Sundeck, St James, Barbados, $4.99m
Where: On Westmoreland ridge on the west coast of Barbados, eight miles from Bridgetown and about 17 miles from Grantley Adams international airport.
What: A modern villa with five en suite bedrooms, an entertainment room, gym and study. The bathrooms feature limestone tiles from Portugal. The property also has a large covered terrace, and slate-lined infinity pool.
Why: The kitchen – by Italian design specialists Scavolini – has thick white quartz worktops and high-end stainless steel appliances, and enjoys views of Royal Westmoreland and beyond to the sea.
Who: Savills, savills.co.uk, tel: +44 207 016 3740
Where: In the village of Eggi, in southern Umbria, 5km from the city of Spoleto and about 45 minutes’ drive from Perugia San Francesco d’Assisi airport.
What: A 17th-century villa with nine en suite bedrooms. The house has three large reception rooms, a pool and a walled herb garden.
Why: The large, well-equipped kitchen has been used as a cookery school by New Zealander celebrity chef Jo Seagar, who hosts cooking holidays there every summer.
Who: London Real Estate Advisors, londonrea.com, tel: +44 203 327 2750
Where: In Périgord Noir, in southeast Dordogne, an hour’s drive from Bergerac Dordogne Périgord airport.
What: A four-bedroom 13th-century château, that was originally two houses. The property has many restored features, including stone spiral staircases and trefoil and mullioned windows.
Why: Currently run as a guest house, the château has a professional kitchen and separate carvery area. The kitchen was run for three seasons by Pierre Morat, now executive chef of the Alain Ducasse cookery school in Paris.
Who: Sotheby’s International Realty, Périgord, perigord-sothebysrealty.com, tel: +33 5 53 30 44 04
Where: On the banks of the New Croton reservoir in Westchester, New York state, 40 miles north of New York City and about an hour’s drive from JFK airport.
What: A five-bedroom, five-bathroom home of 8,000 sq ft set in 14 acres. The property comes with mature gardens, a tennis court and an outdoor pool.
Why: The kitchen – designed by bespoke kitchen fitter Smallbone – has views over the reservoir towards the Catskill Mountains. There is also a covered and heated outside dining space, and an outside bar and kitchen.
Who: Houlihan Lawrence, houlihanlawrence.com, tel: +1 914 953 6010
Where: A few minutes’ walk from Battersea Park in southwest London, 14 miles from Heathrow airport and 26 miles from Gatwick.
What: A six-bedroom, two-bathroom Victorian terraced house with two reception rooms, a family room, a study and a paved garden.
Why: Currently owned by cookery writer Rose Prince, the house has a 30ft kitchen with doors that open out on to the garden. Several years ago Prince set up a pop-up bakery in the kitchen selling to her neighbours. She now supplies baked goods to the Doodle Bar in Battersea and to Fortnum & Mason.
Who: Douglas and Gordon, douglasandgordon.com, tel: +44 207 720 8077