July 25, 2014 2:28 pm

Five elegant home conversions for sale

From a riverbank windmill in Connecticut to a French equestrian estate and a former school in rural Ireland
House and Home

The Windmill, Foxboro Road Essex, Connecticut, US, $1.92m

Where On the waterfront of the Connecticut river, 45 minutes from Bradley international airport, 1.5 miles from the village of Essex and two hours’ drive from Boston and New York City.

What A windmill, with functioning blades and a millstone, built in the 1960s and converted into a four-storey home with three bedrooms, one bathroom, a living room and a wet bar.

Why Beautifully restored in New England shaker style, the outdoor decking has a wraparound terrace overlooking the river and surrounding natural conservation area.

Who William Pitt Sotheby International Realty, williampitt.com, tel: +1 860 767 7488

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Limonaia Capponi, Via Gino Capponi 26, Florence, Italy, €3.95m

House and Home

Where In the centre of Florence, within walking distance of the Duomo, and 6km from Florence International airport.

What A converted limonaia, or lemon house, bordering a historic palazzo garden. The south-facing property has about 3,344 sq ft of living space, including four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a roof terrace and a separate guest apartment. The garden is shared with the owners of the private palace next door, The property also has four private parking spaces.

Why Carefully restored to a very high standard, several modern features have been added, including a home automation system and air conditioning.

Who Savills, savills.com, tel: +44 20 7016 3740

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Gibraltar Walk, Shoreditch, London, E2, £1.52m

House and Home

Where Behind Brick Lane in the capital’s East End, a short walk from Bethnal Green Tube station, which is one stop from Liverpool Street rail station.

What A converted furniture warehouse, dating from 1906, with 1,800 sq ft of living space spread over four floors, including an artist’s studio, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Why Many original industrial features have been retained, including a passenger lift, an old loading door and a trap door that hides a wine cellar.

Who Fyfe Mcdade, fyfemcdade.com, tel: +44 20 7613 4044

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The School House, Union Hall, County Cork, Ireland, €695,000

House and Home

Where A short walk from the fishing village of Union Hall in West Cork, 15 minutes’ drive from the market town of Skibbereen and one hour’s drive from Cork airport.

What An old school house built in 1885 and converted into a five-bedroom, five-bathroom family home seven years ago. Set in an acre of land, with lawns and mature trees.

Why The conversion retained much of the building’s original stonework and clever use of original features, such as the partition doors and wainscoted walls, give it a warm and homely feel. Across the bay is the harbour village of Glandore where boat trips can be booked to view humpback and Minke whales.

Who Charles McCarthy Estate Agents, charlesmccarthy.com, tel: +44 20 7467 5330

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Le Cirier, Dordogne, France, €3.4m

House and Home

Where In southwest France in the hills of Perigord Pourpre, 21.5km from Bergerac international airport.

What A French equestrian estate centred around a manor house with eight bedrooms and 9,000 sq ft of living space. Within the 168 acres of land, there’s a tennis court, a pool, a two-bedroom guest cottage, plus paddocks, meadows and woodland. The stable complex features an indoor manège, 20 horseboxes and a two-bedroom staff cottage.

Why An immaculate restoration of a previously derelict period property carried over five years.

Who Knight Frank, knightfrank.co.uk, tel: +44 20 7861 1529

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