Luxury letting for all the family
Sat 28 February 2009
It pays to let by sharing a property with extended family or close friends, which can halve the costs and halve the work. Self-catering holiday homes provide the flexibility and freedom that make the surroundings feel like a home from home. With the purse strings tightening day by day, the thought of a luxury family summer holiday can feel out of reach, but luxury holidays need not have a luxury price tag.
Affordable Luxury in the Summer Sun...
Halcones Villa, Monte Halcones, Puerto Banus, Costa del Sol/Malaga
A beautifully designed villa set in the exclusive enclave of Monte Halcones, this is ideal for families looking for style and privacy. Ideal for families, the six bedroom property is gated and is just a ten minute walk from local amenities. A large garden, outside play house and a private pool with slide will entertain the children and a large American style kitchen allows you to self cater in style. When the sun goes down, settle down in the entertainment room with Bose surround system or enjoy the warm summer evenings in the garden with a glass of wine in hand. The villa is a ten minute drive from the beach and is close to the village of Benahavis with its many fantastic restaurants. Old Marbella is a short drive away, where you can lose yourself in the narrow streets packed with white Moorish buildings. There are many children's activities locally, including Fuengirola Zoo, the Tivoli World theme park, various water parks and all types of sports.
Sleeps up to 12 from £2755 per week (from £230 per person per week)
Il Gelsomino, Sant'Ilario di Brancoli, Tuscany, Italy
Within easy reach of Lucca, Pisa and Florence, the property offers six large double bedrooms and a private, heated pool. Spread over three floors, guests will benefit from a spacious and bright living space, with a well equipped kitchen, six bathrooms, large dining room, and separate sitting and television rooms. Outside, the villa has a large garden, overlooking a sunny and quiet valley full of olive trees, vineyards and woods. Locally you can enjoy traditional Tuscan food, explore mediaeval villages or head off to the larger cities. For a spot of pampering, spa treatments are available locally.
Sleeps up to 14 from £926 per week (from £67 per person per week)
La Domaine de la Crouzille, Hautefort, Dordogne, France
A magnificent house set in five hectares of private grounds, complete with swimming pool, trampoline and football nets. Inside the house there is large media room, table tennis and table football - guaranteed to keep younger visitors happy. The master bedroom spans the width of the house, has his and hers adjoining bathrooms, and enjoys uninterrupted views over rolling countryside. A further five large bedrooms complete the sleeping accommodation. With two salons, eat in kitchen and a more formal dining area there's no danger of running out of room inside! Outside there's a spacious terrace with table and lounge seating. Bicycles are also provided if you want to get out and about. Locally, you can have a go at canoeing and horse riding or take advantage of some fantastic walking opportunities. There are several weekly markets nearby as well as the city of Perigueux with its cobbled streets and squares.
Sleeps up to 12 from £1029 per week (from £86 per person per week)
Villa Jasmine, Nea Kydonia, Crete, Greece
A spacious six bedroom villa just 500 metres from the beautiful, sandy beach of Kalamaki. With a modern style, the villa is light and airy and has a loft style feel to it. Set in 2,500 square metres of land, with large pool and separate children's pool, lawn, barbecue area and terrace, there's plenty to keep you occupied if you fancy a break from the beach. Inside there is an oversized lounge and dining area with floor to ceiling windows. While marble floors and huge white columns support an open atrium, offering up views to the clear blue sky. With three double and three twin bedrooms and five bathrooms, there's plenty of living space. Naturally, there are beach opportunities galore, but there's plenty to occupy you elsewhere. For a day away from the beach, head out to the city of Chania, just 5kms away. Or explore Crete's historic towns and monuments, mountains, green valleys and mighty gorges.
Sleeps up to 16 from £7504 per week (from £469 per person per week)
Taman Burung Lovina, Lovina, Bali
This extraordinary property borders on a national park with a view of mountains to the back and a stunning sea view to the front. The tropical garden is full of bananas and mango and numerous flowers. Five members of staff are on hand to tend to your needs and the villa cook will delight you with Balineases specialities. Taman Burung Lovina is on the far North Coast of Bali far away from the big tourist areas. There are several bars and restaurants and at six in the evening locals gather on the beach to watch the fantastic sunsets and enjoy a cold beer. Local activities include snorkelling at the reef of Dolphine, diving courses, safari or a visit to the local butterfly park or monkey forest. The average temperature is about 29 degrees all year round and the water temperature is about 27 degrees – a summer sun lover’s dream.
Sleeps up to 14 from £725 per week (from £56 per person per week)
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