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The Best Holiday Homes on the Market

From the Cotswolds to Connecticut...

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The second home appeal is still going strong, so we’ve rounded up the very best holiday homes both in the UK and out. Prepare your bank balance and feast your eyes.

1. 1 Potato Island, Connecticut

CIRE_Potato Island (4)

Built in 1912, this enchanting property stands alone in tranquil seclusion on this one-acre private island. Landscaped foliage and plantings border the island’s manicured lawn, giving it the perfect appearance of island wilderness and luxurious living. With its own deep water dock, custom hand-cut granite hot tub built into the rocks and a wrap-around porch offering unparalleled views, this is a holiday home of the highest standard. Available through Christie’s International Real Estate for $4.9m

2. Maison de La Falaise, Guernsey

Maison de la Falaise

Although looking the part of a luxury villa in a far-flung destination, Maison de La Falaise is a lot closer to home, taking its place on the Channel Islands. Situated within cliff side bluebell woods with wild flower gardens, koi pond, and panoramic sea and island views, the Polynesian Style guesthouse brings a slice of tropical paradise right onto the UK’s doorstep making it the perfect spot for a weekend away from the city.  Available through Savills for £17.75m

3. Moltrasio, Lombardy

Moltrasio, Lake Como

This waterfront villa for sale in Lake Como is covetable to say the least. Featuring a private pool, boat house and mooring, as well as a Finnish sauna, you’ll find little reason to leave the villa. Inside the property, you’ll find an equally beautiful scene with period fireplaces, high frescoed ceilings, stunning window detail and gorgeous archways. Spectacular views of the lake can be enjoyed from almost every room, as well as on the paved terrace where al fresco dining is a must. Available through Knight Frank for POA 

4. Kotahi Avenue, New Zealand

Kotahi Avenue

Every year sees thousands of Britons trading in grey skies for sunny days in beautiful New Zealand, and we can’t blame them. For those looking for a partial move, this stunning property in Hamilton is ideal. Standing proudly on a manicured 1272 sqm site located down an exclusive central city lane, the residence enjoys superb views overlooking leafy tree-tops and the Waikato River. Available through Lugtons for $1.71m NZD

5. Oratorio San Vio Dorsuduro, Venice

Oratorio San Vio Dorsuduro

A dream holiday home if ever there was one, this loving conversion of a 19th century Oratorio chapel ticks all the boxes for a glamorous Italian getaway. Utterly stunning, the property combines classic Italian architecture with a contemporary maximalist flair to produce a home that is as beautiful as it is historic. A bolthole of spectacular stature, the residence is accessed via a central leafy courtyard leading to the main entrance and through a classic mirrored entrance hall. Available through Sotheby’s International Realty for POA

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6. Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds

Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds

Want to live in Britain’s Best House? Now you can; crowned with the impressive accolade in 2017, Lower Mill Estate is a beautiful and unique lakeside property made from sustainably sourced local materials topped with an incredible sloping green wildflower roof. A Cotswolds home with a difference, the property enjoys beautiful views of the surrounding countryside classic of the Cotswolds but from an exquisitely designed modern property. Floor to ceiling windows, balconies attached to each bedroom, and lakeside decking allow full immersion in your lush surroundings. Available through Lower Mill Estate from £900,000 for plot and build

7. Sugar Beach, St Lucia

Sugar Beach, St Lucia

The Beachfront Collection at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort comprises five super-luxe four-bedroom homes which all feature 180-degree Caribbean and Piton views throughout. Designed by British architects Michaelis Boyd using all-natural materials, each home is located on the white sands of Glenconner Beach to offer the highest level of luxury and style. One way ticket, please! Available through Sugar Beach Residences from $8.25m

8. Hill Valley Farm, New South Wales

Hill Valley Farm, 123 Featherstones Rd Main

A holiday simply isn’t a holiday without a spot of entertaining, and this New South Wales property is practically built for intimate gatherings or large-scale soirees. A rural property of 175 acres, Hill Valley Farm affords plenty of space and an enviable degree of seclusion. The home is comprised of a splendid, design-led main residence and four cottages. In place of noisy neighbours and busy shops, you’ll find yourself immersed in native and sub-tropical gardens, set against mountain views and a wonderful sandstone escarpment backdrop. Available through Real Estate of Distinction for $3.3m AUD

9. The Van Berkel Villa, Sotogrande

Van Berkel Villa

Set within the 2,500 acre private, exclusive community of La Reserva Sotogrande is a selection of first-class villas – and the Van Berkel is our pick of the bunch. Ideal for those who like their holiday homes with a generous helping of architectural excellence, The Van Berkel has earned its architects an array of prestigious awards. Integrated into its beautiful landscape, the villa offers a wonderful flow of living that follows the path of the sun throughout the day. Available through La Reserva Club Sotogrande and Savills for €14,000,000

10. River Road North, New Zealand

A riverside property of the highest standard, River Road North offers modern, luxury living in the heart of New Zealand countryside. Nestled in a park-like oasis, the home seamlessly integrates itself into its natural surroundings, and with features like a heated salt water pool and spa, playground, and flood-lit Astro turf tennis court, you have everything you could possibly wish for in a holiday home. Available through Lugtons from $3.8m NZD

11. Bathwick Hill, Bath

Bathwick Hill House - Carter Jonas

Although European destinations are certainly appealing, you don’t need to venture so far to find an exquisite holiday home. Bathwick Hill is a Grade II listed Georgian Villa that satifies all your holiday cravings without hopping on a plane. Overlooking the rolling hills and historical city of Bath, the property offers generous living spaces, stunning architecture and luxuries for ease of living. The delightfully romantic Italianate pool house encased in sliding glass doors and Doric columns is a special highlight which offers a little slice of la dolce vita in this quintessentially English setting. Available through Cater Jonas for POA

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