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May is a great month to get yourself some spring sunshine in France. Many properties still have availability for May, and low season prices make this a very tempting and affordable escape.
May I go on holiday? Yes!
Domaine de la Hille is a treasure chest of possibilities in the south of France. The property has a tennis court, swimming pool and mountain bikes as well as being close to a number of little villages and the celebrated walled city of Carcassonne. Here I have created an imaginary itinerary for how your ideal holiday could play out over the course of a week.
Christmas is behind us, the cold weather has set in and we’re all turning our minds to the summer and dreaming of a bit of sunshine. Here I take a look at some villas in France which offer the chance to have a holiday with a big group of friends or the whole family without breaking the bank. Relax by your private pool after a morning spent sauntering around the local market, all for less than the cost of staying in a hotel. Get yourself a bargain with one of these houses which are remarkably good value.
Where better to indulge one’s love of wine than in France? Discover the wine capital of the world from a fresh angle, and immerse yourself the complete experience. Start the day on a Wine Safari, and end it by gazing out across the vineyards towards the sunset, sipping a glass of wine made at that very estate. We’ve put together the three best Villas for the Wine Lover.
Perhaps the region that best lives up to our dreams of France – a stunning summer landscape of sunflowers and lavender, romantic hilltop towns, and some of the most unique and delicious food and wine anywhere in the country, Provence is a wonderful place for a villa holiday. We believe that any trip is only made better by a good read; especially when that read is evocative of the sights, sounds and smells of your destination. With that in mind, here is Red Savannah’s French villas expert, Nick Westwood, with the books he believes capture the essence of Provence.
One of my favourite places in Europe to drive around is Corsica. Even in the height of summer, when the Cote d’Azur is grid-locked, there are still plenty of quiet and empty roads to be found on this beautiful island.
Certain high-adrenalin sports are meant to be addictive, but surely nothing is as addictive as sapphire panning. Certainly high adrenalin plays no part, but once you have found that first sapphire amongst the thousands of pieces of gravel, dust and stone, there’s no going back. You will be hooked forever with an addiction that no amount of psychiatry or counselling will cure!
In V.S. Naipaul’s 1962 account of Jamaica in Middle Passage he describes himself as being swept up by the voices of the inhabitants. Describing the island a taxi driver tells him “when you live here as long as me… you know the sort of animal it is.” Understanding what sort of animal Jamaica is, lies at the heart of this month’s Man Booker winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, in which Jamaican born author Marlon James takes the reader back to 1967, when Reggae is the hottest new sound around, Marley is on the edge of universal fame and the Rolling Stones are on island recording their Black & Blue album, but the music of the island is far from harmonious…
When Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe opened the iconic Marbella Club in Spain just over sixty years ago, he defined luxury as ‘a blend of privacy and gardens’. Over the last half century the concept of luxury has been hijacked by the big brands and turned into a prized saleable asset. Many of us are now suspicious of this ubiquitous label, used freely to describe anything from a hotel that provides a flat screen television and a modicum of service to a bottle of champagne or a new watch. Increasingly, with so many publications dedicated to ‘luxury’ brands, we are wondering what the word really means and questioning its value. So how refreshing to discover Cugó Gran, a small, discreet, brand new villa in Menorca, offering privacy in a spectacular garden setting and perfectly encapsulating Prince Alfonso’s enduring definition.
Tendai Moyo is a ranger and guide at Samara Private Game Reserve in South Africa’s Great Karoo, a reserve that boasts an extensive wildlife population whilst adhering to outstanding conservation credentials. This month we interviewed Tendai about his work, his aspirations and his inspiration.