Five houses with impressive libraries

9 Eastern Terrace, Brighton, East Sussex, UK
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From a 17th-century mansion where Charles II once lived to a former stable near Cannes with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ reading rooms

La Croix de Gardes, France

Five Renaissance-style homes

From a sprawling 12-bedroom villa on the French Riviera to a 14th-century estate outside Florence

Mooney Road, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Dizzy heights: six mountain dwellings

From a Swiss chalet overlooking one of the world’s most popular skiing destinations, to a South African home surrounded by wine estates

Woodmancote Place, Brighton UK

Five English medieval houses

From an 11th-century estate in West Sussex to a manor house on the Isle of Wight said to have been owned by eight monarchs

Esquel Chubut Province Argentina

Good catches: five homes near fishing waters

From an Argentine estate with two private lakes to a seafront property with direct access to the Florida Keys

53 Contentment Island Road

Five homes in remote places

From the Connecticut property once owned by Charles Lindbergh to a coastal farm in Scotland’s Orkney Islands

Prima Luce, Montecito, California, US, $23.5m

Five high-end homes with literary links

From the home that inspired Charles Dickens’ ‘Bleak House’ to a palazzo in Venice where Henry James finished a novella

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Five pieds-à-terre in city centres

From a two-bedroom apartment near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile to a one-bedroom flat close to Moscow’s Red Square

Château Soligny

Six homes with stylish wine cellars

From a 19th-century château on the French Riviera to a renovated family home in a suburb of Cape Town

Impruneta Castle, Florence, Tuscany, Italy, €15m

Five homes decorated with frescoes

From a 16th-century castle in Florence to a neoclassical-style villa near downtown Los Angeles

Five homes in the woods

From a Tudor style-mansion in Connecticut to a contemporary villa in a tropical forest in Phuket

Oil rush

Whether it’s argan, coconut, or black rose, this slickest of ingredients can treat your every beauty need

Five high-end homes on the waterfront

From a thatched cottage overlooking the river Thames to a villa built into the cliffs on the island of Menorca

Five swell homes for surfing enthusiasts

From a five-bedroom villa in Hawaii to an oceanfront home in Australia near one of the world’s most dangerous waves

Five homes perfect for opera lovers

From an oceanfront property east of Sydney Opera House to a villa near Salzburg’s Great Festival Hall

Five homes near major art fairs

From an apartment in a 15th-century palazzo in Venice to a 10-bedroom Swiss mansion handy for Art Basel

Five homes for sailing enthusiasts

From a waterfront villa in Mallorca to a Florida home in Fort Lauderdale

Five elegant home conversions

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

Five beach retreats for sale

From a clifftop villa on Ibiza to a home on California’s Laguna Beach, a favourite with Hollywood royalty

Five homes with boat moorings

From a sprawling estate in the Bahamas to a six-bedroom house in the English sailing village of Bosham

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