Ovington Square, London SW3
1 bedroom, communal gardens, leasehold Savills (020-7581 5234)
This charming one-bedroom flat is situated in a sought-after garden square in the heart of Knightsbridge (just a few minutes from Harrods). Described as ‘a perfect pied à- terre’, it’s in an excellent condition with superb interior decoration, and there are 117 years still remaining on the lease.
Moatenden Priory, Headcorn
7 bedrooms, summer house, 2 acres Savills (01580 720161)
‘You go through different centuries when you walk the length of the house,’ explains the owner of this historic Grade II-listed property, which was built around the remains of a priory. ‘We’ve been here 14 years, and have done some sensitive restoration work, such as exposing the oak beams that had been hidden behind false walls and removing a pink ceiling!’
Marville Road, London SW6
3 bedrooms, roof terrace and garden John D. Wood & Co (020-7731 4223)
A wonderfully refurbished house on the ever-popular ‘villes’, which has the rare luxury of a first-floor roof terrace. There is ample entertaining space, with a separate dining room and a double reception room. Agents believe it’s an ideal family house or long-term investment.
The Grove, Castle Acre
6 bedrooms, outbuildings, 1.2 acres Bedfords (01328 730500)
The owners of this period village house, which once formed part of the Holkham estate, are selling up to retire to the coast. ‘We’ll miss this lovely village, which has a very strong community spirit,’ explains Juliet Thompson. ‘It’s not the usual sleepy community, and it’s rather refreshing, in this day and age, to live somewhere that has such a close-knit community.’
Great Addington House Great Addington,
5 bedrooms, conservatory, 1.3 acre Strutt & Parker (01858 433123)
This wonderful village house is a former rectory, which is in a secluded location with an easy commute into London via Kettering train station (London St Pancras 55mins). The current owners rent adjoining paddocks extending to seven acres, making it into a glorious family home with plenty of space.
Devon, £1 million
3 bedrooms, outbuildings, 4.8 acres Knight Frank (01392 423111)
This farmhouse is in a quiet situation above the River Avon and yet is just five minutes from Kingsbridge. ‘It’s glorious countryside and also has easy access to the beaches and the A38,’ explains owner Yvonne Williams, who moved to the area 13 years ago. ‘It was in good condition but very traditional when we first arrived. We’ve opened rooms to create an eat-in kitchen-ideal for a family.’
Kinloch House, Cupar
10 bedrooms, 2 apartments, 10 acres Knight Frank (0131-222 9600)
This magnificent Scots Baronial mansion is in an attractive setting on the edge of the Howe of Fife, surrounded by arable farmland and woodlands. The oldest part of the house dates from about 1700 and was later extended. Another extension contains the two apartments: one with five bedrooms and the other with three. It’s currently run as a hotel, but could be easily converted back into a family home.
France, £1.035 million
6 bedrooms, outbuildings, swimming pool Jonathan Charles (00 33 531 98 01 70)
Situated on the edge of a sleepy hilltop village, just one hour from Toulouse, this handsome 19th-century château has lovely views to the snow-capped Pyrenees. ‘The accommodation is spacious and the house comes with a magnificent 66ft-long swimming pool,’ says agent Jonathan Pugh. ‘It’s priced attractively for a quick sale.’ Original features include fireplaces, parquet flooring and an elegant entrance hall and staircase.
USA, $1.6 million
North Salem, New York
9 bedrooms, coach house, 13 acres Houlihan Lawrence (020-7467 5330)
This summer home has been in the same family for more than 150 years, according to agent Linda Gracie. ‘The three-storey coach house is a huge bonus, with space for horses or cars or to be used as an additional living area. It would be perfect as either a horse farm or a bed and breakfast.’ It’s situated in North Salem, a popular town in Westchester County.
Portugal, €1.05 million
Varandas do Lago, Algarve
4 bedrooms, swimming pool, air-conditioning Knight Frank (020-7629 8171)
Located within easy reach of all the amenities of the Val do Lobo resort, including beaches and golf courses, this house makes a perfect holiday home or main residence. A large basement accommodates three cars and the pool is heated. Faro’s international airport is a 20-minute drive away.
3 bedrooms, one-bedroom, annexe, pool Savills International (020-7016 3740)
This beautiful country finca in the north-eastern part of the island was built in 1997, copying the traditional Mallorcan farmhouse style, but introducing modern amenities. Perfect for dining alfresco, 525ft of covered and uncovered terraces surround the house, and there’s a lovely bright breakfast room with a casual seating or play area. The price has recently been reduced from €1.495 million.
Indonesia, £1 million
Banyan Tree Residences, Bintan
2 bedrooms, swimming pool, sea views
Cluttons Resorts (020-7584 3050) Owners of Banyan Tree villas receive an annual return of 6% for six years, with options to renew or opt for a share of the actual rental return, and enjoy 60 days’ complimentary use every year. Bintan is the largest of more than 3,000 islands in the Riau Achipelego, and is just a short boat trip from Singapore. Within the resort, there’s a golf course, tennis courts and water sports.