If perfecting your game is number one on your list of New Year Resolutions, or you simply want to keep up with your practice while you enjoy a holiday with friends and family, a luxury villa with its own private tennis court could be just the ticket. Here is our round up of some of the best.
ITALIAN VILLAS WITH TENNIS COURTS
Villa San Barberino, Tuscany, Italy
5 bedrooms – Sleeps 10
Located within an hour of Pisa, Florence and Siena and just 25 minutes from San Gimignano, Villa San Barberino is perfectly positioned for exploring the sights and cities of Tuscany. Following a busy day out and about guests can retreat to this charming villa which certainly invites outdoor living. The poolside bar is a perfect spot for an aperitif as the sun sets and the pizza oven heats up; guests can then take their place at the sizeable dining area which is perfect for long and relaxed al fresco dinner on a balmy evening. Children have lots to keep them entertained including a children’s play area, swimming pool and a hard-surface tennis court all within the villa gardens. A local tennis pro can be organised to help you improve your game.
8 Bedrooms – Sleeps 16
This historic villa in the Chianti hills lies within easy striking distance of Florence, with beautiful views over the rolling green Tuscan countryside. The tranquil location offers the perfect antidote to time sightseeing. Back home you can enjoy an extensive private garden dotted with ancient trees, terraces, a private pool, boules, and a grass tennis court; not to mention attentive service from the devoted staff.
Tenuta Cantata, Tuscany, Italy
7 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12
Sumptuous and stylish, Tenuta Cantata sits in a privileged location within 3 acres of some of Tuscany's greenest hills, just south of Cortona. It's an idyllic setting that opens up the opportunity for walks from the door through the woods, olive groves and flower-strewn fields. Within the grounds, the infinity-edge pool allows you to cool off with stunning views as tour backdrop, while the private tennis court enjoys a similarly picturesque position.
FRENCH VILLAS WITH TENNIS COURTS
Domaine de la Hille, Carcassonne, France
8 Bedrooms – Sleeps 18
Just below the village of Fanjeaux in the Pyrenees foothills lies Domaine de la Hille, an impressive restored farmhouse dating back to the 11th Century. Surrounded by leafy gardens and just over a mile from the local village bakery, butcher and small supermarket, the property lies within one of France’s quieter regions. The large country kitchen seats up to 20 and there is a fantastic ‘dorm’ with children’s games and toys. Outside, there is a soft-impact, Masters standard tennis court, private pool, and lots of equipment including bikes, golf clubs, tennis racquets, boules, and yoga equipment.
5 Bedrooms – Sleeps 10
Evenings buzz with concerts and conversation in the pretty squares of the Luberon villages whilst the daytime is an altogether more languorous affair with lazy lunches and siestas enjoyed poolside. At the heart of the region lies Mas de Cerisiers, a 200 year old traditional French farmhouse, surrounded by vines, lavender fields and cherry orchards. There are picturesque off-road bike trails and walks close by, as well as a tennis court and an infinity pool for those wanting to burn a little energy.An afternoon's drive could easily encompass the famous villages of Menerbes, Oppede, Roussillon, Gordes and Lacoste.
6 Bedrooms – Sleeps 12
Bags of French style surrounds you at Le Clos des Vignes, a converted wine cave that lies in one of France’s most authentic, undiscovered regions. Less than an hour from the beautiful beaches of the south coast, Corbière is characterised by quiet countryside, ancient castles and abbeys. The interiors of the villa are contemporary in style, with a fumoir, cinema room and professional kitchen. The exterior is designed for outdoor living, with a shaded courtyard, dining area with chimney barbecue, a heated 15 metre pool and a fenced all-weather tennis court. Surrounded by no less than 120 acres, much of which is taken up by fields of lavender and thyme, there’s nowhere better to escape the crowds and relax, Corbière red in hand, after a day of exploring.
SPANISH VILLAS WITH TENNIS COURTS
Villa Poligono, Mallorca, Spain
7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
Once a 16th century farmhouse, Villa Poligono is now a beautiful private villa protected by rugged mountains and surrounded by groves rich with lemons, oranges, peppers and aubergines. The nearest main road is 3km and so it is a tranquil spot, set in its own 175 acres of private grounds, with a cool pool, lots of hammocks for lounging around in the shade, a hard court tennis court and a pool table. Pollensa and Puerto Pollensa are within easy reach though few will want to leave.
Finca Tortuga, Menorca, Spain
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12
Set within its own nature reserve, Finca Tortuga is a 250 year old farmhouse just a couple of miles from the small town of Alaior. Though it is within reach of restaurants, shops and cafés as well as the beautiful beaches for which Menorca is famous, this is a peaceful retreat, with lots of reasons to stay close by: there’s an Astroturf tennis court, table tennis and large saltwater pool, as well as various places to relax. Most family members will congregate by the pool during the day and on the central courtyard to enjoy dining outdoors late into the evening.
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