BEFORE YOU GET CAUGHT UP IN CHRISTMAS…..

You might want to think about your next summer holiday. It might seem early but with Portugal forecast to be Europe’s destination of choice next year, many of our larger villas are already well booked for the school holidays.

Another good reason to book early is to take advantage of the lower airfares, with some peak season dates as little as £170 return from Gatwick to Faro with Monarch.

Take a look at some of our gorgeous villas with private pools, for example, the luxurious Terras Altas for 8 in Vale de Parra. With a fenced and heatable swimming pool this is a great choice for families.

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For sports enthusiasts, The Gaff in Praia do Carvoeiro is ideal. Accommodating up to 10 people, it has it’s own tennis court and is a stone’s throw from the 9 hole Vale do Milho Golf Course. It also has a heatable pool, separate children’s pool and children’s play area.

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We are delighted to tell you we have greatly expanded our programme of villas in beautiful Croatia. We have properties in Istria, in the north of the country. Close to the Italian border the food here is fantastic and the area remains quite unspoilt.

Take a look at Prima and Seconda, two villas close to each other sleeping 10 each and both with private pools in the heart of this beautiful region.

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We also have some amazing villas in the more sophisticated Dubrovnik. This is the perfect place for a holiday with something for everyone, from amazing architecture, historical buildings, amazing cuisine, cafe culture to boat trips to some of the numerous unspoilt islands off the coast. For example Stone Villa, sleeping up to 11 people. Set in a rural location Dubrovnik is easily accessible by boat. The villa has a private pool, children’s play area and table tennis.

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We answer emails seven days a week but if you prefer to speak to a human we always enjoy speaking to our clients Monday to Friday 9.30 to 5pm.

Whatever you decide, we look forward to talking to you, either on the phone +44 1273 747811 or by email mail@thevillaagency.co.uk

DO EARLY BIRDS REALLY CATCH WORMS?

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Sitting in the office last week I turned to my colleague Ginnie and said “It’s almost 2017 but the millennium seems like it was only a year or two ago!” What prompted this slightly depressing observation was that we are already taking bookings for next summer.

As someone who can barely manage to plan what I am doing next weekend I am always amazed that anyone is organised enough to plan holidays over a year in advance.

So what are the benefits of booking a holiday so far in advance? Well, if you are a large group it makes sense to decide on dates as soon as possible and as the big villas tend to get booked well in advance it is advisable to reserve your first choice as early as possible. It is also often the case that flights are more affordable the earlier you book.

For me, thinking three months ahead is an ordeal but I suspect I might come unstuck. Over the last few years we have all got used to the idea of last minute holiday bargains so have held off booking until very late but we sense that this might not be the case this summer.  For a variety of reasons popular holiday spots have changed over the last couple of years and those places which might have been our first choice are no longer so. Portugal has once again become one of THE most popular destinations for family holidays, with the Algarve at the top of the list.

Inevitably, this means that flight prices to Faro are going up and up. We advise our clients to look at flights to Lisbon…

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                            …or even Seville in Spain – with excellent roads neither of these places are too far from the Algarve and flights are often far, far less.

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We still have availability for the school summer holidays but with booking numbers up by around 25% they are going fast.

One or two of our properties do have special offers – for example Mill Reef – a stunning villa for 12 in Carvoeiro has a massive £1,000 a week off peak season dates and the popular Casa Sirrah, also in Carvoeiro, has 15% off for bookings in May and June.

The Balearic Islands are also proving popular this summer with many holiday makers heading for Mallorca and Ibiza. We have a special offer on one of our most beautiful Ibizan villas – the beautiful Sky which has 20% off some weeks.

So does it make sense to book a long way in advance or not? Our feeling is that for Summer 2016 the sooner you are able to decide the better and whilst there are no worms to be caught you might just save disappointment if you are unable to find the right holiday later on.  If you are organised enough to know when you want to holiday next year then we can often confirm villas now at 2016 rates.

Whatever you decide, we look forward to talking to you, either on the phone +44 1273 747811 or by email mail@thevillaagency.co.uk

Hope to hear from you soon.

Karen Lippitt

Managing Director

 

 

RING IN THE NEW

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

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What a year 2015 was for The Villa Agency!

With not one, not two but THREE new destinations we were kept busy for the whole summer. We have consequently expanded our portfolios in all three areas for 2016

Mallorca proved to be a real hit with our regular clients and as we have such wide range of properties there really is something for everyone; from the gorgeous Villa Gallardo – a one bedroom villa with a private pool to villas accommodating up to fourteen people.

Ibiza has a reputation as a party island and we have tracked down some pretty amazing properties, some close to the clubs and some a little further off the beaten track – you can check them out here

We have some spectacular properties in Italy accommodating from two to twenty three people, they are all in fabulous locations and great bases to explore the amazing countryside and towns of this wonderful country.

Portugal will always be our first love and we have some fabulous new properties in The Algarve, for example the stunning Villa Cajul, a four bedroom villa with air conditioning and a heatable swimming pool.

If, like us, you have overspent this Christmas we are happy to accept your booking deposit in instalments.

Remember too that we are fully bonded which means your money is 100% safe. We also still believe that old fashioned service is important and we still really love it if clients take the time to telephone us for advice on which property to book.

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL

Here are a few good reasons people who have recently booked one of our villas are smiling…

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The strong pound means that if you book a holiday to Portugal, Spain or Italy this summer your money will go much, much further. For example, it is still perfectly possible to get a really good dinner for 4, including wine for way under €80 – with the current exchange rate that is less that £15 a head! If you prefer to chill out at the villa, your supermarket bill will be massively less than this time last year.

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We have some spectacular discounts for this summer, including up to a massive 30% off the gorgeous Casa Sacada in Carvoeiro,  up to 20% off the popular Le Club in Vilamoura and 15% off the stunning Vivenda Maria in Ferragudo on selected dates.

With the uncertainty surrounding the forthcoming election The Villa Agency understands people’s reluctance to part with a large chunk of cash so we are happy to accept payments for your holiday in installments.

You need to be certain that the holiday you pay for is the holiday you get! Not only will you receive a warm, friendly welcome from our staff but all our holidays are fully bonded so your money is 100% safe.

May is a fantastic time to have a week in the sun – not only will you avoid the election frenzy but temperatures in the UK are on a downward slope while in Europe things are hotting up! Flight prices are fantastic too with flights to both Palma, Mallorca and Faro, Portugal from just £90 return.

We would love to hear from you by phone +44 1273 747811, email mail@thevillaagency.co.uk or you can use or online chat facility.

YOU SAY TOMATO…

I say tomato – whether you call it Mallorca or Majorca one thing is for sure it is a beautiful island which really does have something for everyone.

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During the 1970’s and 80’s parts of the island attracted a negative press with hoards of lager swilling Brits making the short journey from Palma Airport to the popular tourist resorts.

From the 1960’s onwards the more discerning traveller quietly headed north when touching down and made their way to the beautiful Puerto Pollenca (or Porto Pollensa if you prefer).

It is such a pretty town with it’s pine walk – a coastal pathway which stretches for just over two miles. It is wonderful to stroll along or find a bench and watch the world go by. If you prefer you can hire a bike or perhaps take a dip in the warm Mediterranean. The Pine Walk is dotted with restaurants and bars so there are plenty of places for pit stops.

Being an island the sea is an important part of most people’s holidays. Whether sitting on the beach looking at it, from a boat bobbing on it or scuba diving under it. For the adrenaline junkies there are the usual assortment of water sports readily available.

Flights to Palma are surprisingly reasonably priced and as many of the properties we have are within walking distance of all Pollensa’s many attractions Mallorca really is worth considering as a holiday destination.

To see our full range of properties in Mallorca please browse our website at www.thevillaagency.co.uk – we also have villas in Ibiza, Portugal and Italy. If you have any questions please feel free to call us – we love to chat +44 1273 747811 or you can send us an email mail@thevillaagency.co.uk

 

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HOW TO FIND THE PERFECT TUSCAN VILLA

 

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So you have decided where you want to go on holiday. Now what?

If you type “Villa in Tuscany” into a search engine and you will get about a quarter of a million results. It’s hard to know where to start.

We would suggest that before you start looking, you should ask yourself the most important question:

What do you want from your holiday?

Tuscany really does have something for everyone. If you enjoy sightseeing two weeks wouldn’t be enough to see all the area has to offer; from The Leaning Tower of Pisa to lovely, laid back Lucca there really is no shortage of amazing architecture.

Perhaps you want to see some of the stunning countryside and villages, our particular favourite is the area around San Gimignano – it really is like stepping back in time.

Is wine is your thing? You might like to book a wine tasting day – there are plenty to choose from and planning in advance means you will not waste a moment when you arrive.

If you enjoy dining out you will want to make sure the villa you choose isn’t too far from good restaurants. Many of the properties in Tuscany are in very rural locations making it more difficult to dine out.

If you enjoy dining out you will want to make sure the villa you choose isn’t too far from good restaurants. Many of the properties in Tuscany are in very rural locations making it more difficult to dine out.

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For groups which include children you will want to know the villa is suitable. We believe no property with a pool can be considered entirely child friendly but there are some which are eminently more so than others.

We suggest booking through a reputable tour operator rather than direct with the owner (we would say that wouldn’t we). It does make sense though. By booking with a licenced operator or by paying with your credit card you have financial protection in a way that simply can’t happen if you book direct.

Don’t be afraid to ask! Here at The Villa Agency we try to give as much information as we possibly can but there might be something specific to you and your family and friends. For example, perhaps you have an allergy to feathers so want to know what the pillows are filled with. You might only like to drink filter coffee so need to know there is a coffee making machine in the property. It is so much nicer to find everything out in advance so that there are no nasty surprises waiting for you.

We love it when people telephone us, so much more personal than only corresponding by email but we are happy to do that too.

Call us on 0044 1273 747811 or send us an email mail@thevillaagency.co.uk

Fabulous New Properties for 2015

 

We are delighted to tell you that we have massively increased our programme in some of the most prestigious resorts in The Algarve for next year.

Our clients love Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo and we do too.

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At Quinta do Lago there are some fantastic restaurants offering top quality cuisine,  The prestigious Quinta Shopping has a variety of designer shops and The Melting Pot Pub is a great place for people watching. The resorts are perfect for sports enthusiasts with tennis academy’s, and championship golf courses.

We have several beautiful new villas in Quinta do Lago including the luxurious Millenium, a fabulous villa for eight people.

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The Praca at Vale do Lobo has great restaurants and there is often live music in the summer months. We have some gorgeous new villas there, for example Number 017 which is in an unrivalled position with stunning views of the sea and beautiful beach.

If you would like any more information you can email us or speak to one of our reservations team.

 

 

 

 

Endless Summer

I am sitting at my desk listening to the rain pelting down outside and counting the days until I fly to the Algarve for a (ahem) business trip.

I always try to avoid the peak season, not least because flights are so blooming expensive. It can also be a bit overwhelming and not as relaxing as intended when surrounded by lots of families with children and of course the July and August heat can be almost too much at times.

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There is no doubt that September and October are the nicest times to visit the Algarve. Temperatures are near perfect and everyone has just a little bit more time for tourists. Restaurants are less busy, you can actually see the sand on the beaches and strangely, the ocean is warmer.

Flight prices, villas and hire cars all come down in price so if you aren’t governed by school holidays it is the perfect time to travel.

How about this beautiful property for a cheeky week at Vivenda Maria – one of my personal favourites.

Many of our villas are available for long weekends so if you have used up most of your holiday allowance you can still escape for a last blast of sunshine.

I can’t wait – maybe I will see you there and we can enjoy a Caiparinha or two together. Oh no, I forgot, mine is a business trip!

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I left my heart in Sao Nemesio…..

One of the perks of my job is that I get to visit the beautiful houses in our programme and one that has always stood out to me as a favourite is  Sao Nemesio

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For this reason, I booked the house for my partner, Chris’s, 40th birthday celebration in September 2012.  It was a truly memorable holiday and each of our guests fell in love with the villa and the location.

 

I remember fondly sitting on the terrace in the dappled shade of the tree, listening to the waves gently lapping the shore below.  It is a magical place.  It is also perfect for a large group as, due to the close proximity to the beach and restaurants, there is the opportunity to take yourself off for some alone time.  You can go for a wander along the beach or grab some fresh sardines and a cold glass of Rose from the restaurant below without straying too far from the villa which gives guests the freedom to do their own thing.  It was perfect.

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On Chris’s birthday, I asked my friends to take him out for the morning while I arranged his surprise celebrations.  First we put up some ‘Happy Birthday’ banners and had some balloons delivered to set the scene.  I had arranged a cake which was surreptitiously delivered it in the morning and hidden in the dining room so he would not see it until later on. He is in the music industry and plays the piano so I asked Algarve Cakes to make a grand piano cake with a sugar version of him sitting on the piano stool smoking a cigarette!  I was delighted with the result!  It was absolutely amazing.

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Then I arranged for The Fat Pig Hog Roast to cater our lunch.  They were all set up and the table laid beautifully for when Chris returned and they served us with a smile followed by a complete clear down – they even washed the kitchen floor before they left!

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It was a fantastic day and the whole holiday was a terrific success. I can honestly say I left my heart in Sao Nemesio and hope we get to return to this beautiful villa.

 

What is more – there is a ten percent discount on all remaining June and July weeks – perfect!

June, July and September Discounts at Dar Albar

 

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We are happy to be offering a 25% discount on our Dar Albar villa property throughout June & July, with a separate discount of 15% off during September.

One of our most impressive properties, this cliff-top villa boasts 180-degree views of the coastline and sea, a traditional Moorish décor, and facilities ranging from Wireless Internet, kitchen appliances (Washing machine, dishwasher), and a swimming pool.

Arguably the villa’s greatest asset is the patio area, a great viewing platform for seeing the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the surroundings beaches and gardens.

The villa is located to the west of Albufeira, an area ideal for young people or families, with the villa located near shops, bars, restaurants, beaches and the nightlife. With 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, the villa is great for larger groups of young people or for big families.

If you want to see the villa in all its glory, you can enjoy a short video on YouTube showcasing the property here.

If you are interested in taking advantage of our latest discount, get in touch with us straight away by either visiting our contact page, or by sending us a message to mail@thevillaagency.co.uk. We can also discuss the area and the villa with you if you would like more information – just call us on +44 (0) 1273 747811 to speak with one of the team.

Looking for something different? We also have July discounts running on other properties too, such as 25% off our Casa Piscarreta villa in Porches, while you can take a look at our offers page to view our full list of discounts and deals available for this summer.