Our five favourite villas with tennis courts
Looking for a luxury villa with a tennis court? We’ve served up some real winners for you
Sometimes all you want to do on holiday is to sit back, relax and do absolutely nothing. Other times, though, a holiday is a chance to be active. All that energy usually draining away behind a desk can be balled up, stuffed into your suitcase and spent far away, somewhere far more beautiful and in a far more exciting way.
Our A&K collection includes properties across Europe with their very own gyms, indoor and outdoor pools, and – ideal for racket-sport fans – well-kempt outdoor tennis courts. Don your tennis shoes and head out to one of these exceptional villas for a friendly game, or perhaps to settle a family rivalry.
Villa Destiny sits perched on a cliff edge over the Algarvian coastal town of Carvoeiro. The impressive six-bedroom property’s eclectically chic interior is a perfect space in which to escape the heat. Outside it’s all about the breath-taking ocean views. There’s also a private pool to dive into, and four hectares of gardens to explore. As you wind down your way through the grounds, you’ll also discover a green-clay tennis court. This is just the spot to channel your inner João Sousa – the famous tennis champion was born in Portugal, after all. Once you’ve smashed it on the court, cool down in the pool, or recoup those well-spent calories with an alfresco breakfast or lunch served up by the live-in staff.
On the island of Sicily lies the historic villa of Podere san Giorgio. Owned by the same noble family since the 15th century, this palm-fringed property is full of style and character. Interiors are replete with patterned fabrics, eye-catching ornaments and striking furniture. Outside, the villa’s temptingly blue pool is framed by pretty groves of trees, and from the terraces you can spot Mount Etna rising over pastoral scenes. There are table tennis facilities, but for the full-sized affair, head out on Podere san Giorgio’s tennis court for a swing in seclusion. The only sounds you’ll hear – beyond your cries of ‘out’ and ‘you cannot be serious’ – are birds singing and the rustle of leaves.
Le Jardin d'Eden, Provence
This grand country house just outside St-Remy-de-Provence lives up to its namesake. At the back of the property, the formal garden draws you in with its pretty topiary-lined lawn, lily-pad-speckled pond and tree-shaded terrace. Inside, the Provençal style continues throughout the spacious interiors. With 10 bedrooms, it’s a gorgeous place for a group of family holiday – and for a spot of tennis too. The tennis court is neatly hemmed by hedges and has a classic French elegance to it. Retire after a match or two to the comfortable cabin in the African quarter of the garden, or slip into one of two swimming pools here to ease any well-earnt aches.
Domaine St Honorat is an impressive 17th-century rural estate in the French Riviera village of Valbonne, around 13 kilometres from Cannes and the coast. The large property contains 13 comfortable bedrooms, make it perfect for a large family holiday or a group break with friends. The interior retains many of the original rustic features, including exposed wooden beams and struts, while curvaceous white walls and large windows flood the space with light. Here, the subtly landscaped garden will tempt you outdoors, as will the vine-wrapped pergola and large heated pool, but the tennis court is one more reason you’ll love it here. Serve and volley with views of the treetops, rooftops and distant mountains.