Holiday homes

Holiday homes

Here's some of the most stylish holiday homes from Holiday Lettings

Folie des Amoureux, Bonnac, Ariège, Midi-Pyrenées, France

This beautiful 18th century ‘lover's folly’ is located in the stunning private park of Château de Bonnac and is perfect for a romantic escape. After it fell into a state of disrepair the owners, friends and history buffs Pierre and René, restored the folly to its former glory in the original pastoral style. There’s plenty to explore in the area including the beautiful countryside and the nearby medieval town of Mirepoix and its markets. There are plenty of activities on offer including canoeing, riding, cycling and golf. Pamiers is within 15 minutes and the city of Toulouse within 45 minutes. Sleeps up to two (one bedroom), from £500 per week.

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The Calfshed & The Lambshed, Upcott Farm, Georgeham, Croyde, Devon

When music industry executive Ben and his wife Sarah fell in love with a large derelict farm in North Devon in 2005 they packed their bags, left London and spent the next few years restoring this large property. First they concentrated on the beautiful main house, which they now live in with their two daughters, and more recently they converted two farm buildings into holiday homes, the Calfshed and the Lambshed. With a keen interest in design and interiors, they designed both homes using a combination of traditional and modern materials in a way that reflected the barn's past. The result is the perfect stylish country retreat set in lovely gardens, ideal for families or large groups if the barns are let together.

The Calfshed: sleeps up to four (two bedrooms), from £600 per week.

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The Lambshed: sleeps up to six (three bedrooms), from £800 per week.

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Chalet Tropical Village, Playita, Las Galeras, Samana, Amber Coast, Dominican Republic

These three wood and stone chalets play the tropical theme up to the max with their bright, colourful décor and lush garden setting. But don’t be fooled by the rustic look  – they come well equipped with satellite TV and wifi and they’re also child-friendly thanks to high chairs and a children’s pool. The village centre and peaceful beach are just a 10-minute walk away and there are plenty of activities on offer including whale and bird watching, hiking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving, boating, fishing and biking. Each chalet sleeps up to five (one bedroom), from £345 per week.

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The White House Beach Villa, Pearl Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

This gorgeous villa is entirely white inside and out but somehow manages to look neither dull nor boring. Instead it’s super stylish, with large French doors throughout and all floors extending onto a wooden deck with views across the ocean to Table Mountain and Dassen Island, while the entire top floor is a suite with a kingsize bed and free standing bath. A boardwalk takes you straight to the beach, there are watersports and golf on offer nearby plus many excellent seafood restaurants. Sleeps up to six (three bedrooms), from £707 per week.

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Hillview Cottage, Tignabruaich, Argyll & Bute

Get away from it all and indulge in a total digital detox at this basic but pretty little cottage which has no TV and no wifi. Set in a sheltered position overlooking the sparse western shores of the Isle of Bute with the island of Arran and Holy Isle far in the distance, the views are amazing and there are plenty of walks to be had in the rugged countryside. While the cottage feels remote, it’s located just a few miles north of the villages of Tighnabruaich and Kames where there are shops, pubs, a sailing school, tennis courts and golf course. This is the perfect retreat for stressed out city folk who need to recharge their batteries for a change. Sleeps up to five (two bedrooms), from £355 per week.

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Casa Jose Ramon, Riogordo, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

This gorgeous 100-year-old Andalucian finca has recently been tastefully renovated and decorated. Outside there’s a large dining area, a beautiful garden with flowers, olive and almond trees, a private pool and amazing views extending across the surrounding mountains to the sea in the distance. While set in a quiet and peaceful location, it’s a just a short drive to the nearby historic village of Riogordo with its shops, restaurants and a regular bus service to Malaga city. Sleeps up to eight (four bedrooms), from £634 per week.

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Bridge Cottage, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

This gorgeous sandstone cottage is located just a short walk from the many shops, cafes, restaurants and train station in the historic town of Bradford on Avon. Owner Alison is an interiors pro with a longstanding passion for vintage furnishings and it shows, from the antique French beds to the pretty Cath Kidston fabrics and materials throughout. There’s plenty to do and see in the town and surrounding countryside, while the city of Bath is just a 15-minute drive away. Sleeps up to four (two bedrooms), from £400 per week.

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Darlinghurst Studio, Sydney, Australia

Cute and compact, this top floor apartment is located in an Art Deco building in the buzzy Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst, with its many bars, clubs, shops and fabulous eateries. It’s within easy walking distance of the city centre and the famous harbour, while famous Bondi beach is just a bus ride away. Well equipped with great views from the rooftop, this is the perfect city bolthole for a couple or single traveller in search of Sydney sensations. Sleeps up to two (one bedroom), from £331 per week.

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