Looks good, huh? Maybe just a teensy bit better than what you’re doing right now? (*stares out of window at the grey rain-sodden sky and returns with a sob to her computer*) If so, why not make it a reality? With the weather being quite frankly unreliable, I am seriously craving proper sunshine and when an email about hot new villa company Oliver’s Travels popped into my inbox, I was all over it like a skinny fashionista at the Chanel sample sale. With 2000 properties on their books and clients spending an average of £39 per person, per night, the villas aren’t only gorgeous (we’re talking converted windmills, trulli and glass houses), but also not break-the-bank expensive and great for big family gatherings or groups of friends travelling together. Here are 3 that I’m currently dreaming of….
Sleeping up to 8 guests, Cortijo Maria Camila is a converted Spanish farmstead which blends rustic-chic styling with traditional Andalusian architecture. Set on a private hilltop, surrounded by almond and olive groves, and a beautiful vineyard, views stretch over the Mediterranean, which is only a 15 mile drive away. From £3,849 per week, which works out at £69 per person per night.
Hello, dream house…..Set within its own twenty acre estate, Water Lily House has not one, but two swimming pools (*hurrah!*), a grass tennis court (with inbuilt football and basketball nets), and exquisite landscaped gardens. A beautiful old Mas decorated in traditional Provencal style, there are 10 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. From £9865 per week, which works out at £101 per person per night.
This quirky little number lies in the heart of Italy’s Salento region and sleeps up to 8 people. Set on a 23,000 metre estate with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 kitchens, the interiors are crisp and clean, whilst the exterior is a lesson in traditional Puglian architecture. As well as an outside pool, there’s an outside kitchen and bar (perfect for all those al fresco meals), whilst the Adriatic coast is only 15km away. From £4607 a week (around £154 pppn).