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Abercrombie & Kent Villas Announces the Best of the Best Villas 2014 - there are villas and then there are A&K villas
Abercrombie & Kent Villas is delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 ‘Best of the Best’ villa categories. Chosen by our experts from A&K’s portfolio of outstanding European villas, these sensational pads stand out from the crowd for a host of reasons. Whether they’re perfect for family holidays, perfect for wine lovers, perfect for fairytale escapes, perfect for love birds or perfect for party-party animals, they are, quite simply, paradise found.
Best villas for Fairy Tales
Fairy tales don’t come much better than Villa Le Siepi in picturesque Chianti. Just waiting for a Rapunzel moment, this elegant castle is surrounded by Italianate gardens and sleeps 10 in splendid luxury. With far-reaching views, a huge swimming pool, tennis court, gym and crenelated tower to boot, Villa Le Siepi is a surreally beautiful backdrop for holidays with family or friends.
New to A&K Villas for 2014, Villa Centinale is one of the architectural gems of aristocratic Italy. Reinvented for Pope Alexander VII, this magnificent baroque villa has a private chapel, gardens deemed some of the most beautiful in Italy, a swimming pool, tennis court and endless opportunities for fun in the surrounding countryside and forest. It also resonates with memories of Sienna’s famous Palio, held on the estate grounds when rioting in the city forced its relocation.
Best villas for Beach Holidays
For beach heaven, Villa Surram on the Cote d’Azur takes some beating. A sleek, chic and very cool contemporary creation akin to a luxury boutique hotel, it offers stunning views, a jaw-dropping 15m infinity pool, terraces galore and fabulous accommodation for 10.
Down on the sexy Amalfi Coast, Residenza Vistamare is a peaceful, private and utterly indulgent retreat overlooking a quaint fishing harbour. It has stunning views of Capri and Mount Vesuvius, is lavishly decorated with antiques and for those who prefer not to walk to the lovely beaches, has a gorgeous pool.
Best villas for ‘A Listers’
Just a stones’ throw from the heart of St Tropez, La Domaine de St Tropez is a lavish property offering VIP privacy, all-encompassing luxury and a wow factor hard to beat. A 16m fibre optic swimming pool, manicured lawns and terraces that seat from 2 to 200 guests and a team of dedicated chefs, waiters and maids are just a sniff of the uber-everything that characterises this incredible ‘chateau’. Sleeps 16 in separate properties.
Best villas for Families
Spain is renowned for its family-friendliness and Villa Sancha in Andalucia is the ideal base to make the most of it all. An impeccable seven bedroom villa with plenty of wiggle room for little ones, a gated pool equipped with masses of pool toys, hammocks, a badminton field, sandpit, horses in the neighbouring paddock and an outdoor kitchen for al-fresco family barbecues.
Villa Oliva in Majorca is fabulous for families. Close to several beautiful beaches, it has an entire floor dedicated to a children’s dorm with a TV, DVD and games to keep children entertained. Outside there’s more fun for the young at heart….a gated pool, table tennis and football table, whilst the rest of the villa is spacious, wonderfully comfortable and superbly equipped.
Best villas for Wine Lovers
Ideally located near St Emilion and some of the best chateaux and vineyards in the world, La Maison des Amis is a brilliantly renovated 18th century farmhouse combining traditional elegance and contemporary style. A huge pool and garden, multiple family living areas and a terrific children’s play area will salve the conscience of parents whose primary interest is, of course, the fabulous wine!
For lovers of Chianti, La Castellina is a large and luxurious villa set in the heart of a stunning little wine estate. Surrounded by rolling hills and voluptuous views towards the Apuan Alps, but nonetheless within easy reach of Florence and Sienna, this is the perfect pad for sampling the joys of the local wines – with an enormous pool to work off the calories in style.
Best villas for Large Parties
Despite its ominous name, Villa Machiavelli is a delight. A magnificent 15th century villa just south of Florence in the heart of Chianti Classico country, it is surrounded by 600 acres of vineyards and olive groves, produces 3 award winning wines and a fabulous olive oil. Super-luxurious accommodation for 20 is complemented by indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fascinating art and sculptures, glorious gardens, breath-taking views to the Duomo in Florence and a team of staff well versed in looking after large parties.
Idyllically situated near Elounda Beach in Crete, Simeroma is almost impossible to fault. It offers a classically elegant interior, carefully chosen antiques, magnificent sea views, an infinity pool to die for, tennis court, boules and croquet lawn, games room with an antique snooker table and, best of all for musicians, a Steinway grand in the extensively stocked library.
Best villas for Romance
The enchanting open plan Castello di Reschio Barcolino apartment lies within a fabulously scenic estate on the borders of Umbria and Tuscany. For just 2, and only available when the Castello is unoccupied, it has uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside and exclusive use of the 18m swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, hot tub and custom-built spa bath. It’s almost impossible not to be romantic here.
And finally… secluded, luxurious and beautifully restored, Le Caviere lies away from the madding crowds of Tuscany in the Upper Tiber Valley. A divine escape from reality, it is decorated with an inspired mix of antiques, Italian style and original art. With a glorious pool, fabulous views, total tranquillity and just the company of a loved one, it’s nothing short of bliss.
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