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October 13, 2018

New for 2019, authentic Catalunyan fisherman’s cottage with a private pool

Villa specialist, Vintage Travel, is delighted to announce the addition of Cal Pescador – a traditional fisherman’s cottage which sits on the rocks of the waterfront in the bay of Aigua Xelida on Spain’s north east corner – to its selection of properties with private pools for 2019.

Cal Pescador started life many years ago as somewhere to store lobster pots, repair nets and shelter from storms, but having been passed down from generation to generation it has grown into what it is today, an authentic, cosy fisherman’s cottage yet with all the comforts of 21st living.

It sleeps eight in five bedrooms and has terracotta floor tiles, beamed ceilings, solid oak doors, mullioned windows and hand-painted furniture, complemented with three contemporary bathrooms and comfortable furnishings.

The latest addition is a swimming pool which is positioned in adjacent private grounds to the rear of the property, originally home to the family’s vegetable garden.

A ‘hop, skip and a jump’ from the garden gate leads to pretty little cove of Cala d’en Gotas –  perfect for swimming and snorkelling – and a short drive (1.8 kms) leads to the nearby fishing village of Tamariu, with its sandy beach, plus a selection of seafront restaurants, grocers and bakers.

A seven-night holiday in June 2019 starts at £3798, rising to £4498 in peak season.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

September 20, 2018

‘Small party’ deals on villas with private pools from Vintage Travel

With peak season now behind us, Vintage Travel – specialists in villas with private pools – is offering small parties the option to stay in one of their larger houses at considerably discounted prices.   Guests do, of course, still have exclusive use of the property and grounds, but can enjoy the extra space  provided by a bigger villa.

As an example of ‘small party discounts’ a week in October in Casa do Eido da Deveasa – a magnificent eight-bedroom property near the riverside town of Ponte de Lima in Portugal – is priced from £1998 for up to 18 guests.  However, parties of up to eight can enjoy a week’s stay at this 17th century property for £1598, a discount of £400.   Facilities at the villa include a private swimming pool, a poolside shower, lawns and open terraces, table tennis, a badminton net, plus a sauna and small gym.

In Aveyron in South West France is Soulages, an impeccably restored four-bedroom stone house which enjoys breathtaking views over tree-clad hills and the deep river valley below it.  A week in October for eight guests costs from £1086, but for parties of up to four the price is £732, a discount of £354. The villa has a games room with top quality gym equipment and in its landscaped grounds of 2.5 acres there is a private heated swimming pool, a poolside gazebo and dining terraces,

Small party discounts are also available at more modestly-sized villas such as Can Jomil, situated in the ‘picture-postcard’ scenery on the Catalan coastline on Spain’s Costa Brava. This light and spacious three-bedroom villa costs £898 for parties of six during October, while parties of up to four pay from £598, a discount of £300. The villa has a private pool, open and shaded terraces and a built-in barbeque.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

September 3, 2018

October half-term in Kefalonia…

Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools, is highlighting a selection of properties on Kefalonia at October half-term, an ideal opportunity to grab some late summer sunshine before the on-set of winter.

With panoramic views over the Ionian sea and neighbouring Zakynthos is Rabia, a welcoming family home in the sleepy village of Mousata and just 1.4 kms from the sandy beach of Trapezaki.  This stylish villa sleeps six in three bedrooms (one en suite) and its first-floor open-plan living area has floor-to-ceiling windows on one side which lead to a magnificent wrap-around balcony.  In the garden of lawns, olive and fruit trees, there is a private swimming pool, dining and sun terraces and a built-in barbeque.  A week from 21 October is priced at £598.

Also available is Ruggero, a contemporary beachside cottage with breathtaking sea views over Fiscardo and just 350 metres from its beach and waterfront restaurants. It sleeps four in two bedrooms and has an open-plan living area, plus two bathrooms.  Outside there is a private swimming pool and terraces.  Seven nights from 21 October cost £748.

Or, for couples restricted to taking their breaks during half-term holidays, Marina is a romantic retreat, with an open-plan living area, a shower room, plus a double bedroom with a freestanding bath tub. In the gardens there is a private swimming pool, a private shallow pool incorporating two solid sun beds, a dining terrace, along with a small private chapel nestling in the shade of two olive trees. The villa is just two kms from the sleepy village of Spartia and a drive of around 12 kms leads to the island’s capital of Argostoli with its waterside restaurants and daily markets of seafood and fresh local produce.  A week from 21 October is priced at £648.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

August 29, 2018

Portuguese villas with private pools reduced in price this September…

Escape the crowds, the sizzling temperatures and enjoy a bargain-priced holiday in Portugal this September is the message from Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools.

Deals include savings of £203 on seven-night holidays from 8 September in Casa Laguna, where a week’s holiday is now priced at £1545.  The property – full of charm and character – sleeps eight in four bedrooms (one en suite) and is situated in a small hamlet near the fishing town of Fuzeta.

It is set in extensive enclosed gardens and has a large outdoor pool, an outside shower, two outdoor kitchens (with facilities including a pizza oven, a built-in barbeque, wine cooler and dishwasher), plus open and shaded terraces.  Local attractions include the nearby coastal town of Fuzeta (3.5km) – excellent for beaches, exploring narrow cobbled side streets and seafood – and the larger town of Olhao (8km), renowned for its vibrant waterfront market.

Or near the laid-back village of Boliqueime in the rural Algarve, a week from 15 September in magnificent Casa da Palmeira, now costs £1583, a reduction of £383.  This superb villa – with its bright, smart and welcoming atmosphere – sleeps six in three en suite bedrooms .  In its gardens, there is a private swimming pool, a separate solar-heated children’s pool, a poolside games room, open and shaded terraces and a built-in barbeque.  Nearby is Boliqueime (4 kms), with small shops and a couple of restaurants, while slightly further afield (12 kms) is Olhos de Agua with more comprehensive facilities and an excellent beach.

Hidden away down a country lane and facing the Ria Formosa Natural Park is Casa do Ludo, set in massive grounds that include a private tennis court and its own pine woodland.  This superb property sleeps six in three bedrooms (one en suite) and has a décor of beautifully laid terracotta wall and floor tiles, wooden beamed ceilings, exposed stonework and intricately patterned brick work.  In the garden, in addition to a private pool and a tennis court, there are open and shaded terraces, table tennis, a children’s climbing frame and a built-in barbeque.  A week from 22 September is now priced at £1095, a reduction of £167.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

August 9, 2018

Peak season villas with private pools ‘just for two’…

Villas with just one bedroom that offer a private swimming pool are hard to find, so specialist operator, Vintage Travel, is delighted to be able to offer a selection of such properties to couples that are restricted to taking their holidays in peak season.

These include Casa Francigena, a country retreat for two nestled on the hillside above the medieval town of Bolsena – and the lake of the same name – in the  Lazio region of Italy.

Floor-to-ceiling patio windows line the entire length of this stylish villa.  These lead to a covered terrace with views over the garden – home to a hexagonal-shaped private swimming pool and a built-in barbeque – to the olive grove beyond.  Bolsena, with its restaurants and cafes, is just two kms away and a scenic drive around the lake reveals pretty villages such as Marta, Capodimonte and Montefiasco, renowned for its white wine. A seven-night holiday from 18 August is priced at £1250 (saving £200) or £1350 from 25 August (saving £100).

Or in the small town of Orgiva in the undiscovered Alpujarras region of Spain, is Casa Encantadora.  This smart property sleeps two in one bedroom and its slightly elevated position means that the lawned garden looks across rooftops to the mountains beyond.  In its grounds there is a private swimming pool, a poolside shower, a covered dining terrace and a built-in barbeque.

This is the perfect place to explore the picturesque Alpujarras; there a myriad of ancient roads ideal for walking or cycling, head south to the stunning mountain scenery to coastal Salobrena (a 30-minute drive) or, for a spot of culture, the ancient Moorish city of Granada is just 55 minutes away by car.  A week from 18 August costs just £898.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request.

01954 261431, www.vintagetravel.co.uk

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