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Slope off

Grand Vy, VaLLoire, France
Price: from £120,000
Agent: Selection Property
Tel: 020-8533 9988

They say: Located only 100 yards from ski slopes. Featuring fitted kitchens and bathrooms, balcony and parking space.

We say: Start prices are for one-bedroom apartments. Valloire is a traditional Alpine village, near to the route of the Tour de France.

No Spain, no gain

El Peral, Andalucia, Spain
Price: £3m
Agent: Savills
Tel: 00 34 952 827 999

They say: A beautiful country property, built very much in the old Andalucian style. There are 10 en-suite bedrooms, plus additional guest accommodation and two swimming pools.

We say: A large estate, 45 minutes from Malaga, that has been run as a hotel. Could make a fabulous family home. In addition to the formal grounds there is a pretty mirador(rooftop tower) with views of the mountains.

Pretty sweet
Umag, Croatia
Price: £158,300
Agent: Croatiansun
Tel: 0161-439 3619

They say: A cosy family home in a quiet area 6km from the sea and coastal town of Umag. The house measures 115sq m with a large landscaped garden that includes fruit trees.

We say: This sweet little two-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalowhas a reasonable amount of outside space, is in good condition and is in the pretty and popular Istrian area of northern Croatia.

Glass act

Monagroulli, Limassol, Cyprus
Price: £1.4m
Agent: BuySell Real Estate
Tel: 00 357 26 200 000

They say: A four-bedroom house with a gym, pool and bar, barbecue area and mature gardens. With panoramic views of the mountains and sea, it is in a quiet location with easy access to Limassol.

We say: Unusual villa with spacious interiors and a contemporary exterior that might not appeal to those wanting more traditional Mediterranean fare.

Rural bliss

Sargacal, Lagos, Portugal
Price: £190,000
Agent: Knight Frank
Tel: 020-7629 8171

They say: A plot of land measuring 62,000sq m with two ruined properties that are ripe for complete renovation. The estate is in a quiet village, 10 minutes from the historic city of Lagos.

We say: A huge plot in a region that, thanks to its rural beauty and fabulous beaches, is becoming increasingly popular. The buildings will require a lot of work to rebuild and this could prove prohibitively expensive.

French fancy

Near Carentan, Manche, France
Price: £281,200
Agent: Latitudes
Tel: 020-8951 5155

They say: Elegant Maison de Maître in 2.25 acres in a quiet village. Spacious accommodation includes large living areas, seven bedrooms, library and a two-bedroom guest house.

We say: Charming country pile with bags of character and space near the marina town of Carentan in Normandy. It's around a 10-minute drive from the sea and you get a whole lot of property for your money.

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