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The Best European Boltholes on the Market Now

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Stunning continental homes everywhere from France to Sardinia...

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From historic estates to sprawling seaside villas, here are the best properties on the continent…

European Boltholes on the Market Now

1. Peymeinade, Alpes-Maritimes, Cannes

Peymeinade, Alpes-Maritimes

Perched in a secluded hilltop position on the outskirts of glamorous Cannes, this gorgeous historic villa was the former home of blonde bombshell Brigitte Bardot, star of …And God Created Woman amongst other French cinema gems. The interiors of the villa – which dates back to the 1500s – have been immaculately restored and (unsurprisingly) decorated with great taste. With panoramic views over the Mediterranean, the lush gardens and grounds include olive groves, a vineyard and a picture-perfect azure pool flanked by cypresses. Available through Christie’s International Real Estate for 5,950,000€

2. Charnizay, Loire Valley

Manor House, Charnizay

This fairytale property is a chance to own your very own mini chateau in the heart of France’s historic Loire Valley, famous for its beautiful former royal palaces and winemaking. With graceful classical proportions and plenty of old-world character, it features two elegant reception rooms, a spacious kitchen and eight bedrooms on the upper floor – all in remarkably good condition. There is also a large barn, suitable for equestrian facilities, a wonderful south-facing garden, paddocks and heated swimming pool. Available through Hamptons International for £586,000

3. Estellencs, Mallorca West

Mallorca Sierra de Tramuntana

Dating back to the 13th century, this former winery on the west coast of Mallorca’s Sierra de Tramuntana mountain range is now a sprawling estate, with period charm and character in every room. Wide archways in the principle high-ceilinged living room create a luminous space that makes the most of the extraordinary light, while the traditional Majorcan kitchen leads straight onto a gorgeous covered terrace, ideal for soaking up the extraordinary atmosphere created by the grounds and mountainside position. Available through Engel & Völkers for €13.5m

4. Castel Ritaldi, Umbria

The Old Mill, Umbria

With its gently rolling hills, painted gold and green, the Umbrian countryside is in stiff competition with Tuscany for Italy’s prettiest region. Imbued with a rustic charm, the interiors of this 10-bedroom villa incorporate exposed wooden beams, brick and flagstones, in perfect harmony with its rural surroundings. The cosy double living room comes with a fireplace, divided into two areas by a brick vault inherited from the original country house, making it an attractive choice for year-long getaways. Available through Hamptons International for £1,958,000

5. Porto Rafael, Sardinia

Ulivi Estate, Porto Rafael

Located on Sardinia’s storied Costa Smeralda – famous for its clear emerald waters – the Ulivi Estate sits in the exclusive village of Porto Rafael, lending it a wonderfully private location and over 7 acres of beautiful grounds, which lead down to a private sandy beach. A chic, whitewashed stucco building with an airy, open-plan living space, the main villa is in perfect harmony with its Mediterranean surroundings and enjoys incredible views over the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea to the La Maddalena archipelago. Available through Christie’s International Real Estate, POA

6. Lisbon, Portugal

Cluttons Lisbon loft

With a creative mix of the contemporary and classic, this airy loft is the perfect sleek city pad, in one of Europe’s most charming cities. With its rich cultural history, excellent food and atmospheric tiled streets – not to mention the year-round mild weather – it’s no surprise that Lisbon is an ever-popular weekend destination. Boasting high ceilings and an amalgamation of Moorish and classical Roman design, the five-bedroom apartment also boasts a heated swimming pool, sauna and integrated sound system. Available through Cluttons for €2,250,000

7. Santanyi, Mallorca

Santanyi, Mallorca

Away from the hustle of Palma, Santanyi lies on Mallorca’s south-east coast and holds the accolade of being one of the island’s prettiest villages, with beautiful beaches and a bustling traditional market twice a week. It’s the perfect setting for this stunning country estate, secluded within its own spectacular gardens. The house features a spacious atrium, kitchen, separate dining room and reception room opening out onto the gardens as well as five bedrooms, with the master including a balcony and fireplace. Available through Engel & Völkers for €8.2m

8. Casa del Mar, Marbesa, Marbella

Casa del Mar, Marbella

Sleek and contemporary, this state-of-the-art designer villa makes the perfect beach-side bolthole. Inside, living space is quietly luxurious: there are five en-suite bedrooms’, stylish living room with a modern fireplace and elegant kitchen fitted with Gaggenau appliances. Separate spa quarters house a large gym/yoga studio and sauna. It’s surrounded by manicured gardens and a stylish pool, with plenty of outdoor seating for taking it all in. Marbesa is a trendy, tranquil beach area dotted with charming restaurants, and a mere 20 minuted drive from the airport. Available through Engel & Völkers for €3,995,000

9. Comporta, Portugal

Spatia Residences, Comporta

Set amongst extensive pinewoods, this chic villa is a dream for lovers of sleek mid-century design. It’s part of the exclusive Spatia Comporta residential development, aiming to re-create the feel of a high end hotel in this unspoiled natural environment. Spread over three bedrooms, the villa features uncluttered, airy interiors with plenty of scrubbed blond wood creating highly refined living spaces. The property sits on Portugal’s Alentejo coast, where golden sands are bordered by woods and verdant hillsides. Available through Fine & Country for €865,000

10. Le Bugue, Dordogne

Le Bugue, Dordogne

Lovingly restored, this dreamy five-bedroom property is surrounded by magical gardens straight out of a Monet painting – there’s even a mill stream. Situated in the Dordogne, a sunny region of southwest France, it’s a picturesque home offering flexible accommodation with character along with four acres of grounds, including a chic heated swimming pool and large outdoor terrace. Available through Hamptons International for £591,000