Britons hankering after a palatial overseas home are window-shopping castles on the continent, according to a list of foreign properties most-viewed online.
Four out of the 10 most viewed properties for sale are fit for a king and queen, according to the list compiled by property website Zoopla.
For A-listers who prefer not to travel too far each year for the international film festival, there is a nine-bedroom château in Cannes. The property is also the most expensive in the list, with an eye-watering asking price of £50million.
Window shop: The most expensive property on the list is this French property with an asking price of £50m
The 19th century castle has been extravagantly refurbished to an exceptionally high standard with marble stone floors throughout, nine luxury bathrooms, home cinema, wine cellar and a separate staff apartment.
As well as extensive sea views – including a perfect outlook from one of the bathrooms – it also covers 8,500 square metres of garden space.
For those who value space, a 19-bedroom château in Dordogne, France, is in fourth place on the most viewed list.
The 16th century castle has entertained French royalty throughout the centuries and boasts huge vaulted ceilings, landscaped parks, and has its own chapel.
At the bottom of the most viewed list is an Italian castello, which extends across 94,722 sq ft and is on the market for £14million.
It’s not surprising that castles dominate the list
Lawrence Hall, from Zoopla
With an additional five hectares, Zoopla suggests it would suit someone looking to run a wedding venue or hotel.
The list also includes homes for those on a smaller budget, suggesting that people are window shopping for a mix of dream homes as well as overseas properties that they might be able to afford.
Cheaper properties include a three-bedroom townhouse in Texas, which has a large living area with high ceilings and an asking price of £334,961.
Lawrence Hall, spokesman for Zoopla, said: ‘It’s not surprising that castles have dominated the list due to the nation’s enthusiasm for royal celebrations this year.
‘This has left castles at the forefront of our minds, perhaps influencing many property searches when considering idyllic holiday home locations.
‘Although some of them come with a hefty price-tag, they’re very hard to beat when it comes to overall space and wow factor.’
Here are the top 10 most viewed properties on Zoopla:
1. Three-bedroom house in Alicante, Spain, £258,395
This off-plan Spanish property is the most viewed overseas home on property website Zoopla.
It is in a golf resort in the south of the Costa Blanca, and included in the price is a swimming pool and courtyard.
Spanish sunshine: The villa is in a golf resort in the south of the Costa Blanca
The open-plan living area has windows that overlook the swimming pool
There is a 25 m sq terrace between the house and the outdoor swimming pool
2. Three-bedroom house in Florida, USA, £190,577
The second most popular overseas property for sale is also for those with a smaller budget.
It includes a double garage, a swimming pool and an extended decking area.
Living in America: This house is ready to be occupied or rented out as an investment property
There is a pool at the rear of the property with plenty of space for some sun loungers
The neutral interior has an open-plan living area, and three bedrooms
3. Eight-bedroom villa in Port Andratx (price on application)
This spectacular eight-bedroom house enjoys a private pool with mountain and sea views.
There is also a guest house as well as separate staff accommodation.
The luxury home enjoys views across the habour to the mountains and sea
There is a large swimming pool, along with guest house and separate staff accommodation
The interior has a sleek and designer feel with plenty of space
4. Nineteen-bedroom château in the Dordogne, France (price on application)
This château was built in the 16th century and is in the heart of the Dordogne region, in France.
There is an oak library and an exquisite chapel that comes with the property.
The château is in the heart of the Dordogne region and surrounded by woodland
There is a beautiful oak library with a fireplace and circular staircase
The château boasts its own chapel with pews and decorative arches
5. Six-bedroom château in Charente, France, £3,782,532
This restored château dates back to 1533 and is surround by wide moats. It sits on 12 acres and comes with several outbuildings.
A part of French history! The six-bedroom château dates back to 1533
Inside, the rooms have been sensitively restored to provide comfort living accommodation
The period features in one of the living areas is offset by bright yellow walls
6. Nine-bedroom property in Cannes, France, £49,065,861
The most expensive property on Zoopla’s list is this property on the French Riviera, with an asking price of almost £50million.
It boasts nine luxury bedrooms and bathrooms, and has stunning sea views.
This property on the French Riviera comes with an asking price of almost £50m
The pristine property enjoys views across the bay of Cannes
The luxury feel is continued throughout the property, including in the bathrooms
7. Six-bedroom villa in the Algarve, Portugal, £4,412,054
This six-bedroom and seven-bathroom property has electric gates at the entrance and a private heated pool.
The landscaped gardens have water features and a terrace.
The swimming pool area includes space for sun loungers and a semi-covered BBQ patio
The modern kitchen has a central island and a decorative ceiling
A luxury feel: The spacious bedrooms have been uniquely designed
8. Three-bedroom house in Texas, USA, £334,788
This three-bedroom house has a spacious living area with a large, sweeping staircase at its heart.
The property is in Texas, US, and is on the market for almost £335k
The entrance to the property opens up into a living area with a large, sweeping staircase
The kitchen has neutral cabinets and flooring, along with large windows
9. Four-bedroom house in Tuscany, Italy, £1,292,420
The four-bedroom property has been impeccably restored to provide a villa full of charm.
The authentic Tuscan villa is on a hill with a swimming pool and a large lawn area
The kitchen combines modern comforts with the traditional architectural design typical of Tuscany
There is a large arch in the main living area with a pretty fireplace at the far end
10. Twenty-bedroom castello in Lombardy, Italy, £14,244,851
This large property has 20 bedrooms and sits in five hectures of land. It also includes vaulted ceilings and mosaic flooring.
The impressive property has 20 bedrooms and sits in five hectures of land
The grand interiors include imposing columns and vaulted ceilings
There are marble pillars, mosaic flooring and impressive ceilings