Welcome to our weekend property digest, where we bring together the best houses for sale (or rent) that we’ve unearthed across the world. Among this week’s discoveries is a historic barn that needs some TLC and a 1960s holiday home that looks like it’s grown from the earth…

Timber-framed barn for conversion in Sussex, UK

Barn for sale in Sussex, UK
Via Strutt and Parker

£400,000, via Strutt & Parker
Tompsetts Barn is a serious renovation challenge but it’s hard not to love this creaky oak-framed structure in rural Sussex. It comes with planning consent to convert it into a three-bedroom home, with a double-height living room and dining area beneath its trussed ceiling. Roll up your sleeves and take a closer look.

1960s midcentury Palm Springs retreat, USA

Radical 1960s prefab home in Palm Springs designed by Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison
Photography: Dan Chavkin

2 bedrooms; $839,000 via Paul Kaplan Group
Own a slice of Desert Modernism designed by architect Donald Wexler and his partner Richard Harrison. The prefab Palm Springs home has views of the San Jacinto Mountains from floor-to-ceiling windows across its 1,411 sq ft floor plan, and it’s been updated with the addition of a swimming pool and landscaping, created in consultation with Wexler. Get the full tour.

Futuristic Prairie House in Oklahoma, USA

Prairie House by Herb Green in Oklahoma
Via Booking.com

2 bedrooms; £1,443 per a week via booking.com
Sci-fi meets organic architecture inside this Prairie House designed by Herb Greene using lo-fi materials. Its tawny timber exterior gives way to a cabin-like interior, featuring rugged curves and shingled surfaces. A glazed roof hatch funnels light into its core. Explore its unorthodox spaces.

Restored Palace in Lisbon, Portugal

10 bedrooms; POA via Avenue Ltd
Gather 10 of your closest friends and stay in this historic Lisbon palace. Built at the end of the XVIII period, the Belém property was ‘improved’ in 1845 and then went through a period of decay until its present owners acquired it in 2016 and restored the palace to its original form.

Planchonella House in Queensland, Australia

Planchonella House in Edge Hill, Cairns
Photography: Sean Fennessy, Ben Hosking

3 bedrooms; POA via Modern House
Husband and wife duo Jesse Bennett and Anne-Marie Campagnolo designed Planchonella House, which sits in a wooded area in the Cairns suburb of Edge Hill. The 280 sqm home channels a Brazilian vibe and features an undulating floor and roof, as well as floor-to-ceiling glass. Take a closer look.

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