Homes to lust after

Our pick of the hottest properties for sale

London SE23 £1.325m
Church conversions don’t come any more stylish than this cracker in Forest Hill, one of south London’s up-and-coming corners. Built in the middle of the 19th century, St Paul’s was domesticated in 2000 and has been given a makeover by the current owners. There are plenty of original features, including a bell tower and windows, along with lots of thoroughly modern wood, glass and steel. The 2,164 sq ft house has four bedrooms, a two-level garden (with a waterfall) and secure off-street parking. 020 3811 2710,

Suffolk £295,000
It needs a lot of love, but it’s hard not to fall for this ramshackle country house, set in 2.5 acres in Ditchingham, a half-hour drive from the heritage coast. The Gatehouse has been in the owner’s family for more than 200 years, and the last person to renovate it was Sir Henry Rider Haggard: the author of King Solomon’s Mines, who stamped his initials in ironwork on its exterior. Now you can make your own mark on this beautiful wreck. 01603 883607,

Gloucestershire £500,000
All the luxury of a grade II* listed country mansion, without the eye-watering cleaning costs: once the hunting lodge at Winchcombe Abbey, stately Sherborne House is set in 12 acres of communal rambling grounds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has been converted into flats, and this two-bedroom, two-bathroom pad is now on the market. Owners can use the indoor pool and orangery. 01285 627684,