Six European houses perfect for a group getaway
At the time of writing most of us are in some level of lock down, with no prospect of travelling to other countries in the coming weeks. But you know what, Further Afield has always been about broadening the mind, about introducing you to new places, inspiring you for when you plan your next trip; so, with that in mind here are five amazing houses that will be the perfect venue for celebrating the new “new” by bringing together your nearest and dearest.
Le Manoir Retreat, Montpelier (sleeps 10 + 4)
This wonderful French estate has the space and accommodation perfect for bringing together a large group of friends or family. The house has five bedrooms and bathrooms meaning you have all the space and privacy you need. The retreat has a beautiful pool and there are innumerable outside eating corners and terraces.
14 Wolfe Tone Square, Cork (sleeps 12)
The west of Cork is a stunning part of Ireland, full of amazing coastline, historic sites and traditional Irish towns. Like Bantry, with its fishing port, markets, great pubs and its sense of history. Right in the heart in one of the towns historic buildings is 14 Wolfe Tone Square. Despite its town centre location it has a huge amount of space, perfect for group suppers or hungover breakfasts.
Le Mas, The Dordogne (sleeps 12 + 2)
Rupert and Franck have created something truly special with Le Mas, a stunning French country house for up to 14 if you take the gite, Le Mazet too. The interiors are incredibly stylish yet retain a sense of being a relaxed, family friendly space designed to ensure you get the most out of your holiday here. There’s an open sided barn providing outdoor kitchen and eating space overlooking the private pool. One thing that stands out is the care and attention that has been given to making the house as accessible as possible for those less mobile. Truly thoughtful.
Finca El Frontín, Malaga (sleeps 8)
Along the ocean highway from Malaga and then up into the hills is the lovely town of Competa. The road winds its way up from the coast but once you’re there the views back down to the coast mean you soon forget the journey. Staying at Finca el Frontín is akin to staying in a boutique hotel with its newly renovated interior and beautifully staged terraces. The stunning pool with amazing views forms the focal point of your time here, with an outside kitchen tucked next to it. Days on the beach are easy here too, with crystal clear water and quiet coves to explore as well as more traditional resorts like Nerja. Watch this neat little video for a tour of the house.
La Casas del Torero, Vejer de la Frontera (sleeps 10)
Stepping through the front door of this country house close to Vejer de la Frontera and you could be no where else than Andalucia. The interiors are bright and traditional, with cool stone floors and open fireplaces for winter. Split across the main house and separate apartment there’s space to retreat but plenty where you can come together too. There’s the option of a chef’s services whilst you stay which makes for an even more relaxed group holiday.
Palago di Panzano, Chianti (sleeps up to 20)
This amazing collection of apartments makes the ideal setting for bringing together different families in one place. Varying in size but each with its own facilities and renovated beautifully, there’s also lots of shared spaces – including the wonderful pool. On a wine estate theirs tasting available as well as catering if you require it.