What can you buy for €299k in the Caribbean, Italy, France, Croatia and Offaly
Take Five: A 19th-century convent, an Istrian villa near the beach, a Tuscan farmhouse with pool or a three bed in Daingean
Ireland, Co Offaly
Tony Mulvin Auctioneers is seeking €299,999 for this three-bedroom, 120.8 sqm (1,300sq ft) bungalow on just over half an acre in Mountlucas, Daingean, Co Offaly.
France, Poitou Charentes
This 19th century property has been a place of respite over the years, first as a convent and then as a retirement home. There is still a chapel, sacristy and cloister in situ. Measuring 1,000sq m (10,764sq ft), the 12-bedroom house sits in its own land (of nearly an acre) which includes a vegetable garden and fruit trees. Outbuildings include two garages, a barn and shed. Food and shops are five minutes away in Melle (the home town of socialist politician Segolene Royal). Poitiers is 45 minutes away.
In the middle of the Istrian peninsula, near the medieval town of Svetvincenat, this 195sq m (2,099sq ft) villa with a swimming pool has good links between indoors and out, with the living room opening to a covered pool-side terrace. There is also a seating area at the other end of the pool, beneath a pergola. Inside is a kitchen, living room, three bathrooms and three bedrooms, two of them with en suites. The sea is a 10-minute drive away.
Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda
On the east coast of the island of Antigua, at Nonsuch Bay, this two-bedroom villa has verandahs off the bedrooms and living room (big enough to dine on) with views of the bay, Green Island and a wide expanse of the Atlantic beyond. Living is open-plan with high ceilings and French windows to enable natural ventilation from the northeasterly trade winds. Nonsuch Bay Resort is gated and has a palm-fringed sandy beach, sports activities (especially sailing), three infinity swimming pools and a restaurant.
Price: $349,000 (about €298,110)
Restored in 2005, this three-storey Tuscan farmhouse with a swimming pool is in the countryside 10km from Pieve Santo Stefano, a town dating to the Neolithic age and also with evidence of Romans in residence. Traditional features such as exposed wooden beams and stone walls have been retained and the 230sq m (2,475.7sq ft) house, which has views of a valley, has a living room, dining room, utility and kitchen with doors to a terrace, plus four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Perugia and its airport are an hour away.