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Tales of the unexpected

Sometimes you need to look beyond the high specification. We reveal the surprising features behind these five high-end properties

Via Appia Antica, Rome

Via Appia Antica, Rome, Italy

This exceptional property is located along the ancient Appian Way, close to the Tomb of Caecilia Metella. The elegant stone-built villa is laid out in a classic style and surrounded by an enchanting garden, with secret shady areas. There are many delightful and surprising features, none more so that the artfully sculpted terraces and hedges that form a 50-seat private outdoor theatre.

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Bedrooms  4
Bathrooms  2
Price  €1,900,000
Contact  Alice Storrie
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Casa Burés, Eixample, Barcelona, Spain

Built between 1900 and 1905, this Modernist masterpiece has been converted into 26 exquisitely refurbished lofts, penthouses and apartments, with luxurious communal areas and an array of high-end services. Barcelona was at the forefront of the Modernist movement in the late 19th century and the interior of Casa Burés reflects that rich, decorative period with mosaic flooring, wall frescoes, ironwork, ceiling friezes, sculptures and a stunning stained glass atrium.

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Bedrooms  1-3
Bathrooms  2
Price  POA
Contact  Jelena Cvjetkovic

 

Golf Bendinat, Mallorca

In Anchorage Hills, one of the most exclusive locations in the south-west of the island, this state-of-the-art villa has been finished to the highest standards. The uninterrupted sea views from the extensive terraces and infinity pool are stunning, but the three-storey villa’s surprise feature lies in the unique basement level. Here, a wine cellar comes complete with entertaining area, while a private tunnel leads to the spacious garage.

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Bedroom  7
Bathrooms  6
Price  €8,800,000
Contact  Alice Storrie
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An Culu, Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland

In a spectacular position on the banks of Kenmare Bay, this contemporary castle is one of the most impressive coastal properties in Ireland. The modern castle in period style is finished to an exceptionally high standard with turrets, moat and drawbridge. Despite its classic style, it is a delightfully comfortable family home – exemplified by its magnificent grotto-style swimming pool in the basement.

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Bedrooms  6
Bathrooms  4
Price  €4,500,000
Contact  Catherine McAuliffe

 

Via Della Camilluccia, Rome, Italy

A beautifully finished apartment on the ground floor of an elegant building in an exclusive residential complex. The apartment has a large, private garden which offers a wonderful view over the tree-lined grounds. Communal services include 24-hour concierge, a swimming pool, tennis court and a skating rink.

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Bedrooms  4
Bathrooms  4
Price  €1,850,000
Contact  Alice Storrie
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