Windyhill, Rowantreehill Road, Scotland

Five high-end homes designed by notable architects

From a house in Scotland by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to a villa on the French Riviera by André Minangoy

Casa Estoril, Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal

Tower power: homes for buyers with lofty ambitions

From a converted water tower in an English village to an apartment in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Five high-end, low-energy eco-homes

From a house in California made of recycled steel to a villa on the Côte d’Azur that maximises the use of passive solar energy

Nananu-i-Cake Island, Rakiraki, Fiji

Five island homes

From a 600-acre private island in the South Pacific to a £30m estate on the Isle of Man

Stracathro Mansion House, Stracathro, Brechin, Angus, Scotland

Five homes with artists’ studios

From the New York townhouse where Andy Warhol lived with his mother to Jean Dubuffet’s villa on the Côte d’Azur

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Five homes with a Hollywood connection

From Michael Douglas’s villa in Mallorca and Bruce Willis’s home in Idaho to a Georgian house used in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’

A villa in Mykonos in Greece

Five homes perfect for a romantic getaway

From a beach villa overlooking the Aegean to a 17th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice

Cedar Court, Coombe Hill Road, Kingston upon Thames, London, UK

Homes for fans of Six Nations rugby

From a 16th-century manor house near Twickenham in London to a townhouse close to Rome’s Stadio Olimpico

Le Truffe Blanche, Verbier, Switzerland

High-end homes for skiing enthusiasts

From a chalet in Verbier, with its own sushi bar and disco, to a mountain home in Big Sky, the largest ski resort in the US

Villa Lilly, Positano, Campania, Italy

Homes for foodies and fans of fine dining

From a riverside home near two of the UK’s top Michelin-starred restaurants to a Bel Air estate once owned by country star Kenny Rogers

High-end homes with mills and farms

From a 600-year-old Tuscan farm that locals claim was the original Garden of Eden to a 2,000-acre estate in Virginia

Five homes for those seeking sun in December

From a contemporary villa on St Barts in the Caribbean to a waterfront property in Phuket with direct beach access

Five homes perfect for theatre lovers

From a French hunting lodge with an open-air stage to an English mansion where HG Wells and Charlie Chaplin once performed

Best of 2014 - Hot property: homes with libraries

From a 17th-century mansion where Charles II once lived to a former stable near Cannes with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ reading rooms

Best of 2014 - Hot property: five Renaissance-style homes

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

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

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

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

Five homes in remote places

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

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