The Steeple Times chooses five houses that would be ideal as holiday homes
With spring upon us and the worst of winter fading into memory, many are beginning to plan their summer holidays. For those with the necessary resources, thoughts of buying a second home may be on the agenda. Here we choose five of the best homes for holidays:
La Vue, Grimaud, French Riviera – £4.2 million (€5.959 million, $6.3 million)
Situated across the bay from St Tropez, this ultra-modern residence includes 5 bedroom suites and 2 reception rooms. Externally there are three south facing terraces and a heated infinity pool. La Vue is for sale through Hutchinson Bell.
Dering Harbour, Shelter Island, The Hamptons, USA – £9.5 million (€13.2 million, $13.95 million)4,700 square foot waterfront home includes 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. There is also a 1,200 square foot 4 bedroom guest cottage and a 3-car garage. Externally there is a gunite pool and a deep water dock. The property is for sale through Jonathan Smith of Sotheby’s.
Villa Igea, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy – £6.1 million (€8.5 million, $8.9 million)
Featuring 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms spread between a 16th century villa and three cottages, the Villa Igea estate incudes 54.46 acres of gardens and olive groves. There are also two swimming pools and the property is for sale through Knight Frank.
Porthledden, Cape Cornwall, St Just, UK – £3 million (€4.2 million, $4.4 million)
Built for the former chairman of De Beers, Captain Francis Oats, in 1909, this Grade II listed 11,660 square foot seaside mansion stands in some 7.2 acres. Aside from 10 bedrooms and 3 bedroom guest apartment, the property benefits from stabling, three paddocks and a school. Porthledden is for sale through Savills.
La Zagaleta, Benahavís, Spain – £6.9 million (€9.75 million, $10.2 million)
A 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom villa with a maid’s apartment and garaging for three cars, this Andalusian style house is set within the La Zagaleta Golf and Country Club. It has an infinity swimming pool and a games room and is on the market with Aylesford.
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The one in Tuscany is classy and the one on the coast of Cornwall is in a wonderful setting but the others are just awful. Money does not always buy taste or style for that matter.
All that ‘ If you want to see what God thought of money; just take a look at those to whom he has given it ‘ applies, but some of these houses that ‘ Disgusted of Belgravia disapproves ‘ compare very favourably to former jerry built City clerk’s four floor Chelsea houses put up when the Circle Line was established
As does my favourite F. Scott Fitzgerald quote,’ If ever you feel like disapproving of someone; remember not everyone has had your advantages ‘