Best sporting properties for sale


Italy, €375,000
Toscana Resort, Castelfalfi
Golf, tennis, health centre
Knight Frank (020-7629 8171;
This new development will be built in traditional Tuscan style and based around a medieval borgo. Properties range from two-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom villas, and the estate will have a hotel, restaurants and shops on site.

Mallorca, €1.85m
Dressage area
Engel & Völkers (00 34 971 82 93 39;
A three-bedroom finca on the north-east of the island, which comes with its own dressage area, sea-sand paddocks, large outside boxes and expansive fields. The six terraces that surround the house provide ample space to enjoy the lovely sunsets.

Italy, POA
Castello di Reschio, Umbria
Clay-pigeon shooting, hunting (in season), equestrian centre, tennis
Knight Frank (020-7629 8171;
Most of the houses on the Castello di Reschio estate are purchased unrestored and then the estate provides a bespoke turnkey renovation service. However, Barco, a striking four-bedroom house with its own pool, was restored in 2006 and is now on the market. It lies within easy distance of the estate tennis court, osteria and stables.

Madeira, from €325,000
Palheiro Estate
Deep-sea fishing and golf
Palheiro Real Estate
(00 35 1 291 794 015;
The estate has long been famous for Palheiro Gardens, but now also has the 18-hole Palheiro golf course, the M.Y. Balancal boat for catching marlin, five-star country-house hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro and a spa. Palheiro Village has 35 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and 44 three- and four-bedroom villas.

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Spain, €8.5m
Fuente Fria, Cádiz
Equestrian and polo
Vision Board Properties (00 34 952 818 603;
Part of the land belonging to this large cortijo (farmhouse) is a training ground for riders to go head to head with bulls, in order to separate the brave from the cowardly, following the tradition that has been used for hundreds of years. The property comes with almost 1,000 acres of flat land, and the main house has four bedrooms.

Portugal, €10m
Quinta do Lago
Savills (020-7016 3740;
An impressive contemporary villa located within the ever popular Quinta do Lago estate, with wonderful fairway and country views. It has five bedrooms, an indoor and outdoor pool, extensive entertaining areas and geothermal heating and air conditioning.

Spain, from €850,000

Catalunya Resort
Golf and tennis
Knight Frank (020-7629 8171;
Dennis O’Brien’s latest property project is developing a residential country club around
the PGA Golf de Catalunya courses. Buyers are invited to choose a plot in one of the prime positions around the two 18-hole courses, which sit in a dramatic basin surrounded by mountains. The estate is situated five minutes from Gerona airport and 25 minutes from the coast.

Spain, POA
Golf, polo, tennis,
riding, sailing
Savills International
(020- 7016 3740;
A contemporary nine-bedroom house in a spectacular position in European’s premier sporting development. The 56ft-long infinity pool is made of dark green Indian slate, and the house has a bodega, a gym, a media room, a sauna and staff accommodation.

Portugal, from €1.5m
Equestrian centre and golf
Engel & Völkers (00 35
1 261 316 572;
Part of a new development of 70 villas, which includes an equestrian centre designed by showjumper Jessica Kürten, each villa will have its own swimming pool and extensive garden. It’s a 45-minute drive from Lisbon, on the Silver Coast.

Portugal, from €923,300
Val do Lobo
Clay-pigeon shooting, golf and tennis
Chesterton Humberts (020-3040 8210;
Vale do Lobo is the longest-established resort in Portugal, with a total area of 1,100 acres and about 1,500 properties. It has two 18-hole golf courses-the Royal and the Ocean-plus the largest tennis centre in the Algarve, with 14 courts. The Royal Golf Villas overlook the 12th hole of the Royal Golf Course and have two or three bedrooms, rooftop Jacuzzi terraces and decked barbecue areas with plunge pools.