A certain cosiness can be missing from some properties in the UAE, especially for those who are used to roaring log fires and shag pile carpets.
The shiny marble floors and at times over-the-top decor found in many multi-million pound villas can make some property buyers yearn for a country cottage set in woodland amid a picture-perfect hillside.
But if you are searching for a slice of Europe (without the bad weather), where you can look out of the window and feel close to nature, then Dubai's Al Barari is likely to be the place for you.
This Jasmine Leaf villa has come on the market at Dh16 million with LuxuryProperty.com, and while the interior is modern and sleek, it has that desirable homely feel.
Sixty per cent of the 1.7 million sq metres overall development is made up of green space, and this particular villa is set within lush landscaping that almost makes you forget you are living in the desert.
It features a two-tiered facade with a sandy tone, and touches such as ornate railings and recessed arches add a more classical element.
The built-up area stretches to1385.92 sq m, so there plenty of room for privacy and also for an extended family or one looking to grow.
The main entrance is formed by tall wooden double doors framed by a square arch and lovely landscaping. Rising along one side of the doors is a staircase that serves as a secondary entrance, providing direct access to the first floor.
Through the main entrance is a columned courtyard with a chandelier hanging from a skylight in the ceiling. A formal dining room is flanked by two large living rooms, while the kitchen combines dark wood and black lacquer cabinetry.
A private screening room and extra lounge can be found in the basement amid richly carpeted floors, while a second basement area contains a home gym. Five of the six bedrooms meanwhile are set on the first floor with the other on the ground floor.
The outdoor area is a key attraction with its green surroundings and swimming pool, plus a covered dining area for when the heat relents.
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