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.
We’ve been working hard to discover (and add to our growing portfolio) the best private luxury villas in Menorca so as to take the stress out of the search process for you.
If you haven’t yet been to Menorca then take it from us that you are missing one of the Mediterranean’s finest holiday locations. You’ll discover sandy coves, bright blue seas, traditional cultures and a fantastic gastronomic experience (especially if you enjoy seafood).
All of our villas in Menorca are in areas of cultural interest and beauty… and they all have their own private pools making them perfect for a family getaway.
This spacious property is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac and is very close to a tranquil sandy beach and the island’s only golf course. You can enjoy woodland walks and you’re also close to all the amenities you could want.
For gorgeous villas in the Med which cost less than £200 per person, per week,check out our luxury villas and houses with private pools in areas of local tradition and culture.
Here’s a small selecton of properties under £200 per person, per week.
Ta’Marie is a lovely four bedroom, four bathroom Gozitan town house sleeping six situated in the hilltop village of Zebbug in the north of the island.
A week’s rental from 5 June costs £1150, whilst for the weeks commencing 12 and 19 June it is £1195. In September, a week’s rental is £1195 from the 11th and £1150 from the 18th.
In addition to the private freeform pool, the house has a raised covered terrace with Jacuzzi, spacious roof terrace offering fantastic views and typical Gozitan courtyard-style pool area with in-built barbecue, sun terraces and shower. Internal features include open stone walls, wooden beams, colourful patterned floor tiles and stained glass windows.
You may have recently seen the Jamie (Oliver) In Andalucia program, which showcased some of the key destinations in Andalucia… not forgetting the delicious local delicacies.
Head to Spain this May half-term, where a selection of properties with private pool are available on the Costa de la Luz – which combines all the characteristics of traditional Andalucia with unspoilt sandy beaches.
Casa Olivo, for example, is a two bedroom cottage sleeping four which has its own private pool, enclosed garden of lawn and flowerbeds and in-built barbecue. A week’s rental commencing 29 May is £595.
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