Once airlines start flying again and borders are open, what better way to shake off lockdown blues than setting off to a luxurious private home with the family? We’re dreaming of freedom from constraint, of warm air, beaches and pools, and glorious European cuisine – and of reconnecting with the family through fun activities including riding, golf, tennis and more. 

Little makes us value family more than this pandemic and it looks hopeful for travel bans to be lifted by May half-term, allowing us some spoiling time to reconnect with each other. Stay One Degree is an exclusive members community that allows discerning travellers to rent the finest holiday homes around the world directly from like-minded members.  Some of their most-desired properties are in Europe – a short hop by air or car – and we are delighted to curate a selection:

Historic Villa – Tuscany, Italy 

A favourite for discerning travellers, Tuscany is perfection for families and this historic Tuscan home – a short journey from Siena – is ideal for large groups. Surrounded by breath-taking grounds and manicured gardens, it offers numerous activities: table tennis, billiards, cricket, tennis, outdoor pool, plenty of al-fresco dining options and masses to explore in the local area.

Sleeps: 25 guests (or 31 including the annex)

C18th Provençal Bastide – Alpilles Area

In the Parc Des Alpilles, this C18th property is a true architectural masterpiece, blending tradition with contemporary design, local limestone and oak floors, with beamed ceilings and full-height glass doors. Enjoy al fresco dining on a choice of terraces. You’ll be enjoying those characteristics of the French way of living. This charming villa is ideal for families looking for total relaxation on their trip.

Sleeps: 10 guests 

Scandi Chic Villa – Santa Ponsa, Mallorca

Santa Ponsa boasts a plethora of attractions perfect for family breaks, with beaches, great weather, plenty of bars & restaurants, and phenomenal natural surroundings as well as fantastic golf courses in reach of the villa. This refined, ultra-modern villa is set in 500 square m. of grounds, including a large private pool with a generous sun deck and jacuzzi area. 

Sleeps: 10 guests 

Boho Chic Comporta Villa – Torroal, Portugal

This home is made up of 3 individual buildings. The main house is open, with a large living room with a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and relaxed dining area as well as a capsule library and games space great for keeping children amused. The separate buildings then provide plenty of personal space as well as a yoga practise area and decked pool. All this, and just minutes away from the beach. 

Sleeps: 10 guests 

Spectacular Algarve Villa – Quarteira, Portugal 

This Spectacular villa offers all things elite. The property has acres of private land—an almost secret hideaway surrounded by silent gardens. Recently refurbished using high-quality materials and with a stunning infinity pool with a marble terrace and extraordinary, panoramic views. Pure heaven!

Sleeps: 16 guests 

Spectacular Contemporary Villa –  San Jose, Ibiza

Luxury interiors, stunning views and a beautiful infinity pool make this an outstanding villa. San Jose is known for its tranquil atmosphere – a charming town just a brief drive from Ibiza Town, and perfect for families. The villa has sweeping views, generous living spaces and luxurious amenities including a giant outdoor chess board and a fully equipped outside mini gym – watch the kids exercise and be thankful they’re no longer homeschooling!

Sleeps: 10 guests 


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