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1233 Rock Rimmon Road, Stamford, Connecticut, US, $75m

Where Nine miles north of Stamford on the Connecticut/New York state border, close to the Rockrimmon Country Club. JFK airport is an hour’s drive.

What A 20,000 sq ft house, built in 1900 and featuring imported antique marble, limestone, onyx and stained glass. There are eight bedrooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court and four guest residences.

Why Comprising 262 acres, the grounds contain formal gardens, a lake and extensive maple woodlands, which come ablaze each autumn.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebyshomes.com, tel: +1 203 869 4343

436 Chemin Régimbald, Saint-Donat, Québec, Canada, C$2.48m ($1.87m)

Where On the shores of Lake Archambault in the mountainous Saint-Donat area of southern Québec. It is 90 minutes from Montreal international airport.

What A spacious, five-bedroom house with three bathrooms, a bar, gym and large deck overlooking the lake. There is a five-car heated garage, private dock and almost 200ft of waterfront.

Why The property is in the foothills of the tree-covered Mont-Tremblant National Park. Each autumn the park’s maples, birches and beeches put on a spectacular seasonal display.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, via luxuryestate.com, tel: +1 819 681 8630

Château in Moulins, Bourbonnais, France, €2.9m

Where Close to Moulins in the central region of Bourbonnais. The property is 2km from the nearest train station and 75km from the airport at Clermont-Ferrand.

What A Louis XIII-style château built in the 17th century, revamped in the 19th century and renovated again in 2009. It has nine bedrooms, as well as staff quarters, a vast vaulted cellar, library, pool, stables and an ice house.

Why With a private helipad in the grounds, you can watch the seasons change from the sky. The 84-acre property has cedar, lime, pine, plane and ash trees.

Who Cabinet Le Nail, cabinetlenail.com, tel: +33 2 43 98 20 20

Firth House, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland, £1.4m

Where Between the villages of Auchendinny and Roslin in the North Esk Valley. Edinburgh Airport is about 12 miles away.

What A Grade B-listed, five-bedroom Georgian mansion with a wine cellar, pool, self-contained flat, and fishing rights on the River Esk.

Why Cosy up around the wood-burning stove in the drawing room and watch the leaves change; the 31-acre grounds contain mature woodlands plus a 30-year-old copse with oak, ash, alder and lime trees.

Who Savills, savills.com, tel: +44 131 247 3700

Lower Shotover Road, Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand, NZ$10m ($7.2m)

Where Just outside Queenstown on the South Island. Flights from the local airport to Auckland take one hour and 50 minutes.

What A five-bedroom house set in 10 acres with more than 7,000 sq ft of living space. There is also a gym, steam room and pool.

Why The house is clad in ivy, which turns crimson in autumn. The snag? In the southern hemisphere there are still six months to wait.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebysrealty.com, tel: +64 3 442 0121

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