These days, you would expect a house of the quality of Langham Hall, at Langham a mile inland from Morston and five miles from Holt to be snapped up within weeks of coming on the market through Sowerbys (01263 710777) and Strutt & Parker (01603 617431) at a guide price of £1.75m.

The handsome, seven-bedroom Regency house, listed Grade II and set in 2.25 acres of delightful gardens, has everything going for it, apart from a degree of uncertainty over the relocation of the nearby glass factory (currently under negotiation with planners). A decision is expected shortly, but in the meantime, there must be a City boy out there, with a million or two to spend, who fancies a gamble.

This article first appeared in Country Life magazine on April 6, 2006