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Anyone up for a 'find me the perfect villa' challenge??

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petitdonkey Tue 20-Aug-13 21:18:00

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'!!

petitdonkey Tue 20-Aug-13 23:34:03

magenta - your links are the nicest I've seen and I love Mallorca (met DH there!!!) it's still that 'short drive' that bugs me. We want to wander to a bar and wander home a bit tipsy- am I being far too picky??

Bonsoir- have sent you a pm. Please send it to me, I know I will weep.

petitdonkey Tue 20-Aug-13 23:58:14

Ooh, just looked at your first link again and think its within walking distance of a town.... We may have a contender!

petitdonkey Wed 21-Aug-13 00:06:11

But just found a very poor review of the villa via trip advisor... Really am going to bed now but thank you so much everyone. Nanight.

WafflyVersatile Wed 21-Aug-13 00:07:43


WafflyVersatile Wed 21-Aug-13 00:20:38

Dubrovnik for children!

petitdonkey Wed 21-Aug-13 00:34:32

Croatia is a great idea, have just been browsing links, all in budget so stop looking at price first, find this - perfect!!! Price? Oops.

DH keeps telling me I have expensive tastes!

Bonsoir Wed 21-Aug-13 00:39:05

My DSSs are currently in Croatia and seriously underwhelmed by the food and the quality of the accommodation. Lots of sun and lovely scenery however.

WafflyVersatile Wed 21-Aug-13 23:47:22

over £1k a night! shock

With that plasticky looking diarrhoea coloured sofa?

The rest of it is lovely but I think you should let your DH choose!

frenchfancy Thu 22-Aug-13 11:57:25

What about:

modern Crete



magentastardust Thu 22-Aug-13 12:01:21

Villa Parade have a load of nice Villas -I have stayed in Mallorca with them 3 times at different villas and they have always been really clean and as seen in pictures-I think most of the Mallorca ones are around old town Pollensa or Puerto Pollensa so within walking distance of cafe's and restaurants.

I think they also do other countries now so worth a look at the website.

magentastardust Thu 22-Aug-13 12:03:38

You also get some lovely villas on golf resorts in Spain and Portugal that are very luxurios and contemporary and very reasonably priced. However you would probably need car hire unless you were happy to stay at the on site restaurants and club houses.

Miffytastic Fri 23-Aug-13 21:10:52

have you tried owners direct? I've just had a mooch for the Pollensa area of Mallorca

this one has chef service :

If anyone wants to help me with my villa search too you're most welcome I am going round in circles... I'll bump the thread up... thank you :D

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