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…
Hidden in the marvellous Mallorcan countryside, and just a short drive from stunning Santanyí sits Villa Cas Xemarri. The wonderful whitewashed 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.
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!
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!
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 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.
One for the romantics – this is the place to stay for charm and elegance! Beautiful and sophisticated, this breathtaking farmhouse boasts unrivalled views across the Tiberina Valley. Nestled in 15 hectares of private land, you're guaranteed a get-away-from-it-all feeling at this vintage villa. Perched perfectly over the rolling hills, step back in time and escape to traditional Tuscany. Wooden beams, terracotta tiling, honey-stone floors and a sweeping staircase are just the beginning of Villa Cretole's charm. Intricately carved fireplaces, gilt mirrors, chandeliers and a resident suit of armour prove that the devil is in the detail – cementing the vintage villa as an instagrammers paradise.
Vintage mixes with modernity in this mansion masterpiece! Set a stone's throw from pretty Poreč, clue's in the name with Villa Elegance. The epitome of sophistication and luxury, the white stone manor is topped off with a red-tiled roof - classicly Croatian! Feast your eyes on the ornate balcony, pristine pillars and vintage architectural designs that bring the beautiful building to life. Inside, the grandeur shows no sign of slowing down! From chequered marble floors and a magnificent entrance hall, to a spectacular helical staircase and chandelier centrepieces - every inch of Villa Elegance is exceptional.
You'll soon discover those vintage good looks are a beloved theme of the area! The town of Poreč boasts an ancient old town, UNESCO-listed basilica and a medley of Romanesque and Baroque buildings that'll please culture vultures.
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