Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for rent and sale across the world. This week, we go inside a pair of boutique hotels seeking new owners and discover an eco mountain retreat outside Chile’s capital Santiago.

Elafonis Villa on Crete, Greece


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8 bedrooms; available to rent with POA
This Greek villa is built with local stone and wood sits at the top of Cape Koutoula along Crete’s rugged western coast.

A converted church in Somerset, UK


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5 bedrooms; £650,000 via The Modern House
Dating from the 19th century, this former church has been transformed into a 5,065 sq ft home filled with period features. Arched windows, soaring ceilings and solid wooden floors abound throughout.

L’Opera boutique hotel in Umbria, Italy


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Sleeps 11; €1.995m via Special Umbria
Would be hoteliers can sink their teeth into L’Opera, an Umbrian farmhouse that’s been converted into a boutique hotel. The original stone building dates back to 1485, and it’s been lovingly restored and modernised for the 21st century by its present owners. They’ve also installed a swimming pool in the Italian property’s grounds to capitalise on panoramic views of the countryside.

Mountain retreat close to Santiago, Chile

Casa El Maqui is a timber-clad mountain retreat near Santiago
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Built on a nature reserve in the Coastal Mountain Range of Chile, Casa El Maqui treads lightly on its rugged setting. Boxy volumes appear to float on stilts, with large glass panes bookending the timber-clad home to capture mountain views. See more.

Brooklyn Arts Hotel in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne landmark the Brooklyn Arts Hotel is for sale
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14 rooms; $4.2m AUD via Nelson Alexander
Another boutique hotel is up for grabs – this time down under, in Melbourne’s Fitzroy neighbourhood. Dating back to 1865, the building honours American entrepreneur Josephy Levy who expanded its double-loggia facade and added a number of rooms when he bought the property in the late 19th century. It’s been turned into an arts hotel for the city’s creative community by its present owner and operator Maggie Fooke. She’s now put the historic property on the market. Find out more.

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