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The elegant living and dining spaces of this sociable villa link smoothly from one to another: the front entrance opens into a spacious foyer with comfy wicker chairs laid out under the watchful eyes of Che Guevara, and from here doors lead into an L-shaped living room furnished with plush white sofas and a dining table for ten which stretches lengthily between slender timber pillars towards the garden and pool.

In the living room, Mao Zedong’s portrait rises tall above a flat-screen TV whilst ceiling fans gently whirr overhead. Also on the walls are mounted photographs of John Lennon gazing peacefully towards a glass-fronted cabinet stocked with Communist books, Russian fur hats, medals and photographic accounts of the Vietnam War. DVDs stock another cabinet topped by a sound system attached to a CD/DVD player. Secreted to one end of the living room is a nook furnished with matching white squashy sofas and book-topped coffee table, designed for quietly stealing away. Leading off from the living room is a spacious fully equipped kitchen. Worktops are finished in smart black terrazzo, and its monochrome décor harks evocatively back to the 1940s.

The five bedrooms all open onto the garden terrace and swimming pool. Of these, four are located in pairs either side of the dining area. These rooms are almost identical, and come with double beds (two queen size and two standard), side tables, built-in cupboards and ensuite bathrooms with showers. All that sets them apart is their thematic artwork, which includes Vietnamese propaganda posters, framed photos of Soviet freedom fighters and American boxers.

The very spacious master suite faces the river, with tall glass panels to the front making the most of the aquatic views. A four-poster bed, wardrobe, dressing table, chest with a flat-screen TV and DVD player top the warm timber floors along with a black leather sofa for lounging. Photographs of the owner at prestigious sporting events, adorn the walls. Attached is a big ensuite bathroom with twin sinks and a shower.

Within the garden is a small pavilion with bench seating for hiding away and gazing over the pool. Beyond, a long wooden deck topped with tables and chairs is perfectly sited for watching activity on the river and the sun setting westwards at dusk.

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