We review five villas to rent and fall in love with this Summer.
Villa Giuseppina, Lake Como, Italy
This luxury mansion is situated on the western shores of Lake Como, set in its own private landscaped grounds with stunning views across the water to the ancient town of Bellagio. The mansion, which sleeps 14, has a private spa, gym, large heated infinity pool, wine cellar, lakeside terrace with a private boat dock and helipad. It comes fully staffed with a chauffeur, daily housekeeping and a concierge service. Staff have been trained to hotel and restaurant standards by Silvano Giraldin, Maitre d’ for the Roux Brothers at the Gavroche for many years.
Alladale Wilderness Reserve, Scotland
A vast and remote estate set amid unparalleled natural beauty in the Highlands of Scotland. This visionary eco-tourism development focuses on restoring the balance of nature and provides a new approach to wildlife experiences. Guests can explore the reserve’s five glens, three rivers and 10 lochs. The reserve is home to golden eagles, red deer, pine martens, badgers, salmon and other wildlife. Guests can enjoy a multitude of outdoor leisure and sporting pursuits. Alladale’s fully serviced lodge has all the modern comforts and provides the ultimate getaway for up to 14 people seeking privacy and a ‘house party’ ambience.
Villa Prosilio, Corfu, Greece
Villa Prosilio successfully combines the feel of a traditional Greek house with an imaginative use of stone, wood and marble. The perfect balance of exotic eclecticism from Morocco and India gives this villa its unique ambiance. Set on the exclusive northeast coast of Corfu and a wonderful headland setting. The villa overlooks a 180° panorama of deep blue sea, framed by the dramatic mountains of Albania in the distance. The villa’s magnificent horizon swimming pool is exquisitely designed to reflect the sky and trees in a frame of stone and pebbles. Eight guests can comfortably be accommodated at Prosilio and two more in an enchanting cottage perched high above the house.
Notre Dame du Val, Aix-en-Provence, France
Notre Dame du Val is a majestic house set amid the Provencal countryside in an estate of over 25 acres of olive groves, lavender plantations, woodland, orchards and mature gardens that contain a magnificent swimming pool and private tennis court. The house is elegantly furnished with magnificent, grand furniture and is conveniently close to the market town of Aix-en Provence, with its traditional French markets, numerous restaurants, cafes and boutiques.
Palm Pavilion, Malibu, California
Nestled on a bluff overlooking the beach, the recently renovated Palm Pavilion is ultra-modern with a state of the art kitchen, dining room, media room, large open plan living room and swimming pool. It comes fully staffed. The house sleeps six adults and two children, is the perfect location to watch wild dolphins at play, surfers and spectacular sunsets from the ocean side deck.