Our five favourite villas with tennis courts in Europe
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 Sonrei is situated in Palma’s trendy neighbourhood of Bonaire, up in the rugged hills overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The impressive nine-bedroom property’s cream-and-white interior is a chic space to escape the heat. Outside lies a 1.4-hectare landscaped garden, dotted with cypress, palm and olive trees. There’s also a private pool to dive into, and a helipad for making a grand entrance. As you wind down the spiral path from the property, you’ll also discover a scenic tennis court. This is just the spot to channel your inner Nadal – the famous tennis champion was born in Majorca, after all. Once you’ve sweated it out, warm down at the villa’s indoor spa, or recoup those well-spent calories with a rooftop dinner under the stars.
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.
L’Olivo is Italian romance personified. This Umbrian retreat sits up a hill from the quiet, traditional town of Villa Pitignano. Ancient olive groves and pretty gardens welcome you as you wind along the little road leading to the property. Once inside, you’re treated to rustic-chic interiors with occasional splashes of colour and character. The villa, which sleeps up to 12, offers gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside at every angle; from the doorstep to the dining room; from the side of the pool to the pretty garden – and even from the tennis court. The hardcourt here is flanked by views of distant mountains and the undulating Umbrian countryside – a picturesque place to serve.
Domaine St Honorat, Cote d'Azur
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.