Kingston Lisle, near Wantage, Oxfordshire
in the gun and game rooms you can store the wherewithal to slay wildlife on the in-house pheasant shoot and deer-stalking estate. Those 13 bedrooms will allow you to make quite a party of it, although here’s the rub – only seven bathrooms to go round. Squeamish guests can be entertained on the private golf course or on one of the three lakes on the 257 acres. The staff and the children of the house get their own sitting rooms – so do the garden blooms in the dedicated flower room. Cost: £19m
Vicarage Gate, London W8A
Glass lift hauls you up from the pool, sauna and dance studio in the basement to the top-floor bedroom suites. A kitchen maid costs extra and can be lodged on the lower ground floor. Despite fearsome excavations that have hewn out extra subterranean levels, you’re paying more for the postcode than the space and you must squeeze your wealth into six bedrooms and a tiny patio garden. On the market for £19.5m
Named after a swallow’s nest, this six-bedroom house is carved out of the cliff above the Bay of Salerno and is shielded by 6.5 acres of olive and lemon groves and grape arbours. Vertiginous views of the sea yawn below the windows, and balconies and mountain peaks crowd beyond the lawns. It was the home of Gore Vidal for 30 years, and numerous Hollywood stars have frolicked in the panoramic pool he installed. All of which can be yours for £15.5m.