Eva Byrne in the open plan living room of the apartment. Photograph: Philip Lauterbach

Making every centimetre count: ‘Even changing the way a door swings can make a big difference’

Millrace Road, Phoenix Park Racecourse, Castleknock, Dublin 15.

Town&Country: Apartment near Phoenix Park or four-bed house on southeast coast?

Town: No 1 Henrietta Hall, 43-45 Bolton Street, Dublin 1

Town&Country: An apartment on Bolton Street or a bungalow by the sea in Kilcrohane

Lefkada, Greece

Take5: A former nunnery in Pays de la Loire, a villa in Lefkada and a flat in London

Mill House, Greenville, Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny

Town and Country: Period five-bed house in Kilmacow or two-bed red-brick in the capital

This four-storey house in Turkey boasts beautiful sea views

Take5: Four-storey house with pool in Antalya, five-bed villa in Andalusia, and more


Take5: Italian house with olive grove, a Black Sea apartment or a Hollymount bungalow

Town:   29 Lanesborough Mews, Finglas, Dublin 11

A Finglas apartment in very good condition or a former ‘fever hospital’ in Mohill

Three-storey house in Antalya, Turkey for about €398,200

Take5: Sunkissed houses by the sea, a French chateau and a farmhouse in Umbria

 Clifden Court, Dublin 7

Town and Country: An apartment on the north side of Dublin or a four-bedroom detached house in Co Wexford

The Old Presbytery, Gransha Lower, Castlemaine, Killarney, Co Kerry

Town & Country: A cottage in Dublin 3 or a former presbytery near Killarney

This house, close to Hua Him town, is part of a development which has security.

Take5: Villas with swimming pools or views of the Alps

Apartment 6, The Court, Dalcassian Downs, in leafy Glasnevin, Dublin 11.

A well-located home in Glasnevin or house in Galway with four bedrooms and big garden

This house in  Montenegro could be divided into two homes.

Take5: A 1680 maison de maître, a Tuscan hilltop house, and two with sea views

Renovated house dating from 1790s

Take5: From a renovated 18th-century house in Mayenne to home and income in Lazio

Apartment 103, Ivy Exchange, Dublin 1. Agent: Eoin O Neill

A one-bed apartment in Dublin city centre or a four-bed farmhouse with outbuildings in Thurles

Near Cognac, grand French house with swimming pool

Take5: From a small terraced house in Bristol, to sea views and a pool in Turkey

 64 Saint Brendan’s Park, Dublin 5

Town&Country: A house in Coolock, Dublin 5, or a six-bed in Co Longford for €349,000

Villa with a swimming pool and views of the Mediterranean in Alanya, Turkey

Take5: Village homes in Tuscany, Almería and Brittany, sea views in Alanya

Apartment 44, Áras Na Cluaine, Clondalkin, Co Dublin

Town and country: A one bed apartment in Clondalkin or a house in Claremorris

27 Fairview Close, Richmond Avenue, Fairview, Dublin 3

Town&Country: An apartment in Fairview or a house overlooking a Dromahair lough

Vines, olive trees and a swimming pool in France

Take5: Tuscan farmhouse, your own French vineyard and sea views in Antalya

A four-bedroom home in Waterford city or sixth-floor corner apartment in London

 Town: 18 Woodstown Vale, Knocklyon, Dublin 16

A three-bed house in Dublin, or a large four-bed overlooking the sea in Co Wexford


Take5: A bungalow in Dungarvan, a townhouse in Dordogne or a country house in Andalucia

Apt 13 Citywest Golfing Apartments, Garters Lane, Saggart, Co Dublin.

Town & Country: A two-bed in Saggart, Dublin, or a farmhouse by the sea near Bantry

Property on  just over half an acre in Laragh,  Co Roscommon, is for sale for €25,000

Take 5: Fixer-uppers in Ballintubber, Limousin, Galicia, Baranya and Abruzzo

Town: 71 Rathborne Avenue, Ashtown, Dublin 15

Town&Country: An apartment in Ashtown or a four-bed overlooking a river in Arthurstown

This chateau in Bouresse village, in the Poitou Charentes region of France, has many period features, but needs work

Take5: A French chateau, an Italian palazzo, a Greek villa and a bungalow in Co Cork

Country: Coole, Ballymurn Road, Castlebridge, Co Wexford

Town&Country: A two-bed in Dublin 8 or a four-bed on seven acres in Castlebridge

Town: 133 Cedar Brook Avenue, Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Town&Country: An apartment in Cherry Orchard or a house in Castlerea

Three-storey house with swimming pool near the palm-edged Bathway Beach in Granada

Take5: Eight-bedroom villa in Murcia, 19th-century house in Tuscany

Town: 13 Saint Brigid’s Avenue, North Strand, Dublin 3

Town&Country: A two-bed in North Strand or a former schoolhouse in Connemara

Old school: large former school ripe for conversion near Massignac town, France.

Take5: From a former school in France to a bungalow in Ballinasloe

Take5: this three-bedroom house in France includes a separate piece of land

Take5: Village house beside Charente river, house with garden in Bulgaria

9 Main Street, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Town&Country: Two-bed Blanchardstown cottage or Ballyhackett four-bed

Take5: This five-bed house in South Africa, with views over False Bay to Table Mountain, costs the same as a six-bed in Dundalk

Take5: Western Cape views, Montserrat apartment, French hamlet home with pool

Town: 25 Deanstown Green, Finglas, Dublin 11

Town&Country: A one-bed in Finglas or a four-bed by the sea in Ballyhealy

Take5: this three-bedroom house with pool, in Crete, is 400m from a beach

Take5: You could pick up a poolside home in Crete or a personal palazzo in Umbria

Tullaghan House, 10 Weir, Tullaghan, Co Leitrim.

Town&Country: Seven-bed Tullaghan pile or one-bed flat near St Patrick’s Cathedral

This villa in Koh Samui, Thailand has its own swimming pool and is a short walk away to the beach

Take 5: A bungalow near Rosslare or villas with pools in Koh Samui or the Dordogne

35 Wellmount Court, Finglas West, Dublin 11

A two-bed in north-west Dublin or a four bed close to the Leitrim/Cavan border

Turkey: Mugla

Townhouse in the Dordogne, apartment in Turkey or villa in Italy

Kefalonia Island, Greece

Villas in Kefalonia and Tuscany, a Pyrenean country house or a Budapest apartment

Country: 1 Fortlawn, Cappa, Kilrush, Co Clare

Town&Country: An Inchicore two-bed or a Kilrush five-bed with Shannon views

DNG Glen Corcoran is seeking €259,000 for this four-bed in Co Offaly.

Take5: Sea views in Turkey and Italy, a period house in Birmingham or a four-bed in Belmont

 Town:  63 Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Town & Country: A home, shop and pub in Listowel or an apartment in Mulhuddart

A view of the coast in Vlore town in Albania.

Take5: An Italian home amid centuries-old olive trees or a two-bed in Ballyvary

Town:  55 Ring Street, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Town&Country: A two-bed in Inchicore or a six-bed overlooking a river in Galway

Duplex apartment   in Calis  on Turkey’s west coast  is in a gated development of 10 properties that centre on a swimming pool

Duplex in gated scheme with a pool in Fethiye or a cave house in Andalucia

This villa in Costa Blanca, Spain, boasts views of the sea and mountains, and an open-plan layout inside

Take5: A former mill on the Garonne river, farmhouse in Umbria, and more

The one-bed cottage in Rathcoole, Co Dublin

Town&Country: A cottage in Rathcoole, or a five-bed in Portlaoise for €160,000

Take5: this French period stone house has 5ac of land, two outbuildings and a wine cellar

Take5: Bangkok flat, Limousin and Piedmont homes, Camposol villa, Listowel three-bed

Town: the Iona apartment block, on Prospect Hill in Dublin 11

Town&Country: A Finglas apartment or a five-bed house on 0.5ac in Killeshandra

Take5: this three-storey house in the Peloponnese, in Greece, is a five-minute drive from the sea

Take5: Kalkan and Peloponnese sea views, French five-bed, Bristol flat, Ballyheige cottage

23 Beechlawn Green, Coolock, Dublin 5

Town&Country: a semi-D in Coolock or a bungalow on more than 2ac in Aughrim

Guests have to pay for skis and boots separately – the rest is all-inclusive, from food and drinks to lessons and lift passes.

‘Just try it’ is the philosophy at Club Med in Val Thorens, from the slopes to the dancefloor

Take5: A cottage by the sea in Belmullet or a maison bourgeoise in Limousin

Town: Apartment 12, Stewart Hall, Ryder’s Row, Dublin 1

Town&Country: Dublin 1 apartment or a listed Georgian house in Charleville

Take5: a 60sq m (645sq ft) apartment on Via Garibaldi, in the Castello  district of Venice, costs €270,000

Take5: Venice and Benidorm apartments, Antalya house with pool, Wicklow bungalow

Country: Aughnish, Ramelton, Co Donegal

Town&Country: Ramelton four-bed by the sea or two-bed Smithfield apartment

South Africa: the livingroom of this lodge opens via a disappearing wall on to hardwood decking and a pool

Take5: Loire lodge, off-grid Limpopo camp, sea views in Wicklow, Alicante and St Lucia

Country: Shanmullagh, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

Town&Country: A three-bed in Carrickmacross or a small top-floor flat in D8

Costa Rica beach

From Christmas markets to once-in-a-lifetime adventures, we’ve rounded up the best destinations to get you through the season

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

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