Country houses for sale

Properties in UNESCO World Heritage Sites

** This piece is taken from Country Life International, out this week, on May 16, with Country Life magazine

Mallorca €2.3 million

Sóller Valley
3 bedrooms, air conditioning,
swimming pool, garden

This traditional-style farmhouse is set in one of the many orange groves scattered around S óller. An annexe holds a bedroom and Turkish steam bath. The Tramuntana mountains are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their Mediterranean history and culture. Engel & Völkers (00 34 971 63 30 63)

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Paris €8.5 million
 Quai Anatole France, 7th arrondisement
4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, library

In 1991, the banks of the River Seine-the Rive Gauche and the Rive Droite-were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, because from the river can be seen the evolution of Paris. This spacious (3,480sq ft) apartment is on the third floor, overlooking the river, with parquet floors and modern lighting. Emile Garcin (00 33 1 42 61 73 38)

Switzerland CHF6.3m (£4.3m)
Du Parc Kempinski
2 bedrooms, country club, spa

Set amid the UNESCO protected vineyards of the Lavaux, overlooking Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, this was once the site of a hotel. This spring sees the launch of phase two of the apartmentsales, which will be 24 in total, all managed by the neighbouring hotel Le Mirador Kempinski. Quintessentially Estates (00 41 840 315 315)

Italy €385,000
Assisi, Umbria
2 bedrooms, sitting room, garden

Casa degli Archi is in the historic centre of Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis and a World Heritage Site twinned with Bethlehem and San Francisco. Sympathetically restored, the fondo, or lower apartment, is characterized by medieval stone arches, which give the house its name. The house is a fiveminute walk from the main piazza. Cluttons Italy (00 39 075 845 0100)

Croatia €1.7 million
Vtrineceva, Dubrovnik Old Town
6 bedrooms, chapel, huge views

This sizeable house, just a few minutes from the main street, is a rare find. The city is still undergoing restoration following wartime damage, which is being orchestrated by UNESCO. The house has just been delightfully renovated. Savills (020-7016 3740)

Venice €1.85 million
Calle delle Botteghe, San Samuele
5 bedrooms, 300sq ft terrace

This light apartment in a 19th-century building could be divided into two. The terrace affords pretty views of the city, which was added to the UNESCO list in 1987: ‘The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece.’ Knight Frank (020-7629 8171)

Austria, from €555,000
Schillerplatz, Vienna
2-4 bedrooms, porter

This newly restored 19th-century building in the heart of Vienna is now offering flats with 2-4 bedrooms, priced from €550,000 to €4 million. Schillerplatz is in the first district, near the shopping street of Kärntnerstrasse and the famous St Stephen’s Cathedral. The centre of Vienna is rich in architecture, with Baroque castles and the late- 19th-century Ringstrasse. Knight Frank (020-7629 8171)

France £1,901,900
Canal du Midi, Carcassonne
2 houses, gîtes, 178 acres

A rare chance to acquire a domaine on the banks of the Canal du Midi (a World Heritage Site since 1996), near the medieval town of Carcassonne. It bears nine different varieties of vines, olive plantations and orchards. The present owners run holiday lettings and there are currently 11 bedrooms. Savills (020-7016 3740)

St Lucia $2.5 million
Freedom Bay, the Pitons
Land plot for luxury eco-villa, 3 bedrooms

Right at the foot of the iconic Pitons World Heritage Site, at Freedom Bay in St Lucia, you can buy your own plot of land and build a luxury eco-home by a white, sandy beach. Part of a Six Senses resort with all the attendant restaurants, bars and so on, the three- and four-bedroom villas will have balconies, infinity pools, nearly 4,000sq ft of interior space, and another 3,000sq ft of exterior space. Build costs are estimated at about $2 million. Freedom Bay (020-7718 5573)

Morocco €295,000
Medina, Marrakech
2 bedrooms, plunge pool

This chic riad was launched just last month, and has beautiful views across the minarets of the Medina. It’s only a few minutes’ walk to all the main attractions around the famous Jemaa el Fna square, which the UNESCO inscription calls a ‘veritable open-air theatre’. Savills (020-7016 3740)

France €1.26 million
Sant Laurent des Combes, Saint-Emilion
4 bedrooms, chapel, pool, outbuildings

This renovated house in the heart of the Saint-Emilion wine region overlooks prestigious vineyards and has a large garage room that could be developed. The area was added to the list in 1999 for its exceptional landscape devoted entirely to winegrowing. Leggett Immobilier (00 33 553 608 488)