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Devon, £1.25 million
Woodgate House, Culmstock
5 bedrooms, studio, tennis court, pool, 6.84 acres
The principal house of this attractive hamlet, which enjoys glorious views to the Blackdown Hills, Woodgate lies within an easy distance of both Tiverton Parkway station and all the shops in Wellington. It has a large kitchen, a conservatory and a pretty garden.
Jackson-Stops & Staff (01823 325144)
Essex, £1.5 million
Cutlers Forge, Tawney
6 bedrooms, 2 bedroom annexe, pool, 2.4 acres
This Grade II-listed detached home dates back to the 17th century (with later additions) and sits in mature gated grounds. It boasts many character features, including a grand reception hall with laid briquette floor, expansive fireplace with log burner, oak staircase, light wood panelling, traditional panel doors and exposed timberwork.
Hetheringtons (01992 827 063)
Essex, £2.35 million
The Clock House, Kelvedon
5 bedrooms, pool house, pool, Granary
An interesting late Georgian Grade II-listed property, situated within the grounds of the original Felix Hall Estate. The accommodation features large entertaining and reception rooms with high ceilings resulting in a lot of light with a great feeling of space.
Knight Frank (01279 213 340)
Suffolk, £1.5 million
Moat Farmhouse, Hasketon
6 bedrooms, pool, pool house, studio annexe, 4.5 acres
A handsome and beautifully appointed moated house dating back to the Georgian era. In more recent times, the house has benefitted from an impressive extension by the well renowned Suffolk architect Roger Blamer.
Jackson-Stops & Staff (01473 218 218)
Gloucestershire, £6.5 million
Dowdeswell House, Andoversford
7 bedrooms, pool tennis court, 6.5 acres
Dating from the 17th century the interiors of this Grade II-listed property have been transformed by the current owners. The formal gardens are terraced and landscaped and the property benefits from beautiful views over the Cotswold Hills. Knight Frank (01285 659 771)
Hurrah—it’s July and the summer holidays are in sight, but, given Britain’s unpredictable weather, what’s the appetite these days for