Retreat East, near Hemingstone, Suffolk
Fancy a second home with luxury amenities in the country, but don’t want the all the domesticated admin that comes with it? Then Retreat East is the one for you. Located on 35 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside, it’s been beautifully restored from a former working farm into a country retreat meets members club, offering debentures on its nine barns, which encapsulate the meaning of ‘rural chic’.
Facilities also include a spa, hot tub, extensive treatment list and a fully equipped gym. Food is cooked on site by local super chef Mike Keen, who uses organic produce grown straight from the property’s garden.
So while it’s close enough to countless country pubs and local food halls, you won’t find yourself wanting for more as you grab a drink from the bar and relax into one of the countless sofas to drink in the grandeur of the Great Barn.
Habitat House, Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds
With ground breaking design and modern architecture, Habitat House is the new face of rental properties for those who love the great outdoors..Located in the popular Cotswolds area with its plethora of charming towns and villages, the house leaves nothing wanting in the facilities department.
From a cinema room to warming wood burner and underfloor heating, its five bedrooms sleep ten guests in a place surrounded by eco-conscious design. There is also an on-site spa, gym and treatment rooms, as well as two eco pools in which you can unwind at the end of the day.
Zaha Hadid’s 520 West Street 28th Street, New York, US
Designed by the renowned architect just before she died, it was her first residential vision in New York, that was later revived by New York City-based firm, Ismael Levya Architects. Located in in the culturally booming district of West Chelsea, right next to the city’s High Line development, there are 39 luxury condominiums in the 11-story building.
Residents have access to facilities that are said to include a 75-foot sky lit swimming pool, IMAX cinema and spa. With the first apartments selling in excess of $6 million, expect the triplex penthouse that crowns the property to reach into eight figures alone.
Coming with probably the best view we’ve seen this week, this incredible 5-bedroomed villa located just outside Cannes has an outstanding vista, looking over the glamourous French town with its discerning boutiques and fabulous restaurants, and out to the cerulean waters in the distance.
On the market with Beauchamp estates, it is situated in an undisturbed location of the area and has a sociable dining room enough to hold a small to medium-sized afterparty following a day out down the beach.
There is also a capacious double living room that allows you to unwind after a hard morning spent making your first cup of coffee. And when it comes to heading to bed, simply curl up into one of the many bedrooms, and glimpse out before you fall into a slumber at the twinkling lights below. Outside amenities also include a well positioned dining area, with a barbecue and fireplace so you can dine and imbibe alfresco with friends and family should the mood take you (and why wouldn’t it?).
Arguably the most unforgettable aspect of the villa is the pool with its modest proportions offset by that breathtaking view. Dive in for a refreshing couple of lengths, before lifting yourself out to dry off under the sunshine that enlivens this part of the French Riviera, and watch the numerous superyachts making their way into port in order to moor up next to yours.