Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for sale and rent across the world. This week, we have a medieval townhouse in England’s Rye and a colour-drenched apartment in Berlin among our discoveries.

A colourful bolthole in Berlin

Photography: Fantastic Frank

11 rooms; 326 sqm; €2.96m via Fantastic Frank Berlin
This colourful apartment in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood has been drenched in soothing pastels courtesy of Farrow & Ball. Sitting on the second floor of an 1895 building, the historic property’s period details have been retained including ceiling stuccos, solid wood doors, parquet flooring and original brass fittings. See more of the property’s serene interiors.

An A-frame cabin in New York

Courtesy of Update Down

2 bedrooms; $695,000 via Upstate Down
Midcentury interiors meet bucolic views at this light-filled A-frame cabin in New York’s Red Hook. The exposed ceiling beams and hardwood floors at the rustic retreat are original and a towering wall of windows overlooks the forest, with green views seen from every corner of the Dutchess County property. Take a tour.

A medieval townhouse in Rye

Courtesy of DOM Stay & Live

Sleeps 6; from £350 per night via Dom Stay
This quaint cottage in the UK’s Rye has been carefully restored. Dubbed The Mint, the East Sussex property is packed with character, and has historic exposed brick and crooked wooden beams on display. Its white-washed bedrooms have leaded windows looking over the street or courtyard garden below. Get a closer look.

A 16th-century shop and townhouse in Oxford

Photography: Inigo

3 bedrooms; 2,040 sq ft; £1.75m via Inigo
Dating back to the medieval and Georgian periods, this Grade II-listed Oxfordshire property was reimagined in 2007 by conservation architect Julian Harrap as a minimalist shop and townhouse while still celebrating the ancient building’s history. Original wooden features are on display throughout the 16th-century four-storey home. Take an armchair tour.

A minimalist retreat outside Leuven

Photography: Piet-Albert Goethals

Sleeps 4; from €595 per night direct
Antwerp-based designer Andy Kerstens redesigned the interiors of this 1960s family home near Belgium’s Leuven. The tranquil Oud-Heverlee property has been given new life as a minimalist live/work retreat. Flagstone floors are combined with weathered wood and concrete inside the creative retreat where there’s a studio for designing or recording on-site. See more of the Belgian retreat.

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