Five homes with designer gardens

From an English manor house with a formal plot designed by Gertrude Jekyll to a Spanish villa with grounds by Madison Cox

Cascabel Ranch, Norwood, Colorado, US, $9.75m

Five properties perfect for fishing

From a house in Mission Beach, Australia, well positioned for catching red snapper to a French château on the the Sioule river

Via Morozzo della Rocca, Milan, Italy

Five city homes with great gardens

From an apartment in Milan with a glasshouse-office on the roof terrace to a house in Lisbon partly formed of a living ‘green wall’

Trafalgar Park, Downton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
©Kit Fanner

Six homes linked to Shakespeare’s works

From a Georgian house where the Globe Theatre Company has performed to a cottage near ‘Hamlet’s castle’ in Denmark

151 East 58th Street, Midtown, New York City, US

Rooms with a view

From a New York apartment overlooking Central Park to a villa on St Lucia in a prime position to admire the famous Pitons

Palmdale House, Palmdale Road, New South Wales, Australia

Five homes perfect for equestrians

The best houses with stables, from an estate built by a Pritzker Prize-winning architect to a property near Aintree Racecourse

Five homes ideal for golf enthusiasts

From Gary Player’s home in South Carolina to a house that backs on to the private Wentworth Club near London

Dome House

Five homes with high-tech fittings

From a French villa with a poolside cinema screen to a New York penthouse with bathroom mirrors that turn into television screens

Six homes for sale with great libraries

From a Georgian-style house near Toronto owned by former media tycoon Conrad Black to a medieval castle in France

Seatuck Lodge, , 74 and 80 Cedar Lane West, Remsenburg-Speonk, New York, US, $12.5m

Five properties for sale with mills

From a former watermill in rural England to a 16th-century olive mill in Tuscany built around the original machinery

Five homes for sale on islands

From a hilltop villa near a surfer’s beach on St Barts to a private 20-acre island in French Polynesia

Five homes with movie connections

From Mel Gibson’s 500-acre jungle property in Costa Rica to director Baz Luhrmann’s house in Sydney, Australia

Five homes with swanky addresses

From a waterfront home in East Hampton to an apartment in London’s Eaton Square

Five of the best romantic retreats

From Elvis Presley’s honeymoon hideaway in Palm Springs to a private island 30 minutes by boat from downtown Vancouver

Five properties near city carnivals

From an apartment overlooking Ipanema Beach in Rio to a penthouse ideal for watching New Orleans’ Mardi Gras parades

Five homes for the perfect retirement

From a romantic hamlet in Provence near a popular walking club to a central London penthouse with a chauffeured car service

Hold that fort: five castles up for sale

From a 15th-century English estate once owned by a king to a whimsical Connecticut home built in 2009 with its own moat

Five properties for healthy living

From a villa in Cape Town near hiking trails on Table Mountain to a house in London with its own leisure complex

Party pads: homes built for entertaining

From a 12-bedroom house with its own beach bar in the Bahamas to an 18th-century villa with a roomy wine cellar in Umbria

Homes close to prestigious ballet venues

From a London penthouse just yards from the Royal Ballet to a Moscow apartment less than 1km from the Bolshoi Theatre