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Take 5: this period house in Italy costs €128,000

Take 5: Period homes in France and Italy, sea views in Spain and Turkey, or a Mayo bungalow

Town: 9 Ashford Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

Town&Country: A cosy Dublin 7 cottage or a period six-bed on 1.7 acres in Co Mayo

Property in France for €295,000

Take 5: A villa in Spain, Italian farmhouse, traditional Turkish house, property in France and a bungalow in Navan

 Town: 136 Ashlawn Park, Ballybrack, Co Dublin

Town&Country: A three-bed in Ballybrack or architectural history in Kilmacthomas

The kitchen, between the extension and music room, is by O’Connors of Drumleck. Photograph: Philip Lauterbach

A singing teacher has brought harmony to a home that was once full of brown

Take 5: this stylish studio apartment in Berlin costs €385,000

Take 5: Country homes in France, Italy and Spain, studio in Berlin, or a Leixlip terrace

Town: Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Town&Country: Farmhouse in Hugginstown or ground-floor apartment in west Dublin

Take 5: this villa with private pool in Spain costs €140,000

Take 5: Spain and Turkey villas, France and Cyprus stone houses, Carrick-on-Suir cottage

Country: Shanbally, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

Town&Country: Six-bed with acre of land in Abbeyfeale or three-bed in Drimnagh

Take5: this four-bed period home in Ontario costs €260,000

Take5: Ontario, Tuscany and Languedoc period homes, Dalyan villa, Maynooth bungalow

Country: Roseville, Drumm, Boyle, Co Roscommon

Town&Country: Renovated period four-bed in Boyle or D6 two-bed by the Grand Canal

Take5: this four-bedroom house in the Dordogne comes with a swimming pool, two-bed gite and 1.2ha of land

Take5: Homes with pools in Algarve, Aquitaine and Marche; or a three-bed in Clane

Country: Cloonaghmore, Abbeylara, Granard, Co Longford

Town&Country: One-bed Clondalkin apartment or split eight-bed Abbeylara house

Take5: House and adjoining gite near Lyons

Take5: Vienne and Devon homes, Marche fixer-upper, Karaagaç villa, Westport cottage

Country: Letterass, Leenane, Co Galway

Town&Country: One-bed Harold’s Cross apartment or Killary Harbour three-bed

The floor was replaced by one in dark wood and rugs were used to add texture and warmth. Photograph: Matteo Tuniz/ MediaPro

Dark colours, texture and character were behind this docklands refurb

Take5: this Haut-Vienne smallholding includes this main house, a two-bedroom gite, a swimming pool, outhouses and a vegetable garden

Take5: Homes in Haut-Vienne, Bogotá, Piedmont, Alicante and Portarlington

Town: Millrace Court, Phoenix Park Racecourse, Dublin 15

Town&Country: Two-bedroom Ashtown apartment or six-bed near Headford

Ireland: derelict cottage with garage near Ballymote

Take5: Andalusian three-bed; renovation projects in Calabria, Indre, Crete, Kilcreevin

Country: Creeve, Rathmullan, Co Donegal

Town & Country: A one-bed Swords apartment or a three-bed cottage on 30 acres?

Jane Higgins at her home on Thomas Davis Street in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Dublin cottage redesigned by its owner has a cool, calm interior

Take5: this renovated 19th-century house with pool was renovated about 15 years ago

Take5: Five-bed near Disney World, period homes, apartment trio, Faithlegg bungalow

Country: Shannera Lower, Beaufort, Co Kerry

Town&Country: A North Strand one-bed terrace or a four-bed near Killorglin

This villa in a gated scheme in the Dominican Republic has its own pool and private beach

Take5: A former B&B in Auvergne, a villa on a private beach in Dominican Republic or a four-bed in Kilconnell

13 Pembroke Cottages, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Town&Country: Riverside Ringsend cottage or period house with harbour views in Cobh

Tippp house

A former hotel and restaurant in France, or a cottage in Fethard?

The Laurels, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Town&Country: A two-bed apartment in Balbriggan or three-bed house in Malin Head

Greek house with olive trees

Take5: Stone house, bank building, house with olive farm, seaside flat, bungalow

Town: 11 St James Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12

Town & Country: a three-bed mid-terrace in Dublin or a four-bed stone house in Macroom

The Ghost House in Stratford-upon-Avon by BPN Architects with Baynes & Co

Riba House of the Year contest in the UK shows architects moving away from stark shapes towards more sustainable designs

Take5: A bungalow in Carlow town or a period house amid cognac vineyards

Town&Country: A two-bedroom apartment in Dublin or four- to five-bed house near Mullingar

This house in Turkey  is in a scheme with two communal swimming pools.

Take5: Manor house, traditional apartment, communal pool or mountain retreat

Elmfield Court, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Town&Country: An apartment in Dublin 22 or a country house built for Lord Tottenham

Maritime in French Charente.

Take5: A village with a pool in Spain, a restored house with period features in France and an Italian farmhouse

Striking design: the zinc roof points towards Dublin Bay

A rocky north-facing site was the starting point for this stunning home with panoramic sea views

Dordogne, France

Take5: Sea views in Andalucia, Crete and Antalya and large living space in Dordogne

Town: 59 Malton House, Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1

Town&Country: A one-bed in the financial district or grand five-bed in Bailieborough

This second-floor apartment in Bulgaria comes furnished.

Take5: Mountain views, olive groves and swimming pools

Town: 17 Park Street West, The Ranch, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Town&Country: A cottage in Ballyfermot or a modern four-bed near Letterkenny

Turkey: this 310sq m (3,336sq ft) house with infinity pool has views of Kalkan Bay

Take5: Tuscany, Kalkan, Pays de la Loire houses; Barcelona apartment, Ballyconneely cottage

Town: 64 Spencer House, Custom House Square, Dublin 1

Town&Country: A two-bed apartment by the Luas or a detached five-bed with kennels

This French hunting lodge for  nobility comes with two outbuildings.

Take5: Beachside villa, hunting lodge, countryside retreat and guest house

Town: A two-bed apartment in Palmerstown, Co Dublin

Town&Country: A two-bed in Palmerstown or a detached five bed in Killygordon

France: Charente

Take Five: Farmhouses in Charente and Molise, two apartments in Baltimore or a bungalow in Hollymount

Town: 18 Willsborough, Clonshaugh, Dublin 17

Town&Country: A duplex in Clonshaugh or a wheelchair-accessible three-bed

Italian find: this three-storey farmhouse in Le Marche is divided into three apartments

Take5: Manor house, Koh Samui sea views, Salzburg ski chalet, Kilmeena three-bed

Town: 315 Edges One is in Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18

Town&Country: Two-bed Sandyford apartment or detached Fahan four-bed

Take5: this Greek three-storey house with pool has sweeping views of the Aegean Sea

Take5: Peloponnese and Sussex sea views, a Veneto farmhouse or a French manor

Town: 196 New Seskin Court is in block F at the Arena in Tallaght, Dublin 24

Town&Country: A three-bed apartment in Tallaght or a three-bed Victorian in Loughrea

In Neuvy Bouin, this tower house is 70km away from Poitiers.

Take5: Sea views in Sunny Beach, a French tower house or a Cavan small holding

Town: 48 Deerpark Place, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Town&Country: An apartment near the Luas line in Tallaght or a four-bed outside Derry

Two-bed canal-side apartment in Venice, Italy

Take5: poolside villa, grand maison de maître, Venetian flat and Greek house

Riba’s Woman Architect of the Year prize just the latest big award for Irishwoman

This Monaghan mansion includes three bedrooms in the basement.

Town and Country: Semi-detached suburbia or a seven-bed country mansion

Ireland: A four-bed bungalow in Maam Cross, Connemara, Co Galway

Take5: A village home in Charente, villa in Murcia and apartment in Budapest

42 Hampton Wood Avenue, St Margaret’s Road, Finglas, Dublin 11

Town&Country: A five-bed on half an acre or a one-bed apartment in Finglas

Five bedroom house in the French market town of Chauvigny

Take5: Options includes a Berlin urban hideaway and a grand Tuscan villa

106 Ballygall Parade, Finglas, Dublin 11

Town&Country: A three-bed near DCU or house at the foothills of Sliabh an Iarainn

 Interior designer Jane Higgins in a new build house that she has recently decorated for a client. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Owner of this new home felt the ready made interior wasn’t her so designer Jane Higgins gave it a whole new look

This Spanish east-facing house sits in its own land with a swimming pool.

Take5: From breathtaking views to a stone house with its own bread oven

Berry’s Close, Inchicore

Town&Country: A two-bed apartment in Dublin or a four-bed house in Westmeath

Italian offer: set in hills close to Chieti city, this three-storey stone property comprises two attached houses on about 1.5ac of land

Take5: Middlesbrough and Poitou-Charentes town homes, Abruzzo and Corfu stone houses

Country: Swallows’ Nest, Waterdyke, Shanballymore, Mitchelstown, Co Cork

Mitchelstown four-bed with annex on 4.5ac or Artane three-bed

An extension to a Dublin house designed by Joe Fallon Design

It pays to do your homework on the range of professional services available

€121,550: Apartment in Monenegro in a gated complex with infinity pool

Take5: Period buildings in Abruzzo and Auvergne, apartments in Lisbon and Morinj

Town: 28 Greenhills Court, Greenhills Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Town&Country: Ground-floor apartment near The Square or a sheltered Kilkelly four-bed

Acquitaine: a 12-bedroom chateau, in need of work, for €246,100

Take5: Sea views in Tully Cross, a French chateau or a three-bed Turkish villa

Town: 26 Botanic Hall, Addison Park, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

Town&Country: One-bed Dublin apartment or seven-bed former Durrus B&B

France: this maison de maître has lots of original features

Take5: Original features, an art-nouveau villa, two properties with pools and a bungalow in Duleek

Town: 6 St Joseph’s Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Town&Country: Drumcondra terrace with attic conversion or Killucan parochial house

€45,000: two-bedroom home beneath Malgrate Castle bell tower, in Tuscan commune of Villafranca in Lunigiana

Take5: Deux-Sèvres and Tuscany period homes, Burgas and Bucharest apartments

Town: 80 Rathgael, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Town&Country: An apartment in Clondalkin or a former parochial house in Ballintogher

In the Dodecanese island of Symi, this three-bedroom villa overlooks the island’s Venetian harbour

Take5: A stone house in Le Marche, a schoolhouse in Auvergne, sea views in Barbados or a three bed in Kildare

22 Manor Villas, Mount Argus Grove, Harold’s Cross

Town and country: An apartment in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W, or an extended house in Skibbereen, Co Cork

Take five: Sea views in Donegal, a medieval village in Tuscany or a Scottish farmhouse

Town: 3 Clarence Mangan Square, Christchurch, Dublin 8

Town&Country: A Christchurch cul-de-sac terrace or a six-bed behemoth in Lettera

Peloponnese: three-bedroom house with balconies

Take5: Poitou-Charentes, Massa-Carrara, Peloponnese, Budapest and Newbridge

15B Metropolitan Apartments, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Town&Country: A one-bed apartment in Dublin 8 or a four-bed house in Ahascragh

Kalkan: uninterrupted views of the sea

Sea views in Kalkan and Krilo Jesenice, pools in Andalusia and Poitou-Charentes

22 The Hampton, Santry Cross, Ballymun, Dublin 11

Town&Country: Bright Ballymun two-bed or former pub on Kilcormac main street

Fagus Werk factory: designed by Bauhaus school co-founder Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer

100 years ago, the functional designs of Gropius and his followers first saw light

Playa Flamenca: this Spanish apartment includes use of a communal pool

Take5: Alicante apartment, period houses in Piedmont, Alto Alentejo and Lot-et-Garonne

Town: 25 Waterville Row, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Town&Country: Blanchardstown apartment or Durrus sea views with a third of an acre

Take Five: A five-bed bungalow in Clare or a grand colonial-style house in South Carolina

Town: 6 Hyacinth Street, North Strand, Dublin 3

Town&Country: A five-bedroom house in West Cork or a three-bed terrace in D3

€350,000: two-bedroom house with outdoor pool and two-bedroom pool house

Take5: An Alpine lodge, an Italian church, a Cyprus farmhouse or a Galway bungalow

France: A former presbytry, with many original features remaining

Take5: A bungalow in Annestown or a turreted pile with artist’s studio in the Loire

Town: 55 Handel House, Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

Town&Country: A two-bed in Rathfarnham or a refurbished ex-postal sorting office by Limerick Junction railway station

France: A renovated chambre d’hôtes near the village of Champniers-et-Reilhac village

Take 5: Traditional homes in Le Marche and the Dordogne, villas in Valencia and Machico

Town: 26 The Granary, Longs Place, Dublin 8

Town&Country: A smart two-bed in a converted building or a nine-bed in Bundoran


Take5: French four-bed, Spanish villa, Greek sea views and a Hungary apartment

Town: 5 Brackenwood Place, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Town&Country: a two-bed flat in Balbriggan or a three-bed with land in Carrickmacross


Take5: Limerick bungalow, French chateau, Italian farmhouse, Caribbean cliff-top and Thai villa

Corgar, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim - former B&B with eight bedrooms

A three bed in Glasnevin or an eight bed on the riverfront in Ballinamore

€379,500: six-bedroom Indre manor house

Take5: Lazio palazzo, Florida five-bed, Leiria villa, Loire Valley manor, Enfield four-bed

Town: 51 Beauvale Park, Artane, Dublin 5

Town&Country: A three-bed in Artane or a 3,000sq ft four-bed on an acre in Virginia

Bad Gastein, which is above the resort and town of Bad Hofgastein  in Gastein valley, Austria

A descent through powder on a wide gentle slope brings you to a small market in Kirchberg, where gluhwein turns this into a very m(...)

€44,995: ground-floor furnished apartment 250m from the Black Sea

Take5: Limousin pair, Black Sea apartment, Andalusian cave house, Clonmel cottage

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