Hot property: wildlife

Arbigland House, Kirkbean, Scotland, £1.65m

Where: Near the English border, 12 miles from Dumfries, 100 miles from Edinburgh international airport.

What: A seven-bedroom Georgian country house with two cottages in 24 acres.

Why: The house overlooks the Solway Firth, a Special Area of Conservation and one of the most important places for migrating waterfowl on the eastern Atlantic seaboard. The area is home to many species of birds including ospreys and whooper swans.

Who: Knight Frank, tel: +44 131 222 9600

33 Saltstone, Indian Harbour, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada, C$1.699m (£1.09m)

Where: On the banks of St Margaret’s Bay, 30 miles from Halifax where there is an international airport.

What: A three-bedroom waterside home, with guest quarters completed in 2010. On a 2.67-acre lot, the property has 656ft of ocean frontage and its own private cove.

Why: The bay is home to seals, humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises from the nearby Atlantic. In the surrounding woodland, chipmunks, porcupines minks, moose, muskrats and coyotes all roam free.

Who: Tradewinds Realty, tel: +1 902 222 1508

Chalet Hermine, Route de la Balme, Val d’Isère, France, €6m

Where: Near the centre of Val d’Isère village, 17 miles from Bourg-Saint-Maurice (for Eurostar international rail links) and 111 miles from Geneva international airport.

What: A new five-bedroom chalet with 263 sq metres of internal space, 34 sq metres of terraces, a pool, steam room, gym and cinema.

Why: The property overlooks the 200 sq mile Vanoise National Park, home to 20 pairs of golden eagles and some bearded vulture. Its varied altitude (770m-2796m) provides habitat for 1,200 species of flora and fauna, including the Alpine sea holly.

Who: Athena Advisors, tel: +44 20 7471 4500

91 Camp Comfort Road, Tuxedo Park, New York, US, $6.2m

Where: On a hilltop overlooking Tuxedo Lake, 40 miles from central Manhattan and 55 miles from JFK international airport.

What: A gothic revival-style house in 72 acres, in Tuxedo Park, a gated community. The house has 10 bedrooms, three of which are large suites suitable for either guests or staff.

Why: Tuxedo Park was built as a hunting and fishing retreat for wealthy New Yorkers who came for the wildlife, which includes beavers and muskrats as well as black bears in the Ramapo Mountains.

Who: Halstead Property, tel: +1 212 734 0010

Val d’Orient, Mallorca, Spain, €4.8m

Where: In the Serra de Tramuntana Mountains, 29km from the capital, Palma, and its international airport.

What: A six-bedroom house completed in 2008, with 629 sq metres of living space and an outdoor pool. It also comes with permission to convert the garage into spa facilities or guest quarters.

Why: Set in an area popular with hill walkers and nature lovers, many types of birds thrive here including peregrine falcons and the protected black vultures.

Who: Engels & Völkers, tel: +34 971 62 16 29

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