Jun 152016
The Chateau Lincolnshire

The Chateau Lincolnshire

About this Chateau in Gate Burton, Lincolnshire…

At first glance this looks like a French château, but it is actually a very clever scale model of one sitting on a hill above the River Trent in the middle of the Lincolnshire countryside.

This Chateau sleeps 2 and is available for rent through the year from the Landmark Trust. At only £325 for 4 nights…

Chateau Bedroom

Chateau Bedroom

Chateau Fireplace

Chateau Fireplace

The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues important buildings that would otherwise be lost.

It takes on historic places in danger and carefully and sensitively restores them. By making them available for holidays, the Landmark Trust makes sure they can be enjoyed by all, both today and for future generations.


 6:23 am  Property, Travel
Sep 272011
Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow swapped the Red Carpet for a taste of Island Life

To get a taste of a life in solitude, actress Gwyneth Paltrow spent three days on an uninhabited Caribbean island.

Taking with her only the basics – some rice, three oranges, cooking utensils, a mosquito net, notebook and camera –  she wrote a diary for the U.S. edition of Marie Claire magazine.

She obviously enjoyed her three days alone living a Robinson Crusoe lifestyle: “I can understand people who get stuck on a Caribbean island and never want to return,” she told Marie-Claire’s readers. She is now reputedly on the market for an island in the Bahamas.

But other Hollywood celebrities also yearn for the Island Life.

Some VIPs loved their personal islands so much they wanted to be buried on them.

Publisher Malcolm S. Forbes was laid to rest on the South Sea Island of Laucala. Shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis’s tomb can be found on the Mediterranean island of Scorpios, and Princess Diana is buried on an islet situated on the Spencer family’s estate.


More Island Hunters...
John Lennon Dorinish island in Clew Bay, Co Mayo, Ireland
Errol Flynn Navy Island, Port Antonio, Jamaica
Julia Roberts Bahamas
Robin Williams (Actor/Comedian) Unamed island in Pender Harbour, British Columbia Canada
Gene Hackman Island in British Columbia, Canada
Tony Curtis Rocky Island, Nova Scotia
Steven Spielberg (film director) Madeira, Portugal
Raymond Burr (TV’s Ironside/Perry Mason) Naitoumba Island, Fiji
Richard Branson (Virgin entrepreneur) Necker Is -British Virgin Islands, Makepeace Is – Australia
U2 (Irish rock band) Ireland
Rod Stewart The island of Great Britain, Nakheel’s “The World” Dubai, UAE
Ted Turner (Founder of CNN) St Phyllis Island, South Carolina
Bill Gates (Microsoft) Forsythe Island, New Zealand
Malcolm Forbes Laucala Island, Fiji
John Melk (Blockbuster Video) Musha Cay, Bahamas
Agnetha Faltskog, Rock band “Abba” Ekerö, near Stockholm, Baltic Sea, Sweden
Charles A. Lindberg Illiec Island off the coast of Brittany
Bacardi Family Island near Granada
Disney family Echo Island, San Juan islands – Washington
Du Pont family Cherry Island, Chesapeake Bay Maryland
Robinson family Nihhau Island, Hawaii
Peggy Rockefeller Buckle island, Maine
Lawrence Rockefeller Sandy Cay, Jost Van Dyke BVI
Tennis Star Bjorn Borg Kattilo island, Sweden
Baron Rothschild Bell Island, the Bahamas
James Michener Scotland
Edward de Bono Green Island – Australia, Tessera – Italy, Reklusia – Bahamas
Princess Nina Aga Khan Pellew Island, Port Antonio Jamaica
Dean Kammen (Inventor of Segway) North Dumpling Island, Connecticut
FIAT (Italy) CEO Gianni Agnelli Dino Island off the Calabrian coast
Alain Delon (French actor) Island near Saint-Malo, France
Heidseck Family (Champagne) Illiec Island off the coast of Brittany
Paloma Picasso, daughter of Pablo Petalous Island, western Greece
Novelist Michael Ondaatje Several islands, Mahone Bay, Ireland
Iranian Prince Sharam D’arros Island, Seychelles.


 8:05 am  Property
Apr 212011

Stromboli Island was loved by Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini

A private Island. The ultimate property status symbol. Seldom in more demand than the present day.

Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman loved the Italian island of Stromboli. Princess Margaret found peace and quiet on the island of Mustique.
Bransons Necker Island

Branson loves to getaway to his Necker Island

Richard Branson, Marlon Brando and Malcolm Forbes all created their own Private Island Kingdoms for privacy and tranquility.

The quickening pace of the information age and technology that makes it easier to stay in touch from afar means demand from professionals for remote getaways is increasing.

Here are other islands you may not be so familiar with:

Of Roman emperor Tiberius’s many island holdings, the best known is southern Italy’s Capri. He set up house there in A.D. 26, after soothsayers warned him that remaining in Rome would be unwise. The forbidding cliffs and elevated rocky terrain of Capri afforded him the security he sought; it was also a great place to throw a party. Tiberius built 12 villas on the island, where, legend has it, he lured pretty young things for beach-side bacchanalia that still inspire some visitors today.

Charles Lindbergh
Fleeing the public frenzy that surrounded the kidnapping and death of his son, aviator Charles Lindbergh retreated to an isolated archipelago off the coast of northern France. There he discovered and eventually bought the four-acre Île Illiec for $16,000. To make the settlement even more secluded, Lindbergh blanketed the island with cypress and pine trees. Still private, Île Illiec is now owned by the Heidsieck Champagne family.

Aristotle Onassis
Shipping magnate and second husband of Jackie Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis bought the Greek island of Scorpios in 1962 for approximately $13,000. The mostly private island is home to three villas and two public beaches and is Onassis’s final resting place. The island is currently for sale: Granddaughter Athina Roussel put it on the market last summer.

Marlon Brandos Private Island

Marlon Brando's Private Island

Marlon Brando
While filming Mutiny on the Bounty in French Polynesia, Marlon Brando fell in love with the area and bought the atoll of Tetiaroa in 1965. The 12 slivers of land, just north of Tahiti, offered sanctuary to not only the star: Daughter Cheyenne confined herself there following the 1990 murder of her lover, and in June of last year, Brando deeded one of the secluded islets to embattled pop star Michael Jackson. A luxury resort, The Brando, is slated to open on Tetiaroa in 2008.

John Wayne
In the 1960s, actor John Wayne bought the crescent-shaped island of Taborcillo, off the coast of Panama. Amid its densely packed flora are mango trees planted by the Duke himself. The development company that now controls Taborcillo has divided the island into residential plots, but its main streets were designed in Old West style as a tribute to Wayne.

Johnny Depps F**k Off island

Johnny Depps F**k Off island

Johnny Depp
Inspired by his pal the late Marlon Brando, actor Johnny Depp bought a 45-acre island in the Bahamas for $3 million. He calls it F**k Off Island but it is better known as Little Hall’s Pond Cay, which has six beaches, a lagoon, and a harbor, is accessible only by boat or helicopter. But Depp doesn’t exactly seem interested in visitors when he’s there.

Malcolm Forbes
Publisher Malcolm Forbes purchased the Fijian island of Laucala in 1972 for $1 million. He effectively became governor of the 300-strong indigenous population and undertook a number of public works projects, from rehabilitating the coconut-processing plant to building schools and houses. When Forbes died in 1990, his ashes were buried on the island’s highest point. Laucala now belongs to Dietrich Mateschitz, inventor of Red Bull soda.

Agnetha Faltskog
Reeling from the effects of super-stardom, Agnetha Faltskog, the blond A in the band ABBA, took refuge on the forested island of Ekerö, near Stockholm, in the mid-1980s. She has spent much of the past two decades in relative seclusion at her mansion there, shielding herself from overzealous fans, including a former lover turned stalker. Last year, Faltskog finally emerged to record and release a solo album.

Diana Ross
Singer Diana Ross married into the island lifestyle in 1986 when she wed Norwegian shipping magnate Arne Naess. At the time, Naess shared the Tahitian island of Taino with New Zealand business associate Douglas Myers and his wife, a Tahitian princess. Each couple built a luxurious home from local materials and planted extensive tropical gardens. Following Ross’s split with Naess in 1999, their share of Taino went on the market. In 2000, Myers sold his half.

Rudolph Nureyev
Ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev bought Li Galli, a three-island archipelago off the Amalfi Coast, from a choreographer in 1988. The largest isle had previously served as a luxe hideaway for the architect Le Corbusier, and centuries earlier as a stomping ground for Tiberius. Today, it has a six-bedroom house, a heliport, a lighthouse, and a palatial tower that Nureyev restored and outfitted with a dance studio. The archipelago was auctioned off following Nureyev’s death in 1993 (all of the proceeds went to his Ballet Promotion Foundation) and is currently available for rent (www.vladi-private-islands.de).

Mel Gibson
Earlier this year, the government of Fiji approved movie mogul Mel Gibson’s bid to buy Mago, an eight-square-mile island surrounded by 650-foot cliffs and protective reefs. The sale infuriated a tribe of 500 indigenous Fijians, who say that their ancestors were forced off the island in the 1800s by settlers who offered them only 2,000 coconuts—far less than the $20 million Gibson paid the Japanese company that owned it.


Nicholas Cage spent $3 million on his piece of island paradise

Nicolas Cage

The star got a taste for island life whilst filming the movie version of Louis de Bernieres’ novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001) on the Greek island of Cephalonia. The actor bought his own 50 acre island in the Bahamas with wife Patricia Arquette. The couple who were said to be on the brink of divorce last year, are looking forward to spending time alone on the island.
Novelist Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) loves the tranquillity of his island in Mahone Bay Ireland so much that he has purchased the surrounding islands as well – he wants to go on seeing a panorama of trees and water instead of other houses.

 8:02 pm  Property
Mar 242011

What do you do for pleasure when you have plenty of time for leisure?

Here we seek out some of the best properties in the Caribbean for hosting the ultimate party…

When space isn’t an issue and money is no limit, you can really go to town on your property, introducing infinity pools, wrap-around terraces and tennis courts.

Bay Creek House, Old Fort Bay, Bahamas


Bay-Creek-House on sale with Sotheby's

Creek House is one of the crown jewels of Old Fort Bay.

Located ten minutes from the Nassau International Airport and a stone’s through away from Lyford Cay.   Surrounded by bougainvillea-covered walls and nestled on two and a half acres between the Caribbean Sea and the mangrove-edged canals of Old Fort Bay, Creek House has contemporary style with old world charm and can accommodate sixteen guests and staff in four buildings with ten thousand square feet of luxury living.

From the moment you enter Creek House you’ll experience a private world that blends easily with its Caribbean surroundings and captures the essence of its unique island setting.

You are dependent on no one. Creek House is the freedom of owning a private island with the lifestyle and security afforded by its location within one of the most prestigious developments in The Bahamas.

$17 million
Sotheby’s Realty



Lyford Cay

Weatherside, Lyford Cay, Bahamas

Sitting on a 2.18-acre plot atop a ridge, this exclusive home in Lyford Cay sports some 1,100m2 of accommodation and fronts 60 metres of prime white sands.
The main residence is beautifully appointed – there’s a drawing room that’s host to antique furniture and a treasured art collection, a master bedroom suite and two further bedrooms.
Large protected verandas extend the living and dining space into the great outdoors, combining with the lavish swimming pool to make Weatherside a superb venue for entertainment.
Extra guests can stay in the two-bed poolside guesthouse or three-bed garden guesthouse.
In sum, it’s a premier home offering a dream lifestyle – and even comes with an 18-foot Boston Whaler to take to the waters, plus a Chevrolet Trailblazer for exploring inland.

$25 million


Pease Bay Beachfront, Residence Breakers, Grand Cayman

Pease Bay Beachfront Estate

Pease Bay Beachfront Estate

This eight-bedroom, six bathroom executive residence with 743m2 of living space and 1.18 acres is right on the beach.
Two of the bedrooms and one bathroom are in an attached guest apartment over the garage and the property is beautifully finished with custom mahogany millwork, gold leaf and faux paint work.
It also features hurricane rated windows (built on a raised foundation this home survived Ivan with minimal damage), stone floors, marble and granite tops, plus top quality appliances.
Complete with infinity pool and tennis court, gazebo, three-car garage and gated entry, it sets an ideal social scene.





Alexandra resort Turks and Cacos

Alexandra resort Turks and Caicos

Alexandra Resort, Residences, Turks & Caicos

The Alexandra is located at the midpoint of Grace Bay Beach on Provo, the 12-mile stretch of shimmering white sands listed by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best beaches in the world.
The Alexandra Resort Residences is a world-class resort destination located in a tax-advantaged, environmentally sound tropical Eden.
There’s a choice between studios, one and two-bed apartments, each with open terrace and ocean views, combined living and dining areas and at least two bathrooms.
When it comes to leisure facilities, there’s the poolfront Orchid bar and grill, an oceanfront fitness centre and freeform pool winding through the stately grounds.


 7:21 pm  Property
Mar 172011
Dubai Pearl Property Development UAE

Dubai Pearl Property Development UAE

Dubai Pearl is a world class, mixed-use, luxury property development in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

It is a 20 million sq ft property development being implemented by Pearl Dubai FZ LLC.

Overlooking the Palm Jumeirah island in the heart of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone, the development sets a new benchmark for sustainable urban communities in Dubai.

In creating a 24 hour living, walkable community where people can work, play and live in one destination, Dubai Pearl will redefine the pulse of the city, providing premium offices, international retail and the highest quality dining and entertainment facilities.

Dubai Pearl’s prime location will offer an unparalleled combination of free-hold in the convenience of a free zone with luxury, energy efficient sustainability and state-of-the-art technology.

The development will ultimately provide a home for 9,000 people, and a workplace for 12,000.

Dubai Pearl is expected to be completed in 2013.


 7:30 am  Property
Mar 022011


Burj Khalifaj property UAE

Burj Khalifaj - Tallest Building in the world - built by Emaar


Emaar Properties PJSC is rapidly  becoming a global provider of premier luxury lifestyles.

Emaar is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is part of the Dow Jones Arabia Titans Index.

In tandem with Dubai’s rapid growth, Emaar has been shaping landscapes and lives in the Emirate since the company’s inception in 1997.

Not just building homes, Emaar develops value-added, master-planned communities that meet the homebuyers’ full spectrum of lifestyle needs.

A pioneer of innovative community-living concepts, Emaar is the prime mover of the Emirate’s real estate and construction sector.


Emaar’s signature developments have been at the heart of the Dubai ‘economic miracle’.

The residential developments – Emirates Hills, Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, The Meadows, The Greens, The Views, The Springs, Arabian Ranches, The Lakes and Emaar Towers, have effectively changed the face of Dubai within the last seven years and redefined lifestyles in the emirate.

Replicating its successful business model in Dubai, Emaar is extending its expertise in creating master-planned communities to international markets.

Simultaneously, Emaar is developing new competencies in hospitality & leisure, malls, education, healthcare and financial services, which have evolved from its integrated approach to customer service and property development.

With six business segments and more than 60 active companies, Emaar has a collective presence in  several markets spanning the Middle East, North Africa, Pan-Asia, Europe and North America.

The company has established operations in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, India, Pakistan, Turkey, China, USA, Canada and United Kingdom



 3:20 pm  Property
Jan 252011

Kate Moss's New House No3 The Grove, Highgate Village, London

Kate Moss has bought the house once occupied by romantic poet – Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the 1820’s and 30’s.

The property was on the market with Savills for £7.950 million ($12.6 million) .

The 36-year-old British supermodel has purchased a 4-floor, 7-bedroom, 4½-bathroom home in Highgate Hill North London

The property is a spacious 6728 square feet (625 sq mtrs) and includes 7 bedrooms, 4½-bathrooms, 7 fireplaces, 2 kitchens and a wine cellar.

In the 20th Century the house was occupied by the celebrated author, J.B. Priestley, whose best known works are the novel “The Good Companions” and the play “An Inspector Calls”.

Moss has one daughter, Lila, and is currently married to guitarist Jamie Hince of The Kills.




 10:44 pm  Property
Jan 092011


Iconic Marbella Entrance

What appeals to investors when considering luxury property in Marbella?

Besides the well known facts such as quality of life, climate, luxury, tranquility, entertainment, health care and so forth, other factors affect people’s buying decisions such as  he strength of the local economy.

The Costa del Sol continues to develop its strong infrastructure and communications (the expansion of the Malaga airport providing direct flights to most European cities) and the US for example), the AVE, or the high speed train providing a direct link to Madrid without the need for air travel, the banking and International finance community and so forth.

The Marbella region is a hot spot for businessmen and experienced professionals, semi retired people and investors with a keen eye.

In 2011, the worst of the property slump appears to be over and High Net worth individuals are returning to the market. Luxury Property is in demand.

It is now only the overbuilt, overdeveloped areas that still have price problems – developments that should never have been built in the first place.

Luxury real estate in prime locations is worth investing in.






South facing apartment is located in Mansion Club, a gated development, just minutes away from Marbella centre, the beach and Puerto Banus and neighbouring the well known Buchinger Clinic.

The complex has two wide swimming pools, one indoor and heated, a gym, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a restaurant. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and well kept.

€ 799.000




Featuring airy and light-filled living spaces including four bedrooms and four and one half bathrooms, the visually stunning residence offers a lifestyle of exceptional style and comfort.

The home affords spacious luxury in an open floor plan.

€ 1.900.000



Magnificent and impressive south/east facing villa with views to the coast and Gibraltar, near La Quinta and Los Arqueros golf courses.

San Pedro town and Puerto Banus are a few minutes’ drive away. Lovely views to the sea and the verdant hillsides.

€ 2.200.000




Beautiful house decorated with exquisite taste, impeccable decor, large rooms, high cornice ceilings, terracotta flooring, decorative painting, fabulous bedrooms and delightful, spacious bathrooms with cast iron baths and large natural marbled showers.

€ 2.600.000


 2:48 pm  Property
Nov 122009

Today, property in Cape Verde represents exceptional value for money, with a number of high-quality new developments available for a fraction of the price you would expect to pay in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.

Whether it is the island of Sal, Santiago, San Vicente or Boa Vista, everywhere in Cape Verde offers an excellent climate, an awe-inspiring landscape and a wonderful selection of properties, be they apartments, villas or traditional townhouses.

cale verde islands

10 islands off the coast of west Africa forming The Republic of Cape Verde

Cape Verde Profile
Capital City: Praia
Area: 4,033sq km
Population: 420,979
Time Zone: GMT +2
Country dialing code: +238
Currency: Cape Verdean Escudo

Cape Verde Climate
Due to its location in a tropical zone, Cape Verde’s climate differs little throughout the year, with temperatures in the mid-20s (celsius) prevalent throughout the year, although it is slightly hotter between January and March. September is the wettest month, and can get very wet – up to 50mm of rainfall can fall during the month, while April to July will see scant, if any, rain.

Cape Verde Property
With no jetlag, a wonderful climate and quick and easy access to Europe, property in Cape Verde is rapidly becoming an appealing prospect for a number of property investors. To purchase property on Cape Verde, it is recommended that you employ an independent solicitor who is well-versed in Cape Verde property law and speaks your language. The solicitor will carry out land and title searches on your chosen property or, if buying off-plan, ensure that a valid habitation permit and conveyance are present and correct.

It is advisable to appoint power of attorney to your solicitor in case there is any paperwork that needs signing and you are not present on the island – this saves time and travel costs. Once all checks have been passed, you will then sign a Promissory Contract of Purchase and Sale, and then pay the negotiable deposit (anywhere between 10% and 30% is considered normal). All taxes are also paid at this point, and you are contractually bound to proceed with the purchase or lose your deposit. A final deed of conveyance – ‘Escritura’ – will then be signed before a notary and then the property can be registered (registration fees are 2.5% of the purchase price).

Property prices in Cape Verde differ from island to island, although properties on Sal and Santiago – although generally priced higher – are often the work of large Portuguese or Spanish developers, offering assurances of quality. Expect to pay in the region of €120,000 for a beachfront, two-bedroom apartment on these islands, with prices rising up to €600,000 for detached villas.

Cape Verde Flights
The low-cost flight industry is beginning to see the value in scheduling a regular service to Cape Verde, with easyJet, Monarch and Ryanair all set to open up routes there from many of the larger UK and Irish airports. British Airways has twice weekly flights from Gatwick to Sal and once weekly flights from Gatwick to Boa Vista.

 2:59 pm  Property
May 062008
suite residensea

A suite onboard the ResidenSea - it could be yours

All aboard for an offshore ship with a difference – the floating condo called Residensea – The World.

It’s the luxury property investment which brings the wonders of the world to your doorstep (or should that be gangplank?).

Just imagine it…through your panoramic window, the morning sun reflects off the glittering sea and, as you slip out of your luxurious bed, you wonder what awaits you on the horizon.

Dancing in the streets of Rio at carnival time? Christmas in the Caribbean? Or perhaps a shopping spree in New York. All this and more can be within minutes of your luxury penthouse, while, thanks to modern technology, you can still stay in constant touch with your investments and family and friends back in the U.K.

the world cruise ship

The World Of ResidenSea

It all began with the launch of The World Of ResidenSea, a condominium ship boasting 165 luxury residences, six years ago.

With homes selling for £1.45million to £5million, this 43,524-ton ship was presented as the ultimate private property enclave for those with serious money. And it created a huge stir in the property, cruising and holiday sectors as the only luxury condo ship plying the world’s oceans.

Now a new generation of condo ships are now being built as wholly residential floating villages. Four Seasons Ocean Residences and the monster-sized Magellan are newly-built vessels due to be launched by 2010.

A huge incentive for prospective investors in the Four Seasons floating condo is that the 112 private residences on the 48,600-ton vessel will be managed by Four Season Hotels & Resorts – although, predictably, this service will not come cheap. A one-bed berth costs from £1.875million – and goes up to £20million for a four-bed triplex. But for this sort of investment you get your own penthouse with wraparound terrace, a twin-bathroom master suite, a home office and hotel-style concierge services on call 24/7.

In its first year, the ship is scheduled to sail to the Amazon, Antarctica and the Grand Prix in Monaco. The pace, though, will be relaxed, with 250 days in port each year.

Rival Arizona-based Residential Cruise Line is aiming for bigger and, they claim, better with plans to launch their own $750million condo ship, Magellan, in mid-2010, with even more units on offer. The ship will feature 210 residences, with full ownership prices from £1.8million to £3.5million. This 76,000-ton ship will be the largest existing or planned condo ship in the world, carrying 1,100 passengers plus 350 crew, and is expected to travel to 150 countries and 300 ports annually.

With these projects in mind, it looks like the future could see an increasing number of investors waiving their option on a landlocked apartment or villa in favour of a life on the ocean wave.


 9:24 am  Property, Travel