When you want a holiday to be a truly special one, hiring a private villa is a magnificent way to treat yourself and your loved ones. There are a whole host of options out there, with plenty of online companies on hand to help you find the perfect place to say. We’ve checked out what is on offer and picked out 10 of the best villas that are available to hire across Europe…
A superb way to do Corsica, courtesy of The Thinking Traveller. This modern villa, which is spread across one floor and a mezzanine level, is a light and open space to relax in. It sleeps eight and features a decked terrace, pool and walled gardens. The villa is only 8km north of the cliff-top town of Bonifacio, one of Corsica most picturesque locations. The Thinking Traveller’s 24/7 local support team will also be on hand to offer any assistance or advice you require. Other luxurious villa options in Corsica from The Thinking Traveller include Alivi, I Bruzzi and A Rena.
Available via One Fine Stay, this stunning villa perched on top of a hill in the Chianti region is perfectly suited to those who want an idyllic Tuscan escape, but also might fancy paying a visit to Florence and all of its artistic treasures(the city is just a only 15 minute drive away). The villas boasts eight bedrooms, several outdoor areas for dining al fresco (plus a barbecue), a private park, swimming pool and tennis court.
Situated between Marbella and Puerto Banús, there are three chic private villas available to rent with the Puente Romano resort. Inspired by traditional Andalusian villages and designed by British interior designer Andrew Martin, this trio of villas range in size (from three to five bedrooms), and all come with their own swimming pools and jaw-dropping ocean views. The villas are private and secluded, but people renting them can enjoy the full range of amenities, activities and restaurants available in Puente Romano. Sport-lovers can make the most of a hi-tech gym, bootcamps, tennis courts and access to Marbella Club Golf Resort.
A grand escape to the French countryside is a perfect option for wine-lovers. This villa, hosted by The Wow House Company, is 10 minutes from Saint-Emilion and all of its renowned wineries. This property is full of old fashioned charm with stone walls, exposed beams and a snug library. It has five bedrooms, beautiful grounds and a fully equipped modern kitchen. There is also a secluded salt water infinity pool with views of neighbouring vineyards.
Sainte Maxime, France
A family-friendly holiday home in the French Riviera that features five large en suite bedrooms, a games room (including a traditional billiards table), plus an infinity pool and landscaped gardens for the kids to run wild in. The villa is close to Ste Maxime and 20km away from St Tropez, with all of its clubs, restaurants and people watching opportunities.
Ionian Islands, Greece
Another Thinking Traveller property, this time in Greece’s magical Ionian Islands. Iremia, on the island of Anitpaxos, sleeps four and is a simple villa with stunning views of the sea and local vineyards. It comes with the use of a 4×4 car and is a short walk from the nearest beach.
With direct access to a sandy beach, a stay at this luxury five-bedroom villa will be a magnificent way to experience the Algarve. It’s got everything you need for an unforgettable holiday – a large infinity pool and jacuzzi, games room, private chef service and beautiful interiors. The villa is also within walking distance of two beach restaurants and Michelin-starred Villa Joya is only 1km away.
This Amalfi Coast villa is all about the views, particularly from the swimming pool and hammock that can be found hanging in the property’s pretty garden. Casa Mari is situated amid the cliffs of Marciano village and looks out towards the island of Capri. It sleeps up to six (two double bedrooms and a compact twin) – ideal for a family looking for a classic Italian escape.
Villa Domus Eleon
A countryside villa situated in Crete’s spectacular north coast. This bright modern property, which sleeps up to eight people, boasts spacious sun terraces, a gorgeous swimming pool and is surrounded by wildflower gardens and olive groves. The beach is a short drive away, as is the historic town of Rethymno, where you can seek out restaurants, bars and the ancient fortress.
And for those who want somewhere private to stay and aren’t interested in a sun-drenched pool and beach holiday, Loggers Lodge is the place to go. For two people only, it is described as ‘an eco-luxury wilderness lodge’, with 5km of unspoiled nature surrounding it. It is a good place to watch the Northern Lights from and its wood-fired sauna and outdoor hot tub offer plenty of opportunities for kicking back. A private chef, using ingredients traditional to Swedish Lapland, will create gourmet meals for guests to enjoy.