Cathy Hawker

Travelling is in my blood. My parents worked abroad and I grew up moving between New York, Central Africa and Indonesia. For the past fifteen years I have written about overseas holiday homes, getting to know firm favourites - Southern Spain for example – but also checking out more "off-radar" locations that might appeal to a new generation of buyers.

As well as regular reports for A Place in the Sun I write weekly in The London Evening Standard and contribute to several papers and magazines including Country Life International, International Prime Property, the Financial Times and The Times.

That means that most weeks I throw a notebook into my trusty backpack to spy out not only properties abroad but also the lifestyle on offer. The lure of a second home in the sun or in the snow-covered mountains is one that’s easy to understand.

My own top picks would include the Costa Brava for the beautiful coastline, the Caribbean for the laid-back beach life and almost anywhere in Italy for the outstanding food and culture. But then there is also the Alps, the Algarve, the Balearics, Barcelona, Croatia, Florida…

The Timeless Appeal of Tuscany

The central Italian region of Tuscany has a lifestyle reputation every bit as golden as its remarkable culture and history. That enduring lifestyle appeal has enticed British homebuyers for several generations. 

21 April 2017

Shining a Light on Property in Lisbon

Portugal is no stranger to second home buyers looking for holiday homes but most head south to the Algarve but for cultural delights mixed in with standout value, Lisbon might just be Europe’s most underrated city.

7 March 2017

Fifty Years of Barbados

We explore Barbados, Britain's best loved Caribbean property hotspot to find some winter sun.

22 November 2016

A Fresh Look at the Caribbean

There is so much more to the Caribbean than just Barbados. We pick a few tempting alternatives for year-round sun, with homes from only £140,000.

21 June 2016

Renovating our Umbrian Retreat | Case Study

3 May 2016

What's in a European Border?

18 February 2016

Buying a Holiday Home in Puglia | Case Study

18 November 2015