Last updated: April 14, 2012 12:04 am

Hot property: Birdwatching

Five of the best homes from around the world where the wildlife is just part of a spectacular setting

Isfield Place, East Sussex, UK, £9.5m

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Where In Isfield, a small southern village, around 9 miles from Lewes, 25 miles from Gatwick airport and 55 miles from central London.

What An eight-bedroom, five-bathroom manor house dating back to the 16th century. Set on 311 acres of land and surrounded by formal gardens, the Grade II*-listed estate includes three cottages, tennis courts and a swimming pool.

Why Isfield Place is protected by its own land with no public rights of way near the house and gardens. More than 50 bird species have been recorded on the estate, including kingfishers, skylarks, woodpeckers and turtle doves.

Who Savills, www.savills.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7409 3780

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Villa Hugo

Villa Hugo, St James, Barbados, $12.5m

Where In the exclusive parish of St James on the island’s west coast, around 15km from Bridgetown and 30km from Grantley Adams International Airport.

What A five-bedroom, five-bathroom beachfront villa with a swimming pool and views of the Caribbean.

Why The one-acre garden is planted with tropical mahogany trees and is home to a variety of birds including hummingbirds, yellow warblers, bananaquits and gray kingbirds, known in Barbados as pee whittlers.

Who West Coast Villas Sotheby’s International Realty, www.westcoastvillas.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7993 6508

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The White House of Aros

The White House of Aros, Isle of Mull, Scotland, £1.5m

Where On an island off the west coast of Scotland, the property is two miles north of Salen and is accessible via ferry from mainland towns Oban, Lochaline and Kilchoan.

What A seven-bedroom house set on 43 acres. The property includes a three-bedroom cottage, a two-bedroom boathouse, two boat slipways and two moorings.

Why In addition to the privacy and excellent fishing, there are more than 250 different bird species on Mull, including white-tailed sea eagles, divers, merlins and peregrines.

Who Savills, www.savills.com, tel: +44 (0)131 247 3720

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10 Cherry Creek Road

10 Cherry Creek Road, Rhode Island, USA, $1.95m

Where On the outskirts of Newport, around 40 miles south of Providence, 76 miles from Boston Logan International Airport and 180 miles from New York City.

What A six-bedroom, five-bathroom house with 4.4 waterfront acres. A two-bedroom cottage provides additional housing.

Why The house overlooks Gooseneck Cove, a newly restored 64-acre salt marsh, where a variety of birds feed and roost throughout the year. Species include blue herons, night egrets, glossy ibis, osprey, and migratory ducks such as Hooded Mergansers and Buffleheads.

Who Lila Delman Real Estate, www.liladelman.com, tel: +1 401 847 3343

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Château de Seguin

Château de Seguin, Bordeaux, France, €11.235m

Where In Lignan-de-Bordeaux, a small town in south-west France, around 35km from Bordeaux-Merignac Airport, 85km from Bergerac and 250km from Toulouse.

What A seven-bedroom house set on 172 hectares, 93 of which are planted with vines. The property has a swimming pool and garden, and several outbuildings, including offices, a cuverie, wine tasting and reception rooms.

Why Although Bordeaux is best known for its wines, the region – from le Teich to the Arcachon Basin – is ideal for birdwatching. Species include white storks, purple and grey herons, spoonbills and bluethroats.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7389 2631

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