“A luxurious rental for 4-11 with sweeping views, a sparkling pool and Scandinavian-inspired interiors, set in a hilltop village a short drive from beaches”
You’ll spend most of your time on the ground floor - an airy flagstoned space with doors opening onto the terraces. A contemporary 2-way fireplace divides the kitchen-diner from a sitting area with comfy low-slung sofas, mid-century modern chairs and shelves of glossy art books; there’s also a loo off the hallway.
The bedrooms - 4 doubles and a twin - are spread over the 2 floors above, along with a further lounge and a loft-like snug. All are decked out with designer lamps, colourful rugs and throws (lime-green in one, cherry-red in another) and modern art; one also has a sofabed that can be made up for an additional guest. The bedrooms share 3 bathrooms with walk-in rainshowers; one has a tub, too.
Dotted throughout the house are quirky pieces, including salvaged farmhouse cupboards and Monika’s father’s old typewriter; we particularly liked the antique sewing machine set in a nook in the kitchen. You’ll also find a washer, dryer, PC and printer in the basement.
The house is designed for feasting, with a huge dining table hewn from a single chunk of wood, plus further tables on the terraces outside. One faces east, so you can soak up the sun as you sip your morning coffee; another looks west - perfect for alfresco dinners as the sun sets.
The glossy white kitchen is kitted out with everything you need to cook up a treat: oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, huge fridge-freezer, and all manner of cutlery, crockery and utensils. There’s also further fridge and freezer space in the basement, and a BBQ outside.
There are grocery stores and bakeries a short walk away in the village, together with a couple of simple trattorias. Monika can also arrange for supplies to be waiting for you on arrival, and can book a visiting chef if you’re celebrating something special (or just fancy a night off).
Although the open stairs and unfenced terraces mean the villa isn’t suitable for children under 8, it’s a great place to bring older kids. There’s enough space for everyone to spread out, and the snug with its TV and DVD player makes a wonderful hideaway for teenagers. The washer and dryer in the basement will also come in handy for families.
Teens (over 12)
One of the rooms is a twin, and another has a sofabed that can be made up for an extra guest without any additional charge.