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DESTINATIONS VILLA HOLIDAYS |UNUSUAL STAYS


CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Villa Oliveto, Corfu; Elizabethan Manor, Sussex; Cocosan Villa at


Geejam Hotel, Jamaica PICTURES: Oliver’s Travels; The Villa Collection


BEST FOR . . . DOMESTIC TRAVELLERS Elizabethan Manor, Sussex Closer to home there’s plenty more in the way of impressive abodes, not least this Grade II listed manor house in the village of Pulborough, new to the rental market and exclusive to Oliver’s Travels. “Originally built in 1252, this elaborate manor once hosted Queen Elizabeth I,” says Kyra Simon-Millar, UK and Ireland expert for the luxury villa operator. “It boasts many historical features including its original dovecote, which is the oldest dovecote in Europe, and a Tudor inglenook, which is the largest in the country.” Opulent furnishings, wood-beamed ceilings, stone walls and a roaring fireplace characterise the decor, while a walled garden, heated pool and tennis court complete the picture. Book it: A seven-night stay starting July 2 costs from


£1,093 per person, based on 14 sharing. oliverstravels.com


BEST FOR . . . FAMILIES Villa Caria, Turkey Direct families looking to be entertained to this recently renovated villa in Kalkan. Boasting a children’s play area, swings, games area and cinema room, it also has its very own treehouse, climbing wall and huge pool complete with a waterfall and cave. Adults will find plenty to please too, including an indoor heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym, with four en-suite rooms and a


34 29 APRIL 2021


exper expert ASK THE


tristan symondson managing director, CV Villas


“Since the government’s roadmap announcement and confirmation of the new traffic light system, the sentiment around travel has become more positive, which has been reflected in the number of bookings and enquiries we’ve received for this summer. We are seeing numbers that are similar to those of 2019, and we’re confident that we’ll surpass these figures if international travel is given the green light. Greece is proving particularly popular for 2021, while the Caribbean is doing well for 2022, with Barbados being included in our top five destinations for the first time. We’re also seeing multigenerational holidays becoming increasingly popular for this year, with a spike in the number of larger family bookings.”


secluded location above the town of Kalkan, where rooftop restaurants overlook a lively harbour, and antiques shops line cobbled streets. Book it: Seven-night stays start at £448 per person based on eight sharing. A chef service,


pre-arrival food delivery and in-villa wellness and beauty service are available at extra cost. cvvillas.com


BEST FOR . . . GROUPS Villa Oliveto, Corfu The backdrop alone is enough to sell this four-bedroom, contemporary hillside villa, with idyllic ocean views flanked by cypress trees and an outdoor pool shaded by giant palms. “This is a wonderful place to relax and entertain family or friends,” says Mathew Simpson, product


² travelweekly.co.uk


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