With the cooler weather setting in we're all turning our minds to next summer and dreaming of a bit of sunshine. Here I take a look at some villas
which offer the chance to have a holiday with a big group of friends or the whole family without breaking the bank. Relax by your private pool after a morning spent sauntering around the local market, all for less than the cost of staying in a hotel. Get yourself a bargain with one of these houses which are remarkably good value.
7 bedroom – sleeping up to 20 guests
Set in wonderful gardens, and with a fantastic view out across the valley, this property has something for everyone. Those looking for an active holiday will explore the wooded slopes of the Luberon which stands nearby whilst the art buffs will be interested to explore Ménerbes. The photographer Dora Maar once lived here and the great Picasso himself also had a house in the village. One can understand an artist’s draw to the area; the region is naturally beautiful, the people are friendly, and the pace of life is very easy-going.
8 bedrooms – sleeping up to 10 adults and 6 children
This is a rambling property in the South West of France. There are three different buildings with bedrooms, yet somehow it all works together. Set in rolling countryside, life moves at a slower pace here. This is the place to bring the whole family. The rooms are spread out between the main house, the guest house, and the pigeonnier. There are a number of quiet terraces around the house, perfect for reading a book with a glass of wine whilst the kids play in the large swimming pool.
6 bedrooms – sleeping up to 14 guests
Another property for the whole family, Domaine de Fleury has five double bedrooms and a dormitory room perfect for the kids to have their own space. Enjoy soaking up the sun by the side of the pool, complete with a pool house for when some shade is required. Take the team for a day out to nearby Carcassonne, a magical fortified city. It is stunning to look at, seemingly straight out of a medieval tale of knights and dragons. There is plenty to explore within the walls themselves, from torture museums (not as scary as they sound!) to fine dining. The regions speciality dish is Cassoulet, a rich slow-cooked casserole sure to fill you up.
8 bedrooms – sleeping up to 14 adults and 4 children
This property is steeped in history, and there are big rooms and tall ceilings throughout. You will rarely see a bedroom as spacious as the master suite. Domaine de la Hille has it all, from the tennis court to the big swimming pool to the immaculately maintained lawns and gardens. Guests can arrive by helicopter if they want, everything is organised and taken care of by the Domaine’s dedicated team of staff. Domaine de la Hille is perfect for family reunions or for one of life’s landmarks.
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