14 Nov
Brsecine Dubrovnik

Brsecine’s Dia: A spectacular south Croatian gem!

A truly spectacular villa has been added to our new Dubrovnik programme – the stunning Dia. This six bedroom, seven bathroom villa can sleep up to 11 guests in absolute comfort and luxury.

Dia is located in Brsecine, a small settlement in south Croatia situated approximately 20 kilometres to the north-west of Dubrovnik between Trsteno and Slano. This tiny hamlet has just 80 inhabitants, most of whom are involved in fishing and agriculture.

Its elevated position ensures Dia boasts breath-taking panoramic views which spread across the Adriatic and the facing Elaphite Islands, protected from the wind by dramatic limestone cliffs.

Dia consists of two separate buildings, one of which is built slightly higher than the other. Both buildings are beautifully appointed with traditional materials and features, including parquet flooring, chunky wooden beams, a pastel palette and cool stone, giving the property an authentic Mediterranean feel.

Lured by the turquoise waves of the Adriatic set against an emerald backdrop of tree-clad hills, visitors are naturally drawn into Dia’s exterior. A tiered garden with clusters of fertile lawn invite guests to spread out their towel and take in the majestic views. When the south Croatian sun becomes too intense, guests can seek shade in the covered terraces or take a dip in the property’s private pool.

With views this inspiring, wining and dining al fresco at Dia is highly recommended, a holiday pleasure that can be accomplished with ease on the shaded terrace with a built-in barbecue.


 

12 Nov

Introducing Sant Miguel: New to our Catalunya programme

Fancy staying in a beautiful villa that’s just a short walk to the beach and the atmospheric bars and quality restaurants of the quaint and charming Catalan fishing village of Tamariu?

The good news is that at Sant Miguel you can.

Recently added to Vintage Travel’s books, the three bedroom, two bathroom villa of San Miguel is the perfect accommodation to relax, wind-down and soak up the compelling culture of this twisting, turning and exhilarating stretch of the Costa Brava.


 

06 Feb

Algarve family holiday home Villa Vitor

If you have the pleasure of staying at Villa Vitor, all you’ll really need in this Algarve family holiday home are your flip-flops and your bathing suit. The villa’s pool is an absolute delight – dominant and sparkling and with a kiddie’s pool attached, is perfect for families with young children.

And it’s not just the pool which creates an aura of grandiosity in this spectacular villa. The whole of the house and grounds are impressive, with its balustrades and balcony casting incessantly moving shadows down the poolside wall of the house. In fact balustrades adorn this villa producing a quintessentially Algarve look.

Positioned on the fringes of the popular coastal town of Carvoeiro, Villa Vitor’s quiet residential location yet being close to the vibrant action the Algarve coast, means this colourful villa is perfectly positioned for those seeking sunny and vibrant beach holiday.

The villa sleeps six in the comfort of three bedrooms. The principle double bedroom is located on the ground floor and is not only en-suite but comprises of a corner spa, providing guests with some luxury pampering. In fact all three bedrooms are en-suite and have air-conditioning, which is required for much of the year in this sun-drenched European hot spot. Bedrooms two and three have access to a shared balcony terrace where a marvellous view of the sea will hypnotise you. There is nothing quite like being transfixed onto a distant horizon as a glass of chilled rose wine wets your lips.

The luxury decor of Vitor’s bedrooms is woven throughout the whole of the house. Plump and sumptuous cushions complement the fancy draped curtains which frame the villa’s windows. Fabrics of purples and cerise and olives and tangerines stand out in this opulent interior, which is welcomingly homely and comforting. Every room has its very own colour scheme. Penny pinching was not top of the list when this house was fitted out and one spectacular and unusual feature inside the house is a charcoal (or olive wood) fired barbeque. This fantastic fire is a great feature to add to any kitchen and it is more usual to find such features in bars and restaurants rather than private houses.

As well as a comprehensive indoor kitchen you will find another outside at the  exterior barbecue area, which has everything including the kitchen sink. No need to keep on running back and forth to the kitchen for that chilled bottle of white wine. The owners obviously hold dining outside with great esteem and rightly so as that’s what makes the long summer evenings so special.

For nights eating out, you don’t have to wander too far from Villa Vitor before you come across a decent bar or restaurant. The lively town of Carvoeiro is only 2 km away and has a great beach, as well as a fine choice of restaurants and shops. Other splendid beaches can be reached in 10 minutes by car. Incidentally, your car will be kept cool during the day under a covered car port at the villa.

For more information, photos, accessibility and pricing to stay at this delightful Algarvan villa click HERE.


 

03 Mar

Tzaneria Tree – one of “50 sensational villas” in Europe according to The Sunday Times

Tzaneria Tree, Skopelos – Where Vintage Travel and the Sunday Times have something in common! When the Sunday Times considers a villa to be worthy of appearing on its “50 sensational villas” in Europe list, you know that the villa in question has to be a little bit special, even if you don’t particularly like the paper!

Number 37 on the 50 finest properties for couples, kids or mates, which was published in January this year, is Vintage Travel’s very own Tzanerla Tree, on the island of Skopelos.

“The style is simple, the view majestic. Found on a narrow country road, Tzaneria Tree is a secluded property that looks across the island’s steep hills and olive groves to the sea.”

If this description of Villa Tzaneria Tree whets your roving appetite, then let us whet it some more because this villa and the area it abounds really is an experience just waiting to be uncovered.

This one bedroom, one bathroom villa can sleep two people and if any property deserves to be called a ‘romantic retreat’, then it’s Tzaneria Tree.

Similar to many of Vintage Travel’s villas, Tzaneria Tree is surrounded by the most sensational of scenery. Orchids, forests, hills and opaque vegetation jumble and wind to the transparent ocean that beckons onlookers to reach its secluded shores and bathe in water so clear that it looks as it may possess therapeutic qualities.

With views this enchanting and weather you can generally rely on as being nothing but great, there is a justifiable emphasis on outdoor living at Tzaneria Tree, with even the villa’s name baring resemblance to nature, meaning ‘greengage tree’ in Greek!

Pleasantly in-keeping hallowed steps lead down to a much-needed shaded barbecue patio to the front of the property, which provides a refreshing shadow to wine, dine and relax out of the blazing sun. Of course, for additional refreshment a dip in the villa’s private pool is equally as inviting.

Internally the focus on presenting nature at its most stunning to guests continues with a huge picture window offering inspirational views dominating the living area.

As the Sunday Times described, the style of Tzaneria Tree is simple, and no other style other than rustic would be appropriate for such a ‘compliant with its natural surroundings’ villa. Wood is the overriding material, with wooden doors opening onto a raised patio, a wooden platform with mattresses and cushions inviting guests to sit down and take in the sheer beauty of this villa and its surroundings.

One could not be blamed if they barely left Tzaneria Tree and its grounds throughout the duration of their holiday. Although with a cluster of idyllic towns and beaches, such as Aghios Konstantinos and Kastroa just a couple of kilometres away, offering tavernas, mini markets and perfect sandy spots, venturing out into Tzaneria Tree’s vicinity is certainly recommended.

 


 

31 Jan

Two more Vintage Travel holiday villas in Provence and the Cote d’Azur

Vintage Travel is proud to announce the Cote d’Azur’s Mas des Oliviers and Passiflore to our books.


Vintage Travel’s portfolio of holiday villas in Provence and the Cote d’Azur is intensifying in quantity, quality and grandeur, with the arrival of yet two more stunning villas.

The latest of our holiday villas in Provence is the villa Mas des Oliviers nestled within the pastel hillside village of Speracedes, 7 km from Grasse and 25 km from Cannes, blossoms under a superb Mediterranean environment, surrounded by cypresses and olive trees, hence the property’s well-chosen name ‘Mas des Oliviers’.

This stunning villa has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and can sleep up to six people. Its isolated spot equidistant between the ocean and the mountains means Mas des Oliviers sports to-die-for panoramic views.

Beautifully restored to maintain an exterior typical of the Provencal style, this breath-taking house combines traditional décor with a contemporary, bright and airy style, and the results are simply divine. This eclectic mix of the modern and traditional means that there is cosiness and warmth attached to Mas des Oliviers that is not present in many modern villas.

Outside the villa is equally as absorbing, with a spacious terrace that extends the whole length of the house and a tiered garden providing guests with an outdoor rapture of magnificent views, a dip in the beautiful private pool, taking a walk through the cascading gardens, amidst a Mediterranean landscape at its most privileged.

For prices, availability and photographs of Mas des Oliviers, our newest addition to our holiday villas in Provence, click on the link.

Equally as extraordinary is Passiflore, situated close to the medieval fortified village of St. Cezaire, which sits proudly on a mountain ledge, overlooking the Siagne River and a densely forested valley.

This magnificent villa has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and can accommodate up to six guests. Possessing a subtle Oriental theme, Passiflore oozes exoticness, spaciousness and style. Its blend of pastel shades and natural tones creates a sense of friendliness, an affability that continues into the property’s extensive exterior.

Children and adults alike just love to explore these extensive grounds, which comprise of an inviting pool infringed with indigenous palm trees and exotic shrubs. Whilst a nearby summer kitchen means that guests never have to travel far for an ice-cold drink to refresh themselves!

 


 

29 Jan

What people are saying about a Costa de la Luz holiday

The Costa de la Luz is one of Spain’s best-kept secrets. Here you will find some of the best and most unspoiled beaches in Europe: tiny hidden coves and long, pine-fringed stretches of soft white sand, bathed by the sparkling azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

With a Costa de la Luz holiday, you can explore the intricate streets of mediaeval villages, enjoy freshly-caught fish in seaside restaurants, marvel at the wildlife in the protected natural parks, visit the beautiful and historic cities of Cádiz, Jerez and Seville, which are all within easy reach. And, of course, relax in your holiday villa with its own private pool.

Those in the know return to this Coast of Light year after year, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Our clients’ comments explain why you’ll fall in love with a Costa de la Luz holiday in this delightful area of Andalucía.

“Tim loved the day trip to Tangiers; Kerrie loved the flamingos on the boat trip to the Doñana nature reserve; Flo loved having a beach 5 minutes away; Uncle Richard loved the fish and wine; Stephy loved going on a horse and cart in Jerez; George loved going on the train at the Tio Pepe bodega in Jerez. And we all loved swimming in the pool every day!”

The Grant Family (and Uncle Richard) stayed in Casa Almendro, El Colorado, Conil (pictured).

“We had a magical time and I can’t begin to describe how perfect everything was. The swimming pool and surroundings were stunning and protected by the most amazing climbing plants and fruit trees. At night we could hear owls hooting. I actually cried when I had to leave.”

Ms. S. Roberts stayed in Casa de la Fuente, Vejer de la Frontera

“We had a wonderful week. Fuente del Gallo is a great location – a single, palm tree lined road that leads to a quiet beach. The garden is a great size, the boys kicking a ball around – and safe.1 minute from the house is a neighbourhood restaurant that has good food. Cadiz is only a 30 minute drive away, the Torre Tavira and its Camera Obscura was loved by the boys.

The Woodard family stayed in El Chozo, Conil de la Frontera

“Great house and great pool! Fab barbecue and amazing chameleons on the poolside fence. We loved El Palmar and Caños de Meca beaches. Don’t really want to go home…..”

The Jacobs and Woods families stayed at Finca Cigüeña, Hozalejos, Chiclana

“The cove at Roche was our favourite with rocks for shade and great swimming. Bolonia was a great day out, the beach and Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia were impressive and lunch at the bar on the beach was friendly and tasty.”

The Sharman family stayed at Casa Olivo, El Colorado, Conil de la Frontera

“A beautiful place to stay in quality accommodation. We loved the house, the grounds and the luxury of a decent-sized pool. Thank you for your generosity, Jean Pierre.”

Lyn and Jo stayed at La Olivilla, Vejer de la Frontera.

“Our highlights were Gibraltar – take the cable car to the top of the Rock for amazing views (including the mountains of Morocco) and of course the apes – Vejer, which is a lovely town (we thoroughly recommend the Jardín de Califa restaurant) and Jerez, where we visited the Tio Pepe sherry bodega which was very interesting.”

Fiona, Julian, Katherine and Lexie stayed at Casa Abeto, El Colorado, Conil de la Frontera

“We had a lovely stay and managed to relax as well as see some of the lovely places nearby: Cádiz, Jerez, El Puerto de Santa María. We also had a lovely drive along the coast to Cape Trafalgar and on to Vejer. Everyone has been very friendly and helpful. We hope to be back soon, perhaps for a wedding anniversary as we got engaged at Casa Manue on this trip!”

Charlie and Andy stayed at Casa Manue, El Colorado, Conil de la Frontera.

 


 

04 Apr

Lou Calvel, a very special French villa

France’s ‘Lot’ has a lot to offer including the stunning Lou Calvel

Having been described as a “haven of tranquillity”, one would expect something spectacular of ‘Lou Calvel’. And one would not be disappointed, as this two bedroom, three bathroom villa, situated amongst private woodland in the exceptionally pretty Lot region of south west France, really does take the concept of idyllic isolation to new heights.

Renovated to an exceptionally high standard, this beautiful country house is flanked by woodland from every direction, ensuring its large pool, flawless lawns and covered terrace, are well and truly ‘private’. On the inside, Lou Calvel is equally as stunning. With its heavy wooden doors, reclaimed stone basin sink set into the wall of the living area, beamed wooden ceilings and open tread staircase, Lou Calvel is a magnificent, grand and inspirational country house.

This stunning villa is located five kilometres from the village of Cazals and 30km from the large town of Cahors. Apart from exploring the beautiful countryside, bounteous of bluebells, posies and orchids, by either on foot or on bike, the area is full of places to explore which caters for all the family.

‘Le Musee Art du Chocolate’ in Lisle sur Tarn is a particularly popular place to visit, especially with children. This small museum displays the unique sculptures of Michael Thomaso-Defos, whose passion for chocolate resulted in some inspirational works of art, which have been said to be “the answer to the chocolate lover’s wildest dreams”.

Chateau Cenevieres is another ‘must see’ site of the Lot region of south west France. This magnificent chateau is one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles of Quercy, and, with its records dating back to as early a 767, the castle clings on to a wonderfully rich and colourful past.

Chateau Cenevieres is located six kilometres from Saint-Cirq Lapopie and offers a fantastic family day out, particularly in the summer months when art exhibitions and medieval days with re-enacted battles and musical performances are regularly held in the castle.

Alternatively you could just potter around Lou Calvel for the whole duration of your holiday. Either way a trip to the region of Lot and Lou Calvel promises to be a fascinating holiday.

Availability in Lou Calvel begins at the end of June, when a week’s rental costs £795, rising to £1695 in peak season.


 

09 Feb

3 of the best travel guides 2011

Vintage Travel’s ‘Discover’ brochures 2011

To provide you with an even greater understanding of the location you have chosen to take your holiday, the accommodation you will be staying in and the many treasures you are likely to uncover, Vintage Travel has composed three glossy, glamorous and ‘brimming with information’ brochures, new to 2011.

 

Aptly titled ‘Discover’, the brochures have been designed to deepen our clients’ comprehension of the journey they will soon be embarking on. Or to help indecisive travellers make their final destination choice, Vintage Travel’s “Discover”, will act as a definitive decision-maker.

 

The three brochures cover the vast and diverse European locations our extensive profile of villas are located in – One being dedicated to Spain, Lanzarote, Balearics and Portugal, another to France, Italy, Gozo and Croatia, and the third covering Greece and Turkey.


 

06 Dec

Possibly the best Algarve luxury villas

Looking for a luxury villa in the Algarve to hire next summer? Check out some of our latest villas right here.

There's lots to explore around the Algarve

Portugal has a lot to offer – culture, romance, stunning scenery, history, adventure and of course an enviable climate of year-round sun. Traversing with rich, hilly valleys and bound by golden sun-kissed sandy beaches, the Algarve, the most southernmost region of mainland Portugal, is a particularly fascinating place to visit. Vintage Travel, with its uncanny knack at locating the most splendid of villas in the most striking of surroundings, has added six new properties to its Algarve portfolio for 2011.