Through the keyhole…who lives in a house like this?

Long before TV shows revealed how to build the house of our dreams, do up a historic wreck, renovate a dilapidated building came the original, Though the Keyhole. Back in those days, Loyd Grossman took us on a mystery tour around a house, while Sir David Frost asked ‘Who lives in a house like this?'.

James Wyatt, partner of Barton Wyatt estate agents, spends much of his time showing high-end homes to a variety of international clients. Through the years he has learned which features appeal to which viewers and so in an effort to become more au fait with our foreign friends (and because we love to snoop at a lovely interior), we asked James to show us some favourite features of his overseas buyers.

'US buyers and renters look for twin basins in the main bathroom, walk-in wardrobes and modern kitchens with spacious fridges', says James. That’s luxury we like, although we're not so sure about the credit card bill after filling up that fridge.

'Scandinavian buyers love a spacious home that's flooded with natural light and open space. A minimalist look with stripped wood flooring is a favourite, as is design flair,' says James. Scandinavia has a wealth of great design and we’re big fans so it’s no surprise that buyers are keen to scout out properties abroad with similar features.

'Our Russian and East European clients are keen on homes with the latest technologies so new build homes are popular,' says James. And while us Brits are known for admiring period properties, a new build full of clever solutions for modern living – including a rather fabulous purpose-built wine cellar like this one, isn’t to be sniffed at. Cheers!

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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor

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