A 16th-century, detached cottage in the village of Stoke Hammond, near Milton Keynes. Farmhouse kitchen/ breakfast room, dining room with wood flooring and exposed beams and a sitting room with open fireplace. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a dressing room. The property has been cleverly extended to incorporate an annexe, providing a further two bedrooms and a family room with doors leading into the garden. Mature trees and shrub borders surround the house and there is ample off-road parking. Why: Deceptively big. Why not: Creaky floors. Taylors (01908 240981).