By Anthony Peregrine
3 May 2015
Dominique's Villas is a third British company (we're sticking with British, not from blind patriotism, but because the company has belting properties and is reassuring, language and service-wise). Les Boulvènes, for instance, is a 19th-century maison de maître, masterfully decorated, with four double bedrooms, four bathrooms and enough countryside all around that you'd be lucky to bump into any of your seven fellow guests.
Les Boulvènes, ref: DL172 >>
By Sean Newsom
22 March 2015
On a sun-blasted hillside overlooking the sea, the Tzia Summer House is a richly textured, barefoot-luxury kind of place, where all you'll hear is the murmur of your own conversation and the occasional splash from the infinity pool. The interior design mixes big sofas, driftwood table lamps and the occasional antique, but it's the outdoor space that holds the attention, thanks to the endless terrace and the gobsmacking view. Catch the one-hour ferry to Kea from Lavrio, 30 minutes from Athens airport.
Tzia Summer House, ref: GR25 >>
By Susan d'Arcy and Sean Newsom
25 January 2015
Number 18 - For foodies
Ochre walls, pale blue shutters and a parade of plane trees set the scene. Inside, La Pierre's stone walls are festooned with prints. But what will really get your mouth watering is the location. Just to the north lie three of the region's best wine-producing villages, including Vacqueyras, for rich and fruity reds. Also nearby are the magnificent food markets of Carpentras and Vaison-la-Romaine. A recipe for a week of alfresco feasts.
La Pierre, ref: PR77 >>
By Sean Newsom
11 May 2014
Beach House, Vendée, Sleeps 10. What's the perfect end to a day on the beach? A two-minute walk to your posh seaside villa, that's what. Sheltered by pine trees, the Vendée Beach House is one dune away from the Atlantic, and when you're done in the sun, you can cool off with the help of a plunge pool and an hour of Franglais-flecked action on the pétanque pitch. Indoors, you'll find an ocean of open-plan space, a calm white colour scheme and black-slate bathrooms in which to wash away the sand. La Rochelle airport is just over an hour's drive away.
Vendée Beach House, ref. AC43 >>
By Sean Newsom
26 January 2014
A pretty shuttered house in the north of the Lot, Maison Mondou, is set in a couple of acres of land, with a pool, a pétanque piste, badminton, table tennis and croquet. When everyone has burnt off their energy, they can hang out by the fountain or kick back on the shaded terrace. Hilltop Monflanquin is where you'll be stocking up on groceries. The nearest airport is Bergerac, served by Ryanair.
Maison Mondou, ref. DL170 >>
By Sean Newsom
27 January 2013
This cute old farmhouse has an interior ideal for a holiday and plenty of space to roam. Thirty acres of room, to be precise, including a pool, vast lawns, woodland and a floodlit tennis court. It's hard to think of a better venue for two families with active older children. The historic riverside town of Nérac is six miles away; Toulouse airport is a 1hr 20mins drive.
Mouret, ref. DL72 >>
By Robert Ryan
2 December 2012
"My favourite properties are the ones with character that couldn't be anywhere else but in France. La Maison de Mouchi is in Duras, in the Lot-et-Garonne - on the borders of the Dordogne and the Gironde, so the best of all three worlds for wine-lovers and has a great personality. Majestic walls dating from the 12th century coexist with the owner's eclectic collection of modern art and a large south-facing pool - good for lengths - has panoramic views of orchards and hilly vineyards. It's in a medieval hamlet, with a few other houses and a charming restaurant overlooking the other side of the hill, and is a great house to be alone in, or with up to 11 other people."
La Maison de Mouchi, ref. DL157 >>
20 February 2012
Hilltop Roussillon is one of the prettiest villages in the Luberon valley, and Maison Vignes is in the thick of it - just 50yd from the market square. Inside, there's a lovely open-plan sitting room; outside are terraces and a small pool. Marseille airport is a 75-minute drive.
Maison Vignes, ref. PR74 >>
20 February 2011
Looking for somewhere stylish that doesn't cost a bomb? This newly converted cow byre could be the answer. It sits in lush Aquitaine countryside and has a soaring double-height sitting room and lots of exposed beams and stonework. Bergerac airport is an hour's drive.
Rainettes, ref. DL15 >>
by Rob Ryan and David Wickers
A villa gives you freedom from hotel schedules and worries about the kids behaving badly. Go independent with Dominique's Villas who offers Favereau, a lovely restored farmhouse set in beautiful hills on the fringes of the Dordogne, about 90 minutes by car from Bordeaux. The leisure lake of Castelgaillard is 14km away, with swimming, kayaking, fishing, pedalos, water slides, archery, horse-riding and crazy golf. And back at base, there's that heated pool (£100 a week extra, and worth every penny). The villa has five bedrooms, 25 acres of grounds and a games barn.
Favreau ref DL16 >>
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