Looking for a villa for next year but there is SO much online, it's sending me doolally. Thought I'd try mumsnet instead to see if anyone can recommend somewhere.
So, we are looking for:
- Beach holiday in Europe- early August for sunshine. - villa with a pool that will sleep 9 (5 bedrooms) - two families - preferably with a housekeeper who possibly would prepare breakfast. - walking distance to the beach and (crucially) a selection of restaurants/ beach bars. - ideally £4000 per week total. (Could push up to 5)
I think that's a healthy budget but all of the villas I fall in love with are around 8-10k per week which is just too much. We are looking for a 'luxury' type place. We went to the Caribbean earlier this year and the villa was perfect but flights were extortionate and really drove up the cost of the holiday, we also only had one restaurant/ bar nearby so spent money on cabs. (Really don't want fancy restaurants, just chilled places we can go with the five children aged 5-10)
Anyone? I'm hoping just one person will think 'I know exactly the place'!!
Just for perspective, this is where we stayed at Easter which was £6000 for the week- maybe we got lucky? The flights were 5k for my family of five which obviously drove up the price and we could only go for one week but I guess I thought we could get somewhere similar, but maybe not so big (it included a day out on a boat, housekeeper, beauty treatments...) and in Europe....
ladymilford - love the place you sent but we would really like to be in a villa for the nine of us- last time we had so much fun and a real benefit was the children playing together in the morning before we even got out of bed. Will look at other links now. Thank you all
ponders that is exactly the type of place I mean! I really should have mentioned however that Marbella and that whole coastline is a no-no. Sorry, not drip feeding or being difficult but DH spent four years working there and will not go back!!! Dies show me that I'm not being totally delusional on price though!!
Forget breakfast!! We can rustle up some toast.
sidge - cant get the link to work, can get to the site so if you give me a villa name I can look it up.
Seriously though, when did family holidays start costing 10k???
ponders- please don't send yourself mad looking like I have!!! St tropez property looks lovely but our one downside to our Grenada holiday was not being able to just walk out in the evening to a selection of restaurants.
I am realising that my budget is too low maybe for this dream property (and also that the price in Grenada was fantastic- all of the furniture was designer, beautiful pool, just perfect really) and I guess there aren't that many large properties near some life/ small towns.
I think I hoped some mumsnet ter would come along and say, ' this is our place, ten grand?? Yes please'!!! It still sounds like a lot of money to me for two weeks- when I think about how much we rent our London flat for... I do know its not the same thing but.... Forgive my waffling!!!
I know we could get a nice resort holiday for £7000 (I'm guessing flights will be about 2k) but that's not what we want.
Interesting that you think of them as huge, luxury! I thought I was going mad and that my budget wasn't as healthy as I'd first thought!! I agree that Marbella has some perfect places, we used to stay at The Marbella Club which was perfect (they have villas within the hotel complex) but it doesn't have a happy association for DH now.
I'm off to bed now but will continue looking tomorrow. Did you see my Grenada link?? I just want that again but without the ten hour flight!