29 Jan

Casa do Ludo – a secluded family villa in Almancil, Portugal

What is striking on arrival to Casa do Ludo are the magnificent pine trees which soar above the roof of the villa. Tropical palm trees and a luxurious well kept-lawn add opulence to the massive 10,000 square metre expanse of enclosed gardens.

The tennis court and 10 x 4 metre swimming pool round things off nicely – Welcome to paradise.

Facing the wonderful Ria Formosa Natural Park, which is a major stop-off point in the bird migration routes between Europe and Africa and one of the seven wonders of Portugal, Casa do Ludo is located in one of the Algarve’s most ‘at one with nature’ spots.

The interior of Casa do Ludo is rustically-themed, brimming with natural materials, in-keeping with their surroundings. With wooden beamed ceiling filled in with polished planking is a sight in itself. From small and quaint tiles in the bathrooms to a myriad of quirky shapes and designs created by the tiles on the living room walls, the tiling that clings to the villa’s floors and much of its walls, is masterfully done. Intricate and well-proportioned brickwork is yet another fine feature found in many of the rooms. In fact in every direction you look in Casa do Ludo there is superb craftsmanship to admire.

The house sleeps six people in three bedrooms. On the ground floor there is a double and a twin room. The principle bedroom is on the first floor with a huge en-suite shower room and access to a terrace which overlooks the swimming pool. All of the bedrooms are big and spacious. Oval windows provide light, air and stunning views, complemented impeccably by stunning wooden beamed ceilings, clever tile work and attractive brickwork.

Many items of furniture in Casa do Ludo are made from solid wood, augmenting the natural style of this beautiful country villa. The cupboard fronts in the kitchen are designed  in a wooden crisscross diamond style making them chicly see-through and impressively unusual. So much thought and care has gone into the fixtures and furnishings of this villa and not once do you feel the weight of clutter. In some ways the house feels almost minimalistic with no unnecessary furniture hanging about without good reason.

This villa and its gardens are ideal for children as well as adults. There is a climbing frame for the kids to have a go on after swimming, playing tennis and exploring the wonderful expansive grounds. Let’s not forget the impressive barbecue area, which is likely to end up being the focal point of life in the villa. Yes it’s safe to say that children and adults alike will have plenty to do in Casa do Ludo.

There are many great places to visit nearby if you can ever drag yourselves away from this fantastic villa. The nearby Rio Formosa Natural Park offers great walking and cycling trails. Michelin-starred restaurants and a number of atmospheric bars and interesting shops can be found just ten minutes drive away at the towns of Almancil and Quinta da Lago. There are great sandy beaches within 15 minutes drive from the house and being in the Algarve, golf addicts don’t have to travel too far to get their golfing fix.

For more information, photos, availability and prices of this sensational Algarve villa click HERE.


 

15 Mar

Vintage Travel’s best Greek villas

Mesmerizing, captivating, awe-inspiring – It has to be Greece.

If you want to start planning this year’s holiday but haven’t even decided on a destination yet, why not let Vintage Travel do your deciding for you? We have many stunning villas on the Greek islands of Skopelos, Crete, Rhodes, Corfu and Peloponnese, all offering something distinct and matchless, in the most stunning of surroundings. The only difficult bit now is choosing which Greek island to head to.

Rhodes

On the Island of Rhodes, we have villas boasting views of the particularly picturesque Vlicha Bay. Lay at the southern end of the Dodecanese chain of islands, Rhodes skirts the Turkish coast, with its southern situation ensuring the island has more than 300 days a year of beautiful sunshine. Known as the ‘Crusader Island’, Rhodes is an historian’s paradise, with the ancient sites of Lindos, Lalyssos and Kamiros just waiting to be explored.

Rhodes unique diversity means it caters for every tourist’s taste – Lazing on a beautiful sandy beach, visiting medieval fortresses, enjoying nightlife that rivals any European destination, or exploring the island’s magnificent countryside, Rhodes has it all.

Kefalonia

The island of Kefalonia offers an intriguing mix of the ancient and the modern. Since Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was set on Kefalonia, it has become one of the most sought-after resorts in Greece, and with good reason. Mountains capped in forests and tortuous mountain roads, provide for some sensational vistas, whilst several interesting attractions such as the caves at Melisani, attract thousands of visitors each year.

If you are wanting to experience a Greek holiday with a difference, then Kefalonia is calling.

Corfu

Since the Victorian times, Corfu has been a popular holiday destination. Its intense plethora of bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the bigger towns, means the island remains particularly popular with young people. Although Corfu does have a lot more to offer than just its buzzing, lively nightlife.

Romantic villages, steeped in history and culture, interesting coves and pretty beaches scatter this island, which provides some breathtaking views, dominated by mountains and some rich and fertile farmland.

Crete

Crete is the largest and most southerly of the Greek islands, and is therefore blessed with a sensational climate. Although the weather is far from Crete’s only sensational feature. With more than 1000 kilometres of coastline, visitors can literally spend their whole holiday seeking out many deserted and beautiful beaches and coves. Crete, with its warm and friendly hospitality and insistence on tradition and folklore, gives tourists a real taste of true Greece.

Peloponnese

One of the less well-known Greek islands, Peloponnese, with its medieval castles, remarkable ancient remains, white sandy beaches and quant and charming villages, hidden amongst some truly breathtaking scenery, is one of the most pure and unblemished places in the whole of Greece.

Skopelos

For those who prefer your beaches more rugged, then Skopelos, with its rough and craggy hillsides, protruding into many rocky and interested coastal outlets, may be the destination for you. This beautiful island is practically all forest, with 80 percent of inland Skopelos being cloaked in sweet-smelling pine trees.

It is because of this eclectic mix of rugged coastline, pine woods, fruit orchids, chapels and monasteries and friendly locals, that has guaranteed the island of Skopelos is featured in our 2011 portfolio of magnificent properties.

 


 

05 Mar

Vintage Travel presents Manoir Atlantique in Soustons

Heavenly Soustons is home to the astounding Manoir Atlantique.

The Marensin region of France is a land of forests and lakes. Amongst the many beautiful lakes, fringed by the sweet smelling and luscious woodlands, lies the town of Soustons, which, with its mighty ‘Etang de Soustons’, provides a hive of water sports and activities.

 

From relaxing on pedal boats, enjoying the lush and fertile scenery, to mastering some serious sailing, Soustons will cater for your every water activity whim.

If you are wondering where to stay to make your visit to Soustons as stunning and memorable as the area itself, then look no further than Manoir Atlantique.

Vintage Travel is especially proud to add this beautiful 19th century Basque style mansion to our properties, which provides an additional ‘uniqueness’ to our portfolio.

Relaxing is one of the most fundamental objectives of being on holiday, and, by providing a fully catered service, those staying at Manoir Atlantique can lie back and enjoy being waited on hand and foot, some exceptional gourmet cooking and complimentary local wines, giving guests more time and energy to take advantages of all the activities Souston offers.

Inside Manoir Atlantique a regal oak staircase, marble fireplaces, stunning wood panelling and original parquet floors, allows guests to quickly surmise that they have arrived at somewhere special. Although their jaws drop even further as they visit the property’s delightful nine en-suite bedrooms.

But the ‘crème-de-la-crème’ of this mansion has to be when clients enter the grand dining room, dominated by a stunning Venetian chandelier. Without having to worry about buying and preparing food, guests will enjoy many delicious evening meals in this grand and impressive dining room.


 

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.


 

23 Jun

Luxury villas in South West France

We’ve just added a fantastic property to our ever growing portfolio of luxury villas in South West France. It’s called Le Prada, sleeps up to 11, has a tennis court, a family sized (fenced) swimming pool and is located just 50 minutes from beaches in Capbreton, Hossegor, Seignosse – all of which are wide, sandy beaches known for their excellent surf.

The property is available between 3rd July to end of October and there is still very good availability for the 2010 summer school holidays.

Le Prada - an impressive villa in South West France that sleeps 11