Family Villas with Private Pools - in Tuscany and Provence
Summer means family holidays and the best holidays are in family villas in Tuscany with a private pool: space for everybody to relax and time for the family to be together and recharge. Here are 5 of our favourites villas in 2020 for visiting Tuscany with kids - they all sleep at least four and no more than 8, and they all have private swimming pools.
Holiday villas have recently become more and more like luxury hotels, ever sleeker and ever more luxurious. Ragnana is none of these things and for this very reason continues to be a firm favourite with our families. It's a big old farmhouse converted just enough for summer living, with a great big pool, a great barbecue flanked by an outdoor table and, cherry on top, right next to a fabulous Tuscan hill village.
This is a house for relaxing days by the pool, strolls into the village for icecreams, for evening apertifs and meals on the big outside table - old fashioned holidays where much is planned and little is done. If you do decide to explore, Siena is barely 30 minutes away, the local villages are all great, there are great walks and cycle routes around the house. And, simple as the house is, it does have wifi throughout.
Prices start at £ 1,117 a week - or € 1,257, $ 1,483. Ragnana - Sleeps 8
The Tuscan coast is beautiful but can be busy in high season - Casa dei Fichi is the perfect solution for those looking for child friendly holiday villas in Tuscany, a wonderful villa tucked into the side of a hill high above the coast. It is close to the village of Campiglia Marittima - close enough to walk there in under 30 minutes, down a red earthed track. The owners are keen cook and the kitchen reflects this love - there is also an external pizza oven for the more adventurous.
Piombino is 30 minutes drive away, and you could take a ferry for a day trip to the island of Elba should you wish, the crossing takes around 40 minutes. One of the closest beaches is the gulf of Baratti, famous and beloved since Etruscan times. There are wonderful walks that criss cross the forested outcrop of Populonia, leading to hidden coves like that of the Buca delle Fate, below:
Prices start at £ 1,869 a week - or € 2,100, $ 2,478. Casa dei Fichi - Sleeps 8
I can't really put it better than this guest: "If you want to stay at a quintessential Tuscan hilltop house, choose Casa Allioni. Perched high on a hill overlooking olive groves and vineyards, this lovely stone house is perfect for a retreat with family or friends and well-located for day trips to most Tuscan destinations. The house is nicely decorated and very comfortable to be in, with all of the appliances necessary to make living easy. And, the owner couldn't be more helpful and friendly. You won't be sorry if you choose Casa Allioni."
The house really is in a lovely spot and there's plenty to explore nearby. It's not suitable for small children though, due to the steep stairs - we generally recommend children should be over 5 (or infants - not toddlers).
Prices from £ 1,443 a week, or € 1,621, $ 1,913 Tell me more about Casa Allioni
The French option. My family love this house in the Luberon, on the edge of the quiet village of Cabrieres d'Avignon. It is very close to the tourist honeypots of Gordes and Roussillon, yet quiet and peaceful. It is set in its own walled court, with a beautiful pool and air-conditioning throughout. The village has a bakery, a butcher, a grocery and a couple of restaurants - not to mention the excellent wine producers a short way out of the village. Like Ragnana, number one, this is a perfect house to relax in, strolling into the village for morning pastries, reading by the pool and occasionally venturing forth to visit Gordes, Oppede les Vieux, Lacoste, Vaucluse and all the beautiful villages of the Luberon.
This villa comes with one another great quality for those based in the UK - during the summer there are direct trains running from London to Avignon. It's possible to leave London St Pancras at 7:20 am and be in Avignon by 14:10. At the moment there are tickets for £49 each way on the Eurostar Website. I have done it with my Brompton and cycled to the villa - not perfect for families but worth remembering!
Prices start from £ 2,053 a week, or € 2,306, $ 2,721. Show me Timolé
There's an age when children want to run and around and explore and, as parents, we want to let them do just that - but it can be impossible in our cities. This country house has a large, entirely fenced garden so the children can run as much as they like, know they'll encounter neither cars nor get lost. The house itself is beautiful, spacious and well equipped for outside living. Our most recent acquisition, this villa should do well. It is close to Pisa and Livorno, so great for exploring the Tuscan coast, as well as the rather undiscovered Livorno, a city ignored by tourist routes.
Prices start from £ 1,780 a week, or € 2,000, $ 2,360. Villa di Mezzo sounds beautiful
And there we have it - our 5 best family villas with private pools. But these aren't our only villas - have a look at the other selections below. And remember, the best way to find the perfect villa for your holidays is to ask the experts - our details are below, or you can contact us via this form. Ask us a Question