Are the neighbours driving you nuts? Is your blood pressure critical? Are you fed up with commuting and your boss is an anal-retentive sociopath? It sounds as though you need a change in scene, perhaps a one-way ticket to the life of your daydreams in another country altogether. A fantasy home list:
Vineyards in beautiful New Zealand are at bargain basement prices, as are vineyards everywhere. The world wine glut in the past few years has seen a fall in the market. Or perhaps you would like a five-bedroom home on the Greek island of Santorini, a house in Provence or how about this – an entire village in Portugal for a cool $US10 million (E7 million). The troubled eurozone has a price for every budget.
Sotheby’s Portugal is listing the village of Pereiro in the Marvao principality of Portugal on the Spanish border. It has a combined living area of about 20,000 square metres – plenty of room for visitors or for an entire boutique hotel – about 80 hectares of land surrounded by olive and cork trees. Bedrooms – well there’s 100 of those and 30 bathrooms. And there are several fountains, regional houses, a chapel, a bread oven, a mill, a nursery and a school. Not to mention the helipad, tennis courts and wine cellar. Of course, there’s a catch. It’s a renovator’s dream.
The region has a Moorish influence. The splendid site and 360-degree panorama alone would be reason enough to visit the nearby medieval mountaintop village of Marvão, but the town itself (a candidate for the World Heritage list), is also one of Portugal’s most spectacular fortified villages.
Contact: Afonso Godinho, Sotheby’s Portugal on +351 919 230 919
Provence isn’t cheap at any time. For $US487,855 (E339,000) you will be lucky to get 80 square metres of living space, but the land size for a villa near Lorgues in the Provence Alpes is huge – 1, 450 square metres. The house is all on one level with a fireplace, separate kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The living area opens to a partly covered terrace with nice views, garden BBQ and a carport. It’s 1km from the nearest village and about 6km from the nearest supermarket. For more details contact My French House, an excellent site which tells you all you need to know about purchasing a property in France.
Better value for the same price is a four-bedroom home in the Midi Pyrenees, near Cahore. Description: a most attractive 13th century house with three levels built in creamy coloured stone situated in one of the most beautiful hilltop bastide villages in the Lot with far reaching views of the surrounding countryside. It has a self contained guest suite, garage/workshop and easy to maintain private garden. Contact: www.myfrenchhouse.com
And lastly on my fantasy list for the week is the house on Santorini for $US3.595 million (E2.495 million). Built more than 120 years ago in an Italian renaissance inspired style, it has high cross-vaulted ceilings throughout. Four king bedrooms, four marble bathrooms plus one bedroom and bath for staff. Large lounge and dining area opening to the courtyard. Upper floor has main hallway with two bedrooms, each with en suite marble bathroom and lounge with visitors full bathroom. Staircase leads to the rooftop terrace with its outdoor shower and jacuzzi.
Contact: Panagiotis Farmakis at Greece Sotheby’s International Realty: +30 6951688080