.

New homes: The Vale

Southfleet in Kent has a collection of 32 semi-detached, detached and terrace homes.

Diary of an estate agent: Blackheath

We’re selling allsorts — sweet shop included. Plus new-builds and period properties to buyers who want to be close to the City and good schools.

Property search: Clapham, Oxfordshire or Kent?

We uncover a two-bedroom loft-style mews near Clapham High Street, a five-bedroom farmhouse in Oxfordshire with extra space provided by former stables and outbuildings and a four-bedroom house in Kent with a barn perfect for renting out as a wedding venue.