August 30, 2013 6:03 pm

Upmarket homes for sale that offer the perfect weekend escape

Five great getaways, including a 17th-century French château and a designer home in New York’s Hamptons
50 Green Hollow Road, East Hampton, New York

50 Green Hollow Road, East Hampton, New York, US, $4.59m

Where: In the Hamptons, on the south fork of Long Island, New York State, three miles from East Hampton airport and 100 miles from JFK airport.

What: A three-bedroom, three-bathroom contemporary home designed by New York-based architect Maziar Behrooz. The property has a four-vehicle garage and gym and comes with 2.62 acres of land.

Why: Roughly a two-hour drive from Manhattan, the Hamptons has long been a favourite weekend escape for New Yorkers. Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg and Sir Paul McCartney all have homes here.

Who: Halstead Property, tel: +1 212 734 0010

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Pipers Croft

Pipers Croft, Furzen Lane, Ellen’s Green, West Sussex, UK, £850,000

Where: In the small hamlet of Ellen’s Green near Horsham in West Sussex, 13 miles from Guildford and 20 miles from Gatwick airport.

What: A three-bedroom, Grade-II* listed cottage that dates back to the 16th-century. The cottage comes with 1.5 acres of land, featuring a pool, double garage, outbuilding/games room, paddock, and great views over the surrounding countryside.

Why: The impressive gardens and the abundance of wisteria growing over the front of the cottage make this rural retreat seem much farther than the 80-minute drive from central London.

Who: Roger N Coupe Estate Agent, tel: +44 148 326 8555

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Calaconta villa

Calaconta villa, Ibiza, Spain, €1.85m

Where: Near Cala Conta beach on the southwest coast of Ibiza, 20km from Ibiza airport and 25km from Ibiza town.

What: A four-bedroom villa in the gated Calaconta community. The property has an open-plan reception and dining area, a terrace, garden and pool.

Why: Calaconta villas are less than 20 minutes’ drive from Ibiza’s best restaurants and beach clubs, including Nikki Beach, Ushuaia and Blue Marlin. Ibiza airport is roughly a three-hour flight from Dublin, London and Paris, so the villa is perfect for anyone seeking a lively weekend getaway.

Who: Calaconta, The Clover Investment Group, tel: +34 622 458 022

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Lombardo Apartment

Lombardo Apartment, Palazzo Molin del Cuoridoro, Venice, Italy, €4.95m

Where: In the San Marco district of Venice, a few minutes’ walk from St Mark’s Square and La Fenice opera house, and 20km from Venice Marco Polo airport.

What: A two-bedroom apartment with three reception rooms and views over the Rio dei Barcaroli canal. The apartment is on the piano nobile of the Palazzo Molin del Cuoridoro, a grand 15th-century house recently converted into 18 new apartments.

Why: Getting here for the weekend is easy. Located at the junction of two canals, the Palazzo Molin is less than 30 minutes from the airport by water taxi.

Who: Venice Sotheby’s International Realty, tel: +39 041 522 0093

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Château de Fontaine

Château de Fontaine L’Abbé, Normandy, France, €3.5m

Where: In the commune of Bernay, northern France, a 45-minute drive from Deauville airport and 150km from Paris Orly airport.

What: A 17th-century château on a 325-acre estate. The main house has a master-bedroom suite, with a further 10 bedrooms arranged over the first and second floors. Also in the grounds are two cottages, a pool, a guest house and a two-bedroom converted mill along with various other barns and outbuildings.

Why: The château is only a 90-minute drive from the centre of Paris, but there is also a flat lawn suitable for landing a helicopter in the grounds, making arriving there for the weekend that bit quicker and easier.

Who: Aylesford International Estate Agents, tel: +44 207 349 9772

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