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 an opulent palace in Lisbon ready for adaptive reuse, and a restored Umbrian farmhouse that comes with a courtyard pool.
Trullo M in Puglia, Italy
3 bedrooms; from €229 per night direct
Old meets new at this freshly restored trullo dwelling. The dry stone structure has a classic canonical roof but has been reimagined as a contemporary retreat, with crisp white walls and cabinetry. You can cool off in its infinity pool or explore the surrounding beaches.
A 500-year-old palace in Lisbon, Portugal
30 bedrooms; POA via Portugal Sotheby’s International Realty
Buildings don’t come much grander than Xabregas Palace – decorated with the largest private collection of tiles in Portugal. On the market for the very first time since its construction at the end of the 16th century, the ornate manse was built by navigator Tristão da Cunha as an opulent home in the city’s oriental quarter. The 52,796 sq ft pile has planning permission to be transformed into a boutique hotel. Its rooms are embellished with original decorative features. See inside.
Villa Mauresque near Marrakech, Morocco
4 bedrooms; from £345 per night via Villa Novo
English and Moroccan design combine inside Villa Mauresque. The colourful Marrakech property belongs to Trudi Ballard of interior design practice Sybil Colefax and John Fowler, and fuses classic British country textiles with bold Moroccan colours. A traditionally tiled courtyard branches onto bedrooms. Peek inside.
A restored fattoria in Umbria, Italy
7 bedrooms; POA via Knight Frank
Sitting on the vast Castello di Reschio estate, this restored farmhouse is wrapped around a courtyard planted with ancient mulberry trees. Terracotta floors have been offset with white walls, and painted ceilings are trussed with timber beams. Brusceto was previously available as a holiday let, and is now on the market via Knight Frank. Take a closer look.
Countryside villa in East Flanders, Belgium
3 bedrooms; €895.000 via Architecten Woning
Architect Marc De Kooning designed this simple country villa in East Flander’s Kruishoutem, which is designed around its gardens and surrounding natural landscape. Huge glass windows overlook ponds and flower beds. The building’s pitched roof creates dramatic internal volumes.