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Villas

Discover our European villa collection, some of which in destinations currently in the UK’s Green List for travel. They are the perfect way to re-connect with family and friends; sipping wine by the pool, exploring hidden beaches and discovering local culture.

With immense and diverse knowledge Steppes is lucky enough to know the best spots in the world. With this global insight we have gathered a growing collection of handpicked villa options for clients to book with confidence. A villa can be the sole purpose of a holiday – time to relax, use as a base to further explore and spend time with family and friends. Who doesn’t want to while away a few hours with a book, al fresco lunch on the terrace before heading out to discover local tavernas. 

Alternatively villas are a fabulous way to bookend a trip. For example arrive and head to the beach to acclimatise or to finish after full cultural or wildlife holiday. Either way with a few insider tips on what to do in the local area, a private villa can be the perfect holiday, both busy or sedate.

If Corfu is on your wish list for summer 2021 Steppes are delighted to be able to take advantage of a Monday – Monday charter flight from Gatwick. Seats can be held without names thus securing your fare as you organise those you wish to travel with. Do ask for more details – it offers a pressure free flight option.

Ca'n Cometa, Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza, Balearics, Spain
Ca'n Cometa, Pool, Ibiza
Ibiza, Balearics, Spain
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Ibiza, Balearics, Spain
Ca'n Cometa, Pool, Ibiza
Ibiza, Balearics, Spain

Villa Ca’n Cometa

A modern villa set in extensive gardens with a large private pool, within walking distance of the sandy beach, shops and restaurants of Es Canar. A great location for exploring the island of Ibiza and its stunning coves and beaches, Ca’n Cometa is a spacious and comfortable modern villa perfect for families or groups of friends.

This part of the ‘White Island’ is peaceful, stylish and a stunning location. Other coves and beaches with the restaurants of Cala Mastella, Cala Boix and Cala Llenya are easily reachable by car. The picturesque village of Sant Carles with its own market is also within easy reach while Ibiza Town is less than 20km away.

Save between £1,665 and £1,184 on bookings for the weeks of 24 July, 31 July and 07 August.

Quinta Matilde, Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley, Portugal
Quinta Matilde, Douro Valley, Portugal
Douro Valley, Portugal
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Douro Valley, Portugal
Quinta Matilde; Douro Valley View; Portugal
Douro Valley, Portugal

Quinta Matilde

Found inland on the less visited west coast in Pinhao, just over an hour from Porto, this four-bedroom villa nestles amongst olive trees and vineyards with views over the river Douro. With contemporary interiors built using local slate and wood, this villa offers a wrap around terrace, which surrounds the infinity pool. Staff prepare daily breakfast, and other meals on request, making Quinta Matilde fabulously relaxing.

Spend your days exploring nearby Quintas where the Port wine, which made this area famous, is produced, relaxing by the pool, and wandering into nearby Pinhao with its marina, local shops, and restaurants. Not to be missed is the historical train journey from Pinhao to Foz Tua. This idyllical trip traverses endless Quintas, locks, vineyards, and rocky outcrops, while never leaving the riverside.

Note – this villa is not suitable for young children and those under five are not permitted without special arrangements.

Beach Cottage; Terrace; Ferragudo; Algarve; Portugal
Algarve, Portugal
Beach Cottage; Swimming Pool; Ferragudo; Algarve; Portugal
Algarve, Portugal
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Algarve, Portugal
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Algarve, Portugal

Beach Cottage

This charming and relaxed three-bedroom villa sits right on a wide sandy beach and only 1km outside Ferragudo with its restaurants and shops. The interiors are cheerful and characterful with splashes of colour throughout.

A large, shaded terrace overlooks the pool and beach, the perfect spot for breakfast and barbecue while watching the sun bouncing off the ocean. Rarely are villas found this close to the shore – Beach Cottage is something intimate and special.

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Monsaraz, Portugal
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Monsaraz, Portugal
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Monsaraz, Portugal
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Monsaraz, Portugal

Casa Celeiro

For those wishing to combine the luxuries of a hotel with the freedom of a private home the cottages found at Sao Lourenco do Barrocal are hard to beat. Two hours east from Lisbon, close to the Spanish border at Monsaraz, this is one of Portugal’s most sustainable properties. Stylish interiors offer a contemporary feel, furnished in a fresh and welcoming way, showcasing the estates heritage.

The cottages share two pools, but space is endless, with acres of private land  for picnics, riding, and wine tasting. Visit nearby Monsaraz and Evora with cathedrals, historical squares, and hidden cobbled streets. This area of Portugal is waiting to be explored and you will feel you have discovered a secret before anyone else.

Villa Comporta; ariel view; Troia; Portugal
Comporta, Portugal
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Comporta, Portugal
Villa Comporta; exterior view; Troia; Portugal
Comporta, Portugal
Villa Comporta; terrace;Troia; Portugal
Comporta, Portugal

Villa Comporta

This four-bedroom villa is found within the magnificent Comporta rice fields of Lagoa Formosa, easily accessible from Lisbon and 15 minutes from Troia peninsula with its traditional fishing villages and sweeping coastline. A peaceful and relaxing spot, Villa Comporta is surrounded by fauna and flora with nesting storks providing a soundtrack. A fabulous spot for a more remote and peaceful setting.

Close to local restaurants and markets and perfectly located for the beautiful beaches of Carvalhal. Built to showcase the regions style using traditional woods and bamboo. A stylish option with an infinity pool, wraparound deck, and sublime views. The separate cabin makes it ideal for multi-generational groups or families of up to 10 people.

Villa Omar; airel view; Vilamoura; Algarve; Portugal
Algarve, Portugal
Villa Omar; Interior Atrium; Vilamoura; Algarve; Portugal
Algarve, Portugal
Villa Oman; sitting room; Vilamoura; Algarve
Algarve, Portugal
Villa Omar; Pool and house; Vilamoura; Algarve; Portugal
Algarve, Portugal

Villa Omar

For those who like a contemporary feel, the six-bedroomed Villa Omar, with its curved walls, uncluttered styling, and lavish living areas, is a fabulous choice. With shaded terraces, sweeping lawns, a large pool and jacuzzi, this villa is a good choice for those travelling with friends and family plus children of all ages. The adjacent golf course, games rooms, access to local beaches and restaurants in Vilamoura and Praia Falesia beach offer plenty to keep everyone occupied.

Just 25km from Faro this part of the Algarve is easily accessible and with the possibility of heating the pool, makes Villa Omar an option for holidays earlier and later in the season.

Villa Syrah; exterior; Arrábida; Portugal
Arrábida Natural Park, Portugal
Villa Syrah; pool; Arrábida; Portugal
Arrábida Natural Park, Portugal
Villa Syrah; Dining; Arrábida; Portugal
Arrábida Natural Park, Portugal
Villa Syrah; Picnic; Arrábida; Portugal
Arrábida Natural Park, Portugal

Villa Syrah

Just 45 minutes south of Lisbon, the two-bedroomed Villa Syrah is located on Quinta do Esteval, a private estate and home to the same family for over 200 years. With more than 170 acres within the Arrábida Natural Park, the estate offers a great option for those wanting the outdoors life and benefits from the services of the estate hotel, Casa Palmela, such as the spa and restaurant. Villa Syrah is idea for a family or small group with lots of space to spread out, a large terrace and a shared pool.

Explore the vineyards, the horse and walking trails with a picnic of regional delicacies, including the renowned local Azeitao cheese. With hidden coves just 10 minutes away, this area of Portugal is less explored and offers genuine insights into this wonderful country.

Villa Can Isabella; Exterior view; Mallorca; Spain
Pollensa, Mallorca
Villa Can Isabella; Living Room; Mallorca; Spain
Pollensa, Mallorca
Villa Can Isabella; Pool View; Mallorca; Spain
Pollensa, Mallorca
Can Isabella Sitting Room, Mallorca, Spain
Pollensa; Mallorca

Villa Ca'n Isabella

Found between the charming and buzzy town of Pollensa and the beaches of Port Pollensa and Alcudia, this five-bedroom villa offers a peaceful and tranquil option in Mallorca. Found on a 20-acre estate, the garden is home to a gated pool, outside pagoda and outside dining area. The interior is relaxed and traditional without being fussy. Simple interiors offer a relaxed atmosphere. This part of Mallorca is great for families or small groups and with plenty of space, Villa Isabella offers a quite spot for everyone.

Explore the shops and restaurants of Pollensa old town, find hidden coves at Formentor and Cala Murta, eat fresh paella on the promenade at Port Pollensa and explore the mountains of Tramuntana Mountains, which overlook the villa.

Villa Selena; Corfu; Greece
Corfu, Greece
Villa Selena; Kitchen; Corfu; Greece
Corfu, Greece
Villa Selena; Terrace; Corfu; Greece
Corfu, Greece
Villa Selena; Sea View; Corfu; Greece
Corfu, Greece

Villa Selena

With stylish, contemporary interiors, Villa Selena overlooks St Stephano Bay, best viewed from the stunning infinity pool or comfortable indulgent sitting area. St Stephano Bay is a mere 1.7km walk away so ideal for those not wishing to drive too much, also perfect with groups with older teenagers who want to explore the town without a car. Villa Stephano is a villa which feels luxurious without being pretentions.  The three bedrooms, all en-suite, allow for privacy and a sense of space. Outside dining spaces, large, sumptuous poolside daybeds sit aside the jacuzzi and free form pool.

Spend time sipping wine and feasting on fresh seafood at the local waterside tavernas, walk amongst the hills – dotted with olive and eucalyptus trees and spend the day relaxing by the pool and watching the sunlight bounce off the nearby Ionian Sea. Villa Selena is a villa which manages to tick every box.

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Corfu, Greece
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Corfu, Greece
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Corfu, Greece
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Corfu, Greece

Mimosa House

Part of the private Kardaki Estate, Mimosa House is set within 40 acres of sea facing slopes, dotted with olive groves, offering sea views from each of its six bedrooms and wrap around terrace. With a gated infinity pool, which curves gently round the terrace and affords view through the trees to the sea beyond.

The gentle and family friendly beaches at Kalamki, and local tavernas in New Perithia, are just 1km away making Mimosa House perfect accessible for the coast and local lunches on the beach. For more of a buzz Kassiopi is 7km away and in contract the abandoned houses of Old Perithia.

Note – the master suite is found on the lower flower and has separate access so bear in mind if travelling with younger children. However, it does have space for an extra child bed.

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Paxos, Greece
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Paxos, Greece
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Paxos, Greece
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Paxos, Greece

Villa Glaros

Perfect for a group of friends of family with older children, Villa Glaros offers a more secluded location down a small track. The infinity pool seems suspended over the sea, giving extended views down to the Ionian Sea and nearby to cosmopolitan Gaios. With walking trails from the villa and Paxos easily explored, this spot is ideal for those wanting to experience a more peaceful side to Greece.

Paddle boarding and private boat hire is available nearby, offering the chance to explore the hidden inlets of this pretty island.

Note – access to Paxos is via Corfu and then a short ferry or private water taxi. Please note this villa is only bookable with children aged 12+. The villa is accessible on foot down the drive. Guests will be met on arrival luggage taken to the villa from the car.

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Crete, Greece
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Crete, Greece
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Crete, Greece
Villa Thea, Living Room, Crete, Greece
Crete, Greece

Villa Thea

A contemporary and beautifully furnished villa, within walking distance of the beach and local restaurants. A huge wraparound terrace, bbq and plenty of space to sit by the pool, Villa Thea is a simple yet stylish option in this part of Crete. With three en-suite bedrooms and light and airy interiors, Villa Thea is perfect for a family or small group.

With ancient Crete to discover there is plenty to do but Easter Crete offers a more relaxed and peaceful side to this popular island.

Note – if travelling with a larger group or two families, a great option is to take its neighboring sister villa, Villa Thalia. Ideal for those who wish to be therefore together but want their own space. Villa Thalia is the same design and sleeps six.

Casa di Sopra swimming pool, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Chianti, Italy
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Chianti, Italy
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Chianti, Italy
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Chianti, Tuscany, Italy

Casa Di Sopra

With seven bedrooms, this traditional yet beautifully restored Tuscan farmhouse is the perfect Italian retreat with family and friends. For foodies there is a cook service available and the restaurants and coffee shops of Radda a mere 3km away not to mention the private wine tasting that can be organised within the grounds. Casa di Sopra showcases the very best of Tuscany with vineyards and olive oil farms just 10km away and the must-see Sienna 20 minute by car. Cool rustic chic, hidden spaces and large grounds with a sheltered pool allow for everyone to find their space within its charming grounds.

Note – the villa is within easy reach of Florence and its choice of fight options. It is worth noting that the pool is 50m from the villa and there are quite a few steps at the property which is worth noting.

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Puglia, Italy
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Puglia, Italy
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Puglia, Italy
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Puglia, Italy

Trullo Sessana

A stylish conversion of a traditional trulil house, Trullo Sessana is nestled in private gardens with wonderful terraces and pool. The towns of Ceglie Messapica and Ostuni are within easy reaching making this villa a great base in which to explore this part of Puglia.

Sessana has a stunning roof terrace and emerald pool, all adding to the sense of style and flair of this three-bedroom villa.

Note – there are reduced prices available for smaller groups of up to four outside the peak season. Two additional children can be accommodated on daybeds in the living room taking the occupancy up to eight guests.

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