For sale: former religious buildings converted to living spaces

Château, Lubéron Valley Provence, France, €7.5m

Where Near the villages of Lourmarin and Ansouis in Lubéron, southern France, 50 minutes’ drive from Marseille Provence airport.

What A nine-bedroom, 18th-century château set in 83 hectares of land, with more than 3,000 sq metres of interior living space across the main property and various outbuildings. The main house has a large entrance hall, formal dining room, sitting room, library and vaulted kitchen. The outbuildings include a farmhouse, hayloft, winery, stables and garages.

Why The property has a preserved private chapel with an ornate altar, high ceilings and frescoes on the walls.

Who Handsome Properties International,, tel: +1 843 727 6460


Foxhunt Manor, Waldron, East Sussex, UK, £5m

Where Near the town of Heathfield, southeast England, 57 miles from central London, 17 miles from Tunbridge Wells and 30 miles from Gatwick airport.

What An eight-bedroom, red-brick country house built in 1898. The house has more than 1,200 sq metres of interior living space and features a large reception hall, drawing room, library, games room, cinema and music room.

Why From the late 1950s to until recently, Foxhunt Manor was used as a convent by nuns of the Order of the Visitation.

Who Jackson-Stops & Staff, Tunbridge Wells,, tel: +44 1892 521 700


The Temple House, Miami, Florida, US, $16.92m

Where In South Beach, Miami, four blocks from the beach, three blocks from Ocean Drive and 10 miles from Miami airport.

What A five-bedroom, 10-bathroom, art deco house, with more than 14,000 sq ft of interior living space. The house has a large living room with a 24-ft high ceiling, a cinema room, a large fitted kitchen and an outdoor pool.

Why The Temple House is the largest family home in South Beach. It was designed by the architect L Murray Dixon in 1933. The building was used as a synagogue until its current owner bought it in 2003 and converted it back into a home. The property also featured in the video of One Direction’s “Best Song Ever”.

Who Daniel Davidson,, tel: +1 305 673 2526


Villa, Calvia, Mallorca, Spain, €2.6m

Where Near the village of Calvia, southwest Mallorca, 21km from Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital, where there is an international airport.

What A four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa. The house has an open-plan living and dining area, a studio, gym and large terrace with an outdoor pool.

Why The house has been converted from an old church dating from the 1880s and is thought to be the oldest property in Calvia.

Who Engel & Völkers Mallorca,, tel: +34 971 69 90 63


La Dimora Di San Galgano, Siena, Italy, €3.5m

Where In Chiusdino, a commune in Tuscany, northern Italy, 110km south of Florence where there is an international airport.

What A six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house with more than 400 sq metres of interior living space. The property has a one-bedroom annexe, several outbuildings, an outdoor swimming pool, gardens and a 1.5-acre Sangiovese vineyard.

Why The property has been converted from a 12th-century monastery once inhabited by Cistercian monks and retains many of its period features.

Who Chesterton Humberts,, tel: +44 203 040 8210

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