If perfecting your game is high on your agenda, 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.
7 Bedrooms – Sleeps 14
Located in the heart of Tuscany’s Maremma region, there could be few more inspirational settings than Villa Vigna to enjoy a game of tennis. The villa is set within a private reserve, which includes a tennis court with far-reaching views of the surrounding farmland and countryside. There’s also a riding centre, access to a nine-hole golf course and lakes on which Laser dinghies can be sailed. This region also claims some fabulous wine estates, as well as sandy beaches Punta Ala and Castiglion della Pescaia.
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.
La Spiga, Umbria, Italy
La Spighetta, Umbria, Italy
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 6
8 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12
Sleeping up to 12 guests in eight beautifully appointed bedrooms, La Spiga is a superbly renovated Umbrian farmhouse, set in a dramatic position on the slopes of a valley with views over the bucolic landscape. The focal point is the garden, with a series of gentle terraces with spectacular infinity pool, lounging areas and al fresco dining area. Interiors are quintessentially Umbrian, with stone walls, oak beamed ceilings and terracotta herringbone floor tiles, brought up-to-date with a contemporary kitchen, free-standing roll top baths, TV room with cinema projector and modern furnishings. Further facilities include a Padel tennis court and bicycles and boules pitch.
La Spighetta is a beautifully renovated family farmhouse tucked away off the beaten track in the heartlands of rural Umbria, Italy, surrounded by glorious views of mountainous landscapes. Interiors are all clean-lined contemporary, belying the property’s rustic setting and historic character. Outside is the epitome of peace and tranquility, with lots of shaded and sunny spots for relaxing with a novel or snoozing on a sun lounger by the infinity pool, as well as a game of Padel tennis. WiFi is included in the rental (as is mid-week maid service), though switching off is encouraged to fully appreciate the magic of this away-from-it-all location.
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.
SPANISH VILLAS WITH TENNIS COURTS
Finca Torillo, Andalucia, Spain
6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
Finca Torillo is ideal for a multi-generational family holiday with so much to entertain guests within the private estate. Explore the verdant countryside on foot, or horseback (there’s an equestrian school nearby), or take advantage of the estate’s extensive library and find a tranquil corner to relax. Early mornings or early evenings offer the perfect climate for a game of tennis on the private court; there’s also table tennis or badminton if the court is in demand. Tennis coaching can be organised for those serious about improving their skills during their stay.
Son Balagueret, Mallorca, Spain
8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
Set within the beautiful 600-acre Son Bunyola estate on the southwestern coast of Mallorca, Son Balagueret delivers a winning combination of villa independence and boutique hotel-style experience. It’s all delightfully private, with ample of space to relax and enjoy walks through citrus, olive and almond groves, and down to a pebble beach. Other facilities include a heated pool, table tennis, barbecue and games console. The estate’s tennis court is shared by three villas and is open from late spring. It is possible to book a time slot to guarantee availability.
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.
Son Fuster, Mallorca, Spain
10 Bedrooms - Sleeps 20
Dining is a big deal at his chic super-villa in the foothills of Mallorca’s Tramuntana Mountains. Food and drink is included in the rental and the in-house chef creates organic masterpiece menus designed around the estate’s own farm and local area. There’s plenty to occupy – Palma is within a 25 minute drive for an evening out, Soller closer still, while the beaches of the northern and western coast are just 45 minutes away. There’s little incentive to leave the villa though, with facilities including a heated pool, Padel court, yoga, volleyball, croquet and two kilometres of pathways for jogging or biking around the estate. Interiors are high quality, with Bluetooth Geneva speakers, Hypnos Cashmere Edition beds, Spirit of the Nomad Egyptian cotton bed linen and bathroom amenities by Ortiago, Grown Alchemist and Marvis. The sound system by Bose and Sonance covers inside and out and there’s a cinema with pitch-perfect sound courtesy of subwoofers. For chilling out or super-charging, there’s an infrared sauna, steam bath and Cell Gym. A full team of staff includes manager, concierge, chef, housekeeping and a night manager.
VILLAS IN GREECE WITH TENNIS COURTS
Villa Paralia, Corfu, Greece
8 bedrooms – Sleeps 16
Villa Paralia is a large beach-front villa with direct access to Kalamaki Bay, northern Corfu’s only sandy beach. The villa’s proximity to the beach and its large sea-facing pool is naturally its main appeal, but a pool table, table tennis, table football and the private tennis court allow guests to work up an appetite for a delicious dinner – a chef service is included within the villa rental for six days of the week in July and August. Between June and September, a breakfast service is offered.
Villa Selene, Crete, Greece
8 bedrooms – Sleeps 16
Villa Selene is just a short drive from Elounda’s pretty harbour yet has the feeling of privacy and complete seclusion. Overlooking the Bay of Elounda, the property comprises a main villa and a guest house, located 65 metres apart. The 12 metre swimming pool is the focal point for gatherings, but the villa also has direct sea access via a path that leads to a wooden sunbathing deck. Outdoor activities include a boules court, croquet lawn and a full-size tennis court, all benefitting from the sea breeze that the villa enjoys from its elevated position.
UK MANOR HOUSES WITH TENNIS COURTS
Cornwell Manor, Cotswolds, UK
12 bedrooms – Sleeps 24
Absorb the splendour of the English countryside at this quintessential manor house. Surrounded by woods and farmland, Cornwell Manor is a historic English house located close to the celebrated Cotswold town of Chipping Norton. The house is full of authentic English character, with a formal fountain, small Norman chapel, dining room with original panelling, 18th century fireplaces, Rococo plasterwork and classic stone flooring. The 2000-acre estate has everything one could wish for for a stay to remember, with fishing and shooting on site, an outdoor heated swimming pool and tennis court.
Woodstock Lodge, Cotswolds, UK
7 bedrooms – Sleeps 15
Located within the grounds of Blenheim Palace – the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and ancestral seat of the Dukes of Marlborough - Woodstock Lodge is a modern country home that is perfect for a family gathering. Its glorious grounds offer much for guests including a large, heated pool, hot tub fire-pit, and an AstroTurf tennis court, whilst indoors the cinema room, pool table, poker table, and gym provide spaces for relaxation. The Cotswolds villages of Burford, Chipping Norton and Bourton on the Water are within easy reach.
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