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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

March 15, 2017

Village Villas for Easter Celebrations: save up to £350

Freelance Holidays is highlighting its ‘village villas’ on Crete – with savings – available in April, when British and Greek dates for Easter co-incide.

“Rural Crete celebrates Easter in style,” says managing director Paul Fogg, “and when your villa is just a stroll from the village square it’s easy to join in, from Good Friday processions to Easter Day fireworks and spit-roasted lamb feasts: the locals welcome everyone!”

The sleepy village of Samonas is set on a shoulder of the White Mountains, just 12kms from the sea. The village taverna and an ancient Byzantine church are only a couple of minutes’ walk away from Villa Vigla, while five kms down the valley is the larger village of Stylos. The imaginatively converted 200-year old house sleeps four in two bedrooms, has a pretty courtyard, freeform pool and shady garden. Easter holiday hire is just £99 per night saving £30 per night, or £210 on a seven-night stay.

In contrast to Samonas, the village of Gavalochori boasts two cafenions, two tavernas, a bakery, mini-market and a handicraft co-operative, as well as a church, making Villa Metapothia a great holiday home for friends or a large family. The six-bedroom house with fantastic views to the sea is little more than 300 metres from the village and was built by Freelance Holidays’ operations director Diane and her husband Yiannis, so it combines both Cretan style with superb facilities.  Easter dates are now reduced to £199 per night (saving £50 per night or £350 on a week’s stay for up to twelve people).

Other discounted village villas include Villa Galania at Armeni (£119 per night over Easter) and Villa Faye at Vrisses (£114 per night at Easter).

In all cases, quoted prices are to rent the entire villa. 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

February 14, 2017

Old Finca with New Pool leads Freelance Holidays’ Mallorca programme

An old finca with a brand new pool is one of Freelance Holidays’ expanded Mallorca rental programme, which now offers more than 60 villas with pools and hand-picked apartments.

Ca’n Guineau’s rustic origins are clear, from its terracotta tiles to the beamed ceilings, yet now it finds itself perched on the edge of pretty Pollensa Town, with its bars and restaurants just a few minutes stroll from the front door.

New for 2017 – which is why it has been signed up by Freelance Holidays – is the transformation of the rear courtyard to accommodate a six metre by three metre pool, outdoor shower, furnished sun terrace and outdoor kitchen with sink, fridge and BBQ.

A dining terrace runs across the back of the finca and inside are a dining room, living room, kitchen and three double/twin bedrooms (so it sleeps six) and two contemporary bathrooms.

Complimentary WiFi, air-conditioning and covered parking in the entrance courtyard complete the property, which combines the atmosphere of a farmhouse with the location of a townhouse.

The nearest bar is just 500 metres away and the town’s narrow cobbled streets are a warren of art galleries, craft shops, restaurants and churches. The wooded hills around Ca’n Guineau offer superb walking, and the beach is five minutes’ drive away.

Available – as are all Freelance Holidays’ properties – to rent by the night for ‘tailor made’ holidays, April prices start at £110 per night (or £770 for a week) rising to £307 per night in August peak (or £2149 for a week). Excludes flights and car hire (though once at the villa, which is approx 60kms from Palma airport, a car is not strictly necessary).

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

January 22, 2017

Brand New Coastal Villas in Kefalonia

Two new-build villas in the spectacular location of Kefalonia’s Liakas peninsula join Freelance Holidays’ line up for 2017, bringing the number of properties the company features in this south-coast location to seven.

Like the others, Villa Odysseus and Villa Penelope will have jaw-dropping sea views and direct sea access. They are being built now (so no pictures) in the same style as Villa Anna Maria which came into Freelance Holidays’ programme in late-summer last year.

These beautiful new holiday homes are set on the limestone cliffs of the Liakas promontory. Groves of citrus and olives surround the villas, the Ionian Sea is at the foot of the cliffs, and the village of Spartia, with its tavernas and food shops, is within five minutes’ drive.

The villas are within a few minutes’ walk of large, flat rocks used as sunbathing and swimming platforms.  Families with small children will prefer the gently shelving beach five minutes drive away. [See footage of Villa Anna Maria and the location on Vimeo.]

Like Villa Anna Maria, Villa Odysseus and Villa Penelope will offer spacious, contemporary accommodation for six people in three bedrooms.  Each villa has its own private pool of course, and wonderful outdoor living spaces: furnished terraces for sun and shade, BBQs etc.

Freelance Holidays offers any-day-arrival for any-length-of-stay, with Villas Odysseus, Penelope and Anna Maria all starting from £169 per night to rent the whole villa, rising to £469 per night in August peak.

Also on the Liakas promontory and also newly-signed for 2017 is Villa Dionysos, with prices from £114 per night.

A few miles to the west is newly-built Villa Minetti, also new for 2017. This contemporary villa with private pool sleeps six and is within five minutes drive of both Trapezaki and Lourdas beaches.  Prices start at £114 per night.

The new villas bring Freelance Holidays’ Kefalonia programme to 25 hand-picked properties.

Prices do not include flights or car hire.

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

January 22, 2017

Contemporary and Quirky: Freelance Holidays Sicily Additions

Mediterranean villa company Freelance Holidays has expanded its Sicily programme for 2017 with typically quirky properties.

Casa Tecla is a former fisherman’s cottage beside the sea that has been given a clever make-over to create a stylish retreat. It is in Santa Tecla, a fishing village  with a bar and a couple of restaurants , while the baroque town of Acireale a few kms inland has more choice. 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 lava 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.

Available, as are almost all Freelance Holidays’ properties, to rent by the night, Casa Tecla costs from £171 per night, rising to £342 per night in August peak, for up to four people. Excludes flights and car hire.

Set right on the beach in Calabernardo , close to the baroque beauty of Noto (a UNESCO World Heritage town) is Noto Beach Villa. Since the soft sand and blue sea are just over the low wall, there’s no pool, but a wraparound dining veranda and garden at the side provide indoor/outdoor space and privacy.

Three bedrooms and three bath/shower rooms offer plenty of space for six, with accommodation all on the ground floor.  The simple style and modern furnishings are family-friendly.  Freelance Holidays’ nightly rental ranges from £123 to £299 for up to six people, excluding flights and car hire.

For larger families, 20 minutes drive from Syracuse is Villa Maddelena, a four-bedroom villa with luxuriant gardens and sea views. Clever landscaping of rocks and plants means the free-form pool looks very natural, and the beautiful loggia has a built-in wood oven and barbecue as well as dining and lounging furniture.

A ‘master suite’ with its own entrance provides a vast double bedroom, ensuite and dining/kitchen area. Two further doubles and a twin offer beds for eight, with a sofa bed in the living room for +1. The house spreads generously over three levels, with sea views from several rooms. The resort’s excellent Lido (entrance fee) is just 150 yards along the road, for the beach, a bar and restaurant.

Villa Maddelena costs from £299 per night to £571 per night, for eight or nine people. Excludes flights and car hire.

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

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