Five properties to catch a wave in

From a villa in sunny and exotic Bali to a 19th century house in Scotland with the best cold-water surfing spot

Premier buys: homes with football links

From Rod Stewart’s house in Essex where Liverpool FC once trained to a property with a pitch overlooking the Mediterranean

Homes with Olympic connections

From a five-bedroom home overlooking the coast in Rio to a villa close to the ruins of ancient Olympia in Greece

Five homes with super garages for supercars

From a Los Angeles house with a seven-car garage ‘gallery’ and adjoining bar area to a villa in Australia with a floating helipad

Ischia, Italy

Five properties with fruit gardens

From an Australian house surrounded by an olive grove and mature vineyard, to a grade-II listed manor house with its own cider press

Five homes perfect for tennis fans

From a Victorian house near the home of Wimbledon to a property in New York with a tennis court on its roof

Sails pitch: five yachts available to buy

From a 90-metre schooner with a crow’s nest to a refitted boat with a cinema and Jacuzzi big enough for 12 people

Fattoria Cerbaia, Sovicille, Siena, Italy

Five properties in remote locations

From an 11th-century villa in one of Tuscany’s national parks to a New Zealand wine estate that is 40 miles from the nearest town

Five properties with private beaches

From a seven-bedroom house in a gated community in Malibu to a home near the Great Barrier Reef with 375 metres of coastline

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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