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Vintage Villas


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There’s no better way to understand the personality of a place than with a stay in a vintage villa. Often nestled in rural and rustic villages, they’re the perfect home from home for anyone on the hunt for authenticity and culture. Unique and distinctive in character, traditional interiors and other-worldly exteriors offer up one-of-a-kind stays. Every inch of these pristine properties are Instagram gold, with quintessential quirks and captivating craftsmanship. Nothing gets under the skin of the place you’re staying better than a vintage villa. But don’t take our word for it, have a look for yourself…

Villa Cas Xemarri, Mallorca 

Rustic pergola dripping with pink flowers. A vintage chandelier hangs above a large wooden table.

Hidden in the marvellous Mallorcan countryside, and just a short drive from stunning Santanyí sits Villa Cas Xemarri. The wonderful white-washed stone farmhouse is an idyllic rendition of a rustic retreat. Framed beautifully with vines and vibrant flowers, admire the characterful wooden shutters and enjoy the serene atmosphere from the barbecue terrace. Marvellous Mondragó Nature Reserve is just 15 minutes away, where you’ll find powder-white beaches and startling blue seas.

Villa Palazzo Rosadi, Tuscany 

Beautifully restored manor house in the Tuscan hills

One for the culture vultures – this is the place to stay for history lovers. Beautiful and elegant, this breathtaking manor house has been in the same family for over 200 years! Hidden in the middle of 25 hectares of private land, you’re guaranteed that get-away-from-it-all feeling at this vintage villa. Perched perfectly for uninterrupted views across the rolling hills, step back in time and escape to traditional Tuscany. Wooden beams, intricate wall art, traditional terracotta floors and an impressive stone fireplace are an instagrammers paradise! (View Villa Palazzo Rosadi).

Villa Pyrgos Mavrabelo, Zakynthos

A converted historic Greek windmill, now converted into a holiday villa.

Perhaps the quirkiest of the bunch, this stone villa was once a Greek windmill. Rustic and traditional features fuse with modern home comforts over three floors of the vintage venue. Sitting pretty on Zakynthos’ south east peninsula, the property is surrounded by olive groves and lush vegetation – adding to the authentic ambience and laid-back Greek lifestyle. Some of the island’s best beaches are a relaxing 10 minute stroll away. In summer you might even get lucky enough to spot loggerhead sea turtles as they haul themselves up the sandy coves to lay their little eggs! (View Villa Pyrgos Mavrabelo).

Villa Mirante II, Algarve

Light and airy interior of a beautiful vintage villa in the Algarve

Quintessentially Portuguese, this characterful cobalt blue and dazzling white creation is a luxurious and elegant vintage villa. Offering oodles of space within its wonderful walled gardens – it’s the perfect space to kick-back and relax. Located in the fishing town of Olhos d’Agua in the heart of the Algarve. It centres around a sandy cove, where boats lay on the golden sands and local fishermen tend their nets along the shoreline. Oozing with welcoming charm and plenty of calm, it’s holiday heaven for those looking to unwind. If you’re after buzz, busier resorts are just a stone’s throw away too! (View Villa Mirante II).

Villa Panacea, Rhodes 

A unique villa with vintage décor in Rhodes

An unbelievably unique vintage masterpiece built in the ‘70s by a collection of innovative architects – this little oasis is the winner of numerous awards for its design. From the circular building and pool to the alfresco dining in the garden, no detail has been overlooked at Villa Panacea. And to top it all, it’s only a ten minute drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rhodes Town!

Pssst – The images really do speak for themselves on this one… why not take a look?

Villa Casa Fasola, Puglia 

Dining Al Fresco in picture-perfect Puglia. The whitewashed villa and it's beautiful gardens bask under the Italian sun.

Villa Casa Fasola is a characterful country haven nestled among fields and farmland in rural Puglia. Vintage and traditional on the outside, the inside has been meticulously modernised to create a bright and airy home from home. Talk about the best of both worlds! White-washed and natural stone work contrast against the brilliant blue shutters, while the seating area and pool sit elegantly against a backdrop of luscious olive groves. The nearby old town of Cisternino and its charming centre has been unchanging for centuries. Awash with iconic trulli, narrow shady streets and elegant churches – this Puglian escape is a trip back in time.

Villa Tara, Ibiza 

Villa Tara in Ibiza with cobalt blue front and whitewashed walls.

Villa Tara is a miniscule five minutes from San Miguel – the gateway to the rugged coast of north Ibiza. Get ready to put any stereotypes to bed, and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of this idyllic island. One of the most picturesque vintage villa offerings, both the exterior and interior are serious ‘house goals’. Pristine white walls, terracotta floors and wooden beam ceilings pull together beautifully throughout the property. Located in the beautiful 18th Century country estate of Can Covas, the pastel blue and white creation is a unique serene rural retreat.

After some more holiday inspiration? Have a look at some of our favourite Must Visit Villages and Intriguing cities, or just dive straight in to our destinations.

Emma Mackey

Emma Mackey is a Content Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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