Medmenham Abbey, Ferry Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, UK, £10m

Upmarket homes with quirky pasts

From a former abbey where the Hell-Fire Club was founded to a Venetian apartment that inspired Ernest Hemingway

Hailsham Grange
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High-end homes for opera lovers

From a former vicarage near the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera to a Venetian apartment where Mozart stayed in 1771

San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain

Homes near international film festivals

From a villa with panoramic views of Cannes to a London penthouse overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral

Hacienda Palancar

Party pads

Properties to let your hair down in, from Mexico and Dubai to London and Florida

The Point, Milsons Point, Sydney, Australia

Homes near the world’s best marathons

From a serviced apartment near London’s finishing line to a penthouse overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge

Place Vauban, Dôme des Invalides, Paris, France
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Five properties with magnificent views

From an apartment overlooking the Dome des Invalides in Paris to a Tuscan-style villa in Colorado

The Cherry Hill Estate, Cheshire, England, UK

Five thoroughbred homes for horse racing fans

From an estate near Aintree, home of the Grand National, to a villa close to where the $10m Dubai World Cup is held

Lisselan Estate, Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland, €6.95m

Five high-end homes near golf courses

From a house near the home of the US Masters to an estate in Ireland with its own train for weary putters

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

Five island homes

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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