During the cold winter months we can’t stay away from Scott Williams’ dreamy website, tempting us with an abundance of stunning villas across Europe that we’d love to escape to on our next holiday...
We spoke to Victoria and Maymie, the lovely co-founders of Scott Williams, the luxury holiday villa specialists with a bulging black book of contacts, to get the inside scoop on their favourite hand-picked properties and the hottest holiday destinations for 2017!
Here are their top 5 villas (set to sell out fast), which are perfect for gathering with family or friends to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings - ready, set, book.
One for celebrations...
Domaine Cahors, France
This is a glorious little chateau in the heart of the Lot with 10 bedrooms which has been well set up for family groups. It has been beautifully renovated to the highest of standards. Surrounded by amazing landscaped gardens, alot of thought has gone into the grounds.
The furniture is very elegant, mostly French and painted in lovely muted colours, bedrooms are large and generous and the bathrooms have rain shower heads or lovely old-fashioned free standing bath with feet.
The house has live in staff who are on hand to help as much or little as you need. The housekeeper, cook and gardener make a great team and keep this house spic and span.
We have nothing but praise for this house - we have guests who go back year after year...
One for teenagers...
The Priest's House, Mallorca
This is new to Scott Williams and is not with any other agencies, it's RIGHT in the middle of Pollenca (actually in the town centre) so brilliant for teenagers and all their comings and goings. Very unusual.
The glorious small town of Pollenca has long been an attraction for visitors to Mallorca, it has some wonderful restaurants and bars. In the heart of the town is a glorious house which we are thrilled to be able to offer our clients.
The Priest's House is one of a kind - a highly luxurious town house in the buzz of local life. Arched windows, beamed ceilings and stunning original features are set off by luxurious beds, contemporary bathrooms and huge living areas. The swimming pool is in the pretty courtyard, glorious one off pieces of furniture and beautiful colours are what make this house special. Hand-carved tables, stunning tiles and glorious linens are just some of the finishes which make this house so special.
One for beach lovers...
Kipos Beach House, Paxos
Victoria would say this is the nicest house on Paxos, on any beach and one of the nicest houses on our books. New last year and just glorious!
Being on Paxos is all about the sea – and this house could not be more perfectly situated for enjoying the turquoise seas of the Ionian. Wake up to the sound of lapping waves and in minutes you can be down in the warm water swimming before breakfast (sometimes with dolphins!). This house is a corker!
Really stunning, the interiors have been beautifully furnished with contemporary, designer furniture and great finishes. The main living areas are open plan and cool, the owners have used cool blues, elegant greys and lovely wood throughout which give a peaceful vibe.The huge pool overlooks the sea and has built-in underwater seating. Enjoy being so close to the sea but with all the amenities you would expect for a house at this level. In July and August there is a cook included in the price of the house.
One for the kids...
We are always on the lookout for stunning new houses in Tuscany and this one really does have the wow factor! Set up brilliantly for families, there are beautiful bedrooms throughout and a very stylish pool area. The kitchen is wooden and very cool, contemporary chic and really not what you would usually expect in a rental property! You will want to copy the clever ideas incorporated into this lovely home.
The owners have made the house very child-friendly – there is even a toddler pool and a fenced children’s garden area with some play equipment. But style has not been compromised in this lovely property – you wont be disappointed and we are sure you will be back summer after summer once you have had one lovely holiday here.
One for friends...
Dar Tamazerte, Morocco
This stunning house in the Ourika Valley boasts three large bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms and large doors leading out onto the big terrace which runs right around the property. There is a lovely, shaded table to enjoy breakfast around, before you spend the day in the garden, by the pool, or playing tennis in the shared court. There is a boules court too which is perfect for evening games.
The stunning swimming pool is surrounded by comfortable white loungers. If you can tear yourself away from the pool and its white linen shades, the garden is also stunning, thoughtfully planted with a big lawn.
Breakfast is included and there is a cook who lives on the premises and she will cook for you as much or little as you ask her while you are there. Enjoy the souks of Marrakech a 30 minute drive away, or venture a little further afield and explore the Atlas Mountains. How delightful to know that this glorious house will be waiting for you on your return! In the winter months enjoy sunshine by day and snuggle up by the fire at night while someone else makes supper.