WHY BUY a decrepit old barn in France when you could have a brand new house in Deauville in Normandy? Originally marketed for French buyers, the development at Le Domaine de Clairefontaine attracted so many British passers by, it was decided to sell them here as well. Nine hundred metres from the beach and town centre - and 200kms from Paris - the flats and houses are surrounded by wooded grounds and have a communal swimming pool and two tennis courts. There will be a resident caretaker. Prices start at pounds 47,000 for a one-bed flat, up to pounds 85,000 - pounds 120,000 for a four bedroom house.
A Place In France (01705 832949).
GREENWOOD HOUSE near Yarmouth, on the Isle of Wight, is a recently built six-bedroom house overlooking the Solent. The four-storey house stands in six acres of grounds including formal walled terraces and has planning permission for a stable block. On the lower ground floor there is a games room, sauna, bar, wine store and gun room. The attic floor is arranged for staff or guests, with sitting-room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.
pounds 395,000 through John D Wood (01590 677233).