- Swap your holiday villa for something more unusual this summer, including palaces, caves and a lava-built house…
With over 5,600 holiday homes across Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canaries, Spain-holiday.com offers far more than just your average holiday villa. Apart from its wealth of beachside villas and city apartments, the company – now the fastest growing company for holiday rentals in Spain – also includes castles, farms and former monasteries on its ever-expanding books.
So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stay in a cave, or have wished you’d had a resort to yourselves, Spain-holiday.com has the answer (see below). Likewise there’s a property with its own putting green (property ref-13046), a house which comes with use of a speedboat and a Mercedes car (property ref-10686), a bedroom in a tree house (property ref-7014) and a Moorish-style house with hammam and tea salon (property ref-10668).
Here’s a selection of the more unusual properties offered by Spain-holiday.com:
STAY IN A GRUFFALO CAVE
Formerly used for storing grain, the cave houses at Complejo La Tala (property ref-12587) make an unusual holiday home – ideal for families or couples. Not far from Granada, the heat is kept at bay by the property’s thick white-washed walls and troglodyte structure and, despite being a cave, the two bedrooms are comfortably furnished. There’s also a large swimming pool and spacious gardens for guests to enjoy. Located on the edge of a wood, the property is close to Guadix – a city where almost half of the inhabitants live underground. A week in July or August costs from €1,050/approx £872 for the property or £218 pp (four sharing). Flights extra. Nearest airports: Granada (50km) or Malaga (180km).
A PALACE FIT FOR ROYALTY
Once the residence of the Danish Royal Family, La Casa de la Princesa (property ref-12338), is a majestic manor house set among stylish landscaped gardens and surrounded by almond, olive and lemon trees. The interior is elegant, with four bedrooms and a beautiful terraced sun room, and the tower boasts superb views of the sea. There’s also a private pool – complete with shady pergola – and a lengthy driveway to ensure complete privacy. Situated on the island of Mallorca, between Palma and Puerto Portals, the historic property is only a couple of kilometres from the beach. A week in July or August costs from €5,000/approx £4,156 for the property or £520 pp (eight sharing). Flights extra. Nearest airport: Palma (18km).
HIRE YOUR OWN RESORT
Pick your pals and fill your very own resort, that of this large fourteen-bedroom residence (property ref-3723) in Cancelada. A few minutes’ drive from the coast – between Estepona and Marbella – the residence is made up of a number of different sized villas, each equipped with a kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms. You’ll have the whole place to yourselves, with your own restaurant, a private bar, BBQ area, large pool, spacious outdoor terraces and parking for up to ten cars. Sleeping up to 30 in total, a week in July or August costs from €7,500/approx £6,361 for the property or £212 pp (thirty sharing). Flights extra. Nearest airports: Gibraltar (56km) or Malaga (75km).
BED DOWN ON A BOAT IN BARCELONA
Spacious and comfortable, the Margaretha (property ref-7056) is a 74-foot motor cruiser moored in Barcelona’s Port Fòrum marina. Ideally located for both city and beach breaks, there’s no compromise on comfort. On board there are four bedrooms, two spacious lounges and a well-equipped kitchen, plus various decks for sunbathing or relaxing. And, as you’d expect, you’re in the right place for stunning sea views, too. A three-night stay in June or July costs from €885/approx £736 for the boat or £105 pp (seven sharing). Flights extra. Nearest airport: Barcelona (23km).
A HOUSE BUILT FROM LAVA
Made out of lava and supplied by solar energy, Casa Bianca (property ref-12796), on the island of Lanzarote, boasts volcanic landscapes as well as vineyards for views. The one-bedroom lava house is situated between the agricultural village of Tinajo and the volcanic Timanfaya National Park. With its picturesque terrace and a shaded hammock for relaxing, the country house makes a peaceful, romantic retreat. A week in July or August costs from €490/approx £408 for the property or £102 pp (four sharing). Flights extra. Nearest airport: Lanzarote (23km).
WATERFRONT LIVING IN A MILL
Situated on the River Ebro (Spain’s widest river), Lo Molinot (property ref-10738) is a four-bedroom mill in the village of Miravet. The historical village – in the province of Tarragona – dates back to the Moors, while its well-conserved castle was rebuilt by the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages. The property has been beautifully decorated and almost all of the rooms have views of the river, as do the garden and terrace. There’s also a billiards room which can double up as an extra bedroom, if necessary. A week in July/August costs from €1,740/approx £1,470 or £134 pp (eleven sharing). Flights extra. Nearest airports: Reus (62km) or Barcelona (156km).
Spain-holiday.com’s website also provides detailed area guides, useful maps, lively and regularly-updated blogs (many with excellent insider tips) and professionally-filmed HD video footage of a wide range of Spain’s cities and coastal resorts.
For further information contact Spain-holiday.com on 020 3384 7066 or visit www.spain-holiday.com.
ENDS – 9 March 2012
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