5 OF THE BEST FAMILY VILLAS
Looking for the perfect family villa? We have teamed up with Family Traveller who have scoured the world to find 5 of the very best. From beach side surfer hangouts, to idyllic rural farmhouses and island hideaways-perfect for families who love a summer adventure!
1) Cosy Villa in Tuscany
A week will pass in a flash at Villa Tramonto. This dreamy, pantiled villa overlooks a classic Tuscan landscape of rolling hills, neat vineyards, tall cypress trees and sleepy hill towns, and accommodates six. Siena, a couple of miles away, makes a good half- or whole-day excursion and there’s riding, tennis or golf available nearby. But this place is mainly about long, lazy lunches, accompanied by a bottle of chianti, before curling up with a book or taking an afternoon nap in the shade (bribe the children to leave you in peace with the promise of gelato)
Best for: A stay-put, poolside holiday for families with children aged six to 14 years.
Top feature: The gated pool makes this villa a great option for families
2) Beach Cottage on the Cape
Flip-flops, sunhats and kikois are all you need to pack for a stay at Seagull Cottage in Churchhaven on the Cape’s west coast. Sleeping up to 11 in four bedrooms, this place is only an hour from Cape Town, but it feels far more remote. One reason is the lack of electricity; expect candlelit evenings and gas-based or barbecue cooking (the fridge runs on solar power). You have to bring your drinking water, too. Oozing shabby chic charm and full of vintage knick-knacks, you couldn’t imagine a cosier retreat after a day of fishing, walking and building sandcastles.
Best for: An extended group of family and friends with children up to 14 years.
Top feature: Its unbeatable location next to a beautiful beach and blue lagoon.
3) Lakeside Boathouse in Cumbria
For messing about on the water, Swallows And Amazons style, nothing beats a stay at The Osprey. Located on the shores of Lake Windermere, the views from this idyllic wood- and stone-built house, which sleeps up to four, are also hard to beat (think bird life, fishing boats, yachts and lake cruisers against a hazy backdrop of wooded fells). Stylish, whitewashed and wood-floor interiors include two coolly furnished, en suite bedrooms while the sitting room has French windows that open onto a balcony – ideal for outside eating.
Best for: Families with children aged six and over. Younger ones are not permitted here.
Top feature: Access to a private jetty and boat mooring is included in the rental price – a big plus point for nautical families.
4) Luxury Villa in St Lucia
Residence du Cap, which sleeps eight, sits on the Cap Maison Estate, an exclusive enclave on the north-western tip of this exotically lush Caribbean island. You can be as busy as you want with local beaches to explore, golf and tennis on the doorstep, a trip to Pigeon Island National Park or a catamaran cruise along the coast. But reserve some time for flopping on the pool terrace and enjoying the fabulous sea views from the garden.
Best for: Families with children aged up to 14, accompanied by a nanny, friends or grandparents.
Top feature: An en suite bedroom in a separate cottage within the villa grounds makes ideal add-on accommodation and a housekeeper/cook comes in six days per week.
5) Rural Farmhouse in Provence
If you close your eyes and imagine your ideal French villa, it probably looks like La Bastide Maskee. Situated on the outskirts of Roquefort-les- Pins (10 miles inland from Cannes and the Côte d’Azur), this 400-year-old stone-built and pantiled farmhouse is surrounded by lawns, olive groves and orchards. It sleeps up to six in three sizeable bedrooms (plus two children in a smaller room). Lazy days will centre around the designer pool house with its shady snoozing area, long dining table, barbecue, pizza oven, steam room and Jacuzzi.
Best for: One large family, or two families of four travelling together.
Top feature: The spacious, child-friendly garden contains a play area with a sandpit and trampoline