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A Place In The Sun

From Mediterranean hideaways to South American estates, with some fascinating opportunities in the Caribbean – warmer climes offer a host of real-estate options

Rustrel Castle, Provence Image: Prestige Property Group
La Tiara di Cervo, Sardinia Photo: Christie's Real Estate
Rural manor house, Mallorca Photo: Chesterton International
Èze Villa and Estate, Côte d’Azur Photo: Chestertons International
Cove Spring House, Barbados Photo: Chestertons Barbados
Art Deco Villa, Cap d'Antibes Photo: Knight Frank
Villa Paradiso, Arizona Photo: Christie's Real Estate
Los Monteros, Marbella Photo: Knight Frank
Villa Ker, St Barts Photo: Christie's Real Estate
Estate in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro Photo: Christie's Real Estate
Harbour Island family estate, Bahamas Photo: Christie's Real Estate


Rustrel Castle, Provence.  Located at the foot of the Plateau d'Albion in the Parc Naturel Regional du Luberon, Rustrel is charming French village and home to this eight-bedroom Italianate mansion, which is set in 4.5ha of grounds lined with Cypress trees and boasting an unusual long, narrow stone swimming pool. Available through


La Tiara di Cervo, Sardinia. A rare new development in a highly restricted area, La Tiara di Cervo is perched in the beguiling hills of Costa Smeralda and comprises 28 residences including garden villas and four penthouses built by Sardinian artisans from a variety of local stone to blend subtly into their exceptional surrounds. Available through


Rural manor house, Mallorca. At the northern tip of the beautiful Balearic island, this magnificent manor and its surrounds oozes elegance. A five bedroom main house, plus guesthouse that sleeps three and a three-bedroom house for staff give ample space for larger groups. Stone floors and oak characterise the buildings, while other amenities include a swimming-pool, tennis court and chapel. Available through


Èze Villa and Estate, Côte d’Azur. A resplendent 600sq m villa is just the start of the amenities of this 5ha property situated amid gorgeous scenery in the Côte d’Azur town of Èze. A football pitch, open-air theatre, skateboard track, tennis court and helipad all feature, while a separate guest house provides accommodation to ensure plenty of people can stay around to enjoy them. Available through


Cove Spring House, Barbados. A ten-bedroom, ten-bathroom mansion with a storied celebrity past, Cove Spring House makes the most of its beautiful setting on the island’s platinum coast with a design for outside living that encompasses wide verandas, expansive patios and a waterfall Jacuzzi spa. Available through


Art Deco Villa, Cap d'Antibes, France. A three-bedroom Art Deco residence on the east side of Cap d'Antibes makes full use of its beautiful Côte d'Azur setting, with almost 1,000sq m of landscaped gardens and a roof terrace offering exceptional sea views. Available through


Villa Paradiso, Arizona. Spread across five hectares in Arizona’s aptly named Paradise Valley, this estate boasts an exceptional centrepiece – an eight-bedroom villa. A cultural feast, facilities include an art gallery and a Theo Kalomirakis- designed movie theatre. Available through


Los Monteros, Marbella. Situated near a five-star hotel and beach club, this five-bedroom villa offers spacious living spaces and direct access to the beach, as well as staff accommodation and a guest cottage. Available through


Villa Ker, St Barths. With stunning views over Gouverneur Bay across to St Kitts & Nevis, yet discreetly hidden amid the verdant hills of St Barths, the colonial-styled villa of this beautiful development also boasts its own sauna and fitness rooms. Available through


Estate in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro. With two private beaches and land spanning 170 hectares – all set within a gated community on the edge of a rainforest, the crown jewel of this exceptional estate is an 11-bedroom Jorge Elias-designed main residence. Available through


Harbour Island family estate, Bahamas. An impressive set of villas lie over this 4ha estate but the real selling-point is the access to the ocean beyond with more than 120m of harbour front to access and a private beach club and dock from which to enjoy waterbound activities. Available through

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