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Take 3: Caribbean views Bahamas $3.5 million


(£2.1 million) Great Abaco is one of the most charming Bahamian islands that are still within easy reach of Nassau. The incredible glass walls sur- rounding the Great Room of the Phillips House set off the panoramic views of the Sea of Abaco and the Atlantic perfectly. Outside, there are extensive terraces surrounding the house. SIR Bahamas (00 1 242 366 0163; www.sirbahamas.com)


Barbados £2.967 million


Golf aficionados will adore the views from this six-bedroom, custom- designed villa in the Royal Westmore- land estate. Imaginatively furnished, it’s designed to offer the very best of Bajan living from an elevated position, with outstanding views of the Carib- bean beyond the dramatic 11th fairway. Chesterton Humberts Inter- national (020–3040 8210; www. chesterton-international.com)


cottages. However, it has also cast its net further and is now working in Italy to take care of some of the country’s valuable built heritage. To add to its already impressive portfolio of chic Italian apartments to


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rent—overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome and the elegant Florentine house of Robert and Elizabeth Browning—the Trust has now restored two apartments in the Villa dei Vescovi near Padua, which dates back to 1535 and is one of the most important pre-Palladian country houses of the Renaissance. Each property sleeps four people, and prices start from £455 for a three-night weekend (01628 825925; www.landmarktrust.org.uk).


Two apartments in the former summer resi- dence of the Bishops of Padua (right) are now among the Landmark Trust’s renowned collection of places to rent


Rent the bishops’ retreat in the Veneto


Bequia £5.5 million


Set high above the wild Hope Beach on the paradise island of Bequia is Cote d’Azur. This modern property with traditional influences comprises a Great Lodge and six cottages. The main lodge is perfect for entertaining: its decked veranda and 45ft pool both have impressive views down to the beach, which is reached by a secluded path. Grenadine Escapes (020–3468 5592; www.grenadine-escape.com)


HE Landmark Trust is primarily known for converting unusual properties (lighthouses and the like) across Britain into quirky self-catering holiday


Barbados, as Holders House, the much- loved five-acre polo property near the Platinum Coast, is now on the market. Running for two weeks from today (March 19) until April 5, the programme includes a night with Joan Collins, and performances from Gary Williams, otherwise known as The Sinatra Jukebox (http://holdersseason.com). The house, which has been owned by the Kidd family


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HIS year could be the last Holders season hosted by the Kidd family on


Holders House has hosted the Holders Festival since its launch in 1993. It’s now on the market


for some 40 years, has played host to the festival since its launch in 1993. The festival may continue at the new owners’ discretion; the price is on application and inter- ested parties can contact West Coast Villas (00 1 246 432 5050; www.westcoastvillas.co.uk).


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