Whether your dream home is a historic country pile, a sleek urban penthouse or a continental bolt-hole with to-die-for views, we’ve done your homework for you and rounded up a selection of properties for sale that are the last word in luxury.
All you need to do is arrange a viewing — and work out how you’re going to pay the mortgage.
1. Penylan Mansion, Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales, £4m
The current owners of this 20-acre estate — regarded as one of the finest in Wales still in private hands — have spent the best part of 20 years meticulously restoring it to its former glory.
The main house was constructed in the mid 1850s on the site of an older residence, then in around 1905 was extended and redecorated, with intricate stencilling, painting and plasterwork added. These features have been retained and the mansion is now immaculate, containing 14 bedrooms, a three-bedroom wing, opulent living and entertaining rooms and a gym and indoor swimming pool.
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Like what you see? Get in touch with Country Living Group.
2. Villa Gina Errano, Argegno, Como, Lombardy, Italy, €4.8m (approx. £4.059m)
Built in 1780 by an Austrian aristocratic family, this magnificent villa is a few minutes’ drive from Lake Como and sits in a lush mature garden.
It’s been fully restored over the past decade and includes a large entrance hall, elegant living room, four bedrooms, several terraces with lake and mountain views plus many well-preserved original features, such as stone and tiled floors, frescoes and plasterwork.
The period furniture is available by separate negotiation.
Find out more from Lakeside Real Estate.
3. Javea, Costa Blanca, Spain, €9.5m (approx. £8.04m)
The white and turquoise colour scheme in this contemporary villa echoes the colours of the sandy beaches and shimmering Mediterranean sea below.
Entered through a grand portico, it includes a living room framed by columns and arches, three more reception rooms, 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms and a kitchen with a large central island.
Outside, there are two infinity swimming pools overlooking the sea, landscaped gardens, various open and covered terraces for sunbathing and al fresco eating, and a separate level area where a helicopter can land.
Arrange a viewing through Fine & Country.
4. Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset, £8.5m
This waterfront house is in a prime position on the Sandbanks peninsula — recently revealed by Halifax to be Britain’s most expensive stretch of coastline.
Enjoying views across Poole Harbour towards Brownsea Island and the Purbecks, the house is arranged over four storeys, and has five bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and terraces, an indoor heated swimming pool, a vast open plan living/dining room, a TV/music room and a lift.
There’s also a gorgeous landscaped garden leading down to the water’s edge, a private jetty, boast hoist and a detached lodge for guests or staff.
For sale through Savills.
5. Faircross, Wentworth, Surrey, £22m
Octagon Developments is building a brand new 15,500 square foot mega mansion in the uber-exclusive Wentworth Estate with direct access onto the 17th green of Wentworth Golf Course, among Britain's most prestigious golf clubs.
This classically inspired house comprises five reception rooms and six ensuite bedrooms — including a principal suite with two bathrooms, two dressing rooms and a lounge area stretching the full width of the house.
The property also features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a steam room, gym, jacuzzi and two-bedroom staff flat. You’ll need to be patient as it’s not due to be completed until the summer of 2024, but this does give you plenty of time to get the interiors tailor-made to your requirements, working alongside Octagon Bespoke.
6. Victory House, Kensington, London W8, £22.5m
There’s only one problem with this state-of-the-art five-bedroom house — it’s so well-equipped you’ll never want to go out.
Nautically-inspired, it’s filled with natural light and incorporates a cinema, a temperature-controlled wine cellar and a spa with a gym, mosaic pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, showers and changing room.
A Lutron smart system allows you to control heating and cooling, lights and surround sound at the touch of a button, and the windows at the front are fitted with bomb-proof glass.
Kensington Palace and Hyde Park are a few minutes’ walk away.
Available through the UK office of Sotheby’s International Realty.
7. Number One, Centre Point, London WC1, £55m
Spanning the 33rd and 34th floors of the iconic Grade II listed Brutalist tower, this huge duplex penthouse is the highest in the West End and boasts London’s only full wraparound terrace.
It includes three bedrooms, a double-height bar which seats 24 people, music and wine tasting rooms, a cinema, study and gym, and floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the uninterrupted and unparalleled vistas of the city skyline.
Residents have access to the building’s concierge team, infinity pool, sauna, spa and there’s a private dining room and lounge club for entertaining — and impressing — guests.
For sale through Almacantar.