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CONGESTION, noise and rising crime make many city dwellers dream of greener pastures. If you've decided you'd like a change of pace, whether more land to grow your own vegetables, or simply a quiet retreat, we've found five properties where you can live the "Good Life". NORTHUMBERLAND

Set in a secluded spot surrounded by mature woodland, open fields and next to a private nature reserve, this three-bedroom stable conversion is just five minutes drive from Morpeth and 20 minutes from Newcastle. It has a 17ft dining room and 18ft lounge with open feature fireplace. Call Sanderson Young 0191 213 0033. pounds 265,000


Situated back from the high street in the village of Docking, this 200-year-old cottage has a lovely, part walled garden adjoining open fields. About five miles from the coast, the two-bedroom property has the original brick open fireplace with wood burning stove in the lounge, 1930s period range in the dining room and pine units in the kitchen. It comes with a 30ft brick garage. Call Bedfords on 01328 730500. pounds 155,000


North Stile Cottage is set in seven acres within the North York Moors National Park. It has three bedrooms, dining room with wood burning stove and lounge with stone fireplace. Outside, there's a Nordic sauna, workshop and three other outbuildings. Call CPH Property Services 01723 352235. pounds 325,000


The Spinney sits in an acre of wooded gardens on the shores of Loch Earn and enjoys views across the loch to the mountains beyond. Close to the village of St Fillans and handy for golf, hill walking and fishing, it is also within easy reach of Perth. With three bedrooms, large L-shaped lounge/dining room and double glazed garden room. Call Bell Ingram Ltd 01738 621121. pounds 250,000


Holm Garth is approached by private drive with remote controlled gates and sits in its own extensive grounds outside Burton village on The Wirral overlooking the Dee Estuary. There are three double bedrooms with two opening on to a balcony. There's a large lounge, with coal/ wood burning stove, and spacious kitchen/ breakfast. Call Bradford & Bingley Sykes Waterhouse 0151 342 6191. pounds 399,000
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2003
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