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.
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.