27 Jun
Casa Rustica

Are you looking for a romantic and tranquil escape in Andalucía, surrounded by the most idyllic and inspiring of landscapes? If so, then let us take you near to the picturesque whitewashed inland village of Algodonales and through the doors of Casa Rustica.

Casa Rustica is a quirky, comfortable and delightfully rustic – hence its name – 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom country home that’s nestled on a hillside and boasts panoramic views of mountains, olive-covered hills and a lake.

This pretty stone cottage boasts an array of eye-catching natural features, included exposed stone walls, both internally and externally, traditional tiles underfoot, a fireplace and wooden beams overhead.

Picture windows not only let swathes of sunshine filter into the cottage but ensure the incredible vista that surrounds Casa Rustica at every angle can be enjoyed to the maximum.

The cobalt waters shimmering under the sunlight of the Embalse de Zahara can be seen in the distance, backed by the unmistakable peaks of the Sierra de Grazalema. Rolling towards the lake and mountains is a sea of undulating hillsides carpeted in olive trees.

This enthralling scene can also be soaked up from Casa Rustica’s private pool and open and covered terraces flanked by the cottage’s extensive grounds littered in olive trees.

Guests can truly switch off and relax at this idyllic rural retreat and leisurely explore the many delights on their doorstep in this unique and mesmerising part of Andalucía.

The pretty ‘pueblo blanco’ – whitewashed village – of Algodonales can be reached down a country lane, just 2km from Casa Rustica. The lakeside village of Zahara de la Sierra is 7km from the cottage. This quaint little town has all the hallmarks of a fairy-tale Spanish village burrowed on a hillside overlooking the turquoise lake with a crumbling castle perched at its pinnacle.

The larger whitewashed town of Ronda is a 35-minute drive from Casa Rustica, famed for its plunging gorge, Moorish architecture and legendary 18th century bullring.

To check availability, drool over the photos and book to stay at the incredible romantic Casa Rustica, head to the property’s webpage here.


 


 

20 May

Villa Valldemossa – Luxury 4 bed villa in Mallorca, a romantic retreat strategically positioned close to the home of a great composer.

For pianists, classical music enthusiasts and even folk dance fanatics yearning for some musical inspiration in the most inspiring of locations, a stay at Villa Valldemossa on the island of Mallorca may be just the ticket?

With Mallorca not boasting the most obvious classical music history, you may be asking yourself what connection does this beautiful Balearic island have with this particularly assuaging genre of music.

The Carthusian monastery of La Cartuja, home to the Polish pianist and composer Frederick Choplin during the winter of 1938 – 39, of course!

Nestled close to the historically iconic and scenic town of Valldemossa on Mallorca’s north coast, is the quaint and picturesque Carthusian Monastery La Cartuja. In respectful celebration and remembrance of the great composer, the monastery hosts daily piano recitals of Chopin’s work as well as fortnightly folk-dancing performances.

With views towards this culturally and musically significant monastery, the outstanding Villa Valldemossa would be a delectable choice of accommodation for anyone who holds Frederick Choplin in awe.

Although being decorated and furnished to an extremely high spec, comprising of an exquisite sun terrace, swimming pool and covered balconies, all of which provide sensational views of the luscious landscapes surrounding the property, Villa Valldemossa is by no means exclusively crafted for classical music-lovers and passionate pianists.

On the contrary, Villa Valldemossa is an attractive retreat for anyone seeking sun, tranquillity and a touch of class.

Being one of the “great masters of romantic music” it seems uncannily appropriate that such as romantic rural retreat is located ‘a stone’s throw’ from a monastery where one of the finest composers the world has ever seen temporarily lived.

A week’s rental at this Luxury 4 bed villa in Mallorca, Villa Valldemossa, which sleeps eight, costs £595 in April and rises to £2395 in peak season.


 

09 Feb

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.


 

03 Dec
Check out our latest villas in Kefalonia

Looking for a villa holiday in Kefalonia? Look no further, these are the hottest properties on the island.

With an air of sweet smelling citrus fruits circling jagged and rocky peaks and floating across long, sandy beaches, it is hardly surprising that the Greek island of Kefalonia remains a popular holiday destination. Intent on finding you the highest-quality of properties off the beaten track, we’ve introduced a new portfolio of properties for Kefalonia 2011.


 

13 Oct

Being the easternmost point of Spain and just 125 kilometres off the coast of Africa it is not difficult to comprehend that the island of Lanzarote luxuriates all year sunshine, minimal rain and mild temperatures. With its dramatic volcanic scenery, white sandy beaches unblemished by manmade edifices but given spirit by the unpredictable Atlantic Ocean crashing across the shores, Lanzarote yields many diversely mesmerizing charms that attracts visitors of all ages.

Finca Romera, La Gerla

Vintage Travel, with its uncanny knack in seeking out the most exclusive accommodation in the most heavenly of locations, really have excelled in its meticulously selected Lanzarote collection, new for 2011. As ever, attention to detail is paramount, although on the island of Lanzarote attention to detail is a dominant feature in all walks of life. Lie back, visualize and imagine what soon could be a reality…

Finca Romera, La Gerla

Spawning spectacular views across Lanzarote’s uniquely varied landscapes, Finca Romera lies deep in the heat of the wine growing region in the verdurous valley of La Gerla. Wine dominates the scene here with many beautiful bodegas lining the road running through the valley, proudly displaying the finest local produce.

In keeping with the local style, the dazzling whitewashed Finca Romera contrasts stunningly with the azure and cloudless sky above and the deep emerald valleys framed by the magnificent distant mountains of the Timanfaya National Park. A large patio area with terraces and a crystal clear pool with Roman steps, alluringly beckons for a bottle of the local ‘vino’ to be opened and savoured whilst taking in the sublime views. This spacious and traditional property sleeps up to six, having three bedrooms and two bathrooms.


 

21 Sep

The early morning mist distributed haphazardly amidst the sun’s rays and heavy morning dew, as autumn slowly ascends on Provence, is not the only reason why this area of France is particularly worthy of a visit during this time of year. ‘Le festival des Soupes’ – the Soup Festival – takes place each year in the month of October, and being one of the most colourful, entertaining and mouth-wateringly delicious of the many fun and wacky festivals held in Provence, the Soup Festival is defiantly one not to miss.

There’s no better way to welcome Autumn than attending ‘Le festival des Soupes’

Like pop star wannabies battling it out on X Factor, aspiring cooks from Vaison la Romaine and 13 surrounding villages compete over three weeks to produce the best tasting soup. Visitors can sample over 200 different types of soups, with the final showdown being on the last night when the winner of the Grand Final is chosen.


 

24 Jul

Known as one of the the wine capitals of the world, wherever you stay in Provence you’re never too far away from good food, wine and interesting culture. There’s a huge amount to do and see in Provence including lots of charming chateaux to see, untold wine tours to join and some of the prettiest villages in France.

Caromb Village

When it comes to ‘where to stay in Provence’ – if you are looking for a quaint village full of charm and character then you are simply going to love Caromb, an ancient fortified village built on a low hill on the plains south of the Ventoux mountains. It’s got narrow streets with many vaulted passageways that tunnel beneath the buildings – they are fascinating to explore.