Country houses for sale

Best of the overseas property market

France, €16.9 million
Cannes Californie, Côte d’Azur

7 bedrooms, caretaker’s apartment, pool
Knight Frank (020-7629 8171)
Set on several levels, this house, in one of the most exclusive residential areas on the Riviera, has glorious views of the Mediterranean. The state-of-the-art interior has been impeccably designed, and, outside, you’ll find a summer kitchen and extensive terraces.
Nice airport 20mins


Kenya, €1.6 million
Mukima Lodge, Nanyuki

8 bedrooms, pool, tennis court, 360 acres
Aylesford (020–7349 5100)
This recently restored 1940s cedarwood house is one of Kenya’s most exceptional surviving examples. It has wonderful views of Mount Kenya and the Lolldaiga Hills, and is a superb spot for birdwatching. Nearby reserves provide game drives, walking safaris and riding facilities.
Nairobi 3hrs


France, £3.9 million

Côte d’Azur
6 bedrooms, pool, sea views
Winkworth France (020-8576 5582)
This contemporary villa of 3,444sq ft, constructed on three levels in sloping grounds, has expansive terraces and a pool from which to enjoy the views of Cap Ferrat, port of Beaulieu and the bay of Ville-franche. A huge reception room has large bay windows, and a lift links the parking facilities to the villa.
Nice airport 20m


Mallorca, €785,000, S’Arracó, Puerto Andratx
2 bedrooms, air-conditioning, garage
First Mallorca (00 34 971
698 888)
A perfect romantic getaway that’s within easy reach of the beach at San Telmo and the harbourside restaurants and cafes in Puerto Andratx, and yet is set back from the busy towns on the coast. The house enjoys views towards the village and the mountains, and comes with a brand-new kitchen and terraces for eating outdoors.
Palma 40mins

Sarraco mallorca

Barbados, $3.5 million
Bellevue Plantation Estate, Saint Michael

6 bedrooms, 2-bedroom cottage, pool,
3 acres
Knight Frank (020-7629 8171)
A traditional Barbadian plantation house that dates from the early 1700s, this original Georgian structure has been lovingly restored by the current owners and boasts local features such as coral-stone walls and pickled wood tray ceilings. A wraparound veranda and balconies offer views down to the sea.
Bridgetown 10mins


Switzerland, £3.89m
Chalet L’Esprit des Arbres, Zinal

4 bedrooms, terraces, wine cellar
Savills Alpine Homes (020-7016 3740)
Although not well known to British skiers, Zinal is a Valais village that lies at an altitude of 5,495ft (1,675m). It has 43 miles of downhill slopes, as well as 186 miles of marked trails for summer strolls in the pastures, making it a lively year-round resort. This chalet is equipped with all the latest technology, yet retains its traditional Swiss charm.
Geneva 2½hrs

Chalet L

France, €8 million
Avenue Foch, Paris

5 bedrooms, 2 parking spaces,
staff rooms
Savills (020-7016 3740)
Avenue Foch is one of the most prestigious streets in Paris, and one of the most expensive addresses in the world. It’s home to many fine properties, including ones belonging to the Onassis and the Rothschild families. This 5,200sq ft apartment boasts ceiling heights of 16½ft, and classically elegant reception rooms.
Paris CDG 40mins

Avenue foch

British Virgin Islands,
€3.75 million
Tingalayo, Virgin Gorda

4 bedrooms, 2-bedroom guest cottage, 4 acres
Savills (020-7016 3740)
This brand new house is a contemporary Caribbean cottage on a grand scale. On a clear day, you can see to Puerto Rico from the cloud-shaped infinity pool, and the media room provides a retreat from the midday sun.
Tortola 40mins


France, £4.48 million
Richelieu, Indre-et-Loire

14 bedrooms, swimming pool, 78 acres
Winkworth France (020-8576 5582)
A fine example of a Loire valley château that, although large enough to satisfy the appetites of the most sociable of house-party hosts, remains, for the most part, one room deep, which allows wonderful views over the grounds from all the rooms. The pool is set in a super rose garden.
Tours/Poitiers 1hr

Richelieu Chateau

Italy, €1.2 million
Castiglione Messer Raimondo, Abruzzo

5 bedrooms, veranda,
swimming pool
Cluttons Italy (00 39 349
132 7177)
This immaculately renovated farmhouse overlooks the Gran Sasso mountain range of Abruzzo, famous for walking, birdwatching, bear tracking and skiing. The sandy beaches along the Adriatic coast are also within easy reach.
Pescara 35mins


South Africa, £1.15 million
Villa Paradisa, Knysna

4 bedrooms, verandah, swimming pool
Chesterton Humberts International (020-3040 8210)
With views over the lagoon and famous Knysna heads, this modern house, which is currently being run as a guest house, is equipped with under-floor heating, air conditioning (in the main bedroom) and an infinity pool and Jacuzzi. Guests boast that it has the best views in the area.
Cape Town 6hrs

Villa Paradisa

Italy, €4.5m
Casa del Leone, Umbria

4 bedrooms, 1-bedroom cottage, pool
Knight Frank (020-7861 8171)
One of the superbly restored farmhouses on the Castello di Reschio estate, which straddles the border between Tuscany and Umbria, Casa del Leone is an idyllic country retreat. Full concierge services are available to all owners, and facilities include riding, tennis, and wild-boar hunting in season.
Perugia 1hr

Casa leone