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Villa Pachero – Ronda – Spain

3 bedroom, 2 Bathrooms sleep 6
This modern, well kept villa, with its colourful garden, enjoys a private setting, up a short track off the road from Ronda to Campillos. The interior has a traditional Spanish feel, with fans adorning the living room walls, and provides a wonderful place to relax. Or perhaps you will be drawn to the pretty, rose-filled garden, laid to lawn, with its swimming pool and built-in barbecue. Historic Ronda, with its spectacular bridge, medieval town centre, shops, pretty squares and palaces is well worth a visit. On foot, this area is a walkers’ paradise. By car, the pretty white villages and historic caves are just some of the excursions to be enjoyed. Map

•Ground Floor: open-plan living/dining room with open fireplace; kitchen; 3 bedrooms: 1 small double, 2 twins; bathroom (bath, basin, WC); exterior utility room (basin, WC). •Private swimming pool (13 x 7m; 1 – 2m deep) with pool-side shower. Terrace and garden. Car port. Built-in barbecue. • Microwave. Washing machine. Cot and highchair on request.

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Hardwick House – Cotswold Hills – England

9 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, Heated Pool, Garden
Hardwick House provides an ideal luxury family base for an extended visit to the Cotswolds. Situated in five acres of private parkland protected by electronic security gates it is a home-from-home to enjoy at your leisure. Take a swim in the heated pool situated in the historic walled garden, play a frame of snooker in the games room or just relax in the magnificent drawing room while you plan your excursion for the day. Hardwick House is located just to the north of Tewkesbury, England’s largest intact medieval town and just a few miles from Cheltenham, Centre for the Cotswolds. Take in a play at Stratford (Shakespeare’s birthplace), take a dip in the spa waters at Bath’s restored Roman Baths, visit the World-famous University city of Oxford or just tour the myriad of beautiful Cotswold villages – all less than a one hour drive away. To the west are the wonderful Welsh mountains – keen walkers should take a hike up to the top of Brecon Beacon – again less than an hour’s drive away. A week is simply not enough time to get the most out of what the Cotswolds have to offer!

The house itself was built in the 1860s to the very highest Victorian standards with 28-inch Cotswold stone walls and beautiful styling details. The Main House has been lovingly restored with original fireplaces, flocked wallpaper and chandeliers while the rooms retain their original generous proportions. The Cellar Apartment restoration was completed in early 2010 and combines period features with modern decoration, marble en-suite bathrooms, a separate living room and kitchen. The House and Cellar Apartment are available on a self catering basis and can be rented together or separately depending on the size of your party.

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Mas Coté Sud – Buoux – Provence – France

3 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms (Sleep 6)
Mas Côté Sud is the southern wing of a large 18th century farmhouse on the same property as Villa Augusta, which is about 500 meters away. It has its own entrance, driveway and parking as well as a pool and side terrace, both of which are private and unseen from the owner’s side. Mas Côté Sud faces south across a vast and spectacular private valley planted with truffle oaks and is two minutes from the village of Buoux in the Luberon National Park. Seemingly miles from anywhere with its wide-open spaces, tranquility and wildlife, this lovely old house is equidistant between the market town of Apt and the exquisite medieval town of Lourmarin with its galleries and restaurants. The surrounding countryside is very well known for rock climbing and hiking and with a fabulous old Chateau and an extraordinary medieval fort nearby, the area is also a painter and photographers’ delight.

Sitting on several hectares of land with lavender fields, truffle oaks and natural bush land, Mas Côté Sud is a delightful two story stone house with white shutters and picture windows and doors framing beautiful views. Inside the house are thick stone walls, tiled floors and exposed beams of traditional Provencal architecture. Because of its position, light floods the house from dawn to sunset. There is also a pretty 4.30 meter x 8.50 meter pool, which is sunny all day and is set 30 meters away from the main house.

Ground Floor

  • Large living room/fully equipped kitchen with an old bread oven.
  • Bedroom with a queen-sized (or twin beds) and a bathroom with two hand basins with a  separate toilet
  • Large terrace

First Floor (by the outside stairs)

  • Bedroom with queen-size bed and a private bathroom with two hand basins and a separate toilet
  • Bedroom with twin beds and a private bathroom with a separate toilet
  • Little sitting room with the television and a fireplace

Amenities: Central heating, telephone, washing machine and ironing equipment

Staff: Pool and garden maintenance

Services Available at an Additional Cost: Maid service

Notes: One can drive right up to the house but only to unload/load luggage. Otherwise, cars are kept in the parking area, which is 40 meters from the house behind the tree hedge. Regional summer festivities include: Theater in Avignon, Opera in Aix and Orange, Jazz festival in La Roque d’Antheron and all antique fairs and flea markets. Tennis in Apt or Bonnieux, horseback riding in Apt, mountain bikes for rent in Bonnieux. In January and February, the owners, who also own a truffle farm, organize special weekend and full week truffle adventures! There is an excellent restaurant in Buoux, Auberge de la Loube.

Distances: Buoux: 2 minutes, Apt and Bonnieux : 10 minutes, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence: 50 minutes and the Marseille airport is just over an hour. Map

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Torre Della Luna – Tuscany – Italy

3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms (Sleeps 6)

Borgo di Calcina di Baldignano is a small estate enjoying panoramic views in rural Tuscany. This lovely property is comprised of two separate and private residences, Calcina and Torre della Luna, which stand 150 yards apart on 20 very pretty acres consisting of a small private church, fruit orchard, woodland, sunflower fields and farmland. Calcina and Torre della Luna are rented separately though are ideal for a large family or group of friends when rented together.

The estate occupies an elevated position in the lower foothills of the lovely Alpe della Luna region near the medieval town of Sansepolcro, birthplace of artist Piero della Francesca and home of his famous work “The Resurrection”. This small but sophisticated walled town also has four restaurants listed in the Michelin guide as well as year-round events and festivals including the traditional crossbow contest the “Palio della Balestra” with rival town Gubbio. Nearby are delightful small hilltop towns including Caprese Michelangelo (allegedly the birthplace of the artist), Monterchi and Monte Santa Maria Tiberina. This is a wonderful base from which to explore many of Tuscany and Umbria’s historical sites or to simply bask by the pool in the Italian sunshine.

Torre della Luna, a charming stone farmhouse, has been lovingly restored around a shrine to San Cerbone dating back to the 12th century, which was visited by Saint Francis of Assisi on the pilgrimage route to Rome. The house has a beautifully restored stone retaining wall round the whole of the southern side of the property, with a walk-way around the top and a large arched gateway underneath with stone steps down to the south facing pool plateau with its garden and rustic pergola. The very private 10m x 5m pool has pretty views of the surrounding countryside and across to the Alpe della Luna.

Ground Floor

  • Sitting/dining room with a traditional chestnut beamed ceiling and terra cotta pianelli floor. Very comfortably furnished with large double doors opening onto the stone -floored dining terrace. A stone staircase leads to the spacious terra cotta-floored landing of the first floor.
  • Wooden locally hand-made kitchen well equipped with electric oven, gas range, dishwasher and fridge/freezer. The view from the window is through the arch and down the stone steps to the pool.
  • Outside staircase leading up to the roof and a large (26′ x 20 railed terrace with a terra cotta floor and small sitting room (currently used for storage only).
  • Laundry room

First Floor

  • Large light and airy bedroom with king-size bed, lovely wooden floor and wonderful views down the valley in one direction and across the pool terrace towards Anghiari in the other.
  • Bedroom with twin beds, wooden floor and a large picture window with views down over the pool terrace and garden. Double doors lead directly out to a terrace.
  • Bathroom shared by above bedrooms with a tub having an overhead shower and a screen
  • Bedroom with a wooden floor, king-size bed, door to the terrace and bathroom en suite with a shower

Amenities: Radio/cassette/CD player and washing machine

Staff: Maid service weekly on Saturday and pool cleaning twice weekly

Services Available at an Additional Cost: Cook, English-speaking baby sitter, maid for extra cleaning and grocery shopping.

Notes: Pets may be accommodated, please inquire at time of booking. Linen and towels are changed weekly and electricity, gas and hot water are included. Cots and high chairs may be available. The house isn’t recommended for small children and non-smokers are preferred.

Distances: Sansepolcro is 4 km. (supermarkets, shops, banks, cafes, post office and a lively market twice weekly), Anghiari is 15-20 minutes, Citta di Castello is about 30 minutes and Arezzo (the location for the town shots in the Oscar-winning film La Vita e Bella) is about 45 minutes. Lake Trasimeno (boat trips, wind surfing, child-friendly beach), Perugia, Assisi, Cortona and Gubbio are all about 1 hour and Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Bologna are about 2 hours.

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