September 30, 2011 10:17 pm

Hot property: Bolt-holes

Five of the best houses around the world for buyers who want to escape the stress of the big smoke

2500 Fibreboard Road, California, USA, $739,000

Where Sierraville, California, 20 minutes’ drive from Truckee (and its airport), four hours’ drive north-east of San Francisco, two from Sacramento.

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What A mountain lodge set in 20 acres (8.1ha) of US Forestry Service land with 875ft (270m) of river frontage.

Why Interstate 80 sweeps up big mountainous bends into the Sierra Nevada, offering a sense of escape before arriving at your wilderness cabin. Snowmobile and hiking tracks criss-cross the surrounding mountains. Nearby are several ski resorts, the historic town of Truckee and Lake Tahoe.

Who Chase International, www.chaseinternational.com, tel: +1 866 470 8863

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Villa Cotignac

Villa Cotignac, Provence, France, €999,000

Where Var, Provence in south-east France, 53 miles due west of Cannes, 90 minutes from Marseille airport.

What A renovated four-bedroom cottage with one-bedroom guest studio and swimming pool

Why A short drive from Nice or Cannes, this cottage is nestled in 7.5 acres (3ha) of lavender, cypress and olive trees, 6km (3.7 miles) from the chic village of Cotignac. Terraces run off the living rooms and master bedroom suite, so the interiors feel at one with the fragrant grounds. A large outbuilding could be converted into an artist’s studio.

Who Home Hunts, www.home-hunts.com, tel: +33 (0)9 70 44 66 43

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The Gate House at Gray Craig Estate

The Gate House at Gray Craig Estate, Rhode Island, USA, $2.195m

Where Paradise Valley, Middletown, about an hour from Boston, four miles from Newport State Airport.

What A four-bedroom house in six acres (2.5ha) with a one-bedroom cottage.

Why Surrounded by rocky terrain and pristine beaches, with a bird sanctuary next door, this is the perfect getaway for a nature lover.

Who Lila Delman Real Estate, www.liladelman.com, tel: +1 401 848 2101

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Balcary Tower

Balcary Tower, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas, Scotland, UK, £850,000

Where On the Solway Firth, two hours from Edinburgh and Glasgow, 42 miles from Carlisle airport.

What A four-bedroom seaside tower built in 1860.

Why It has 270-degree sea views, yet is secluded in 19 acres (7.9 ha). There’s a saltwater pool, a jetty and slipway for sailing and fishing.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 (0)131 222 9600

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Casa Cipresso

Casa Cipresso, Italy, €850,000

Where Guardea in Umbria, 20 minutes’ drive from Orvieto, 90 minutes’ drive from both Rome and Perugia airports.

What A three-bedroom restored farmhouse with terraced garden.

Why The property is situated on a hillside with magnificent views. Restoration has added a pool and modern kitchen but kept the farm’s rustic frame and the open fireplace for cosy winter evenings. There’s good walking in the area, including to Lago di Corbara and Lago di Bolsena, as well as lively local bars and restaurants.

Who Fervidus White, www.ferviduswhite.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7193 1050

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