Luxury Living Homes with clock towers and sundials

Luxury Living: Homes with clock towers and sundials

From Colorado to Chianti in Italy, 5 luxury properties where you can savour the passing of every minute and hour of your day — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

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  • Catmando
    Telluride, Colorado

Catmando is stunningly set on 35 acres within Colorado’s spectacular Gray Head Wilderness Preserve. The main residence is crafted from a pre-Civil War barn and opens to an outdoor living area that captures views of each of the Telluride region’s 13,000- to 14,000-foot-high mountain peaks. The resort-style grounds incorporate stocked ponds and waterfalls, a beautiful shell-themed sundial, and an entertaining area featuring a Bhutanese-inspired bridge, fire pit, mountain palapa, and multi-tiered patios.

In the foothills of the Sintra Mountains, this traditional Portuguese quinta has far-reaching views of the Castle of the Moors, the Pena Palace and the historic city of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its 19th-century Romantic architecture. Built at the turn of the 20th century, the main residence is characterised by unique architectural details, including intricately carved stone columns and arches and a tall clock tower. Other notable features include a baroque chapel and tranquil gardens with a pool, pergola, and several ponds.

Palazzo de Colores, a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed home in Sarasota, Florida, was inspired by the palaces of Europe. The enchanting details begin at the entrance, where a Gothic archway with a clock tower opens to a drawbridge crossing a moat and into a medieval-style banquet hall. Murals, wrought-iron chandeliers, stained-glass windows, Corinthian columns, and Moorish arches are among the Old World details which blend seamlessly with contemporary finishes and amenities. The master suite, guest suites and office are hidden within the home’s ‘towers’, while the gardens feature water fountains and a two-story gazebo.

Wooland House is a historic country house on 17.45 acres in the idyllic Dorset village of Blandford Forum. The main residence is approached via a winding drive, past the stable block, under an archway with a clock tower, into a cobblestone courtyard. The former home of celebrated British sculptor and printmaker Dame Elisabeth Frink, the estate includes two art studios in which she created some of her most famous works. A detached two-storey house, coach house, formal gardens, and a mosaic-tiled outdoor pool are further highlights.

This historic property in the Chianti hills comprises a grand 18th-century villa, a cottage with several apartments, a 16th-century chapel, pool and tennis court, wine caves, and approximately 295 acres of farmland, woods, vineyards and an olive grove. At the heart of the estate is a three-storey neo-Renaissance mansion, formerly owned by the Strozzi family, a dynasty of aristocratic Florentine merchants. The magnificent white-stucco façade was embellished between 1914 and 1919. Among its ornate details are a pediment clock and a piano nobile with an exterior double staircase designed by Florentine architect Ludovico Fortini.