The arrival of summer has put escapes to the sun firmly on our minds, and with an array of sunkissed spots just a hop away in Europe, you don’t have to travel far to soak up the rays in a beautiful location.
If your idea of summer holiday bliss is rela in a villa where you can truly get away from it all, you’ll want to know where you can find the best holiday rentals that offer interiors that are as idyllic as their settings.
We’ve picked five villas in Europe with dreamy decor, from a bright seaside abode in the Algarve to a rustic gem in Puglia...
1. Villa Idda, Sicily, Italy
Set close to the dramatic Riviera dei Ciclopi coastline on Sicily’s east coast, the charming , which sleeps seven, sits among orange groves that surround the small seaside town of Acireale. Comprising two separate buildings, the villa's interior style is simple yet elegant, with polished stone surfaces and neutral shades. Highlights include the vast light-filled galleried living room providing huge picture windows and a double-height beamed ceiling, as well as the sitting area furnished with modern art and a piano, and the wonderful master bedroom featuring a sunken bath. A week costs from £4,465.
2. Vista Mar, Algarve, Portugal
An exquisite contemporary villa in a beachfront location just 50 metres from the quaint fishing village of Salema, , which sleeps eight, boasts spacious open-plan living featuring floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the house with light and allowing you to take in the stunning seascapes from all corners. The luxury property is decorated in crisp blue, fresh whites and vibrant purples, completed with chic home accessories and objets d’art. A week’s stay costs from £8,278.
3. Therapeia, Paxos, Greece
An unusual and divine house for those who enjoy the finer things in life, overlooks some of the bluest waters in Europe and offers guests a one-of-a-kind, architect-designed stay on a northwest-facing hill in one of the prettiest parts of Paxos. Privacy and style come as standard in the property that sleeps 12 in five sophisticated bedrooms and a cottage nearby. The interiors will truly impress you – think white walls, marble floors, designer furniture, fine fabrics and incredible lighting in an uber-cool pad. A week costs from €15,000 (£13,140).
4. Can Deia, Mallorca, Spain
An enchanting private oasis in the heart of World Heritage Site, the Sierra Tramontana, the attractive , which sleeps 10, sits on the hilltop above Deia, offering spectacular views of the west coast. The house is decorated in fresh blues, whites and earthy tones, with colourful tiled floors, Mallorcan-inspired patterns and bright white walls found throughout the villa. There are four bedrooms offering large bathrooms and quaint dressing areas, along with various sitting areas for rela in the evenings and socialising with friends and family. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining areas for taking in the views, stylish tiled showers and homely touches like the vibrant fireplace and bold sofas. A week’s stay costs from £13,650.
5. Masseria Pino Marittimo, Puglia, Italy
With its vaulted ceilings, awe-inspiring arches and exposed stone walls, a first glance suggests that this is a well restored farmhouse, but , which sleeps 10, was built in 2014 and ingeniously designed to showcase the beauty of Puglia’s architectural traditions. The owners commissioned OKA for the interior decoration and incorporated modern amenities including an outdoor projector for alfresco film nights and a contemporary kitchen. An airy dining area features a centrepiece chandelier and long refectory table, and a cool-toned sitting room perfectly complements the intricately-tiled floor. A week’s stay costs from £3,201.