Big Five Wow-Factor Villas

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From the sublime to the ridiculous and everything in between, here's our selection of wow-factor villas for family gatherings, celebrations or any occasion under the sun.

1. La Bergerie

TOURRETTES, FRANCE >

Set in more than a hectare of beautifully landscaped gardens, La Bergerie is a truly spectacular villa of grand proportions and exquisite French style. In a prime position with unobstructed views and total privacy, the villa is ideally located between both Provence and the CÔte d’Azur, and couples the peace and tranquillity of a villa holiday with the luxury of being fully-staffed. Inside, an impressive double height entrance draws you into the house, with a triple aspect drawing room, professional kitchens and six en suite bedrooms. Every room offers an airy feel of light and space. Outside you’ll discover an exquisite pool, overlooked by terraces designed for entertaining. Located within the exclusive Golf Resort of Terre Blanche, La Bergerie benefits from almost total seclusion yet is perfectly placed to make the most of the resort’s plentiful amenities.

From £15,840 per week on a villa only basis. Sleeps 12*

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2. Le Preverger

LA GARDE-FREINET, FRANCE >

Evoking the bohemian era of the sixties and seventies when artists and stars of the silver screen flocked here to enjoy the liberal atmosphere of the Côte d’Azur, Le Preverger is a lovingly redesigned traditional home in the hills above the Riviera. The estate stands out as one of the jewels of the French Riviera, set just a short distance from La Garde-Freinet and a quick drive from the glitz and glamour of Saint-Tropez. Without another house in sight, whether you’re coming by land, sea or air, we will ensure your arrival at Le Preverger will be both seamless and swift. We will gladly meet you with a limousine or, if you prefer, we can arrange a private helicopter to whisk you straight from the airport to your enchanting home from home. Once ensconced in the villa, we can arrange access to luxury cars for travel to the decadent beach clubs of Pampelonne, the numerous shops of Saint Tropez or discreet country hideaways that pepper the area.

From £59,775 per week on a villa only basis. Sleeps 20*

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3.Mas Mateu

COSTA BRAVA, SPAIN >

Voted one of the Best Residences in Europe at the International Property Awards, Mas Mateu has hosted the most elite and discerning clients from all over the world. Situated within an expansive 18th-century Spanish estate, the villa is the perfect example of classic combining with contemporary interiors to produce a match made in heaven. Steeped in Catalan history, the house is set among the undulating Gavarran Mountains with uninterrupted views of the Pyrenees in the far distance, yet still only 15km from the rugged delights of the Costa Brava. Lovingly restored to its former exquisite grandeur, Mas Mateu offers family and friends the opportunity and excuse to escape to the heart of Catalonia. The various staff members, including two chefs, a sommelier, butler and concierge, will make sure every one of your needs and wishes is catered for.

From £32,876 per week on a villa only basis. Sleeps 10-22*

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4. Villa Cetinale

TUSCANY, ITALY >

There are not many opportunities one has to stay in a villa that was transformed for a Pope. Originally built in 1680 on ruins from an Etruscan settlement, Villa Cetinale was transformed into a Roman Baroque villa for Pope Alexandre VII and is a true slice of history – the world-famous horse race, Il Palio, was held at Villa Cetinale seven times in its 165-acre wood due to riots in the city. The blossoming mature gardens feature climbing roses, vine-covered pergolas and antique statues, as well as the stunning Scala Santa, the ‘holy stair’. Said to be the epitome of garden design, it has been described as one of the most beautiful in Italy. The private swimming pool, tennis courts, stunning interiors and beautiful chapel are the icing on the cake of what is a truly exceptional property.

From £19,980 per week on a villa only basis. Sleeps 23*

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5. Villa Machiavelli

CHIANTI, ITALY >

In the heart of the winemaking region of Chianti Classico, set on a cypress shaded hill, Villa Machiavelli is an imposing 15th-century villa nestled in nearly 250 hectares of vineyards and olive groves, producing three award-winning wines and its own distinctive olive oil. This is a villa for foodies. Its close proximity to Italy’s most celebrated food and wine regions affords an incredible array of fresh produce at your fingertips, prepared for you by an attentive and caring staff. And the ideal accompaniment to the food? The views! With an array of dining options, from eating under the loggia to a picnic in the vineyards or even dining poolside, you’ll struggle to keep your eyes on the food. What’s more, the villa is within walking distance to a host of acclaimed local restaurants.

From £23,252 per week on a villa only basis.Sleeps 17-23*

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