Summer is well and truly here and for many people that will mean school holidays and the chance to spend time with the family. Fill one of our gorgeous European villas with your favourite people for a summer to remember. Head to Italy for Tuscan farmhouses or secret hideaways in Umbria. We can't think of anywhere more welcoming than the Greek islands, with their beautiful beaches, white-washed buildings and hidden tavernas. Greece is gorgeous in summer. Whether you opt for Corfu or Crete, we've a collection of gorgeous villas ideal for gathering the clan.
The gulet season in Turkey is in full swing and is a must for anyone who has not tried it. Billowing white sails, turquoise waters and staff on hand to do the sailing and catering for you, leaving you to revel in the freedom of the seas and glorious Mediterranean coastline.
In the United Kingdom, 'the season' is in full swing, with country house opera festivals at Glyndebourne and Garsington, and sporting events such as Wimbledon, Henley Regatta and the Goodwood Festival providing quintessential British thrills.
If you've got your sights set on an adventure, the USA offers national parks packed with white-water rafting, hiking, riding and camping or, for urban glamour and culture, head to New York, LA or San Francisco.
For wildlife experiences, July is one of the best times to visit less-visited but game rich Zambia where, as well as big five game drives, you can enjoy fishing on the Zambezi, canoeing through pods of hippo or walking in South Luangwa National Park. Alternatively, go game viewing in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where flood waters reach their peak in June and July.
July is the perfect time to visit the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia or go 'rugged and remote' to explore Kakadu National Park and the wilderness of the Kimberleys.