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Villa Trends for 2014

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Villa Trends for 2014

Two centre holidays, learning experiences and seeking out new destinations…

As we head into a new year, Abercrombie & Kent Villas are already seeing new trends emerging for 2014. From twin centre holidays allowing guests to hop from countryside to coast or from island to island, to learning a new skill and heading for somewhere completely new.

Provence and the Cote d’Azur are a marriage made in heaven. So too are Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. But why plump for just one aspect of the best a country has to offer when you can have it all with a two centre holiday?

Provence & the Cote d’Azur
Twin Provence’s abundant lavender fields with the Cote d’Azur’s beautiful beaches for a fantastic French family holiday.

Villa Barbet, Provence     Villa Orphie, Cote d'Azur
A classic Provencal gem, Villa Barbet is an elegant hillside villa within walking distance of the famed attractions of Bonnieux. Impeccably decorated and furnished, it offers plenty of space, a contemporary kitchen, gorgeous views over the Luberon, a suntrap 12m swimming pool within a fully enclosed garden and no less than 3 Michelin-starred restaurants just minutes away.

From inland, head seawards to Villa Orphie in Ramatuelle, one of the coolest 40 villas in the Mediterranean according to the Times. A rare find so close to the glamour of St Tropez, this contemporary beach house vaunts an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furnishings, superb modern art, a large designer wooden deck with a 10m heated swimming pool and stunning sea views .

Tuscany & the Amalfi Coast
Combine the picturesque countryside of Tuscany with the dramatic coastal cliffs of the Amalfi Coast for an unforgettable Italian adventure.

Villa Bianca, Tuscany     Casa Medusa, Amalfi Coast
Just 30 minutes from the centre of Florence, Villa Bianca is a sympathetically renovated Tuscan farmhouse. Spacious and welcoming, it lies within a tranquil 30 acre estate, surrounded by immaculately maintained grounds, vineyards and olive groves. With an understated and stylish décor, a 12m pool, a clutch of picturesque villages and Lucca and Siena also within easy reach, this is idyllic Chianti living.

Clinging to the Amalfi coast just above the glamorous little town of Positano, Casa Medusa is a classic Italian villa with incredible views over the bay, an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, sun-drenched terraces and balconies galore and a beach reached in just a few minutes by steps.

Island hop the Mediterranean

Can Pavo, Majorca     Villa Marilyn, Ibiza
Island hopping is huge fun and just a short flight between Majorca and Ibiza makes for a completely different Iberian experience. Villa Can Pavo in Majorca is a peaceful tropical oasis set amidst private grounds ornamented with rare white peacocks. A fusion of traditional Spanish style, contemporary furnishings and fascinating artworks, this fabulous house has a large swimming pool, sunken hot tub, floodlit tennis court, a small chapel, stables and a children’s playground.

Over on Ibiza, Villa Marilyn lies within a scenic nature reserve high above Cala d’Hort. Modern, chic and super-luxurious, it has 2 swimming pools, fabulous accommodation divided between the main house and 2 separate apartments, exceptional views, a fairy-tale master bedroom in a ‘Rapunzel’ tower and a funky living area with rocky features.

Learning experience breaks

La Maroma, Andalucia     Il Fagiano, Perugia
For those who love to learn, head to La Maroma in Andalucia. Perched aloft a private hilltop, this haven of idiomatic luxury has panoramic sea views over almond and olive groves and the estate’s own vineyard. Andalucian cuisine is very much the focus here with cooking courses, ‘garden and gastronomy’ tours, guided visits to local food markets, wine tastings, tapas and gourmet meals prepared by the villa’s superb private chef.

In Perugia, Il Fagiano is the ideal base for taking a painting course tailored to guests’ needs and sampling the excellent local restaurants. Newly refurbished to exceptionally high standards, this charming house includes an amazing converted chapel and lies in a huge private nature reserve; the perfect escape for family and friends who want to get away from it all.

Enjoying the privacy and variety that villa renting affords. And for those who enjoy variety year on year, love the luxury of living in a private home, but shy away from the burden of owning a property abroad, just rent away…

Residenza Vistamare, Amalfi Coast     Villa Samaya, Cote d'Azur     Villa Jondal, Ibiza
Try Villa Cien in Crete, a sexy ultramodern new villa in a magical location overlooking the Aegean and the Cretan mountains. At the cutting edge of cool, it has acres of space, uber-smart minimalist interiors, bespoke furniture, designer objects, multiple terraces and a stunning infinity pool that seems to flow seamlessly into the blue waters of the Aegean.

On the Amalfi coast, book Residenza Vistamare, 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.

Similarly appealing is the chic Villa Samaya, set in a tranquil and beautiful location within walking distance of the glitz and glory of St Tropez. Stunningly designed with modern designer touches overlaid with sophisticated Asian influences, it is nonetheless family friendly with extremely comfortable accommodation, plentiful outside space and a large pool.

Ibiza is no shrinking violet in the architectural design stakes, but Villa Jondal stands out from the crowd. This ultramodern villa vaunts vast uncluttered spaces punctuated by striking artworks, incredible light thanks to floor to ceiling windows, magnificent views of the mountains and the sea and a series of inviting terraces on which to chill out in style.


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