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PROPERTY: COUNTRY STYLISH.

Byline: JULIE WOODGATE

No matter what new style of housing becomes popular, our love affair with the quintessential country cottage remains intact. It's not just the visual appeal - though builders who mimic cottage style on their developments have those properties snapped up - it's also the lifestyle lure. It reminds us of a time when life ran at a kinder, less frantic pace. Tempted? Start the dream here...

DEVON

With its whitewashed walls, thatched roof and roses around the door, Appletree Cottage in Cheriton Fitzpaine, Devon, looks as pretty as a picture. Nearly 12 miles out of Exeter, the three-bedroom cottage has a living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, store room and shower room on the ground floor, with three bedrooms and family bathroom upstairs. Both the lounge and dining room have fireplaces and the gardens are well stocked. Call Bradford & Bingley, Stratton Creber 01392 274953. pounds 172,000

WEST SUSSEX

Baddow Cottage, in pretty Fittleworth, is a step back in time. The part 15th, part 16th century Grade-II listed property has a wealth of exposed beams inside and out. Terraced lawns lead to the old greenhouse and summerhouse at the back. There's even an apple tree with mistletoe. About 20 miles from Chichester, it has three bedrooms, lounge with inglenook-style fireplace, dining room and kitchen/ breakfast room on the ground floor. Call Guy Leonard & Co 01798 874033. pounds 325,000

SUFFOLK

The Old Post Office in St Margaret South Elmham, Suffolk, is now a Grade II-listed, four-bedroom cottage, with far-reaching views. The lounge has a large fireplace and is divided from the dining room by a timber studwork wall. The kitchen/breakfast room overlooks fields and there's a utility room, study and shower room on the ground floor. A rose-covered arbour leads to a patio and lawn with pond at the back. Call Durrants 01986 872553. pounds 250,000

MILTON KEYNES

This Grade II-listed, 18th century cottage in Wavendon, Milton Keynes, is as dinky as a doll's house. Refurbished, it has a new thatched roof, kitchen and bathroom and exposed beams throughout. The lounge has cherry-wood flooring and a small inglenook fireplace with gas-fired stove. There's a small dining room and tiny kitchen and, upstairs, two bedrooms and the bathroom. The dining room opens on to a small courtyard garden at the back. Call Beasley & Partners 01908 282820. pounds 169,950

OXFORDSHIRE

This cute timbered, thatched cottage in Crowmarsh is the perfect lovers' hideaway. It can only be reached by farm track with the farmer's permission. Tucked into 2.5 acres of gardens and river paddock with frontage to the Thames, the single-storey property has two bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and living room with exposed beams and brick fireplace, all on ground-floor level. The ancient market town of Wallingford is on the other side of the river. Call Buckell & Ballard 01491 836651. pounds 360,000
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2002
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