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109 Chemin du Lac, Harrington, Québec, Canada, C$4.99m

Where: On the banks of Lake Lauren, south Québec, 20 miles from the city of Mont-Tremblant, where there is an international airport, and 70 miles from Montreal.

What: A secluded three-bedroom home in more than 850 acres of pine and maple forest. The double-height reception room has large windows which offer great views of the lake and the mountains beyond. There is also a gatehouse for a live-in caretaker.

Why: The house and grounds are owned by Canadian racing car driver and former Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve.

Who: Sotheby’s International Realty,, tel: +1 8196 817 557


A five-bedroom villa

16004 Chateau Avenue, Austin, Texas, US, $6.95m

Where: On the banks of Lake Travis, a reservoir of the Colorado river, 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Austin and 40 minutes’ drive from Austin-Bergstrom international airport.

What: A five-bedroom, eight-bathroom villa with more than 8,400 sq ft of internal living space and almost four acres of grounds. The property has a large terrace and pool area, with a lawn that stretches down to the lake, and 300ft of waterfront.

Why: The house is just under a one-hour drive from Circuit of the Americas, where the F1 US Grand Prix was staged last weekend.

Who: Turnquist Partners,, tel: +1 512 328 3939


A nine-bedroom villa

Villa, Monza, Lombardy, Italy, €10m

Where: In the Lombardy region of north Italy, just outside Milan and 30km from Milan’s Linate airport.

What: A nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom villa with a guest house and caretaker’s cottage. The main house has a large spa area, indoor and outdoor pools and is surrounded by gardens.

Why: As well as garaging for 12 cars, the property is a few minutes’ drive from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, used as an F1 racetrack.

Who: Millan Sotheby’s International Realty,, tel: +39 02 8707 8300


A four-bedroom Belle Époque villa

Villa Benvenuto, Boulevard de Suisse, Monaco, €8.9m

Where: In the centre of Monte Carlo, a short walk from the Casino and the waterfront, and 30km from Nice Côte d’Azur airport.

What: A four-bedroom, 250 sq metre Belle Époque villa arranged over three floors. Recently renovated, the property has a new kitchen and bathrooms, while a balcony and terrace has been added to the first floor.

Why: The villa is a few minutes’ walk from Avenue d’Ostende, which forms part of Monaco’s F1 Grand Prix circuit. The race is considered one of the most challenging in the world.

Who: London Real Estate Advisors,, tel: +44 20 3327 2750


A five-bedroom country house

Shore Hall, Cornish Hall End, Essex, UK, £2.5m

Where: Near the county border between Essex and Suffolk, 10 miles from Saffron Walden, 57 miles from London and 70 miles from Heathrow.

What: A Grade-II listed, five-bedroom, three-bathroom country house dating back to the 16th century with a one-bedroom annex and three-bedroom cottage for guests or staff. The property comes with stabling for five horses, a barn, outdoor pool and tennis court, set in 21 acres of land.

Why: Shore Hall has a garage suitable for six cars, and a long, “0-60mph driveway” for testing acceleration speeds.

Who: Jackson Stops & Staff,, tel: +44 1638 662231

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