February 8, 2013 7:27 pm

Hot property: love nests

Five residences with romantic views, including a medieval farmhouse in Wales and a beachfront villa in Greece
A Greek villa in the Island of Naxos

Island of Naxos, southern Aegean, Greece, €1.32m

Where: In a secluded spot on the southern coast of Naxos, an hour’s drive from Naxos airport. International connections can be made through Athens, Crete and Santorini.

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What: A traditional five-bedroom beachfront Greek villa with an outside pool and garden.

Why: The island of Naxos is where Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is said to have fallen in love with Ariadne.

Who: Greece Sotheby’s International Realty, tel: +30 69 51 68 80 80

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Old Burfa, a cruck-framed farmhouse

Old Burfa, Evenjobb, Presteigne, Powys, Wales, UK, £750,000

Where: Five miles from Presteigne, a historic town in east Wales, several miles from the English border and just under two hours’ drive from Birmingham international airport.

What: The Grade II*-listed Old Burfa is a medieval cruck-framed farmhouse that dates back to 1487. The six-bedroom property fell into disrepair in the early part of the 20th century but underwent extensive renovation work in the 1970s and again in 2004.

Why: The master bedroom has light blue and orange hearts painted on the walls, thought to celebrate the marriage of Catherine Hoby to Stephen Bull in the 1640s.

Who: Grant & Co, tel: +44 15 3163 7341

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Villa Stresa

Villa Stresa, Verbania, Piedmont, Italy, €7m

Where: In Stresa, on the banks of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy, 50 minutes’ drive from Malpensa international airport and 100km from Milan.

What: A six-bedroom villa built in 1857 with a separate guest house. Arranged over three floors, the top floor has two art deco master-bedroom suites. The villa was completely restored in 2012.

Why: The villa is in 1.3 acres of gardens, and there is a small lake that is a perfect setting for an evening stroll.

Who: Francesco Papurello Luxury Real Estate, tel: +39 03 23 32 737

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A hilltop villa in West End, Tortola

Villa, West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, $3.75m

Where: On the western tip of Tortola, the largest island in the BVIs, 25km from Tortola airport. International connections are made through Antigua or Barbados.

What: A six-bedroom hilltop villa comprising five pavilions and with an outdoor pool, all in 3.7 acres.

Why: The master-bedroom pavilion has a private terrace with a Jacuzzi and four-poster daybed – a great place to sit with a glass of bubbly and watch the sun go down over the Caribbean.

Who: Knight Frank, tel: +44 20 7629 8171

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A house in Lake Montauk

Lake Montauk, Long Island, New York, US, $2.425m

Where: On the shores of Lake Montauk, Long Island, 14 miles from East Hampton. Montauk airport is just the other side of the lake while for international travellers, LaGuardia airport is just over a two-hour drive away.

What: A contemporary four-bedroom house built in 1977 with two terraces, all in 1.2 acres.

Why: The house has two stone fireplaces – perfect for curling up around after a stroll around the grounds.

Who: Halstead Property, tel: +1 631 324 6100

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