Quinta do Lago, Portugal
Artyon Senna, the late Brazilian race-driver, used this house as his European bolthole when competing in Europe. It’s a nine-bedroom estate with a flood-lit football pitch and tennis court, sunken trampoline, dog kennel and a spacious layout. Senna, born in a ritzy part of Sao Paulo in 1960, was considered the best F-1 driver of all time. He died in a crash at Tamburello corner while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
€8.5m through Savills, 020 7016 3740
Rechthalten, Canton Fribourg, Switzerland
Frida Lyngstad from ABBA owned this Swiss farmhouse from 1990 until 2002. Only on the second viewing did the current owners realise who they were buying the house from, the clue being the gold Abba discs decking the rooms. Wonderful mountain views, three bedrooms and a separate guest house make this a supremely desirable property.
3.5mCHF through Chesterton Humberts International Office, on 20 3040 8210
This heavenly estate, perched on a hilltop between Chateauneuf-Grasse and Valbonne, was owned by Edith Piaf. Impeccably restored, it features a master suite with its own terrace and study; a guest house, pool and pool house; summer kitchen, tennis court, landscaped gardens. The seven-bedroom villa is 25km from the airport and 8km from a prestigious international school.
€6.89m through Knight Frank, 020
GRASSE, COTE D'AZUR
Cote d’Azur, France
If it was good enough for Brigitte Bardot, it might be good enough for you – if you’ve got €9m. Panoramic views of countryside to the sea, this house is over four floors, with large terraces, a swimming pool and guest house as well as six bedrooms, 80 olive trees, wine production of approximately 1,000 bottles per year, an artist’s studio, spa and pool house set amid stunning landscaped gardens.€9.5m through Knight Frank, 020
Gianni Versace’s legendary Miami villa is now on sale for $125m through Coldwell Banker. He was shot on its steps in 1997, but that’s no deterrent to the pool of super-rich potential buyers.