12 luxury properties for sale in the sun

From the depths of a British winter, we can but dream (and plan future travels). Mallorca, €25 million
At the top of Anchorage Hill in Bendinat, these two south-facing, terraced villas, plus a separate two-bedroom apartment—seven bedrooms in total, perfect for a large family—form an extraordinary property with panoramic views of the sea, the bay of Palma and Calvià. Although connected, both villas have private access, their own pool and garage.Jackson-Stops & Staff (020–7828 7387)
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France, €2.5 million
On the edge of the village of Eygalières, this lovely Provençal stone mas has charming white French shutters that open to reveal extensive

Early birds offer Realitalia Tuscany rental – act now to save money on your next holiday

Our early birds offer on the Realitalia Tuscan on-line rental system is now on.
You can book your holiday in Tuscany taking advantage of a extra discount if you do so soon (and in any event before January 31, 2017).
Some of you have already been in our projects of Lajatico and Chianni, at 45 minutes to Pisa airport and the sea, the the other who have not been there yet, we prepared this movie of Chianni, taken at dawn:

To make your reservation and to check more details on all the Tuscan Homes available for letting in Chianni and Lajatico: http://www.tuscanyvillasandapartments.com
In particular for your

Review: Ristorante Frescobaldi – a new gem, 700 years in the making

Rosie Paterson tries out a new Mayfair restaurant with an extraordinary back story.The old adage that (fine) wine only gets better with age was surely inspired by Marchesi de’Frescobaldi, the celebrated Italian wine dynasty. Rising to prominence in 14th-century Florence, the family played a pivotal role in the city’s political scene and economic success and patronised many of the great artists and architects.
In fact, the Frescobaldi circle of influence was so large that during the reigns of English Kings Edward I and Edward II, they were given the title ‘Treasurers to the English Crown.’
It is fitting then that their first

14 brilliant cookery books to put on your Christmas wish list

Size is the theme of this year’s cookery books, several of which outweigh the Bible. This is fine for quantity of recipes and photos, but you’ll need a lectern to use them, says Leslie Geddes-Brown. Fortnum & Mason: The Cook BookTom Parker Bowles(4th Estate, £30)
At last, an English cookbook of which to be proud. No mention of kale or quinoa, but steak-and-kidney pudding, potted shrimps and boiled egg and soldiers. Tom Parker Bowles is a breezy writer with no pretensions, which makes this a most enjoyable read. An excellent present for a chap.
CarnevalHarry Eastwood (Bantam Press, £25)
Despite the confusion— carneval

Smart home technology that saves time and money

Once the preserve of the aspiring Bond or gadget geek, but now literally in our pockets, smart home technology saves time and money, says Arabella Youens. House of the future: kitchen appliances such as fridges and coffee-makers can now be controlled from your phone or tabletDo you know what a BMS is? If not, read on. In exceptionally high-tech new-build houses, or houses that have undergone a substantial refit, the chances are high that what was once commonly thought of as ‘the boiler room’ will have been converted into an ‘energy centre’, at the heart of which will be the

The Truth About Fine Shirts (14 Things to Know) : Marol Academy 1

As we’ve done with the “VBC Fabric Academy” over the past few years, today we initiate an educational collaboration between Marol 1959 and Parisian Gentleman on the topic of shirt making. After going straight to the source (the Marol atelier in Bologna, Italy), we will not only introduce a maker with possibly the highest standards for shirt crafting in the world, but also uncover the finer points of shirt making, while clearing up some misunderstandings about this delicate art. What’s …

What price is a slice of British history?

Living on a grand scale may be more achievable than you think. Fig 1: Imposing Castle Gogar is only
six miles from Edinburgh and has been luxuriously renovated. Offers over £2.5mNeither a vendor nor a buyer be. The past few years have not been kind to sellers of large historic houses, many of whom have had to reduce prices in a bid to attract purchasers, who in turn have had their wings clipped by the whopping Stamp Duty (SDLT) bills currently levied on houses sold for more than £2 million. Now, thanks to the law of unintended consequences, the 20% post-Brexit

Review: Idle the winter away in Cornwall at The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

Kate Green recommends The Idle Rocks in St Mawes for a blissful breakThe only trouble with going to Cornwall in winter is that you’ll never want to share it with the seething summer holiday masses again. The narrow, high-banked lanes are quiet, the clifftop paths blustery and deserted, save for cormorants wheeling like Red Arrows, and there’s barely a queue for the King Harry ferry across the Fal Estuary.
The terrace of The Idle Rocks hotel on the harbour front in St Mawes may be balmy on a summer’s evening, but it’s truly mesmerising snugly watching the waves lash from the

The Country Life guide: Best presents to buy this Christmas

Our choice of presents to suit every age, taste and interest.In the words of the song, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And if you’re looking for something to delight your loved-ones, you’re almost certain to find it among Country Life’s carefully-chosen selection.
Country Collection dog drying coat, £38, Ruff and Tumble
Perfect for after wet, muddy walks and bath times. These dog coat wicks away dirt and moisture to leave you with a clean, dry dog in under 45 minutes.

Field Pro EL binoculars, £1,949, Swarovision
Lightweight and beautifully-balanced, with all manner of tricks employed to give a bright, sharp image

Very soon the works for the construction of the newly authorised super-panoramic tennis court will begin – Dominio MARE Resort and SPA, West Liguria – ITALY

We are really happy that the construction of the super-panoramic tennis course at the Dominio MARE Resort and SPA is going to start soon (an image below).