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Manor house, Combe Florey, Taunton, Somerset, UK, £5.5m

Where In the village of Combe Florey in south-west England, six miles from Taunton, where direct trains depart for London Paddington (from 1h40m). Bristol International Airport is 42 miles away, an hour’s drive.

What This Grade II-listed 18th-century manor house is set in 34.5 acres and has 12 bedrooms, seven bathrooms and eight reception rooms. There is a keeper’s cottage, party barn, heated pool with pool house and tennis court, as well as walled gardens and parkland.

Why English satirical novelist and biographer Evelyn Waugh bought this house in 1956, 10 years before his death, and his family lived there until 2008.

Who Strutt & Parker


Loft apartment, Tribeca, New York, US, $4.25m

Loft apartment, Tribeca, New York, US

Where On Leonard Street in Tribeca, less than five minutes’ walk to Franklin Street subway station. Newark Liberty International Airport and JFK are both about 14 miles away.

What This three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment has views across the Manhattan skyline. The building has a communal roof terrace, gym, children’s play area and residents’ library.

Why This is Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s former home. She had the ladder in her library (the third bedroom) custom built, so she could reach the top of her bookshelf.

Who Luxury Portfolio International, Brown Harris Stevens — NYC


Cottage, Sag Harbor, Long Island, US, $16.75m

Cottage, Sag Harbor, Long Island, US

Where Overlooking Morris Cove and Upper Sag Harbor Cove, a three-hour drive from New York City. East Hampton Airport is a 15-minute drive, while JFK is 90 minutes.

What A two-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage with an additional guest cabin, separate writing room and pool. Its 1.8 acres of land include 586 sq ft of private waterfront with a 60ft pier.

Why The former summer home of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck. He referred to the home as “my little fishing place” in his book Travels with Charley.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty — Bridgehampton Brokerage


Ranch, Jackson, Wyoming, US, $17.5m

Ranch, Jackson, Wyoming, US

Where In Teton County, two hours’ drive south of Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Hole Airport is a 22-minute drive away.

What A six-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate on nearly seven acres. The property, whose previous owners did a multimillion-dollar renovation, has 40ft ceilings, a guest house and mountain views.

Why The former home of Chris van Allsburg, whose children’s books include Polar Express and Jumanji, both of which were adapted into successful films.

Who Engel & Völkers Jackson Hole


Georgian house, Scarletts Lane, Reading, Berkshire, UK, £3.5m

Georgian house, Scarletts Lane, Reading, Berkshire, UK

Where Eight miles east of Reading. Trains from nearby Twyford to central London take 27 minutes. Heathrow airport is a 25-minute drive in good traffic.

What A six-bedroom, Grade II-listed Georgian home featuring a basement bar with wine cellar, roof terrace and orangery on one acre of land with manicured gardens.

Why Built in the 1700s for Mr and Mrs James Leigh-Perrot, the maternal uncle and aunt of novelist Jane Austen. Austen frequently visited and went to school nearby.

Who Fine and Country

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