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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Istria is absolutely perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. You can expect incredible views, great weather, fascinating culture and oodles of romance!
One of our most romantic villas has to be Ville Klarici, a one bedroom cottage with its own private pool which is perched on a bluff near medieval Motovun on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula and which is described as ‘the perfect romantic country hideaway’.
Akrothalassa is the latest addition to our Corfu portfolio and boy are we proud to have it ‘on the books’. The name is literally translated as ‘on the water’s edge’ – probably something to do with its incredibly unique pool design, which literally sits around the property. It has 2 bedrooms and sleeps 4.
Akrothalassa is one of the finest private villas in Corfu
Croatia is becoming increasingly popular with honeymooners and it’s not difficult to understand why once you experience the beautiful scenery, local vibe and friendly culture.
Balora – a stunning villa for 2 in Istria
We’ve got two fantastically romantic villas in Istria that we can’t recommend high enough for a relaxing escape after your big day. Here’s a little more information:
Bolara – This is a very pretty villa in Istria designed for 2. It has just 1 bedroom and one bathroom and is situated in Ponte Porton (Grožnjan). As with all of our properties, Bolara has its own private pool and stunning views of the Mirna river valley, looking into its dense in oak forest.
The villa is in fact nestled in amongst the wooded valley slopes and not far away from the medieval hilltop village of Grožnjan. It is in fact an ancient farmer’s cottage, which contains a wealth of character in the form of open-faced walls, a large in-built stone fireplace, internal arches and solid wood cross beams etc.
Bolara’s stunning poolside views
Approximately 2km away you’ll discover a delightful local restaurant serving Istrian specialities such as gnocchi, fresh asparagus and a range of truffle dishes. Grožnjan (7km) is home to a mini market and two café bars as well as stunning views, delightful architecture and a wealth of galleries and craft shops selling artwork, jewellery and ceramics. Further supermarkets and various seafront restaurants are found between Novigrad and Umag (30 mins) together with beautiful, clear water pebble beaches such as Mareda and Dalja.
We’ve recently asked some of our French holiday villa owners to lay on a little welcome pack for arriving guests and very happy to report that they are coming on board with the idea.
This means that whatever time of day or night you arrive at the villa that you always have the essentials to start enjoying your holiday without the desperate need to go shopping immediately. The initial feedback to date has been fantastic and is now something we are trying to encourage across all properties.
When you visit Kas (KAHSH) it’s easy to see why it draws so many people to its unspoilt shores. Once a quaint fishing village, Kas has grown into a bustling seaside town on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. There’s a certain elegance and charm to this town, similar to that of Essaouira in Morocco… it’s incredibly laid back and has a dramatic setting at the foot of a wall of mountains.
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