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11 luxury villas with inspiring interior design

The best holiday homes are more than a place to relax in the sun. Our villas offer excellent amenities and proximity to Europe’s top attractions, yet some are an attraction in themselves. If you fancy a holiday that could inspire your next interior design project, or if you simply want to feel like you’ve stepped into a glossy magazine, then the villas below demand your attention.

Le Jardin d'Eden | Provence

Be wowed by Le Jardin d’Eden in beautiful Provence. A French country house with formal gardens, this property has featured in design magazines multiple times. The interiors have comfort and space front of mind, and reflect the character of the region whilst maintaining a high degree of luxury. The gardens are designed by a renowned landscape gardener and incorporate a pool, tennis court and African-themed area.

Les Terrasses | Cote d'Azur

If you’re seeking modernity with a view, Les Terrasses delivers. This award-winning property draws inspiration from its surrounding panoramas. Built into the rockface, large picture windows open onto sea views from almost every room. The rooftop infinity pool is served by a glass elevator, while the Jacuzzi, wood burning stoves and terraces give guests ample ways to unwind.

Villa Astor | Amalfi Coast

Perching on the banks of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Villa Astor commands attention. With views over Marina Grande and Marina Piccola, it’s no surprise this property is often classed as one of the ten most beautiful in Italy. The villa’s interior is just as exquisite – a modern museum of history and culture. Protected by Italy’s Ministry of Culture and completely renovated by Jacques Garcia, the estate encompasses the main residence and the ruins of an imperial villa.

Villa Balbiano | Lake Como

For a taste of Italian aristocratic living, Villa Balbiano is just the place. Another property that has been renovated by Jacques Garcia, it is impossible to stay here and not feel part of the 16th-century world in which it was created. Baroque frescoes cover the walls of the interior, while lavish furnishings add to the grandeur. This villa has a level of opulence that commands respect, just as it commands a powerful position overlooking Lake Como.

Mas Mateu | Catalonia

Voted the Best Residence in Europe at the International Property Awards, Mas Mateu is grand in all senses of the word. Its interior is filled with rich, traditional furnishings, while exposed stone walls and wooden beams highlight the history of this 18th-century estate. Guests here can enjoy expansive grounds, views over the Pyrenees as well as the best of the local cuisine and wine.

Villa Ausacium | Lake Como

Built in the 1940s, Villa Ausacium is a property ahead of its time. Its architectural beauty comes from the master of Italian Rationalism, Pietro Lingeri. Homes bordering Lake Como vie for attention – Villa Ausacium will win yours. It has clean lines and minimalist interiors, contrasting with more traditional residences around the lake edge.

Villa Octavia | Crete

Villa Octavia spoils you with views, whether you’re admiring the glistening Gulf of Heraklion towards the island of Dia or the lights of the island’s capital through the numerous windows – floor-to-ceiling or lateral bedside slits of glass, or the stone-clad walls. The property’s decor exhibits a coastally themed meets modern Scandi style, while the neutral colour palette and wood accents throughout instils a sense of calm. If you’re looking for a relaxing, luxurious escape to Crete, this is the villa for you.

LOPUD 1483 | Dubrovnik

Once an abandoned medieval monastery, LOPUD 1483 is now an ultra-luxurious holiday home and art gallery. Overseen by Zagreb-based architect Rujana Markovic, the sensitive restoration work has resulted in a divine space that’s perfect for recharging and contemplation. The five bedrooms’ thick stone walls and exposed wooden ceilings recall LOPUD 1483’s monastic past, while the priceless artworks from the Thyssen-Bornemisza family collection offer soul-food of a different kind.

Broughton Hall | Yorkshire

Take charge of your own quintessentially English estate when you stay at Broughton Hall. History spills out of every room here and it’s not hard to see how the life of landed gentry has evolved over the last 900 years. Owned by the same family for 33 generations, there are chandeliers, artworks by old masters, a fragrant orangery and a library any book lover will get lost in – not to mention an outdoor pool, tennis court and wellbeing centre.

To stay in one of these exceptionally designed European properties, contact one of our A&K Villas specialists today