The Househunter 16/1/15

It feels like January has been going on for ever and yet we’re only halfway through. Time for a bit of escapism methinks. So this week The Househunter is off abroad to see what we can find in other places to induce a bit of house envy and desire.


First up; that reliable bastion of taste and style: Sweden. This two bedroom apartment in Linnaeus was built in 1899 and measures just over 600 sq feet. There’s a communal garden and courtyard with barbecue, although apparently you could build your own private balcony if you wanted, as well as a laundry room with a dryer, which would save previous space in the flat.


It’s on the market with Stadshem for around £230,000. These pictures were taken by Anders Bergstedt.


It’s rather lovely isn’t it? Those windows would make it so lovely and light. And I love the brick wall and Persian rug to soften all that white.


Where shall we go next then? How about staying in that neck of the woods since we’re there already and let’s skip over to Denmark to this beach house.


Imagine waking up in this bedroom to that view. It has a private beach, jetty and tennis court and was built in 1975 but has been extensively renovated since then.


It’s on the market for 39,950,000 DK and I’m so rubbish at maths that I hardly dare convert it but it might be about £4 million. Anyway, don’t write in if it’s wrong because I shan’t be at all surprised. If you’re serious interested you can visit the estate agent Lutzau.


I can tell you, with a reasonable measure of authority that there are three bedrooms, but several living rooms so I don’t think you would be short of space. The master suite is on the first floor with a covered terrace and the two other bedrooms, which also have their own sitting room are on the lower ground.

The Boffi kitchen is on the ground floor and there’s also a separate one bedroom residence and a double garage. I have no idea where this place is but I want to live there.  Who’s coming?


Finally, hell let’s go to Morocco. My mother-in-law is going in a week or two so I’m assuming it’s nice for the time of year and all that Nordic stuff does get a bit chilly in January so who wouldn’t fancy this?


Perhaps I’ll take this as my summer house. Or should that be winter? My second fantasy home anyway. It’s around £1.8m if anyone needs to know and you can see the rest of the details here.


The riad, which is in Fez and overlooks the Medina, has been built around a large courtyard. It has five bedrooms in total; two suites with fireplace, bathroom, lounge and private terrace occupy the second floor, and three suites, all including fireplace, bathroom and lounge on the first.


The kitchen, hamman, massage room, ornamental basin, lounge with fireplace and a library-bar all lead off the courtyard.

riad in morocco

So there you have it for this week? Who’s having what?

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.