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July 4, 2019

New: Contemporary villa with a heated pool on Portugal’s Costa Verde

A striking villa with a private heated swimming pool on Portugal’s Costa Verde – showcasing contemporary architecture at its best – is the latest addition from villa specialist, Vintage Travel.

Situated in the seaside village of Afife in the Vila Praia de Ancora area, Casa Reserva Do Poeta incorporates the very latest of architectural design techniques with striking effect.

The property (sleeping six) has an amazing modern interior with a sleekly furnished split-level sitting/dining room with floor to ceiling windows with doors leading to a covered terrace.  There are three elegant bedrooms, one en suite and two opening onto a terrace, plus two bathrooms.

In its enclosed grounds of lawn and flowerbeds, there is a private heated swimming pool, along with covered and open terraces.

A pleasant walk of 800 metres leads to the local grocery shop and a typical café, while a little further on are two well regarded restaurants (1.5 kms).  For trips to the beach, a lane from the village through fields leads to the wooden boardwalks that criss-cross the dunes backing Afife’s stunning beach.

As an example of price, a seven-night holiday between 20 July and the end of August costs £2098, or from £898 during September.

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

01954 261431,

February 7, 2019

Coastal villas lead Freelance Holidays’ Sicily expansion

A fabulous sea-facing villa, and a sophisticated new beach shack spearhead the 2019 Sicily portfolio for Mediterranean island specialist Freelance Holidays.

Villa Marianelli is set in a quiet residential area of the south-coast port of Licata. This wonderful house is newly-renovated to create a stylish holiday home that is both contemporary and comfortable.

The elevated salt-water pool area, the first-floor living space and beautifully-furnished terraces all take full advantage of the sea views. The three bedrooms (it sleeps six) are on the ground floor. Sandy Marianelli beach is less than 400m walk.

The high specification includes three satellite TVs, WiFi, a full music system, a sleek kitchen with all the white goods holidaymakers might need, and two luxurious shower rooms.  Comiso airport is approx. 75kms away for travellers flying Ryanair and Catania is under two hours’ drive. Licata offers a baroque square, 16th century castle and a choice of restaurants.

PRICE Seven nights in April starts at £2240; a peak summer week is £3878.

Also new is Dimora di Circe – originally a humble shack – which now fulfils any luxury beach hut fantasy! There is nothing except sand between the villa and the sea. The fabulous interior features local found and re-purposed items to create an effortlessly stylish holiday home, and a sunken hot tub off the deck extends the season.

Dimora di Circe has two double-bedded ensuite rooms, making it the perfect couples/friends retreat. It is set below the coast road in a quiet corner of the south coast. Restaurants and shops are 12kms to the west in Pozzallo while the Baroque town of Noto is 35kms. Comiso airport is 77kms away and Catania 120kms.

PRICE Seven nights in April starts at £2856; a peak summer week is £4998.

Freelance Holidays’ managing director Paul Fogg says: “The UK market is waking up to the fact that Sicily’s southerly position – on the same latitude as Tunis – offers early and late season escapes as well as peak season holidays. It’s our fastest-growing destination.”

Freelance Holidays: 01789 297705,

November 30, 2017

More new villas with private pools on the Cote d’Azur with Vintage Travel

Making its debut in 2018 on the Cote d’Azur with villa specialist, Vintage Travel, is Villa des Artistes, an elegant 1930s home situated on the edge of the historic market town of Vence.

Villa des Artistes external

The property, sleeping six in three bedrooms (one en suite), oozes character and charm with classic French decor complimented by the owner’s appreciation of art.  French doors from the living area lead to a balcony which runs the length of the house, overlooking the pool area and with views towards the hills and sea.

In its grounds there is a private swimming pool, a poolside summer kitchen (with a dining area, sink and fridge), and a gated terrace garden with a boules court, seating areas and flowerbeds.  Restaurants and amenities can be found in Vence, the nearest beach is at Cagnes-sur-Mer (12 kms) while the smart towns of Nice and Cannes can be reached within a 35-minute drive.  A week in 2018 starts at £1596, rising to £2954 in peak season.

On the peaceful Corniche des Maures on the Cote d’Azur – with its tiny hidden coves and family-friendly beaches – Les Gekos also makes its entrance for 2018.  This welcoming and comfortable property sleeps eight in four bedrooms (two en suite) and is located just 1.4 kms from the charming village of La Croix Valmer with its shops and restaurants and Sunday market.

In the enclosed grounds of covered and open terraces there is a private swimming pool with a shallow ‘plage’ area, with lots of space for sunbathing.  Five beaches are less than 3.5 kms from the villa, along with a wealth of country hamlets including Mimosas, a pretty flower filled Mediterranean village.  A week in 2018 starts at £2760, rising to £4098 in peak season.

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

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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,

Freelance Holidays’ press contact is Paul Fogg 01789 297 705

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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
August 26, 2015

September savings of £1200 on luxurious Turkish villas with private pools…

Vintage Travel, specialists in villas with private pools, has announced massive savings of up to £1200 on seven-night villa holidays in the pretty Turkish seaside resort of Kalkan during September, following negotiations with property owners for last-minute booking incentives.

The above reduction applies to seven-night holidays from 7 September in Elmas (sleeping 10) which now cost £2795. The property enjoys one of the finest locations in Kalkan with panoramic views over the town and out to sea. Ideal for larger parties, the accommodation has five bedrooms – all en suite and with either a balcony or terrace – as well as an open plan living/dining/kitchen area and floor to ceiling glass windows. Outside, the private pool has a long infinity edge and an integrated corner spa section, plus there’s a sunken ‘meditation’ area and table tennis together with open and shaded terraces.

There are also savings of £900 to be had on seven nights from 7 September in Lykia View – a magnificent property, beautifully furnished and with sea views – which now cost £2095. The villa (sleeping eight) has an open-plan living area, four bedrooms (three en suite and each with a terrace or balcony), plus an additional shower room. In the garden there is an infinity edged swimming pool, terraces and table tennis. A gentle stroll leads to two restaurants and Kalkan harbour.

With views over olive trees to Kalamar Bay, sits Mercan (sleeping eight), where a week’s holiday from 7 September is now priced at £1150, a reduction of £600. The villa has an open-plan living area and all four bedrooms are en suite and enjoy sea views. Outside, there is a private pool with an infinity edge and open and shaded terraces. A stroll of around 20-minutes leads to Kalkan Old Town.

Flights and car hire can be arranged by Vintage Travel on request and generous discounts apply to small parties.
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