Whether you’re diving into azure Mediterannean waters, sipping wine under a Tuscan sun, or seeking out powder and pistes, Europe will always be an alluring destination. From turreted Italian villas and hillside Cretan mansions to opulent Scottish castles and honey-hued French chateaus, we’ve chosen the 10 best holiday rentals in Europe so you can discover all those feelings for yourself.
1. Casa Alora, Marbella
Live the glamorous life in Casa Alora, a glitzy villa in Marbella. Tear yourself away from your private pool and cinema room and saunter down the luxurious residential Golden Mile or charter a yacht and see just why this is the jet set’s premier playground.
2. Koroni Villa, Messinia
Messinia is home to one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean as well as picture-perfect villages, Venetian castles, and olive groves. Koroni Villa not only delivers majestic Ionian Sea views but also the chance to pad around in outright luxury complete with plush bedrooms, your own swimming pool, and 24-hour butler service.
3. Strathdon Castle, Scotland
Plataial, private, and thoroughly aristocratic, Scotland’s Strathdon Castle is much more baronial than it is bonnie. Think 18 acres of landscaped gardens, tartan-clad furnishings, a swanky whiskey library, and very regal bedrooms. Its wild Scottish Highlands location puts you in the heart of enchanting sea lochs and secret sweeps of white sand beaches.
4. Villa Anahi, Ibiza
Ibiza’s Villa Anahi is all lazy hazy summer days spent in a glamorous Balearic bolthole. The spectacular cliffside setting is made even more enchanting with its private pool, hideaway terrace, and glittering Mediterannean sea views. You also get your own staff to cement that A-List status.
5. Dimora Torricella, Tuscany
Sunkissed, sizable, and in a scintillating Tuscan setting, Dimora Torricella’s 19 bedrooms match its 19 bathrooms. A maze of exceptional courtyards, verandahs, farmhouses, and living rooms, this family estate is all about Renaissance art, amber-hued sunsets, and a fine wine lifestyle. Blending high luxury with an extraordinary history, the results are a serene and magnificent home.
6. Villa Amalie, French Riviera
Land of celebrity villas and hedonistic habits, the French Riviera is one of Europe’s most glamorous destinations. Lavish Villa Amalie sits in breathtaking red rock-strewn L’Esterel National Park and comes complete with rolltop baths, chandeliers, whitewashed terraces and the most glorious of private pools.
7. Villa Amalie, French Riviera
7) Meribel’s Chalet Pedrix Noire is a snow bubble heaven of cozy but sumptuous chalet bedrooms and ethereal views of a powder white landscape. Its location is unrivaled when it comes to the most flashy of skiing trips and its magical four floors are enveloped by sun-drenched wraparound balconies.
8. Daios The Mansion, Crete
With its Instagram-worthy interior and captivating views, Crete’s Daios The Mansion is the perfect pad for a gorgeous Greek island escape cradled in the arms of luxury. Standout features include the stunning seawater swimming pool, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a personal fitness trainer on call.
9. Villa Del Re, Lake Como
With grandiose neoclassical design and its own private park, Villa Del Re sits on the banks of enchanting Lake Como. This spacious family retreat is all about the setting; take afternoon tea on the sunkissed lake view terrace or make the most of its extraordinary mountain location and hike over to Switzerland for the day.
10. Villa Linares, Finca Corsetin
Sun worshippers will delight in the manicured lawns and elegant terraces of Finca Corsetin’s Villa Linares. Its all suntan lotion and blissful bronzing by the private pool and sauntering off to mountains, oceans and golf courses when you crave outdoor adventure.
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