Europe Villa

Introducing new European villas and destinations

Art de Vivre hand-pick all the properties in their property rental collections. Our portfolios feature the crème de la crème; the top properties worldwide with unique locations, architecture or experiences. Not all of our collections are displayed online for exclusivity but as the demand for European properties has grown we have introduced 2 new collections - Villas by the Sea and Villas in the Country

We begin the tour of our newly exhibited properties with The Glass House in the Algarve, Portugal. This stunning modern villa was only finished two years ago and as such has been designed with full modern and technological facilities. The villa brings the typical Bauhaus style into the 21st Century with open plan living, high ceilings and inside/outside design. The materials and finishes give the villa a reflective and bright interior with the perfect blend of textures. The hi-tech kitchen and 3D Cinema Suite are the epitome of what The Glass House offers to its guest, the latest and greatest in technology for your enjoyment and comfort. The location itself is extremely unique, set on a beautiful escarpment meadow overlooking the stunning Algarve coastline and pretty village of Praia da Luz.

Any collection of European villas would be incomplete without an appearance from the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Ibiza.

Villa Zeus sits in a unique location with the mighty Tramuntana Mountains to the north and a view of the Cape of Cala Llamp, the Mediterranean Sea and their neighbouring Island Ibiza, to the south. The symmetry of the gardens and villa mirror the tranquil surroundings and the interiors with glistening floors and starry LED lights bring the divinity of their name to life. 

Can Dos Rocas overlooking the sea in Ibiza by contrast features a much more traditional yet minimalist Ibizan design. Glass walls seamlessly merge the expansive living areas and two long sandstone masonry walls complement the geometrically defined outdoor spaces. The interior also is a celebration of natural materials with a fine Tim Page plant fibre carpet and designer furniture crafted by local artisans.

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On the Greek island of Mykonos lies Villa Karma Pelikanos in an elevated position on the island, enjoying uninterrupted panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. The villa's design combines the old world charm of traditional Greek architecture with 21st century amenities and interiors. Sit outside on the sea-front veranda and enjoy Mediterranean cuisine from local ingredients or head out in the villas’ cars and explore the cultural island of Mykonos.

The Cote d’Azur in France is home to the most villas in the collection but finding the latest and greatest in the area has been our focus for the past two years.

Domaine Mareeba, in the very heart of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, enjoys a unique location with a private walkway to the harbour and is only a few minutes walk from a beach club and the village. For those of us who like to traverse the blue waters rather than gaze longingly from its shores, the position near the harbour makes Domaine Mareeba the perfect option. Every aspect of this grand property has been designed to give a light open-plan yet subtle state-of-the-art retreat. 

One of the most prestigious areas of the French Riviera is the wild town of Saint-Tropez. Debuting in our portfolio are three Saint-Tropez properties which offer entirely different experiences of the famous region. Villa Pearl, near the Gassin area, hides behind a luscious garden with towering greenery and offers a secluded retreat but within reach of the port, restaurants, the parties and clubs.

Meanwhile the Glitterati lifestyle of Pampelonne is best experienced at Villa Iris. Sleek white geometric shapes studded with clear glass, Villa Iris stands out as a gem in the most sought-after area of Pampelonne. The famous Club 55 and Pampelonne beach is less than 5 mins walk from this exclusive property.

Further south, in the Ramatuelle area of St Tropez is Villa 10, the finest villa on the La Réserve Ramatuelle estate. With access to the facilities of the luxury hotel and its spa, Villa 10 becomes the ideal option for those who need a relaxing retreat from the fun of Saint Tropez. Less than 15 mins drive from Saint Tropez’s best beaches, Villa 10 misses out on none of the action.

Back up the coast we reach another town known for it’s glamour, Cannes. Domaine de Provence is a luxury estate that gazes down onto the bay of Cannes, with easy access via helicopter to Monaco. With 17 en-suite bedrooms spread out over three separate villas, the sprawling estate is your own private resort during your stay. The villas’ exteriors may have the classic Provençal stone walls and tiled roofs, but the interiors have traditional elegance to match the glorious lifestyle of the Cote d’Azur. Ideal for a family celebration.

As we move along the boot of Italy we come across the finest countryside estates in mainland Europe. Castello di Reschio is a combination of rendered modern architecture and restored traditional rural houses spread across a restored Umbrian estate that dates back to the 11th Century. The estate stretches over 3,000 acres with stables, a hunting reserve, wine cellars, vineyards, olive groves and a creative centre restored from an old Tabaccaia. 

Tuscany is a natural rural sanctuary and Villa San Luigi’s beautiful gardens and stunning views are the epitome of the Tuscan holiday. Commissioned by the illustrious Chigi family and designed by the renown Sienese architect Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi (1481 – 1536) the villa has been extended and enhanced over the centuries. Now it stands as an exclusive private home for rental with private infinity pool, modern gym and traditional Italian kitchen.

Mas Mateu is a Catalonian 18th Century estate which has retained all the grandeur and style of the period whilst at the same time featuring the most modern of conveniences within its resplendent walls. A graceful arched doorway leads into a series of inviting lounges, with magnificent views over the snow-capped Pyrenees. Mas Mateu features a leading Equestrian centre, private cinema room, sports facilities and dedicated swimming pool complex. The villa is perfect for horse riding fans and those who adore Catalonian culture and cuisine.

In 2015 we exhibited the very best Swiss chalets for rental but away from the towering alps, you can have a luxurious stay at La Villa du Lac.  A stunning modern villa with understated design and fantastic views of Lake Geneva and the Alps. The villa is a perfect escape from business in Geneva with the relaxation and spa facilities available at La Reserve Geneve hotel. The villa enjoys its own private entrance from the road. Villa du Lac is a well-designed, private and quiet retreat for the busy jetsetter.

We trust our new Europe Summer villa collection will give you some inspiration for lazy days under the sun whether you chose at the sea or in the country. We look forward to assisting you so please do get in touch.

The hidden beauty of Lake Geneva's newest exclusive private villa

Looking for a home away from home for your next trip to Geneva? Look no further as last week we visited the most exciting lakeside split-level private villa available to rent short term just 5 minutes from the city. Located in La Réserve Genève, the modern La Villa du Lac, a haven of glass and polished concrete, stood in its garden bordering the lake with an exquisite view of the snowy peaks of Mount Blanc. Subtle luxury - a beautifully simple, uncluttered and stylish villa. 

Ideal for a couple or small family looking for the ultimate hideaway in Geneva. The villa is 385m² spread over two floors with all rooms facing the lake and gardens. We loved the space of this ideal home with the large glass windows blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. Contemporary decoration and furniture by the Parisian designer Remi Tessier and the owner’s art collection throughout are true delights. 

The ground floor with ceiling to floor windows houses the generous 160m² open plan living room consisting of a media room, two large sitting areas, a study area and a dining room. The designer eat-in kitchen also leads to a terrace for alfresco dining. Upstairs the master bedroom with bathroom, separate toilet, dressing room, fitness area and south facing balcony. A second bedroom with ensuite shower and balcony. There is a 3rd bedroom which guests could use as a playroom or office. Further personal staff accommodation is also onsite.

For those who regularly stay in 5* hotel suites in Geneva, the La Villa du Lac offers a refreshing and exciting alternative. Facing south with uninterrupted views of the lake and mountains, the Geneva lake villa offers the ultimate in privacy and tranquillity. Guests will enjoy the acclaimed Swiss hospitality with a personalised housekeeping and concierge service as well as access to the restaurants, pools and 2000m² spa of La Reserve Geneve. The villa is available for short or extended stays, corporate retreats and product launches. 

 

Read more about La Villa du Lac, Geneva

 

In the next few weeks we will be expanding our European villa rental portfolio further to include many new beautiful European villas for rental in Cote d'Azur, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. If you are interested in renting a European luxury villa, please do enquire and we will provide you with a selection of properties for rental for you to choose from.

Oceanfront Corfu Estate, Greek Island Villa near Kassiopi

Villa Corfu 237, Kassiopi
Oceanfront location with sandy coves, Near Avlaki Beach & close to Kassiopi, Designed with village feel in mind

A glorious waterfront estate in Corfu set in 30,000 m² of land, with 180 m of waterfront including two sandy coves. The main house and guest house are set in beautifully landscaped gardens with lavender, mature olive trees and shrubs.

The property was designed to have a village feel, with rooms and areas set slightly apart from each other and joined by pergola-covered walkways planted with wisteria and climbing shrubs.

The estate has two pools, one of which is a stunning 40 metres running along the front of the villa. There is also a tennis court, wonderful views over the channel to Albania, and it is in the best location on Corfu, near Avlaki Beach, just a few minutes from sought-after Kassiopi.

The villa enjoys high specifications with individually controlled underfloor integral air-cooling and heating system, beautiful bathrooms, and clever use of courtyards to flood the lower floors with  light. With spacious living spaces and many areas to dine al fresco, this luxury villa is perfect for family holidays and celebrations.
 

Key Facts

  • Corfu Private Estate set in 30,000 m² of land
  • Sleeps 16
  • 180m of waterfront including two sandy coves
  • Designer Corfu Villa near Avlaki Beach
  • 40m Infinity Pool
  • Luxury Greek Island Villa for rental
  • Main House & Guest House
  • Spacious Family Villa in Corfu for rental

Classical French Design in Cote d'Azur: Country Villa for Rental

Villa Côte d'Azur 226, Terre Blanche
Located in Large Country Estate
Close to Terre Blanche Golf Resort
Stunning Landscaped Gardens

This classical country villa nestled in the Terre Blanche estate lets you live in grand French style through its manicured gardens and beautifully spacious and airy rooms. The furnishings and artwork throughout the property are a subtle blend of the contemporary and the antique.

Despite its new construction, the fully serviced villa has been able to reuse the stone from a pre-existing ruin of an early 18th century sheep barn in the outside living areas and wine cellar to a stunning effect. In the past, the estate was owned by Louis Sauveur, Marquis de Villeneuve and French ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and is now home to Terre Blanche Golf Resort & Spa.

The villa has a dramatic two-story entrance in which the decor fuses contemporary and antique design and furnishings in muted tones. A well conceived pool house with barbecue kitchen and expansive outdoor living and dining areas surround the spacious swimming pool.

Highlights of the interior design are the owner’s wine cellar, private cinema and the spacious, superbly equipped kitchen. The property houses the owner's art collection, including works by Bernard Saint, Arina Gordienko, Lisa Lindqvist, Alexis Gorodine, Didier Caudron, Bella Pieroni and Jef Aerosol.

 

Key facts

  • French Country Villa in Cote d'Azur for rental
  • Sleeps 12 adults and 4 children
  • 6 Bedrooms ensuite
  • Beaches of Cannes & St Tropez, 30 mins
  • 1000m² of living space including cinema room
  • Spacious outdoor living & dining areas surrounding magnificent swimming pool
  • Pool House
  • Dedicated Concierge
  • Live in chef, two live in hostesses & daily housekeeping included
  • Set in 1.4 hectares of beautiful gardens
  • Large Provence Villa for rental
  •  Perfect for Privacy & Security
  • Within the estate of The Terre Blanche Golf Resort with spa, kids club and golf

Restored Fortress in Majorca: Pollensa Bay Castell for Rental

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Villa Majorca 222, Pollensa Bay
Located by the sea with sea views
Restored Old Fortress from 1715
Italian Interior Designer

The exclusive private estate is located in the beautiful bay of Pollensa in the North of the island of Majorca. The old fortress dates from 1715 and has been restored to form the main house.

Influences of the Italian interior designer ensure a contemporary and stylish design. The property has a high-tech sound system from Bang & Olufsen, LED light system as well as designer kitchen with professional Gaggenau equipment

The estate is 150,000 m² and guests can enjoy 1km of coastline with all other buildings offering absolute privacy and breathtaking views over the Mediterranean and the surrounding countryside.

Five other historical buildings including an old finca, a bird sanctuary and a fisherman’s house, have been completely re-built and individually refurbished offering further guest accommodation as well as staff quarters. 

 

Key facts

  • Restored Castle for rental

  • Sleeps 16 guests

  • 8 bedrooms

  • Private estate of approx. 150,000 m²

  • Around one kilometre of coastline

  • Personal butler/concierge, housekeeper, private chef, kitchen staff

  • Boat Excursions in a private “Boston Whaler” moored in the marina of “Puerto de Cocodrillo”

  • Swimming pool 20 m x 4 m

  • Luxury Majorca Villa for rental

  • Watersports, sauna, tennis court, jogging course, horse riding, nature walks and hiking paths

Modern Design in Dubrovnik: Oceanfront Lozica Villa

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Villa Dubrovnik 239, Croatia, Lozica
Modern Design White Cube Villa
Sliding Glass Walls with Ocean Views
Private Outdoor Pool with Deck

Located in the area of Dubrovnik called Lozica, this modern villa in Croatia is highlighted by its open plan design, floor to ceiling windows, pure lines and white stone.

Situated on the rocks, the villa benefits from an unobstructed picture view of the sea from almost every room thanks to its large glass design surrounding the property. The roll back windows and glass walls ensure the visitor can always be at one with nature.

Built on different levels, the villa's entrance and sleeping accommodation is located on the top level with the split level living space below. The living space is full of natural light and the warmth of wooden interiors, most notably in the kitchen and staircases. The wooden decked terrace with the stunning outdoor pool is connected by a stone staircase to the beach.

 

Key facts

  • Waterfront Villa in Dubrovnik for rental

  • Access to Sea

  • Sleeps 8 guests

  • 4.5 km from the Old Town of Dubrovnik

  • 4 Bedrooms ensuite

  • Outdoor swimming pool with deck

  • Luxury Oceanfront Croatian Villa

  • Modern Villa for rental in Lozica

Elegance in the Cote d'Azur: Designer Oceanfront Villa

Villa Côte d'Azur 232,
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Stunning views across golden islands
Restored elegance & beautiful garden
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With its maritime pines backdrop, perfectly manicured garden and prime location overlooking the Mediterranean, the villa is a great location for a family holiday or special celebration. Just 25km from St Tropez, this restored villa has pride of place in an exceptional setting across from the Golden Islands, Levant, Porquerolles and Port Cros.

The owner and his wife have lovingly restored the elegant villa with style and refinement.  The interior is classically French with soft neutral fabrics and antique-style furnishings.

Most of the rooms face the bay and most have their own sea-facing outdoor terrace or balcony. The four bedrooms in the main house (with an additional 4 bedrooms in the guest wing) are furnished with an eclectic mix of period and modern classics. They are decorated with a light and airy touch and each room is unique in style and ambiance, featuring eye catching furnishings and striking art.

A great selection of dining areas are available from the formal dining room, to the alfresco dining by the pool house or more informal spaces on the terraces or courtyard. There is a relaxed family kitchen with a beautiful island piece, top quality equipment with subzero fridge, four oven aga and large Gaggenau oven.

The pool house is a highlight with its natural Burgundy stone floors and its open exposure. Its fully equipped kitchen is perfect for entertaining alfresco-style. An island bar separates the kitchen from the living area with its large open log fireplace, oversized cushions and a music system. This opens out with a large dining table & chairs for 20 people.

The grounds are across an acre of walled garden of rose bushes, plants and shrubs. Local plants include extensive areas of Lavender, an agapanthi walk and beds of iceberg roses with Arboussier and Mimosa trees. An ideal villa for you to spend quality time with family and friends for birthday celebrations, special dinners, wedding anniversaries and family reunions.

 

Key Facts

  • Elegant French Villa for rental
  • Sleeps 20 guests
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • Main House + Guest Wing
  • An Acre of Private Manicured Gardens
  • Cote d'Azur Villa with exceptional sea views
  • South of France Villa for rental
  • Beautiful Ocean Vista Villa with Private Chef
  • Beach Nearby

Featured Villa: Pure & Minimalist Ibiza 201, Cala Salada

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Featured in our Spring Summer 2014 Villa Rental Collection

Born from the imagination and talent of the famous Belgian Architect Bruno Erpicum and located on the west coast of Ibiza, this magnificent sunset facing villa for rental offers some of the best views of the city and the bay.

In the heart of a clearing in a 4 hectare pine forest surrounded by orange and 300 year old olive trees sits a long white building. It's like an open theatre where you are the owners’ guests who can share in their love for modern art and design.

The architecture of this villa leaves you in awe at its innovation and attention to detail. It really confirms the talent of Belgian architect Bruno Erpicum. The highlight of its design is the volume of glass built underneath the white structure to protect it from the wind and sun. The floor-to-ceiling windows throughout allow you to enjoy the views and landscape from each room.

White dominates the building with abundant use of Paloma Blanca stone from Spain used in the flooring as well as the dining table. From the west front, facing the sunset, the panoramic view is at the height of the project.

Layout

On each side, an entrance provides access to the upper floor of the villa, which houses the landings, bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Further on, the roofing rises halfway to crown the living areas, while the floor follows the line of the slope downwards to a vertical wall, which frames a view of three scattered outer islands. To the left, the same roof extends out to the monolith where the kitchen adjoins the covered terrace. The slanting windows look out over the sunset, which casts shadows onto the different walls, including those of the patio.   

In the centre, the patio releases spaces to integrate an outdoor lounge. Protected from wind and sun, this space is used all year round. The central patio’s proportions play tricks on the eyes by opening out onto an orange orchard. A pond extends around the edge of the central patio, reflecting the sky, and an orange tree adorns the stone terrace. The light and breeze intermingle. The garden and vegetation are in direct contact with the living areas.

Light

In the summer, the rays of sunshine give way to shade; later, in the autumn, the wind is kept at bay so that you can make the most of the mild climate. The front façade is like a blank page sitting against the backdrop of the surrounding countryside. The scent of the orange trees perfumes the front path. The roofing soars upwards, while the covered terrace enjoys the evening sunlight. The living room floor flows with the contours; the stairs are a dry stone construction. The stone patio is surrounded by a pond that reflects the morning sunlight. The sea view provides the backdrop for the swimming pool; its perfect proportions complete the composition of the design. The lower garden hugs the original walls.

Rooms

There are seven bedrooms (4 are a mixture of wood and white offering a feeling of serenity). Each room has a terrace; on the first floor, these are finished with Parador flooring. These suites and rooms have complete privacy and private bathrooms. On the terraces tanning can be intense.

The atmosphere is pure and minimalist. The sunlight illuminates the stone staircase. The study offers views from a horizontal bay window above the lower lounge. The evening sun penetrates into the heart of the house. The double-height lower lounge has an open fire that has been carved out of dry stone.

The dining room enjoys both the morning and evening sunlight; the kitchen is discreetly tucked away behind a partition wall. The central island in the kitchen is made of “Paloma Blanca” stone.

The open plan design for the bedrooms and their respective bathrooms is highly effective. The furniture and decorative elements are there to dynamise volumes where white dominates. Artwork by French artist Francoise Nielly features strikingly in the living room.

Highlights

Famous Belgian Architect Bruno Erpicum

Pure & Minimalist

White Cube & Glass

Private Art Collection

Dedicated Office Area

Gym, Jacuzzi & Hammam

Built in 4 Hectare Orchard

Artwork by Françoise Nielly

Stunning views of sunsets, the city, mountain & sea

 

Perfect for…

Art & Design Lovers

Groups of Friends

Large Family Stays

Looking for the Best in Life

FACTS

Floor area : 800m2

20 minutes to the airport

15 minutes from Ibiza town

5 minutes from the nearest beaches (Cala Salada
and Punta Galera)

7 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms

Fitness room

FEATURES

Wine Cellar

Internet WIFI

Jacuzzi 6 persons

Hammam 8 persons

Solarium and chill out areas

Infinity Pool 17m x 5m
Non-chloride
Salt electrolysis

Fitness room with TechnoGym equipment and Power Plate

If you are interested in renting this villa or would like further information on the rest of our Spring Summer 2014 Designer Villa Collection, then do get in contact.

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