Best villas in Europe for a celebration
No matter what you’re celebrating in 2019 we have the perfect villa to surpass all expectations.
It’s the start of the new year and now it’s time to gear up for the festivities ahead. Perhaps you’re celebrating a milestone or hosting an entire family get-together. You may be looking for a destination wedding or a riotous birthday bash. No matter what you’re celebrating in 2019 we have the perfect villa to surpass all expectations. From the kind of Grecian estate you’d find on a movie-set to a grandiose Tuscan villa and former aristocratic retreat, we’ve found five of the best large group villas for a legendary party be it relaxed or raucous.
The destination wedding
Zarassi Estate (sleeps 26), Mykonos
With chic white washed facades and sweeping Aegean views, Zarassi Estate instagrammable factor flies off the charts. This movie-style set villa has all the ingredients for a destination wedding; private chapel, pool side bar and oodles of space (7,000 square-metres of it) to party and pamper. Relax by the infinity pool as aquamarine as the sea or take some downtime in the home cinema.
With private chefs and masseurs on hand, you don’t need to leave, but there’s a helipad to escort guests from A to B and the concierge can arrange outings to Mykonos Town. You’re also a five-minute stroll to the picturesque Kalafati beach.
The family get-together
Borgo Bernardini (sleeps 24), Lucca
There are reminders of aristocracy at this former 17th century hunting lodge; trellised frescoes, ornamental ponds, exquisite landscape gardens.It was once the summer residence of Count Cosimo Bernardini who on weekends retreated to the hills where he could hunt wild boar. Today it offers the perfect family retreat. Children can roar around the rolling parkland, play billiards or splash around in the large private pool. Meanwhile parents can enjoy peace in the lemon-scented courtyard and take tea by antique fountains. Come mealtimes, there’s plenty of places for a banquet– request a chef and you won’t have to lift a finger.
Temple Guiting Manor (sleeps 10), Temple Guiting
We know all too well how difficult it is to get a group together, let alone to travel abroad. Set in the Cotswolds, this honey-coloured Tudor manor has a Midsummer Murders appeal to it with oak beams, secret staircases and beautiful walled gardens. Think quintessential English meets upscale amenities such as private cinema, tennis courts and a hot tub set in a former dovecote. Festivities can be hosted in the dining room, clad in heritage furniture. From canapés to full blown dinners, catering is available on request. And if you’re planning a bigger party, why not consider taking over the whole estate which sleeps 34.
The all-pleasing escape
La Bastide des Etoiles (sleeps 14), Aix-en-Provence
This 19th-century chateau ticks all the boxes set amidst 25 acres of Provence parkland. Whether you’re a multi-generational family or a group of friends with wildly different tastes, there’s bags of space (and then some) among the army of olive groves with the facilities to keep everyone entertained. Play tennis on the immaculate courts or meander down to the expansive lawn for a spot of croquet. You could spend all day lying by swimming pool with intervals of ping pong. We’ll stock the fridge with the region’s plushest rose. And if you can somehow drag yourself away, the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence is only a half hour’s drive.
The once-in-a-lifetime celebration
Mas Mateau (sleeps 18), Girona
This 18th-century villa knows a thing or two. With a body-length list of VIP guests, its expansive gardens and cool Catalonian style have hosted show-stopping celebrations for decades with undisputed savoir faire. Aside from an infinity pool, spa, cinema, stables and arresting Pyrenees views (the list goes on), the villa comes with a legion of staff at the ready to bring you bottles of Rioja from the cellar or book you into the area’s Michelin-starred restaurants and private vineyards for a tasting. There’s also an in-house chef who is always ready to whip up regional cuisine.