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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.

Yachts, Diamonds and a VIP Charity Raffle

Art de Vivre were extremely honoured to be involved in the London Boat Show 2016 and to support Sunseeker London’s chosen charity  Princess Alexandra Hospital breast cancer trials helping them raise £35,000. We would like to thank the many generous visitors who took part in the charity raffle and silent auction. Art de Vivre were delighted to offer the Golden Raffle prize of a 7 night stay in the stunning Li-Al-Do Maison, one of our finest Seychelles luxury properties, kindly donated by its owner. Items in the auction included a signed Tracey Emin print and a rare Pure Evil print. The winners can enjoy these prizes, knowing they have helped a great cause. 

Julie & Jasmine Gauthier, Art de Vivre at LBS 2016

Julie & Jasmine Gauthier, Art de Vivre at LBS 2016

PAH NHS Trust Charitable fund raised £35,000

PAH NHS Trust Charitable fund raised £35,000

Sunseeker kindly hosted an invitation only party for the charity in their VIP lounge nestled amongst the largest yachts. This VIP space has a welcoming atmosphere with deep sofas, crew manned bar and dotted with intricate models of the Sunseeker yacht range. Our team also admired the design and craftsmanship of the Boodles counter with its Patek Philippe men’s watch collection and for the ladies, beautiful diamond necklaces, bracelets and rings. The party kicked off at 6pm with an electric string trio playing some classical and contemporary hits live. The owner of Li-Al-Do Maison flew in from Italy as an honorary guest to the private VIP event and experienced a private tour of the very best of Sunseeker’s yachts, stating their favourite as Stardust, an 86 ft yacht available for charter. The show was followed by the champagne and canapés whilst networking with everybody involved in the charity and raffle. 

Welcoming owner of Li Al Do Maison to VIP charity party at Sunseeker stand, London Boat Show 2016 - Art de Vivre

Welcoming owner of Li Al Do Maison to VIP charity party at Sunseeker stand, London Boat Show 2016 - Art de Vivre

Jasmine and Julie Gauthier with Victoria Gerlis, PAH

Jasmine and Julie Gauthier with Victoria Gerlis, PAH

Art de Vivre at VIP charity event at LBS 2016

Art de Vivre at VIP charity event at LBS 2016

Sacha Gauthier, Art de Vivre at London Boat Show 2016

Sacha Gauthier, Art de Vivre at London Boat Show 2016

Art de Vivre staff enjoyed the 10 days participation immensely, working alongside the charity and the friendly and dynamic Sunseeker staff whilst being able to chat to visitors about our villa collection. Sunseeker’s hospitality was exceptional and Art de Vivre made friends with Sunseeker staff from London to the many hot Mediterranean locations. Another highlight for Julie was to welcome Art de Vivre’s Chinese business partner to tour the beautiful yachts and watch her admiration of the high level of marine craftsmanship and design.

Much like our fundraising, the show itself was a huge triumph. Thousands of visitors to London’s ExCel Centre were treated to tours of some of the finest yachts in the world, courtesy of Sunseeker and other yacht manufacturers like Princess and Pearl. The most stunning was possibly the Sunseeker 131, named after it’s 131-feet length, this huge motor superyacht is the largest boat to debut at the London Boat Show - so immense that it had to be exhibited by-appointment on the river. Accommodating up to twelve guests in sublime surroundings, the sheer scale and layout of this immense tri-deck yacht is awe-inspiring. Expertly finished using ultra-modern materials and techniques, the 131 Yacht is one of the finest examples of modern day motor boat building. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the skydeck; where comfort and lavishness reach new levels. The largest yacht on the Sunseeker stand itself was the 86 ft Yacht called Stardust. A seductive combination of style and exclusivity, the 86 stood tall at the Sunseeker stand, with constant queues to experience a tour around the impressive vessel.

The show was a great display of British marine engineering and design. Nearly all of the marine companies present were UK based and exporting around the world.

Being a part of such a large-scale prestigious event was very exciting for the Art de Vivre team as it gave us the opportunity to work with our lovely friends at Sunseeker, to spend valuable quality time with our clients, support the charity and to experience the pivotal British marine industry for ourselves. 

 

If you are interested in chartering a yacht, please do get in contact with us via email or call us on +44 (0) 1296 334138, so we can discuss your request. We have combined yacht chartering with villa stays for many of our clients.

Art de Vivre are proud to be at The London Boat Show 2016

Here at Art de Vivre we are busy preparing for this year’s London Boat Show, from 8th to 17th January 2016. Located at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands we will be beside Sunseeker’s large and impressive stand volunteering with the PAH charity raffle. When the Princess Alexandra Hospital breast-cancer trials charity needed a grand prize for their raffle this year, we were proud to offer a 7 night stay at one of our top luxury Seychelles properties Li-Al-Do Maison as the Golden Raffle Prize.

Li-Al-Do Maison is a stunning oceanfront 4 bedroom property in Takamaka, Mahé, Seychelles. Our founder Julie Gauthier has been working with its Italian owner for over 10 years and has had many repeat clients coming back year after year. Ideal for families and groups of friends Li-Al-Do Maison’s staff and its location are its highlights. 

We have always found the London Boat Show to be an exciting event and are proud to see so many British maritime businesses present together. When we heard from The Luxury Network partner Sunseeker London that we could be involved in this huge event and make a positive contribution to the PAH charity we jumped at the chance of getting involved. The PAH breast-cancer trials charity is a fantastic cause and you can find more about it on their website here or come visit the charity stand on the day.

For those of you attending The London Boat Show 2016, we really look forward to seeing you at our dedicated PAH stand next to Sunseeker and invite you to enter the charity raffle to have a chance of winning one of the fantastic prizes that have been donated to PAH.

If you have any more questions for us, feel free to comment below or drop us an email. We look forward to seeing you there.

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
Classical French interior desig

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

Feature in Bilan Immoluxe magazine, Winter 2014

Art de Vivre was featured in the Bilan Immoluxe magazine, in Winter 2014. Below you may read the article [in french] and a Google translation.

Créée en 2013 au Royaume-Uni, la société Art de Vivre repose sur un concept original: mettre à la disposition de riches clients des résidences uniques, tant par leur situation géographique que par leur design.
— Alexandre Babin, Bilan Immoluxe, Winter 2014

 

Eco Design in Brazil: Beach Villa

Villa Brazil 602, Búzios
Architect Thiago Bernardes
Stunning sea views & helipad
Modern design inspired by Nature

Ecological design runs through this house as it takes advantage of the beautiful sunlight and ocean breezes. The villa is built around a central wing which houses the living room, large suites and service space.

Shaped like a large cross, the villa is filled with stunning modern décor around a sparkling swimming-pool. Even the corridors and halls are built according to a philosophy of open design to create spaces with spectacular natural light and perfect ventilation for a 4900m² building. The villa's architecture blends in perfectly with its environment through the use of wood and the large windows and open spaces allow the villa to easily integrate with the rest of the grounds of nearly 4 acres.

Gardens built around suites within the building itself, create a pleasant atmosphere in nature. The spectacular inside-outside pool, with its own outdoor kitchen, completes this gloriously beautiful modern design villa in Brazil.

 

KEY FACTS

  • Modern Brazil Villa for rental
  • Oceanfront Villa
  • Sleeps 24
  • 2 Master Suites, 10 Bedrooms
  • Inside-outside Private Pool
  • Next to the Beach
  • Helipad, Tennis Court, Gym & Sauna