The wish list

Best properties: European getaways 

Invest in an island escape, traditional villa or rustic farmhouse 

Gharb, Gozo, Malta: €690,000 

A European getaway is top of the wish list for many home buyers - the biggest problem will be choosing which style of property to have. 

Including traditional villas, neo-Gothic châteaus and rustic farmhouses, here’s nine of the best properties in Europe for sale right now. 


Spoleto, Umbria

Spoleto, Umbria, Italy: £717,000 

Italy: £717,000 

A classic style, newly built country home surrounded by hills, olive groves and vineyards. The two story house has a dining room with murals and a basement that includes a garage and ancillary rooms, which haven’t yet been completed. Main suite with dressing room and terrace, two further suites (one with a terrace), one further bed, family bath, eat-in kitchen, two receps, laundry room, terrace, porch, grounds. 


Coux-et-bigaroque, Dordogne

Coux-et-bigaroque, Dordogne, France £497,000 

France: £497,000 

A beautiful 18th century water mill at the edge of a charming medieval village on the Dordogne river, in the heart of the Périgord Noir. The garden is planted with various unusual species and has a pergola overlooking the mill pond. Five beds, three baths, outbuildings, garage. 


Villa Carovigno, Apulia

Villa Carovigno, Apulia, Italy: €447,000

Italy: €447,000

Built around a traditional trullo, the conical-roofed buildings typical of this part of Apulia, this unique conversion comes with a private pool and garden. The property is accessed via a lovely driveway crossing the 1.1 acre garden, with centuries-old olive trees and lots of typical plants. One bed, two baths, kitchen, one recep, garden, parking. 


Château Le Briou d’Autry, Sologne, Cher

Château Le Briou d’Autry, Sologne, Cher, France: €997,500 

France: €997,500 

A late 19th century neo-Gothic château, fully restored and set in a 12.9-acre enclosed park. Ten beds, nine baths, four/five receps, kitchen, outbuildings, stables, dovecote. 


Pollença, Mallorca

Pollença, Mallorca, Spain: £6.155m 

Spain: £6.155m 

A striking house in an exclusive and elevated spot on the outskirts of the village, providing the best views over the Bay of Pollença. Six suites, open-plan kitchen, wine cellar, swimming pool, gardens, gym, large garage, self-contained staff quarters, approx. 13 acres of land, four-acre vineyard plantation. 


Gharb, Gozo

Gharb, Gozo, Malta: €690,000 

Malta: €690,000 

A prestigious double-fronted traditional house that is full of character. It is situated in a tranquil village at the westernmost point of the island of Gozo among peaceful surroundings. The property boasts an impressive facade and retains numerous original features, while the spacious terrace enjoys views of both the Gordon lighthouse and the Ta’Pinu Basilica. Four double beds (all en suite), kitchen, breakfast room, terrace, study/library, washroom, cloakroom, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, garden, garage, a large mill room which is ideal for entertaining. 


Saintes, Charente-Maritime

Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France: £444,000 

France: £444,000 

Previously an old water mill, this has been turned into a beautifully restored home. Hiking trails, tennis court and a municipal swimming pool can all be found nearby. Four beds, two baths, kitchen, recep, cellar, office, studio, attic (that can be converted into two beds), garage, barns/outbuildings, wooded park with a river. 


Farm House, Cestayrols, Tarn

Farm House, Cestayrols, Tarn, France £822,000 

France £822,000 

A charming rustic farmhouse with modern facilities – which has been featured in interior design magazines – that sits within a vineyard near Albi. Main suite, three guest suites, three further beds, family bath, large dining kitchen, five receps, workshop, summer kitchen for al fresco dining, garage, wood store, open games room, heated swimming pool, large garden, enclosed vegetable garden. 


El Portet, Moraira, Alicante

El Portet, Moraira, Alicante, Spain: €995,000

Spain: €995,000

Enjoying a quiet location with unobstructed views of the valley, the property has been renovated into a high-end villa. Main suite with lounge area and terrace, three further beds, three baths, kitchen, two receps, summer kitchen/bbq area, swimming pool, parking, gardens. 


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