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Here comes summer: top homes for sun-seekers

As June bursts into bloom, we start to dream of azure skies and sparkling seas   Close your eyes and imagine the smell of thyme and warm pine resin, feel the balmy waters of the Med on your skin and relax in the golden glow. Here are hot properties for serious sun-worshippers. One home was owned by Napoleon's sister, another might fit into the next James Bond movie, Spectre, but all offer a place in the sun. [slideshow_deploy id='4126'] Are you a sun-seeker looking to find your ideal home abroad' Click here to start your search or call our international team on 020 7870 7181.

As June bursts into bloom, we start to dream of azure skies and sparkling seas

  Close your eyes and imagine the smell of thyme and warm pine resin, feel the balmy waters of the Med on your skin and relax in the golden glow. Here are hot properties for serious sun-worshippers. One home was owned by Napoleon's sister, another might fit into the next James Bond movie, Spectre, but all offer a place in the sun.

Versilia, Tuscany, Italy POA

On a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean, this 16th-century villa was once owned by Napoleon?s sister (Elisa Baciocchi Bonaparte). It is part of a 250 acre estate, complete with two restored farmhouses and its own private aqueduct. There are several other, unrestored buildings. A stone staircase leads from the villa?s main terrace to the immaculate formal gardens below. A helipad allows easy access, but Pisa and its airport are less than an hour away. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

Nr Lucignano, Tuscany, Italy £1,949,280 (?2.4m)

An hour from Florence, this slice of paradise in the sun is a spectacularly restored farmhouse. It has four bedrooms and romantic stone terraces on which to relax. The view is of olive groves and vineyards ? the property comes with nearly 20 acres of land. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

Estepona, Spain £10,979,859 (?15m)

Estepona boasts 325 sunny days a year, and where better to enjoy them than this magnificent estate with its classical Moorish mansion. Built around a grand, central courtyard, it has seven-bedroom suites and separate staff accommodation. Described by its current owners as magical, there are sea views and extensive gardens beautifully laid out with fruit and ornamental trees, plus 700 roses. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 0208 299 2722 www.winkworth.es

Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy POA

This house would suit a sun-seeker, but with its futuristic looks, a James Bond villain might be equally at home here, in Spectre. Imagine 007?s Aston Martin being chased by a high-speed Jaguar through the streets of Rome, then this property could provide the perfect getaway in Sardinia. There is a choice of two pools to lounge by. This five-bedroom modern pyramid-shaped house offers the choice of heated or unheated and both have solariums. The villa is built over three levels, giving spectacular views over the coast. There is also private access to Marinella beach with its crystal-clear turquoise waters and the popular seafood restaurants nearby. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

Silves, Portugal £893,420 (?1.1m)

Here?s a chance that doesn?t often come along. This 25-acre farming estate bordering the river has planning permission for a family home of 5,000sq ft. There is also a restored three-bedroom farmhouse on the site, and a one-bedroom guest cottage. The location is peaceful and includes a private lake. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

Porches, Carvoeiro, Portugal £1,055,860 (?1.3m)

Fun in the sun for all the family. The six-bedroom villa has a tennis court, heated pool, private lake and a dedicated play area for the kids. One of the covered terraces holds a full-size snooker table and there is a spa bath. If you are tempted to live here full time, the international school is very close. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

Nr Avignon, France £2,412,234 (?2.97m)

Set in 10 acres of private parkland, this stunning 13th century mill house offers 10 bedrooms and two apartments for family get-togethers. The terrace has fabulous views over the river. All around are the vineyards of the Cotes du Rhone, while picturesque Avignon is a dozen miles away. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

Lucca, Italy £812,200 (?1m)

Right at the heart of historic Lucca, this sunny three-bedroom top floor apartment is the place to be. Within the city?s ancient walls, this property offers shopping, dining, views and so much ambience you could lose yourself in it. It has three bedrooms, a terrace and access to the communal garden. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, France £16,081,560 (?19.8m)

For gold-star Riviera glamour and good old-fashioned charm, it takes a lot to beat Saint Jean Cap Ferret. You?ll be right at home in its summer high society with this seven-bedroom contemporary villa. It has superb sea views, an infinity pool and a two-bedroom guest villa. Call Winkworth?s international sales on 020 7870 7181 www.winkworth-international.com

Are you a sun-seeker looking to find your ideal home abroad' Click here to start your search or call our international team on 020 7870 7181.

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