Britain

Bond is back: the ultimate hi-tech hideaways

Spectre, the 24th Bond movie, sees Britain’s favourite secret agent, played by Daniel Craig, recharge his batteries in his London penthouse before jetting off to glamorous locations in Italy, Mexico, Austria and Morocco to save the world from a treacherous dictator.

We’ve traced perfect bachelor pads for would-be 007s - from hi-tech hideaways with fingerprint recognition entry systems, iPhone-controlled mood lighting and a helipad, to stylish riverside penthouses with sky-high roof terraces perfect for sipping vodka martinis, a private jetty for speedboat getaways... and ample garage space for the custom-built Aston Martin DB10.

Take a tour of these stunning barn conversions

Barn conversions are a summer favourite for Londoners craving open, rural views, character beams, vaulted ceilings, huge windows and room to relish the fresh air. Especially tempting is a country retreat with the perks of a luxe city home - a swimming pool, say, or a cinema room to enjoy on long winter nights. From Aberdeenshire to Sussex, here's our pick of the best on the market...

Step inside Britain's best church conversions

Ambitious grand designers throughout the country have painstakingly carved magnificent homes from historic churches and chapels. Vaulted, triple-height ceilings in spacious reception rooms and galleried mezzanine floors showcase stunning architectural features, including original Gothic-arched windows, stone walls and glorious timber roofs. Step inside Britain's best church conversions.

Grand designs and clever conversions

Ambitious grand designers all over Britain transform extraordinary buildings, including historic gems, into flexible, unique modern living spaces. We take a tour of medieval castles, oast houses, windmills and water towers transformed into show-stopping homes, just waiting for buyers.