Commuter home of the week: Aldbourne, Wiltshire

The Wiltshire beauty spot of Aldbourne, close to historic Marlborough, is home to this chocolate-box thatch, full of character.

A cosy interior throughout includes a beamed lounge warmed by a log burner, a dining room with open fire and double doors to the gardens, and a bespoke kitchen with limestone floors and a gas Aga.

Three bedrooms (one en-suite) are upstairs with views over pretty, walled gardens full of fragrant blooms. There is also a useful garage with electric doors, a workshop and loft space.

Hungerford is the closest train station with services to London taking around 1 hour 20 minutes.

Its for sale for £555,000. Through Winkworth (01672 647023).

Waterside home of the week: Godalming, Surrey

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£850,000: this pretty Victorian cottage in Godalming backs onto the River Wey

This lovely Grade II-listed Victorian cottage in the pretty Surrey village of Godalming is set in glorious colourful gardens that back onto idyllic water meadows meandering into the River Wey.

Original details include wood floors and open fireplaces in character sitting and dining rooms, an Aga and ceramic floor tiles in the kitchen and a claw-foot tub in the bathroom.

There are dreamy views across open countryside from three bedrooms upstairs.

On the doorstep you’ll find picturesque walks along the towpath, along with a wide range of shops on Godalming’s historic high street. London is less than 50 minutes away by train.

It’s on the market for £850,000. Through Hamptons International (01483 660059).

First-time buyer home of the week: Colindale, NW9

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Open-plan living: a smart new ground floor apartment in Colindale Gardens, NW9

It’s over to Colindale in NW9 for this smart new ground floor apartment within Colindale Gardens, only 22 minutes by train from King’s Cross.

A high-spec fit of under-heated wood floors and sleek appliances feature in open-plan kitchen and living areas opening to private outside space through glass doors.

Fitted wardrobes to the bedroom and a luxury bathroom with bespoke details complete the interior package, while a residents’ gym, 24 hour concierge and access to glorious green open spaces, including a four-acre park and podium gardens, are among extra perks.

Available with Help to Buy through Redrow (020 3858 3497), this flat is for sale for £401,000.

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