Arabella Youens selects perfect properties in Essex and Norfolk.
Essex, £2.25 million
Sparrows End, Newport
6 bedrooms, loose boxes, 21 acres
Originally built in 1969, this house was substantially remodelled in the 1980s. All the principal rooms look out towards the garden and parkland, which leads down to the River Cam, and the kitchen comes fitted with high-quality equipment. Audley End station is a mile away.
Arkwright & Co (01799 668600)
Churchgate House, Wood
Dalling 5 bedrooms, Aga, farm buildings, 3.27 acres
Churchgate House is built of mellow brick and flint and stands at the edge of an unspoilt north Norfolk village. Planning permission is in place to extend the accommodation, including remodelling the north elevation. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with an area of kitchen garden.
Savills (01603 229229)
The Parish House, Cley Next The Sea
4 bedrooms, parking for two cars
This building has been skilfully converted from the former village hall into a four-bedroom house. The sitting room on the first floor has panoramic views of the Glaven Valley, Blakeney Point and Cley Windmill.
Bedfords (01328 730500)
Beulah House, Woodton
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, off road parking, outbuildings
This pretty, Grade II-listed house enjoys unspoilt views over open countryside. It comes with four bedrooms, a traditional coach house and a walled garden, as well as a pretty garden of just under an acre.
Humberts (01603 661199)
Norfolk, £2.7 million
Gun Hill Farm, Burnham Overy Staithe
5 bedrooms, tennis court, 3.5 acres
A hidden gem on the edge of Overy Marshes, this Grade II-listed Queen Anne farmhouse has five bedrooms, a tennis court, outbuildings and gardens of about 31⁄2 acres.
Knight Frank (020–7861 1779)