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September 13, 2017

Book Now or Miss Out: Med Villas for 2018

Villa specialist Freelance Holidays has made 90% of its properties ready to book for 2018, citing a bumper 2017 season and highlighting properties that, says managing director Paul Fogg, “will sell out early thanks not only to their size and style but to their location.”

Freelance Holidays is unusual among villa companies in allowing any day arrival at virtually all properties, even in peak season, making it easy for customers to mix and match with low-cost flights to create great value holidays of varying durations, from five nights to 9, 13, 17 … any length of stay!

Paul’s top tips to book early for 2018 include:
On KEFALONIA, Villa Penelope, Villa Odysseus and Villa Anna Maria. They sit together – but orientated away from each other – on a finger of the Liakas peninsula, with footpath access down to a natural level platform for a dip in the Ionian Sea. Each also has – of course – a private pool, and spectacular sea views.  Anna Maria was completed in 2016; but Penelope and Odysseus welcomed their first guests only in May, so that photographs of the finished villas were not available until late on in the booking season.

“Now the pictures do these luxurious properties justice, peak season dates will be snapped up by Christmas,” forecasts Paul. “All three villas sleep up to six in three ensuite bedrooms, making them perfect for families with older children.”

2018 prices (the same for each villa) start at £229 per night, rising to £759 per night in peak season.

On CRETE’S north-west coast, Villa Argiro is also tipped to book early. This tastefully restored village house is comfortable rather than luxurious, but the location ticks all the boxes. Not only is it in the heart of a real community, but it is less than 1km from the pretty resort of Almerida, where two gently-shelving sandy beaches fly a Blue Flag.

“The village square, with a choice of tavernas and a minimarket, are a couple of minutes’ stroll away and Almerida’s superb beaches are little more than 850 metres down the hill,” says Paul.  “Argiro offers outstanding value for families, with a peak week only £2359 for six people, and off-season rental from only £118 per night!”

A recently-added 8m x 5m private pool is the reason Villa Paxaco on MALLORCA will be hugely popular in 2018. With Roman steps for easy access, and a shallow corner section for young children, the property is also all on one level, making it a great family villa. The location – not more than six kilometres from both Pollença Bay and Alcudia’s old town – is also excellent.  2018 rates start at £125 for the whole villa, which sleeps six, rising to £285 in peak season.

In all cases, the price is for the whole villa, and excludes flights and car hire.

 

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk


Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

 

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca and Zante (aka Zakynthos).
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
July 17, 2017

Late Escapes to Hot Villas on Crete

Freelance Holidays has discounted many of its villas on Crete, where summer lingers longer thanks to the island’s southerly location in the Med.

“September and October are wonderful months,” says Freelance Holidays’ director Paul Fogg. “The temperatures stay high, averaging 24C in September and 20C in October*.  The beaches are almost empty and the locals have time to chat, and to share their harvests, from grapes to cheese and honey.”

Scattered across the foothills of the White Mountains within easy reach of both the Blue Flag sandy beach at Georgioupolis and the bustling village of Vrisses are four villas with pools, all with reduced rates in September and October.

Villa Faye: This lovely house has been painstakingly renovated to offer accommodation for six in three bedrooms. Polished wood floors, exposed stone and beamed ceilings all speak of the villa’s rustic origins, with a new kitchen and two bathrooms, air-con and WiFi satisfying modern needs.  The pool, dining terrace and huge BBQ/oven make outdoor living easy. Mature gardens and rural views give the impression of being ‘away from it all’ yet the tavernas and shops of Vrisses are less than 2kms, and the beach a 10-15 minute drive.

Available to rent by the night – as are all Freelance Holidays’ properties – Villa Faye costs from £114 per night in October, and from £159 per night in September, when a seven-night rental is now reduced to £1113, saving £210.

Villa Toula: This rustic retreat sleeps four in two bedrooms and is furnished in traditional Cretan style. Despite its modest size, Villa Toula has a private pool set in the pretty gardens which include shady olive trees. A week’s rental in October is reduced to just £763.

Villa Olivia: Recently built in local stone, this two-bedroom villa is thoroughly modern, from its open-plan living space to the lovely pool which seems to float above the olive trees below. Sleeping four, a week’s rental in October is reduced to £833.

Villa Artemis: This is set on a hillside, built over three levels and offering bags of room for up to seven people in four bedrooms. A weeks’ rental in September costs £1043, with October rental just £109 per night.

In all cases, the price is for the whole villa, and excludes flights and car hire.

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

Ed’s notes:

* Crete Weather – figures from Holiday-Weather.com

Average temperatures September 24C, October 20C

Average sunshine September 10 hours a day, October 6 hours a day

Average sea temperature September 24C, October 23C

Average number of days’ rain September 2 days, October 6 days

Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

About Freelance Holidays

  • Specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca and Zante (aka Zakynthos).
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
July 6, 2017

Sicilian Summer Houses

Freelance Holidays has snapped up three more stylish holiday homes on Sicily, and recommends the island as a superb destination that still has availability this summer.

“Sicily is a wonderful holiday island with sandy beaches, rocky coasts, a live volcano to discover, spectacular ancient ruins, beautiful towns and superb food,” says Freelance Holidays’ managing director Paul Fogg. “There’s still peak season availability and good flight options.”

The three new ‘just signed’ properties are in the south-eastern resort of Fontaine Blanche only 14kms from the ancient city of Syracuse and about 90 minutes’ drive from Mount Etna.

Set just above the water, Villa Marisol has wonderful views of the Ionian Sea from its sun terrace, covered loggia, from the lower lawn and the Jacuzzi pool. Pack a pair of jelly sandals and you can swim from the rocks below the house, though a sandy beach is only 1km along the coast. A double bedroom, a single room and a sofa bed in the living area means the house can sleep four, but it is also a truly cool pad for a couple.

The all-white interior is effortlessly stylish, with touches of blue in the artwork and soft furnishings. There’s WiFi, air-con, an outdoor BBQ and sink, plus labour saving gadgets in the immaculate kitchen.  July dates are reduced, so that a week’s rental is £2408 in total, while peak August weeks are £3346.

The same owner has applied the same standards to the renovation of nearby Casa Blu, which sleeps six on the seafront . There’s no pool, but the water laps a few yards below the villa’s sun terraces.  Villa Bussola is equally stunning, sitting 80 metres back from the sea in the same resort.

Another recent signing with summer availability is Casa Tecla – a former fisherman’s cottage given a clever make-over to create a stylish retreat. It is in Santa Tecla, a small fishing village with just a bar and a couple of restaurants.  Casa Tecla has a small plunge pool on the terrace and a walled garden with a sea view. Open the garden gate and step onto the rocks to launch for a morning swim!

Inside, two bedrooms sit under the eaves (one double, one twin). There are two smart shower rooms and a well-equipped kitchen while the open-plan living space has a barrel-like vaulted ceiling and cool tiled floor.  Catania is about 15kms away, so this is a great base for sightseeing, including Mount Etna’s volcanic park.

Both July and August dates at Casa Tecla are reduced by Freelance Holidays, so that a week in July costs from £1743 (saving £252) and a peak August week is £2142 (saving £252).

In all cases, price is for the whole villa, and excludes flights and car hire.

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

 

Ed’s notes:

  • Freelance Holidays specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca and Zante (aka Zakynthos).
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members

 

 

 

May 10, 2017

Freelance Holidays Boosts Mallorca Villa Line-up

Freelance Holidays, the Mediterranean islands specialist, has boosted capacity on Mallorca by signing five additional villas, bringing its choice of properties on the island to 68.

“Mallorca is more in demand than ever,” says managing director Paul Fogg, “and we are glad to have signed up both newly-completed and newly-available villas for late-booking guests.”

Newly-transformed to create a modern holiday home is Ca’n Teulala, a two-bedroom villa set on a large rural plot only two kms from Pollenca’s cafes and restaurants, with sandy beaches at Puerto Pollenca and Cala San Vicenc about 10 minutes’ drive.

Two trees, including an ancient olive, shade the house in what is otherwise a ‘new’ garden, surrounding the beautiful pool, sun terrace, BBQ terrace and villa itself.

It has a double bedroom, bathroom and open-plan living space at ground floor level and the twin bedroom on the first floor gallery. WiFi and a high-spec kitchen complete the facilities. A week in June for four people is £1022, rising to £1813 for seven nights in peak season.

Other properties adding much-needed capacity are Ca’n Guineau, within walking distance of Pollenca’s eateries and shops (sleeps up to six: a week in June from £1764) plus Villas S’Hort d’Misser, Son Bleu and Sa Clos.

And with a newly-built eight metre swimming pool with integral 50cm deep children’s pool, Villa Paxaco on the Bay of Pollenca also has good availability, with a week in June for six people reduced to £1043.

Flights and car hire not included. Freelance Holidays’ policy of any-day-arrival and any-length-of-stay allows travellers to mix and match low-cost flights for flexible and great value holidays.

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk 

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Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

Release issued by Jane Williams at Beacon PR 01572 748 800

Editor’s notes:

  • Freelance Holidays specialises in villas on the Mediterranean islands of Crete, Kefalonia, Sardinia, Sicily, Mallorca, Menorca and Zante (aka Zakynthos).
  • Flexible arrival days and durations allow travellers to mix and match stays with low-cost flights; properties are priced on a ‘per night’ basis
  • The hand-picked properties include villas with pools, village houses and family-run apartments – many with jaw-dropping views.
  • Freelance Holidays does not arrange flights or transfers, but can pre-book car hire.
  • ABTA members
April 7, 2017

50% off Newly Built Villas in Kefalonia

Freelance Holidays has slashed the price of two brand new villas on the Liakas peninsula of Kefalonia by 50%.

Why?  Because they’re so new that no photos are available, which has held back early season bookings.

“Both villas are completed, both are being furnished now, and because they are under the same ownership as Villa Anna Maria in the same location, we know they will be equally fabulous,” says managing director Paul Fogg.

“But although we are illustrating the new villas with photographs of Villa Anna Maria, to give a sense of what they are like, we understand why holidaymakers have been reluctant to commit, so we are reducing the ‘per night’ charge in May from £199 to £99,” explains Paul.

That is £16.50 per person per night to be the first guests in a luxury villa with private pool and sea views. Both Villa Penelope and Villa Odysseus have three bedrooms to sleep up to six people, with three bath/shower rooms.

The setting of both villas, five minutes away from the village of Spartia, is spectacular and both have footpath access to a large rock platform where guests will find sun-beds and parasols: an almost-private spot from which to swim in the crystal clear Ionian sea.

Flights and car hire not included. Freelance Holidays’ policy of any-day-arrival and any-length-of-stay allows travellers to mix and match low-cost flights for flexible and great value holidays.

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705, www.freelance-holidays.co.uk

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