Hot property: tennis courts

Villa Belvedere, Bagno a Ripoli, Florence, Italy, €8.5m

Where: In Bagno a Ripoli, a commune of Florence, 12km southeast of the city centre and about 30 minutes’ drive from Florence’s Peretola international airport.

What: A five-bedroom, four-bathroom villa dating back to the 14th century and a separate four-bedroom guest house. The main house has four reception rooms and a large vaulted cellar that could be converted into a gym.

Why: In the grounds, between the terraced pool area and the 333-tree olive grove, is a tennis court with views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Who: Knight Frank,, tel: +39 055 218 457

The Jib House, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada. C$3.25m ($3.20m)

Where: In Chester, on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia, 40 miles from Halifax and about an hour’s drive from Halifax Stanfield airport.

What: A five-bedroom, 100-year-old house built in the Georgian style. The property has about 400ft of ocean frontage and the old boathouse has been fully renovated and converted into a guest house that sleeps four.

Why: The Jib House has a tennis court only yards from the shore so, between games, players can take in views of Chester’s Back Harbour and the islands of Mahone Bay beyond.

Who: Tradewinds Realty,, tel: +1 9022757765

Villa, Brignoles, Provence, France €9.5m

Where: In southeast France, about an hour’s drive from Saint-Tropez and 125km from Nice Cote d’Azur airport.

What: A six-bedroom villa dating back to the 18th century and a three-bedroom caretaker’s cottage. The property comes with 172 hectares of land, including four hectares of vines.

Why: In the grounds of the villa there is a private lake, a petanque court, a pool and a tennis court with a shaded seating area.

Who: Beauchamp Estates, tel: +33 4 93 94 45 45

8900 Gallant Green Drive, McLean, Virginia, US, $5.95m

Where: In Fairfax County, north Virginia, 12 miles from Ronald Reagan international airport and 16 miles from Dulles airport. The town of McLean is about half an hour’s drive from the centre of Washington DC.

What: A six-bedroom, six-bathroom house built in 1989 and fully renovated in 2009. The house has a sitting room, dining room, 12-seater cinema room and a wine cellar capable of holding 2,000 bottles.

Why: In the property’s four acres there is a fenced-off tennis court with covered pavilion area.

Who: Washington Fine Properties,, tel: +1202 2431644

Franchise Manor Estate, Burwash, East Sussex, UK, £11m

Where: Near the town of Burwash in East Sussex, 55 miles south of London and 36 miles from Gatwick.

What: A Grade II-listed, Georgian manor house with two guest lodges in just under 450 acres. There are 14 bedrooms in all, with the main house comprising six bedrooms, five reception rooms and an office on the lower-ground floor. The old stable yard has been converted into a modern gym and music room.

Why: The estate is home to a private fishing lake, pasture and a shaded tennis court located near the main house’s walled formal gardens.

Who: Knight Frank,, tel: +44 20 7861 1440

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