Stunning Smaller Villas with Pools
When it comes to renting a villa in the warmer months, nothing quite beats having your own pool. Lying by it. Swimming in it. Gazing at it from your terrace, drink in hand. This selection of our smaller villas with private pools is perfect for groups of two to six.
Casa Encuentro, Almeria, Spain (sleeps 6)
This fabulous, light-filled house is set amidst wild Spanish mountains in the sunniest place in Europe, making this eco-chic boutique house an enviable year-round destination. The house is in a stunning location – just a short distance from where Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and other Spaghetti Westerns were filmed (you can visit the sites too – about five minutes by car), plus it’s only 25 minutes from Almeria International Airport.
Casa Castagno, Tuscany, Italy (sleeps 4)
Nestled in a clearing surrounded by 12 acres of its own private woodland is this cosy, welcoming 19th-century barn, surrounded by lavender-filled gardens and a private 10m pool – perfect for Tuscan summers. There are beautiful views across the rolling Tuscan hills. The village of Fragaiolo is nearby and you’re just five minutes from Caprese Michelangelo, where the Renaissance artist, Michelangelo Buonarotti was born.
Casa Blanca, Malaga, Spain (sleeps up to 6)
Casa Blanca, named for its sleek, all-white design, is the perfect place to call home for a while. The house also features a lovely casita, perfect for two extra guests. Central to historic Maro, the village’s most famous sight is the Nerja Caves, a series of vast spaces featuring significant pre-historic paintings. Maro beach is a short walk away and you’re perfectly situated for the restaurants, which are practically on your doorstep.
The Weaving House, Florida, USA (sleeps 4)
Dive into this beautifully restored Modernist house and you’ll feel like you’re on the set of Mad Men. Airy with sun-filled spaces, it’s a fabulous place to chill – ideally whilst sipping a martini by the pool. With its subtropical climate, this part of the world is a great destination all year round. Just over an hour away, the beautiful beaches of St. Petersburg and Clearwater make a nice alternative to Orlando and have a huge Pride every June.
Tenuta Borgia, Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy (sleeps 2-24)
Cross the turquoise seas to reach Pantelleria to discover the strange beauty of this volcanic island. Set on the southwest coast, one of seven dammusi properties for two to eight guests, Palmeto caters for up to four and has its own plunge pool. Hot springs, thermal waters and nature reserves surround you and the farm itself produces its own extra virgin olive oil and heritage wine, perfectly blending ecology, architecture and history into the landscape. Also read our insider’s guide to Pantelleria.
Casa Albariño, Lanzarote, Spain (sleeps 6)
Perched on a hillside with mesmerising sea and mountain views, Casa Albariño is ideally situated off the beaten track in the volcanic hillside of a beautiful, traditional Canarian village, between the old capital of Lanzarote, Teguise (with its bars and restaurants), and the beaches of Costa Teguise. You’ve got everything at your fingertips. There are also cycle paths, golf courses, paragliding and hiking readily available.
The House in Aups, Provence, France (sleeps 6)
With a magical walled garden in the heart of beautiful Aups, this house offers the perfect escape plan. Chill by your plunge pool, BBQ on the terrace or explore the town and nearby stunning countryside. A Year in Provence? Tempting.