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ABERCROMBIE & KENT | INSPIRING EXPERIENCES

What is an Inspiring Experience?

You browse the stalls of the Tuscan village

market, your A&K local host at your side,

searching for the perfect ingredients for

tonight’s feast. You walk along the mistshrouded

terraces of Machu Picchu; as the

chatter of departing tourists fades behind

you, the mystery of this timeless place seems

to fill the air. In Egypt’s Valley of the Kings,

you descend into a tomb normally closed

to the public, recognizing in the decorated

walls numerous hieroglyphs taught to you by

your local guide.

Welcome to the most fulfilling, most

enriching, and most inspiring travel

opportunities on earth.

To experience an A&K holiday is to be

transformed. When you travel with us, you

don’t simply arrive at a destination and

look at things; you learn from people with

intimate, sometimes lifelong knowledge of

the area, and leave with a new understanding

of how life is lived in another part of the

world. Inspiring experiences such as these

are the greatest reward of travel, one we want

to share with everyone who journeys with us.

I founded A&K with my parents more than

40 years ago in the belief that comfort and

discovery are never mutually exclusive. We

want every visit, every meal, every meeting

to be extraordinary, while making you so

comfortable along the way that luxury

becomes second nature.

If you long for the kind of inspiring travel

experience that becomes a treasured

milestone in your life, read this brochure

— and discover the many ways in which

travel with A&K can inspire.

Geoffrey Kent

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A&K & CONTENTS | DESTINATIONS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS

European Villas

ITALY 18

TUSCANY

Villa Boccella 20

La Limonaia 21

Villa Elizabetta 22

Palazzo Elisa 23

Villa Controni 24

Il Frantoio 25

Casa del Fattore 26

Casa Felice Matteucci 27

Villa La Tenuta 28

Villa La Veduta 29

Villa Fontelunga 30

Villa Scannagallo 31

Il Giardino 32

Al Castello 33

Villa Le Terme 34

Villa di Panzano 35

Podere La Vigna 36

UMBRIA

Il Fagiano 37

FRANCE 38

PROVENCE

Le Pommier 40

Villa Barbet 41

CÔTE D’AZUR

Cabasson 42

La Pacelière 43

L’Olivier 44

Vue de la Mer 45

La Corniche 46

Le Rouret 47

Villa du Loup 48

Les Cyprès 49

Les Hauts de Vence 50

L’Orangier 51

Le Mirage 52

RHÔNE-ALPES

Château de Beauregard 53

GREECE 54

MAINLAND GREECE

Villa Aphrodite 56

MYKONOS

Villa Apollo 57

SPAIN 58

COSTA DEL SOL

Villa Moana 60

COSTA DORADA

Ca L’Amiral 61

MAJORCA

Son Sant Andreu 62

CELEBRATIONS WITH A&K 63

ESCORTED & TAILOR MADE TRAVEL IN EUROPE 64

CANAL & RIVER CRUISING IN EUROPE 65

GENERAL INFORMATION

Friends of Conservation 66

A&K’s Travel Protection Program 67

Terms & Conditions 68

Villa Index 70

QUESTIONS? Call your travel agent or A&K at 1.800.652.7963

or visit www.abercrombiekent.com

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ʻIt was our third A&K trip and, once again, it

was the attention to detail that distinguished

Abercrombie & Kent as a premier travel

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company. In short, thank goodness for A&K.

K.H. AND C.H., SIOUX CITY, IA

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A&K & KUDOS | EXCEEDING YOUR EXPECTATIONS

History counts.

In 1962, Geoffrey Kent helped to start a safari company with one

stalwart Bedford truck ... and his mother’s sterling silver ice bucket.

That unique combination of no-nonsense

practicality and unexpected luxury is the

essence of A&K. Whether it’s a perfectly

chilled glass of champagne in the middle of

the African bush, a helping hand through

Customs in Cairo or a headset that always

keeps you in earshot of your guide, A&K

constantly surprises with just how comfortable

and enriching a vacation can be.

Every day, all around the world, A&K’s

service and reputation are tested against

the dreams and expectations of the people

who travel with us. Time and again, we pass

the test. How do we know? We listen to both

our clients and to travel agents, who rate

us against our competitors. The message is

clear: A&K sets the standard for luxury and

service in the travel industry.

Best Tour Operator and Safari

Best Tour Operator: Africa/Middle

Best Worldwide Tour Operator |

Best Luxury Tour Operator

Outfitter | 2006, 2005, 2004,

East | 2007; Most Knowledgeable

2007, 2006, 2005

– International; Best Africa Tour

2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999,

Reservation Staff | 2007

Operator | 2006, 2005, 2004

1998, 1997, 1996; Best Small-

Ship Cruise Lines | 2006

World’s Leading Luxury

Reader’s Choice Award:

Best Luxury Tour Operator,

Best Africa/Middle East Tour

Specialist Tour Operator |

Top 15 African Safari Camps

Best Safari Outfitter | 2005

Operator | 2006, 2005, 2004,

2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

Chief’s Camp | 2005, 2003;

2003, 2002, 2001, 2000

World’s Leading Villa Operator |

Olonana and Chief’s Camp |

2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

2004; Chobe Chilwero | 2002

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ʻ

Just when I think there could be nothing

better in the world, A&K outdo themselves!

ʼ

I haven’t come down to earth yet!

M.S., ESCONDIDO, CA


A&K & ACCESS | UNIQUE ENCOUNTERS, UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES

Deep roots.

Local contacts.

Extraordinary access.

Our feet-on-the-ground approach

is unique in the travel business.

Wherever you are on your European Villa

holiday, A&K is there with you, through a

network of local hosts working throughout

Italy, France, Greece and Spain.

The advantages of a local staff begin before

you even book your villa stay. Thanks to the

full-time A&K professionals staffing our

European offices, we are able to personally

inspect and approve every villa in the A&K

portfolio. Most other villa companies sell

sight unseen. Reserving a villa with A&K is

like having a trusted friend, one who makes

sure that your villa will be every bit as pristine

as if you had inspected it yourself.

With A&K staff close by, insider access is a

given, no matter where you’re staying. Speak

one-on-one with someone who knows the

area intimately, and you’ll learn more about

Lucca or St. Tropez in one conversation than

you would in an entire week of walking the

streets, guidebook in hand.

From a boat trip to the Porquerolles islands

to finding the finest bakery in Ponte a

Moriano, who you know makes all the

difference. And the people we have in

place to show you “their Italy” (or France or

Greece or Spain) will make your experience

unforgettable.

A stay at an A&K Villa shows you a private,

personal Europe invisible to those just

passing through. And you’ll see it with 45

years of travel experience at your elbow.

Born in Rome, Vincenzo de

Michelis has an undergraduate

degree in Italian literature and a

Masters in Secondary Education.

He has been to 242 countries,

territories and/or dominions.

When he is not travelling for

work he is travelling for pleasure.

Vincenzo’s fluency in six

languages makes conversation

easy wherever he goes — and

makes him the perfect guide

for his visiting guests. His other

interests are post-war Italian

films, Etruscan pottery, and

his dogs.

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‘Italy was better than either of us could have

imagined in our wildest dreams. You did a

beautiful job with our trip.’L.B., GREENVILLE, SC

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A&K & LUXURY | THE VERY BEST

The good life, under one roof.

You awake to another brilliant sunny day;

beyond the window, groves of olive trees

stretch to the top of a nearby hill. A cup

of coffee awaits you on the private terrace

outside. After breakfast, you could take

a dip in the pool, search the grounds for

the perfect picnic spot, or settle into your

favorite sofa for a morning’s reading … the

choices are inviting and limitless.

An A&K Villa holiday is the ideal immersion

into the authentic sights and sounds of

Europe — and a great way to experience

the finest in A&K luxury and amenities that

is standard with every villa stay. You may

long for a quiet farmhouse retreat with just

enough room for a few friends, or a grand

manor with accommodation and activities

for generations of extended family. Whatever

the group or the occasion, the villas offered

in our collection embody ease, comfort

and style, resting in perfect harmony within

beautiful surroundings ranging from the

vineyards of Tuscany to a sprawling estate in

the Rhône-Alpes.

Bathe in a marble tub beneath a magnificent

Romanesque fresco; settle in for an afternoon

at the movies in your private art deco

screening room; or end the day in a bedroom

little changed from its days as a private family

chapel. Closely inspected by A&K experts,

our villas are chosen for their exquisite

details as much as their prime locations, and

discovering your new home’s thousand small

charms is one of the delights of your villa stay.

Charlotte Palmer lives in

Goult, a picturesque medieval

French village in the heart of

the Luberon National Park.

Half British and half French,

Charlotte spent her childhood

split between London and

Provence, finally deciding that

the latter’s warmer climates and

gentle approach to life suited

her best. Charlotte’s love of

Provence made her a natural

to become an A&K local host,

and she enjoys walking, cycling

and spending time with her

young family.

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ʻThank you for setting such demanding

standards. Although we have personally

told your staff how grateful we are, we can’t

possibly say it enough.ʼK.M., SARATOGA, CA

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A&K & ADVENTURE | DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND

The right service

for the perfect holiday.

A&K’s European Villas afford you the

freedom to choose the exact level of

service you need to make your villa stay

as perfect as possible.

Select any A&K Villa and receive the support

essential to a relaxing stay, including 24/7

emergency assistance and a greeting at your

villa by an A&K representative, who shows

you through the property, highlights the

available amenities and explains procedures

for handling any questions. Additional

services are available at your request. Feel

free to add any extra amenities you need

— or simply relax in your luxury home with

minimal intrusion.

CONCIERGE SERVICE

Choose to rent your villa with Concierge

Service for comprehensive assistance in

settling in and enjoying your villa and its

surroundings. Concierge Service is provided

by an A&K local host who knows both the

property and the nearby attractions, and

who is on hand to answer questions, offer

suggestions and make any arrangements.

Your A&K local host introduces you to the

nearby shops and stocks the refrigerator with

drinks and essentials; pick up the phone

to reach your host any time of the day or

night. Daily maid service with mid-week linen

change add to the comfort of your villa stay

with Concierge Service.

CONCIERGE PLUS

Why not truly customize your stay and select

your level of added comfort with A&K’s

Concierge Plus? Available with either service

level, Concierge Plus represents the ultimate

in luxury and convenience. Need a personal

chef, a nanny for the children, a sightseeing

guide or transportation to a nearby city?

A&K’s Concierge Plus provide exactly what

you need, all to A&K’s exacting standards.

Emmanuel Sofonéa, a private

chef with 26 years of experience,

has been praised by the media

and the restaurant industry, and

is one of A&K’s villa chefs in the

French Riviera. Emmanuel buys

all his ingredients fresh from the

local markets, just one of the

many pleasures his role affords

him. On the menu this evening:

“Sea bream carpaccio with

fresh herbs, ostrich tournedos

with curry and roasted carrots.

To finish, a mango tarte tatin,

poached with cinnamon.”

Bon appétit!

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‘The trip to France was wonderful. We

were treated like a king and queen. I


can’t say thank you enough.

L.T., MOORESTOWN, NJ

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A&K & FAMILY | EXPLORING HAND IN HAND

Emily, meet Provence.

Nothing brings a family closer together than

sharing an extraordinary journey. It gives

us time together away from the distractions

of everyday life; it offers new experiences,

new cultures and new memories that leave a

lifetime of happiness.

The fun begins with automatic membership

in A&K’s Adventure Crew travel club for

children age 14 and under. On the Crew’s

Web site (www.akadventurecrew.com), kids

can learn about their upcoming trip from

“virtual guides,” pick up a little Italian or

Swahili and choose a Club kit filled with

items to enjoy at home and away.

A&K’s Family programs coincide with school

holidays and summer breaks. Because we

arrange everything, there’s nothing for

you to do but have fun. “Home base” hotel

stays (with as many two- and three-night

reservations as possible) cut down on

packing and unpacking, and dining choices

offer familiar foods and local favorites. Our

Tour Directors always know how to make the

trip unforgettable for everyone, and some

programs include the services of a Children’s

Activities Coordinator who orchestrates

events for kids and teens.

Seeing the world through the eyes of a

child or grandchild is one of the best ways

to experience it yourself. Choose your next

vacation-with-the-kids from our Family

Holidays brochure; order your copy at

800.732.2181.

An allergic reaction to paint

solvents brought about a career

epiphany for British-born

Marta Thorp. The former

professional painting restorer

knew she loved Florence when

she first arrived to study art,

and she knew the language.

Put them together and she

thought: Abercrombie & Kent.

Marta is one of A&K’s local

hosts and her clients benefit

from the inside information she

loves to share.

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World Traveller Plus

First Class

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Club World

Club World


A&K & ALTITUDE | UNIQUE FARES AND SERVICES

It’s as clear as the air

above the clouds.

Booking your air reservation through A&K

is the best way to fly.

Our special fares are available only through

A&K, on flights timed to work best with

your itinerary. And, while airline prices are

guaranteed only on the day you buy your

ticket, you can reserve our quoted rates now

and pay for your ticket later on the same

schedule as the rest of your trip.

A&K can cancel and refund air tickets up to

the day before departure, less a $250 fee, for

our special British Airways fares. (Tickets you

book yourself may be non-refundable.)

Get the mileage credit offered by your

frequent-flyer club. Most special-rate tickets

don’t earn miles, but reservations booked

through A&K earn mileage credit where

applicable.

Choose your seat when you make your

reservation. A&K’s special relationship with

British Airways allows us to reserve your

preferred seat at time of booking.

Fly British Airways. With 19 gateway cities

throughout the U.S., British Airways flies

more people to more countries than any

other airline. Its wide range of seating

arrangements all incorporate the very

latest in comfortable ergonomic design

— including fully flat beds, where available,

in First Class and new Club World* (Business

Class). Club World’s new seats give you your

own space to do what you want, when you

want. Bigger, wider and more comfortable

than ever, Club World seating guarantees

complete comfort in any position.

Stated benefits and conditions of purchase through

A&K are correct at time of publication, but may be

subject to change at any time.

*New Club World seating currently being rolled

out across the British Airways fleet.

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TUSCANY | UMBRIA

Italy

Tuscany conjures images of rolling

hills topped with cypress trees, the

Renaissance majesty of Siena and

Florence, of sun-drenched village

streets viewed from an enoteca with a

glass of wine in hand. From Roman

settlements to the glories of the

Italian Renaissance, from untouched

countryside to bustling cities, Tuscany

transcends the ages — and your

expectations.

Chianti is well known for its wines,

and no visit to the region is complete

without a stop at a vineyard. Equally

memorable are the villages that

dot the region, with Renaissance

churches, charming shops and detailed

architecture that is museum-worthy art

in itself.

Milan

Lucca

Pisa

ITALY

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Siena

Florence

Tuscany

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Cortona

Venice

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Perugia

Umbria

Unpretentious Umbria possesses a

quiet pastoral beauty that befits its

unofficial title of “the green heart

of Italy.” It is mountainous with

castles, fortresses and watchtowers

still standing guard over small towns

— walled, but hospitably open.

Rome

ITALY

Average daily temperatures in F˚ — Florence

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70

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Average days with rainfall

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TIME DIFFERENCE: EST plus 6 hours

VISAS: No visa is required for U.S. passport holders.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: No vaccinations are required when

you travel directly from North America or another country in Europe.

Health and visa requirements are subject to change.

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MAP LEGEND

1 Villa Boccella

La Limonaia

2 Villa Elizabetta

Palazzo Elisa

3 Villa Controni

Il Frantoio

Casa del Fattore

Casa Felice Matteucci

4 Villa La Tenuta

Villa La Veduta

5 Villa Fontelunga

Villa Scannagallo

6 Il Giardino

7 Al Castello

8 Villa Le Terme

9 Villa di Panzano

Podere La Vigna

10 Il Fagiano

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LUCCA, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa Boccella

Accommodates 18 guests (plus 6 children)

This magnificent 18th-century villa, set in

the heart of a vast estate, couples authentic

Tuscan style with comfort and exclusivity,

offering the ideal setting for hosting a large

family celebration.

Built in 1729 near the ancient fortified

city of Lucca, Villa Boccella embodies the

finest in classic Tuscan living. With plenty

of large spaces for dining and relaxing, it is

an ideal retreat for a large group or family;

children will love settling into the child-size

four-poster bed or splashing in the shallow

end of the fenced swimming pool. Gather

in the elegant ballroom for an evening to

remember; curl up with a good book in

the library; relax in a well-appointed sitting

room; or retreat to the serenity of your

private chapel on the grounds.

Villa Boccella has been completely

renovated while remaining faithful to

its original details, creating elegant yet

comfortable accommodations with period

antique furnishings. As well as the pretty

gardens close to the house, Villa Boccella

includes extensive grounds that offer

plenty of opportunity for delightful strolls

through olive groves and woodland. The

large swimming pool offers cooling relief

from the glorious Tuscan sun, and includes

a changing room with shower. For a truly

unforgettable getaway, rent the guesthouse

with the main villa to accommodate an

additional 15 friends or family members.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 11 bedrooms, 6 with en suite bathrooms:

• 2 doubles

• 5 double/twins

• 2 twins

• 2 triples

◆ Large, professionally equipped kitchen

◆ Formal dining room with seating for 24

◆ Grand ballroom

◆ Fenced swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $16,720 – $20,520

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $19,125 – $23,920

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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La Limonaia

Accommodates up to 16 guests

Perfect for hosting two families or

groups of friends, this pair of charmingly

converted farmhouses is situated on a

beautiful estate next to Villa Boccella.

Two farmhouses face each other across

an orchard of peaches, plums, figs and

vines. Originally used for milling flour and

making wine, La Limonaia Grande and

La Limonaia Piccola have recently been

restored to the highest standards while

retaining much of their original terra cotta

tile and wooden beams. These homes share

the fenced, heated swimming pool located

next to Limonaia Grande. Smaller parties

may rent La Limonaia Grande only, and

enjoy exclusive use of the grounds and

swimming pool.

Settle into La Limonaia Grande’s spacious

sitting room with its open fireplace and

French doors leading out onto the orchard.

Descend La Limonaia Piccola’s hidden

staircase to discover an old wine cellar with

vaulted ceilings, now converted to a game

room. Arrive at both villas along a private

drive that leads through the surrounding

woods, and follow it on a short stroll to the

nearest village, Ponte a Moriano, where

small shops — and delicious Tuscan treats

— await. Venture further to the ancient

walled city of Lucca, just a ten minute drive

away, or take advantage of La Limonaia’s

splendid location to visit the nearby

Renaissance centers of Florence, Pisa and

Siena.

ACCOMMODATION

La Limonaia Grande (10 guests):

◆ 5 bedrooms, 3 with en suite bathrooms:

• 2 doubles and 3 twin

◆ Large sitting room with fireplace

◆ Open-plan dining room and spacious

kitchen

◆ Fenced swimming pool

La Limonaia Piccola (6 guests):

◆ 3 bedrooms, 1 with en suite bathroom:

• 1 double and 2 twin

◆ Kitchen and dining area opening onto a

terrace

◆ Cozy sitting room with fireplace

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $6,995 – $12,295

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $10,465 – $16,650

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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LUCCA, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa Elizabetta

Accommodates 8 guests

The epitome of elegance, this splendid

19th-century villa offers a luxurious,

private retreat amongst the verdant hills

of Tuscany.

Situated between Viareggio and Forte dei

Marmi and ten minutes from the ancient

walled city of Lucca, Villa Elizabetta

exemplifies elegance while offering a

secluded — yet convenient — Tuscan

setting. This magnificent three-story villa

is fully equipped to offer a truly luxurious

retreat within picturesque surroundings.

The interior is elegantly appointed, with

antique furnishings that embody authentic

Tuscan style.

An ideal hub for exploring the worldfamous

beauty and artistic attractions of

Tuscany, this property is surrounded by

perfectly manicured lawns and flower

gardens which offer shady areas while

stimulating your senses with the perfume

of lavender and rosemary. Step out onto

the spacious front terrace for a pre-dinner

aperitivo, a meal al fresco or a moment

of tranquil relaxation. Take a dip in

the private swimming pool and savor

fabulous views of the surrounding wooded

landscape, yours to explore at leisure

during your visit.

Due to the delicate nature of the antique

furnishings, no children under the age of 12

are permitted at this villa.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 bedrooms:

• 3 doubles

• 1 twin

◆ 3 bathrooms

◆ Double sitting room with large fireplace

◆ Dining room

◆ Fully equipped kitchen with functioning

bread oven

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $8,185 – $11,610

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $10,995 – $14,440

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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Palazzo Elisa

Accommodates 10 guests

Located in the heart of historic Lucca’s

city center, Palazzo Elisa combines the

convenience of town living with the luxury

and comfort of the most sumptuous

country villa.

This 16th-century home has been lovingly

restored to recall its glory days as a town

palace, from the frescoes adorning the

sitting-room walls to the domed kitchen

ceiling and the original terra cotta

bathroom flooring. The ground-floor

double bedroom once served as the family

chapel and its stunning decorations remain

intact. The inner courtyard adds a tranquil

touch, with neat gardens dotted with

orange and lemon trees sprouting from

terra cotta pots. A crystal table in the dining

room seats 12 in elegance and comfort,

while the traditional Tuscan kitchen, fully

equipped with modern appliances, allows

you to indulge your every culinary whim.

In addition to its ancient and modern

elegance, Palazzo Elisa lies a mere two

minutes’ walk to the main squares of Lucca,

your stepping-off point for an exploration

of the Roman and medieval treasures of

this fascinating town. Stroll the Piazza

Napoleone, explore the remains of the

Roman amphitheater or trace the route

of the old city walls, lined with trees and

rich lawns. Take a break from the past and

indulge your palate in one of the town’s

many fine restaurants and cafés, or stop at a

local market for fresh ingredients for your

own Tuscan feast.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 5 en suite bedrooms:

• 4 doubles

• 1 twin

◆ Main sitting room decorated with restored

frescoes

◆ Fully equipped Tuscan kitchen with

original domed ceiling and seating for 8

◆ Formal dining room with seating for 12

◆ Two comfortable lounges

◆ Villa rental includes daily maid service,

private chef and house manager

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental $13,700

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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LUCCA, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa Controni

Accommodates 22 guests

This elegant 19th-century aristocratic

villa is set in the heart of a vast estate and

features elegant interiors with hand painted

frescoed walls throughout, a perfect retreat

for large groups and families.

Gracious and welcoming Villa Controni

is set on a grand 19th century estate

surrounded by terraced hills, camellia

gardens, and olive groves with sweeping

views down the valley toward the medieval

hilltop town of Lucca. Formal Italianate

gardens at the front, manicured lawns

enclosed in a walled garden at the rear and

a private chapel on the property all provide

a peaceful haven from the hectic world.

All rooms are elegantly furnished, and a

stunning fresco adorns the main drawing

room. The bedrooms (all eleven of them)

are en suite with hand painted details on

the walls and ceilings; all share breathtaking

views of the surrounding countryside.

Gather in the three living rooms or the

dining room, sample the vintages from

the wine cellar or retreat to the study for

an interlude of privacy. Refuge from the

brilliant Tuscan sun awaits in your private

pool. Grill a hearty lunch on your outdoor

barbecue, then spend the afternoon

exploring the surrounding woods and

olive groves.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 11 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Large formal dining room with seating

for 24

◆ Large formal living room with fireplace

◆ Domed billiard room leading to an

arched loggia

◆ Fully equipped, spacious, Tuscan-style

kitchen

◆ Spacious guest study with fax and

computer facilities

◆ Wine cellar and tasting room

◆ Large swimming pool

◆ Villa rental includes daily maid service,

private chef and house manager

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $43,840 – $54,800

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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Il Frantoio

Accommodates 8 guests

This charming two-story luxury villa,

located on the same estate as Villa

Controni, is perfect for a single family

or small, intimate group.

Once the olive press for Villa Controni

and used by villagers to press their yearly

harvest, Il Frantoio embodies a cozy,

intimate charm. The villa lies adjacent to

a hillside within beautiful terraced olive

groves and features spectacular views down

the valley to the medieval walled town of

Lucca. Following a complete renovation,

Il Frantoio maintains its Tuscan character,

with original terra cotta tiles and wooden

beamed ceilings throughout. On the

ground floor find a fully equipped Tuscan

kitchen with dining area, relax in the

comfortable living room, or stay in touch

via a complete, Internet-ready computer

workstation.

Settle into any of the four upstairs

bedrooms, each with its own en suite

bathroom. A swimming pool provides a

secluded haven from the Tuscan heat, as

well as beautiful views of the surrounding

country. In the evening, descend to

the brick-vaulted wine cellar — now an

informal dining area, perfect for a private

wine and cheese tasting. For al fresco dining,

gather around the wrought iron tables on

the lawns, and toast the sun as it sets over

the valley and Lucca beyond.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Cozy and fully equipped Tuscan style

kitchen

◆ Dining area in arched alcove with

table for 8

◆ Spacious living room with music system

and satellite TV

◆ Guest office area with fully equipped

computer

◆ Brick-vaulted wine cellar converted into

an informal dining area

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Villa rental includes daily maid service,

private chef and house manager

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $12,330 – $15,100

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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LUCCA, TUSCANY | ITALY

Casa del Fattore

Accommodates 15 guests

The perfect villa for entertaining family

or friends, Casa del Fattore has been

newly renovated with incredibly spacious

bedrooms, insuring guests the upmost in

privacy and relaxation.

In the heart of Villa Controni’s 19thcentury

estate lies Casa del Fattore, which

is nestled in a beautiful park on the edge

of a wooded hill, surrounded by orchards

and olive groves. Original patios of Tuscan

stone flank either side of the building,

their wrought iron furnishings and creamcolored

umbrellas providing an elegant

setting for an al fresco lunch, early evening

aperitif or leisurely dinner. The villa was

recently restored to its traditional Tuscan

character, and terra cotta tiled floors and

exposed beams adorn every room, with

frescoed walls throughout the first-floor

rooms that rival the surrounding landscape

in beauty.

Join family and friends in the comfortable

sun loungers around the spacious

swimming pool on the villa’s front lawn.

A formal dining room provides a perfect

setting for a memorable dinner, while the

sunlit conservatory makes an ideal spot for

breakfast. With en suite facilities in every

bedroom, complete climate control and an

Internet-enabled computer system, Casa del

Fattore offers the best of modern comforts

and convenience in an elegant countryside

setting.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 8 en suite bedrooms

• 7 doubles

• 1 single

◆ Formal dining room with seating for 24

◆ Elegant conservatory with informal dining

area

◆ Fully equipped Tuscan-style kitchen

◆ Spacious lounge with original fireplace

◆ Relaxing drawing room

◆ Floodlit swimming pool

◆ Villa rental includes daily maid service,

private chef and house manager

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $21,920 – $27,400

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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LUCCA, TUSCANY | ITALY

Casa Felice Matteucci

Accommodates 12 guests

Casa Felice Matteucci is a home of great

charm and comfort — perfect to rent with

nearby Il Frantoio to accommodate a large

family celebration.

Imagine walking from the front door of

your beautiful Tuscan farmhouse ... and

onto the beautiful grounds of your own

vast estate. Casa Felice Matteucci is a

beautifully restored villa, surrounded by

terraced olive groves and overlooking a

large picturesque pond with a small island.

Pass through the main entrance to the

grand salon with its comfortable sofas and

armchairs, fireplace, music system and

satellite TV. A domed dining room, fully

equipped Tuscan kitchen and guest study

with computer complete the first level. Six

bedrooms upstairs accommodate plenty of

friends and family members; all rooms are

air conditioned, feature wonderful views

and are individually decorated to highlight

their unique character. With their original

beamed ceilings, terra cotta floors and en

suite facilities, these rooms quickly make

anyone feel at home.

The grounds include a swimming pool

(floodlit to allow the festivities to continue

well into the night), tables and chairs for

al fresco dining, paths leading through

woodland and olive groves ... and a

charming wooden bridge leading to a

shady island, a perfect spot for a picnic with

family and friends.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 6 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Grand salon with fireplace and music

system

◆ Cozy TV room and guest study area

◆ Professionally equipped Tuscan kitchen

◆ Large domed dining room adjoining

kitchen

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Villa rental includes daily maid service,

private chef and house manager

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $19,180 – $24,660

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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PONSACCO, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa La Tenuta

Accommodates 10 guests (plus 2 children)

This charming Tuscan stone farmhouse,

set on over 250 acres, is a tranquil retreat

ideally located near many of the region’s

famous cities.

Elegant Villa La Tenuta stands proudly

within the extensive grounds of a secluded,

private Tuscan estate, ready to host your

family celebration or getaway with friends.

Recent restoration has brought in modern

comfort while still retaining the charm

of its original architecture and materials,

including Tuscan terra cotta tiling

throughout and tremendous oak beamed

ceilings overhead. The furnishings are a

pleasing balance of family antiques and

elegant modern classics.

The vast manicured gardens of Villa La

Tenuta offer plenty of opportunity for

exploring, and al fresco dining surrounded

by fabulous views is a must. Find relief from

the hot Tuscan days in the sizable swimming

pool with diving board, then dry off under

an umbrella in a poolside sun lounger. For

a more active brand of relaxation, play a

few sets on your private tennis court or

take a leisurely stroll through the extensive

grounds of the villa. Spend the day

exploring nearby Pisa, Florence and Siena,

then return to your luxurious gardens, well

lit at night to allow those magical Tuscan

evenings to go on and on.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 6 bedrooms, 2 with en suite bathrooms:

• 3 doubles

• 3 twins

◆ 2 living room areas, one with ornate stone

fireplace and beautiful arched ceiling

◆ Fully equipped Tuscan kitchen with

dining table

◆ Charming dining room with seating for 12

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Tennis court

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $11,610 – $13,895

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $14,725 – $16,995

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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PONSACCO, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa La Veduta

Accommodates 8 guests

Situated on top of a hill with stunning 360°

views, this Tuscan stone farmhouse is a

lovely setting for relaxation and fun with

family and friends.

A sister property to Villa La Tenuta, Villa

La Veduta is an airy and spacious villa

surrounded by immaculate gardens within a

private, 250-acre Tuscan estate. La Veduta is

well named: “The View” from this property

is stunning, taking in the expansive Tuscan

countryside to the west and the estate’s

castello to the east.

Originally a working farmhouse, this villa

has been transformed into a luxury home

through a subtle mix of family antiques and

elegant modern classics. Air conditioning in

all bedrooms ensures that the warm Tuscan

nights pass in comfort. A fully-equipped,

professional kitchen lets you prepare

everything from the lightest of lunches to

a grand family feast. French doors lead

from the kitchen and dining room onto a

charming covered patio, well lit to allow

an afternoon’s al fresco refreshment to

continue far into the night.

Take a dip in the private swimming pool,

walk the villa’s peaceful open grounds,

or pick a path and follow it through the

beautiful wooded estate. Some two minutes’

stroll from the villa is a small chapel, a

venue for Sunday evening concerts in

summer. The town of Pisa and the closest

beaches are only a thirty minute drive away.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 bedrooms, 3 with en suite bathrooms:

• 2 doubles and 1 double/twin

• 1 twin

◆ Comfortable living room with flat screen

satellite TV

◆ Professional stainless steel kitchen with

marble preparation table

◆ Dining room with seating for 8

◆ Additional living area with ornamental

fireplace and lovely view

◆ Air-conditioning in all bedrooms

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $6,995 – $9,325

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $9,960 – $12,240

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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FOIANO DELLA CHIANA, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa Fontelunga

Accommodates 18 guests

The elegant Villa Fontelunga is an

innovative blend of traditional Tuscan style

and contemporary design, well suited to

those looking for a stylish Italian retreat.

The villa’s eight bedrooms and spacious

cottage provide more than ample

accommodation for a large family or party

of friends. Crafted from a traditional

padronale, or master’s house, this villa

offers panoramic views across the Tuscan

countryside towards the hilltop town of

Cortona.

The original barrel-vaulted cantina is

now an elegant living area with room

for relaxing, dining and watching TV;

entertainment options abound with a

library full of DVDs, music and games. The

living area opens directly to the gardens

and olive groves: step out onto the large

terrace or settle into the gazebo for an

al fresco occasion to remember. Savor the

lovely views over the surrounding gardens

and countryside from each bedroom,

with the junior suite in the cottage having

French doors onto its own terrace.

Head for the swimming pool, an excellent

spot to relax, read a book, or simply admire

the view with afternoon tea or a cocktail.

For a more invigorating day’s activity, play

tennis on your private court or take a

leisurely hike along one of the scenic trails

surrounding the property.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 9 en suite bedrooms:

• 7 doubles

• 1 twin

• 1 junior suite in cottage

◆ Main living areas with TV, DVD player,

music system and games

◆ Dining area and kitchen opening to

terrace for outdoor dining

◆ Furnished outdoor lounge with fireplace

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Tennis court

◆ Villa rental includes daily maid service

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $21,375 – $30,590

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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FOIANO DELLA CHIANA, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa Scannagallo

Accommodates 8 guests (plus 2 children)

This villa exudes a contemporary and

fashionable feel in the heart of the Tuscan

countryside, perfect for a group of friends

looking for a chic Tuscan holiday.

Villa Scannagallo is designed as a

smaller version of its sister property Villa

Fontelunga. Well designed to accommodate

a small group of friends or family, this

charming two-story house features a large

open-plan living room, dining area, and

kitchen that is well equipped with all

modern amenities.

secluded valley location invites you to roam

the surrounding countryside at will.

Three air-conditioned, en suite bedrooms

occupy the second floor, with a doublebedded

room and smaller bedroom (or

study) on the ground floor. The interior

combines traditional beamed ceilings and

stone flooring with graceful contemporary

Italian accents and decoration. Modern

conveniences extend to the stereo CD

player, TV, DVD player (DVDs available on

request), telephone and Internet access.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 5 bedrooms, 3 with en suite bathrooms:

• 4 doubles

• 1 small double with large day bed

with trundle

◆ Living room with fireplace

◆ Large open-plan dining room and kitchen

◆ Infinity swimming pool

◆ Villa rental includes daily maid service

Walk from the dining area directly to

the landscaped gardens, a terrace and

a stunning infinity swimming pool with

dramatic views over the countryside. A

gazebo provides the perfect spot for a

classic Tuscan al fresco meal, while the

Villa Scannagallo is close to the spectacular

hilltop villages of Cortona, Montepulciano,

Montalcino and Pienza, as well as about an

hour drive from Siena and Perugia.

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $7,675 – $10,825

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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FLORENCE, TUSCANY | ITALY

Il Giardino

Accommodates 6 guests

A mere three miles from the historic center

of Florence, this villa offers a delightful

retreat for a small group looking for an

excellent vantage point to explore the city

and countryside.

Il Giardino is situated in the exclusive

residential area of Pian dei Giullari,

located within the city limits of Florence.

Immaculately maintained and exquisitely

presented throughout, the villa offers

sweeping views over the rolling hills

of Chianti on one side and the cupola

of Florence’s cathedral on the other.

Gaze from almost every window of Il

Giardino and be rewarded with a spectacle

reminiscent of a Renaissance painting.

Gather in the ground-floor living room

to relax and socialize, listen to music or

sit down with a book from the extensive

collection. After a day exploring the

artistic treasures of Florence, return to a

welcoming heated pool and manicured

gardens; don’t forget to take advantage of

your outdoor barbecue grill for a poolside

lunch. The villa is air conditioned as

needed in summer and well-heated in

winter, making it the perfect year-round

vacation retreat.

Due to the delicate nature of the antiques and

furnishings, no children under the age of 16 are

permitted at this villa.

ACCOMMODATION

Ground Floor:

◆ 3 bedrooms, 2 with en suite bathrooms:

• 1 master double/twin with private terrace

• 1 double/twin

• 1 twin bedroom with adjacent shower

room

◆ Large lounge opening onto the terrace

and gardens

◆ Dining room with access to the terrace

◆ Sitting room with TV, music system and

large collection of books

◆ Well equipped kitchen

◆ Large, heated swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $10,550 – $12,830

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $13,590 – $15,870

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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SAN POLO IN CHIANTI, TUSCANY | ITALY

Al Castello

Accommodates up to 18 guests

A grand Medici villa close to many of the

region’s treasures, with formal gardens

and wonderful facilities for outdoor

entertaining. This is the ideal place for a

relaxing vacation with family and friends.

This magnificent and impressive villa,

owned by one of Tuscany’s most celebrated

families, has been splendidly renovated into

a luxurious retreat with plenty of character

and style. Large groups are right at home

at Al Castello, with nine bedrooms (two of

which are air conditioned) accommodating

up to 18 guests in high Tuscan fashion. The

interior is elegantly appointed, maintaining

the traditional vaulted ceilings, formal

dining room, beautiful antique furnishings

and inviting Tuscan colors. Modern

conveniences sit comfortably alongside

classic Tuscan elegance, with satellite TV,

a DVD player and Internet access always at

the ready.

Formal, Renaissance-style gardens overlook

the Florentine countryside, giving Al

Castello an inviting atmosphere and

a wondrous ambience. Relax in a sun

lounger beside the infinity swimming

pool and soak up the sun or contemplate

the glorious outlook. The friendly owner

lives in a separate part of the villa with an

independent entrance.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 9 bedrooms, 6 with en suite bathrooms:

• 6 doubles

• 3 twins

◆ Large, formal living room with fireplace

◆ Sitting room adjoining library with

fireplace

◆ Dining room seating up to 20

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $19,600 – $34,450

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $22,595 – $37,655

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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SAN GIMIGNANO, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa Le Terme

Accommodates 10 guests

Surrounded by a private vineyard, this

excellently restored and modernized

16th-century farmhouse is a holiday

destination to savor, with its own luxury

spa, infinity swimming pool and

summer bar.

Once a farmhouse, fully renovated Villa

Le Terme occupies a breathtaking vantage

point over the rolling cypress-lined Chianti

hills and is only a short distance from

the medieval village of San Gimignano.

The interior has been cleverly designed

to incorporate the farmhouse’s original

features along with the most modern of

contemporary comforts.

Each of the five bedrooms have been

individually styled and features its own

luxurious en suite bathroom.

On the ground floor, pass through the wellequipped

country kitchen to a delightful

covered terrace with views over the private

vineyard to the Tuscan hills beyond. Dine al

fresco under a shady pergola or lounge beside

the infinity pool with its poolside bar. Enjoy

a luxurious spa experience without ever

leaving the villa — La Terme offers its own

sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi bath.

When you find yourself ready to venture

beyond the grounds, explore the village of

San Gimignano (just three miles away) with

its dramatic skyline of medieval towers or

the lovely city of Siena, which has one of

the finest gothic duomos in all of Italy.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 5 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Tuscan style kitchen fitted with

contemporary appliances

◆ Dining room with large antique table for

seating up to 24

◆ Living room with home theater

◆ Open-plan study area with half-size pool

table

◆ Pizza room with traditional wood-fired

oven and indoor barbecue

◆ Full-featured spa

◆ Large infinity swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $10,165 – $16,460

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $13,735 – $19,995

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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PANZANO, TUSCANY | ITALY

Villa di Panzano

Accommodates 12 guests (plus 2 children)

Villa di Panzano, with its stunning location,

beautifully landscaped grounds and

outstanding views, has been impeccably

restored and is the perfect place for

enjoying a relaxing holiday.

Deep in the heart of Tuscany’s Chianti

region, amid vineyards, cypress trees and

rolling green hills, lies Villa di Panzano, the

epitome of a traditional farmhouse with

contemporary amenities.

Antique terra cotta floors, a large stone

fireplace and grassello walls reflect authentic

Tuscan style, while furnishings and fittings

embody modern-day chic. Outside, a vineshaded

terrace provides views over the

manicured grounds — set the table for

dinner al fresco, or dine in the iron gazebo,

preparing your feast at the huge barbecue

or the wood-fired pizza oven overlooking

the swimming pool. Work out in your

private fitness room, or forget all about

work with a glass of wine in front of your

living room’s antique stone fireplace.

Villa di Panzano is a wonderful home

away from home, as well as an ideal hub

for exploring this region renowned for

medieval hilltop villages and ancient

castles. Local farms selling delicious cheese

and fine Tuscan wines are at your doorstep

— make every day a culinary adventure in

one of Tuscany’s finest vacation homes.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 7 bedrooms, 6 with en suite bathrooms:

• 5 doubles

• 1 small double

• 1 children’s twin

◆ Dining room with seating for up to

14 guests

◆ Living room with antique stone fireplace

◆ Well equipped Tuscan kitchen

◆ Private fitness room

◆ Gated swimming pool with shaded

summer terrace

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $17,400 – $20,370

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $20,575 – $23,540

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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SAN REGOLO, TUSCANY | ITALY

Podere La Vigna

Accommodates 10 guests

Set among the vine-clad hills of Chianti, this

beautiful and tranquil villa is well designed

to accommodate a family or group of

friends. Children will be right at home in

this private and peaceful location.

Once part of a medieval fortress and

lovingly restored to reflect the colors and

textures of its environment, Podere La

Vigna provides relaxation and seclusion

in classic Tuscan style. The fixtures and

furnishings, including an original stone

fireplace and marble kitchen sink, give the

common areas an authentic flavor, while

the bedrooms are distinct and vibrant with

antique decoration and artwork.

The hexagonal swimming pool on the

lower terrace will quickly become a favorite

gathering spot, your privacy ensured by a

mature laurel hedge. Have lunch al fresco on

the shady terrace, taking in the views of the

surrounding vineyards, or relax with a book

under the covered loggia.

Just a short distance away, San Regolo,

with its small shops and tempting trattoria,

affords magnificent views over the famous

Brolio wine estate. Should you crave a more

far-flung adventure, medieval Siena is only

a 30-minute drive away, its narrow streets

lined with designer boutiques and leading

to the magnificent Piazza del Campo, filled

with shops, bars and cafes.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 5 bedrooms, 3 with en suite bathrooms:

• 2 doubles

• 3 twins, one located in converted cellar

with private entrance

◆ Spacious living room with original stone

fireplace

◆ Dining room with rustic iron chandelier

◆ Kitchen with solid marble sink, antique

dresser, and small breakfast table

◆ Large covered loggia for outdoor dining

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $7,125 – $9,400

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $10,460 – $12,740

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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UMBERTIDE, UMBRIA | ITALY

Il Fagiano

Accommodates 8 adults (plus 2 children)

A charming property set amid a private

nature reserve, the villa has been newly

refurbished and provides comfortable

accommodation for families and friends

to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

Journey to a private nature reserve in the

heart of Umbria for a memorable stay at

Il Fagiano. Originally home to the estate’s

gatekeeper, it has been converted, along

with the adjacent chapel, into a charming

and enticing Umbrian retreat. With inviting

furnishings in warm, rich colors, sizeable

living areas and en suite bedrooms, Il

Fagiano embodies the rustic charm of

rural Italy while preserving the comforts

of a modern home. A home theater

system (with plenty of DVDs), MP3 playercompatible

sound system and Internet

connection ensure that 21st-century

convenience is always at hand.

Gather with family and friends in the cozy

main house, or find some extra room

in the converted chapel, with its double

bedroom and sitting room. Explore the

immaculate grounds in privacy, dine at

the lovely outdoor breakfast table or patio

dining area, and relax in your private

swimming pool. Nearby Perugia, Assisi and

Lake Trasimeno are perfect settings for a

memorable day’s excursion. However you

spend your time at Il Fagiano, magnificent

views of the valley and Monte Subasio greet

you at every turn.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 en suite bedrooms:

• 2 doubles

• 2 twins

◆ Spacious open-plan living/dining room

◆ Dining area overlooking the patio

◆ Kitchen with breakfast table with

doors leading to gardens and outdoor

dining area

◆ Sitting room with double sofa bed and

media center

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $5,900 – $7,730

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $8,895 – $10,720

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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38 EUROPEAN VILLAS


PROVENCE | CÔTE D’AZUR | RHÔNE-ALPES

France

Life in sunny Provence is suffused

with a distinct glow, evident in the

works of the master artists who painted

here and still to be seen in the hilly

landscapes of lavender fields and olive

groves. Explore Roman remains or

stroll the same narrow, bustling streets

as Van Gogh or Cézanne; wherever

you go, the tempo is relaxed, the

atmosphere alive with tradition and

charm.

Paris

The Côte d’Azur is one of the world’s

great playgrounds, a hub for all

who value glamour, style and fine

living. Galleries, designer boutiques,

cafes and exclusive nightclubs line

cobbled lanes, while winding roads

thread through mountain passages

overlooking the resort towns below. In

the Rhône-Alpes, rejuvenating Alpine

springs have created a premier spa

region, and the skiing is among the

best in the world.

FRANCE

Avignon

Lyon

Grenoble

1

2

8

Marseille

4

3

6

7

5

Nice

Cannes

FRANCE

Average daily temperatures in F˚ — Côte D’Azur

80

60

40

20

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Average days with rainfall

9

7

8

9

8

5

TIME DIFFERENCE: EST plus 6 hours

VISAS: No visa is required for U.S. passport holders.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: No vaccinations are required when

you travel directly from North America or another country in Europe.

Health and visa requirements are subject to change

2

4

7

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9

9

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MAP LEGEND

1 Le Pommier

2 Villa Barbet

3 Cabasson

4 La Pacelière

L’Olivier

5 Vue de la Mer

6 La Corniche

Le Rouret

Villa du Loup

Les Cyprès

Les Hauts de Vence

7 L’Orangier

Le Mirage

8 Château de Beauregard

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ISLE SUR LA SORGUE, PROVENCE | FRANCE

Le Pommier

Accommodates 12 guests

A stunning 17th-century Provençal

property, shaded by ancient plane trees

and surrounded by apple orchards,

Le Pommier is the perfect place in which

to enjoy a luxurious and elegant holiday

in a beautiful setting.

Enclosed by private, tranquil gardens,

this delightfully restored mas — once a

watercress farm — rests amid remnants of

ancient Roman times. Renaissance beamed

ceilings, exposed stone walls and a fine

collection of original antiques provide a

wonderful backdrop to this otherwise fully

modernized property.

Cook up a feast to remember in your

well-equipped Italian-style kitchen, then

withdraw to the sitting room, decorated

with a fine collection of objets d’art, to

enjoy an aperitif, a good book or a lively

conversation.

Sit out on the shaded terrace for a long

lunch or al fresco dinner surrounded by

ancient plane trees, cousins to the American

sycamore. Just beyond, the Provençal sun

shines down on the 55-foot swimming pool

and summer pool house. Le Pommier is a

perfect base to shop for antiques (nearby

Isle sur la Sorgue is an antiques mecca),

explore Côte du Rhône vineyards and

tour Avignon … or simply soak up the

unmistakable tranquility of Provence.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 6 double bedrooms, 4 with en suite

bathrooms

◆ Spacious Italian-style kitchen with double

Gaggenau oven

◆ Sitting room decorated with antiques and

objets d’art

◆ Library/TV room

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Summer pool house with kitchen

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $12,535– $19,385

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $15,365 – $22,420

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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BONNIEUX, PROVENCE | FRANCE

Villa Barbet

Accommodates 8 guests

This charming villa is set on a hillside in

its own private grounds, and lies within

walking distance of one of the region’s most

famous villages.

Tastefully furnished and impeccably

presented, Villa Barbet provides a welcome

and calming influence the moment you

walk through the door. Beamed ceilings

and original tiled floors make for stylish

yet relaxed living, while the contemporary

kitchen and sizeable bedrooms ensure

comfort and space. Relax with a book or

contemplate the artwork hanging in Villa

Barbet’s library. Outdoors, a vine-shaded

terrace leads onto a fully enclosed garden,

the ideal spot to take in the impressive

panorama; a 40-foot infinity swimming pool

provides an elegant gathering place under

the Provençal sun.

Stroll the private grounds, or venture to

the village of Bonnieux, with its Michelinstarred

restaurant, for the ultimate

Provençal experience right on your

doorstep. Visit the lively market town

of Apt; discover the stunning Luberon

National Park, stopping for lunch in an

enchanting medieval village seemingly

untouched by the centuries; or visit the

handsome town and galleries of Aix-en-

Provence, Cézanne’s birthplace.

At Villa Barbet, all choices lead to an

unforgettable holiday … even if you never

venture beyond the beautiful garden views.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 double bedrooms, 3 with en suite

bathrooms

◆ Kitchen opening onto pool terrace

◆ Living area with TV/DVD/CD, dining

table, stone fireplace and doors to

pool terrace

◆ Sitting room

◆ Infinity swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $7,920 – $8,380

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $11,655 – $12,120

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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CABASSON, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

Cabasson

Accommodates 8 guests

Beach-front access and wonderful sea

views make this contemporary villa an

outstanding location for a relaxing family

holiday.

Spend an unforgettable holiday in this

smart, modern villa, set amid peaceful

vineyards and a short walk from the beach.

Cabasson is fully equipped and beautifully

furnished in contemporary French style,

with a large country kitchen well equipped

to cater any party and a cool, spacious living

room. Sliding French doors open from

the kitchen onto the grand terrace, a great

gathering spot to marvel at the 180° views

of the surrounding Bay of Hyères.

Just off the swimming pool, a summer

house provides every amenity for an easy

day under the sun, including workout

equipment, relaxing lounge furniture and

a refrigerator to stash cold drinks. Look out

across the bay to the nearby Porquerolles

islands and the conversation quickly turns

to an island visit — transportation by local

boat is easily arranged.

Closer to home, Cabasson is surrounded

by well-tended enclosed gardens

comprising a mixture of lawns, plantings

and Mediterranean cork trees. Walk the

grounds, take a swim in the pool or relax

in a sun lounger; Cabasson is wonderfully

calming, its tranquility broken only by the

sound of waves breaking on the beach.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Large country kitchen

◆ Spacious, comfortably furnished living

room

◆ Office area

◆ Gym equipment

◆ Swimming pool with pool house

◆ Beach access

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $9,295 – $17,285

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $12,880 – $20,870

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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LA GARDE FREINET, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

La Pacelière

Accommodates 8 guests

An elegant, spacious villa of the highest

quality, set in beautiful surroundings with

the bustling St. Tropez lifestyle close by.

La Pacelière sits at the head of a wooded

valley and commands panoramic views over

woodland and vines. Immerse yourself in

a calm and restful environment, enhanced

by excellent accommodations furnished in

natural materials and subtle colors, making

for an appealing combination of traditional

French style and contemporary elegance.

Rooms are spaciously divided over two

floors, leaving plenty of space to relax.

Gather family and friends around the

fireplace in the large open-plan sitting

area, relax and read in the sitting room

or sit down to a piping hot meal prepared

in your well equipped country kitchen.

Indoor entertainment options include a

media room with satellite TV, CD and DVD

players, as well as Wi-Fi Internet access

throughout the house.

Step onto the covered terrace for

spectacular views over the valley and

surrounding grounds, made up of

woodland, lawns and Mediterranean

plantings. Your 40-foot swimming pool is

the perfect afternoon retreat, with a pool

house providing convenient facilities for a

poolside cookout. The traditional villages

of La Garde Freinet, Plan de la Tour and

St. Tropez are nearby, so plan time for

many memorable day trips.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 bedrooms:

• 3 doubles

• 1 twin

◆ 3 bathrooms

◆ Large open-plan living room/dining

room with fireplace

◆ Fully equipped country kitchen

◆ Second sitting room/TV room

◆ Swimming pool with pool house

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $8,150 – $12,720

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $11,735 – $16,300

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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PLAN DE LA TOUR, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

L’Olivier

Accommodates 8 guests

A five-star retreat in a haven of peace

and tranquility, located a stone’s throw

away from the beaches and night life of

glamorous St. Tropez.

Nestling in the hills above the village of Plan

de la Tour, the recently refurbished L’Olivier

offers luxury accommodation with 360°

panoramic views of unspoiled natural beauty.

The villa is floored in marble throughout,

with under-floor heating for the cooler

months of the year and air conditioning

in all four bedrooms to keep comfortable

during the glorious summer months.

Relax within graceful and contemporary

interiors, from the Mark Wilkinsonfurnished

open kitchen/dining area to

the modern lounge containing a home

theater and audio system complete with 50”

plasma screen television. The swimming

pool is flanked by teak decking, elegant

Gloster furniture and well-tended lawns,

with room to gather for an al fresco meal,

an afternoon’s sunbathing or a game of

boules on the nearby pitch. A summer house

with its own billiards table makes for a

fun retreat from the heat of the day. The

restaurants and bakery of Plan de la Tour

are a mere five-minute drive away, while the

sparkling beaches and bustling nightlife of

St. Tropez are 10 miles from your door.

With up-to-date conveniences and timeless

natural beauty, L’Olivier satisfies the most

discerning travellers.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 en suite bedrooms:

• 3 doubles

• 1 twin

◆ Spacious kitchen/dining area

◆ Dining terrace and gardens with barbecue

◆ Lounge with 50” plasma screen TV and

media center

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Summer pool house with billiards table

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $10,435 – $14,995

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $14,225 – $18,790

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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CANNES, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

Vue de la Mer

Accommodates 10 guests

This impressive, five-story contemporary

villa is set in an exclusive location in

Cannes with breathtaking views of the Cap

d’Antibes. Fully air conditioned, Vue de

la Mer is well equipped for a stylish and

luxurious gathering.

A slice of Italy in the heart of France, Vue

de la Mer is a beautiful Italianate Riviera

villa, its spaciousness and authentic 1920s

styling making it a unique and memorable

holiday home. This fully air conditioned

villa features a large open-plan kitchen

that serves as a natural hub, while sleeping

accommodations are divided between

three distinct sections of the house, each

with its own master bedroom (two with sea

views) and all with en suite facilities. Relax

with a refreshing sauna before heading

outdoors, where a shaded terrace, well

suited to open-air dining, commands views

of the Mediterranean Sea and the Cap

d’Antibes. Soak up the sun beside your

infinity swimming pool, or take a siesta in a

hammock cozily set between two towering

palm trees.

Vue de la Mer lies ten minutes’ walk from

the famous beaches, beach clubs and sea

food restaurants of Cannes. Venture further

and explore the Côte d’Azur, discover the

medieval Provençal villages with cobbled

streets and artists’ galleries, or charter

a private yacht to sail to St. Tropez or

northern Italy.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 5 en suite bedrooms:

• 4 doubles, 3 with extra bed

• 1 twin

◆ Large open-plan kitchen

◆ Dining room

◆ 2 separate summer conservatories

◆ Lounge area with TV, sauna and separate

bathroom

◆ Heated infinity swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $13,860 – $24,135

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $17,540 – $27,815

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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GRASSE, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

La Corniche

Accommodates 8 guests

A commanding maison de maitre, set on

the outskirts of France’s perfume capital

Grasse, this villa has private grounds with

breathtaking views over the surrounding

landscape to the Mediterranean sea on

the horizon.

A perfect getaway for lovers of outdoor

living, La Corniche was built in 1927 by the

Comte de Valence and recently renovated

to the highest standards of luxury and

authenticity, combining classical French

charm with contemporary furnishing and

design. French windows running the length

of the ground floor make every room a

sunlit haven, while the bedrooms feature

a creative blend of eastern and western

decoration; second-floor bedrooms share a

balcony overlooking the landscape. Modern

amenities abound, from air conditioning to

satellite TV and Wi-Fi Internet access.

Stroll your fully enclosed gardens, pausing

under a lemon or olive tree for a picnic or

simply to watch the passing clouds. Take

an afternoon swim in the heated pool,

then gather on the outdoor dining terrace

for dinner … and an unforgettable sunset

over the Mediterranean. Nearby Grasse

is the perfume capital of France and an

ideal place for a day excursion, with great

opportunities for hiking, riding and sports.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms:

• 2 doubles

• 1 twin

• 1 triple

◆ Kitchen

◆ Living room

◆ Dining room

◆ Balcony

◆ Heated swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $10,435 – $17,285

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $14,225 – $21,100

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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LE ROURET, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

Le Rouret

Accommodates 8 guests

This stylish Côte d’Azur villa, fully

equipped and impeccably presented, is set

in private grounds of lawn, lavender and

olive trees and offers privileged views to

the Mediterranean Sea.

Le Rouret memorably combines French

country charm with sleek modern style.

Indulge your every culinary whim in your

designer kitchen fitted with the finest in

Italian appliances.

After dinner, pick a chair or a couch in

the open living area and settle in for a

night of in-house entertainment: a Bang &

Olufsen satellite TV, home theater system

and wireless Internet access are at your

disposal. Of the four bedrooms, three offer

en suite facilities. The master bedroom also

features a separate dressing room as well

as a jasmine-covered terrace with views of

the sea.

Hit the treadmill or the weights in your

fitness room on the first floor, or head

outdoors for some fun under the sun.

There are enclosed gardens to stroll, a

heated swimming pool to cool off in and

nets for an impromptu game of volleyball

or badminton. Sit under the shade of

your pool house bar and look out over

the surrounding olive trees and rich lawns

— this is relaxation at its finest.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 bedrooms

• 3 en suite doubles

• 1 twin

◆ Fashionably designed kitchen with

modern Italian appliances

◆ Living room

◆ Fitness room with shower room

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Pool house with summer kitchen and bar

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $8,150 – $13,860

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $11,890 – $17,595

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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TOURETTES SUR LOUP, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

Villa du Loup

Accommodates 10 guests

With stunning views of the Cap d’Antibes,

this lovely villa features a magnificent

infinity swimming pool and is the perfect

place for a wonderful vacation with family

and friends.

Newly built Villa du Loup invites relaxation

and ease, its hillside location and spacious

open interior combining modern French

style with cool summer living. Pass freely

through the open-plan living room,

reading room, kitchen and dining room;

all project a sophisticated calm without

sacrificing contemporary conveniences

such as ceiling fans, heated floors, media

center, broadband Internet access and

excellent security.

Meals become occasions when taken on

your elegant shaded dining terrace, and

the stunning infinity swimming pool

will become the backdrop for many a

memorable day: turn up the Bang &

Olufsen sound system and enjoy drinks

and appetizers from your pool house’s

summer kitchen. Volleyball and badminton

nets are standing ready, so start an

impromptu game. Add some of the finest

sea views along the Côte d’Azur, as well as

close access to nearby attractions such as

the galleries of St. Paul de Vence or the

perfume houses of Grasse, and it is easy to

see why Villa du Loup remains one of our

most popular villas in France.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 5 bedrooms, 2 with en suite bathrooms:

• 3 doubles

• 1 twin

• 1 studio with sofa bed and separate

bathroom

◆ Open-plan living room with fireplace and

media center, reading room

◆ Dining room leading onto kitchen with

doors to terrace and electric awning

◆ Kitchen

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Pool house with summer kitchen,

sound system

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $10,690 – $17,100

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $14,475 – $20,840

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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TOURETTES SUR LOUP, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

Les Cyprès

Accommodates 8 guests

A modern villa set in private grounds

and fully-equipped with the latest in

entertainment facilities, this property offers

a relaxing retreat from the excitement

of the Côte d’Azur while providing a

panoramic view of Cap Antibes and the

Mediterranean Sea.

Tiled floors, air conditioning and an

elevated position ensure a cool interior well

suited to comfortable and relaxed holiday

living. Make a memorable meal (with an

espresso on the side) in the fully fitted

kitchen with Italian coffee maker, then relax

on the terrace and enjoy some music on

your Bang & Olufsen music system; a laptop

with a wireless broadband connection is at

hand to help you stay in touch.

Outdoors the fully enclosed gardens are

an oasis of Mediterranean planting, while

the adjacent woodland provides plenty

of opportunity for discovery and play. A

50-foot swimming pool, surrounded by

Italian-furnished terraces, makes a perfect

spot for lounging in the sun or enjoying

shady relaxation under the branches of a

Washington palm.

For those who prefer an evening à table,

the upper ground floor terrace makes a

perfect spot with its long, covered dining

table and views extending over the floodlit

pool to the twinkling town of Antibes on

the horizon.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 4 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Kitchen with Italian coffee machine

◆ Open-plan living/dining room

◆ 50” plasma TV, Bang & Olufsen music

system, Wi-Fi broadband Internet

connection

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $7,470 – $11,995

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $11,255 – $15,825

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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VENCE, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

Les Hauts de Vence

Accommodates 12 guests

This exceptional property, set on the edge

of a national park above the medieval

village of Vence, provides breathtaking

180° views over the Côte d’Azur to the

Mediterranean Sea.

A smart, minimalist interior, attractively

presented with contemporary furnishings

and fine fabrics, lends a relaxed, airy

ambience to Les Hauts de Vence. Air

conditioning and in-floor heat keep

you comfortable throughout the year,

while additional facilities — including an

entertainment room with Bang & Olufsen

TV system, covered summer terrace with

outdoor kitchen and a separate sauna

— provide ample opportunity for relaxed

holiday living. A separate nanny flat,

complete with kitchen and sitting room, is

available for added privacy and convenience.

With a children’s play area, ping-pong

table and boules pitch, your fully enclosed

landscaped gardens make a wonderful

setting for a party, special family celebration

or simply a luxurious break from routine.

The 50-foot saltwater pool with jet stream

is accompanied by a separate children’s

pool and surrounded with sun and dining

terraces, the ideal vantage point for taking

in the magnificent views.

Harmoniously combining modern style

with a stunning natural backdrop, Les

Hauts de Vence delivers peace and

tranquility in complete privacy.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 6 double bedrooms, 2 with en suite

bathrooms

◆ 2 additional bathrooms

◆ Kitchen

◆ Lounge with open fireplace

◆ Dining room

◆ Entertainment room

◆ Sauna

◆ Separate nanny studio

◆ Swimming pool

◆ Children’s play area

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $19,100 – $29,360

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $22,770 – $32,380

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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EZE BORD-DE-MER, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

L’Orangier

Accommodates 4 guests (plus 2 children)

Set in a beautifully tended Mediterranean

garden, L’Orangier enjoys sea views from

the pool, terrace and bedrooms of the

main house and is just a short walk to the

restaurants and beaches of one of the area’s

most celebrated villages.

Providing spacious comfort to smaller

groups, L’Orangier is a contemporary villa

set over three floors of accommodation and

has been designed to maximize the use of

light and space. Gather in the comfortable

open sitting/dining area, equally suited for

an evening’s entertainment or a relaxing

interlude. The bedrooms in the main house

are delicately furnished and impeccably

presented, including stylish en suite

facilities (the bathroom on the second floor

is shared with the children’s room) and sea

views; a cozy annex in the garden lets you

add two more to the party.

Air conditioning and heated floors ensure

comfort year-round; an office, complete

with Macintosh and broadband Internet,

keeps you in touch with the world outside.

The south-facing covered terrace quickly

becomes a popular meeting place with

its backdrop of lemon trees and dazzling

ocean views. Cool off in your secure 25-foot

pool, or take a short walk and sample a

variety of restaurants and bars — and don’t

forget to spend a day at the beach.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 3 bedrooms:

• 1 en suite double

• 1 double with separate bathroom

• 1 children’s twin

◆ Well equipped kitchen

◆ Open-plan living/dining room

◆ Guest office area

◆ Separate nanny studio

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $5,870 – $8,150

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $9,150 – $11,430

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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EZE BORD-DE-MER, CÔTE D’AZUR | FRANCE

Le Mirage

Accommodates 10 guests

This award-winning, architect-designed

villa lies between mountains and sea,

set in the exclusive Riviera village of

Eze Bord-de-Mer.

Nestled in the “Golden Triangle” between

Nice and Monaco on the French Riviera,

stylish Le Mirage offers striking sea views

and a prime location, a short walk from the

beach, shops and restaurants.

The villa is cool and contemporary, with

amenities and entertainment options to

spare: cook up a feast in your fully equipped

Italian kitchen, admire the original works in

your own art gallery, or gather around your

state-of-the-art entertainment system to enjoy

some music or a DVD; bring a laptop for

wireless Web surfing over your Wi-Fi Internet

connection. Come and go as you please with

five double bedrooms positioned to allow for

independence and relaxed living; all have en

suite bathrooms finished with contemporary

fittings and designer features.

Dine in the open air on the ground floor

terrace, adjacent to your 40-foot infinity

swimming pool and enclosed garden with

its ever-blossoming flower wall; a convenient

exit provides access to the resort’s beach and

restaurants. Beyond lies the 180° panorama

over the bay of Eze — all in all, a true vision

of luxury and ease.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 5 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Large open-plan living space including

kitchen, dining area and living area

◆ Art gallery

◆ Gated parking lot with space for two cars

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental $34,410

Villa rental with Concierge Service $38,300

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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LAISSAUD, RHÔNE-ALPES | FRANCE

Château de Beauregard

Accommodates up to 25 guests

This historic château is a year-round

holiday retreat located in the heart of the

French Alps — well suited for a large family

celebration.

Drive up the double tree-lined driveway,

through formal gardens and past the

fountain to enter grand Château de

Beauregard, a year-round haven of

romance and luxury. With eight bedrooms

in the main château and three in the annex

— all elegantly furnished, with polished

wood floors and oriental carpets — no

family, event or celebration is too large.

Watch TV (there are five satellite TVs

and two music systems), shoot pool in

the billiards room, or work out in a wellequipped

home gym; let the children

enjoy themselves in their own game room.

A summer reception room is ideal for

weddings, family reunions and other grand

celebrations, with space for more than 200

guests; all are kept safe and secure by a

gated entrance with videophone.

Château de Beauregard sits atop a hill near

the Isère River and between the Chartreuse

and Belledonne mountain ranges;

spectacular views lie in every direction.

Roam the two formal gardens, dive into the

40-foot swimming pool or explore some

of the surrounding 25 acres of lawn and

woods. The surrounding area is rich in

history, and a picturesque chateau or fort is

always a short journey away.

ACCOMMODATION

Château (17 guests):

◆ 8 bedrooms, 6 with en suite bathrooms:

• 1 master suite

• 3 doubles, 3 twins and 1 triple

◆ Fully equipped kitchen

◆ Children’s games and TV room

◆ Dining room, billiards room and grand salon

Annex (7 guests):

◆ 3 bedrooms:

• 1 double and 1 twin

• 1 children’s loft with 4 single beds

◆ Living room, kitchen and dining area

◆ Swimming pool with pool house

◆ Includes maid service and house manager

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental

Chateau only from $9,870 – $15,185

Chateau and Annex from $13,150 – $20,240

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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MAINLAND GREECE | MYKONOS

Greece

The glories of ancient Greece sit

easily alongside some of Europe’s

best beaches, a distinctive cuisine

and a lively sense of pleasure. The

2004 Olympics gave Greece’s tourist

infrastructure a welcome boost and

it now offers a modern, sophisticated

holiday experience to rival any in

Europe. Spend a morning exploring

sites where Western civilization itself

was forged, then stop for lunch in a

chic modern café — the interplay of

past and present, of the timeless and

the contemporary is one of Greece’s

constant delights.

GREECE

Thessaloníki

1

Vólos

The island of Mykonos is a haven

for jet-setters looking for the very

finest beaches, water sports, and

nightlife. Yet it also offers a colorful

and cosmopolitan town, with quaint

architecture and museums full of

classical treasures.

Athens

2

Mykonos

GREECE

Average daily temperatures in F˚ — Athens

Low

80

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MAP LEGEND

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TIME DIFFERENCE: EST plus 7 hours

VISAS: No visa is required for U.S. passport holders.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: No vaccinations are required when

you travel directly from North America or another country in Europe.

Health and visa requirements are subject to change.

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MAINLAND GREECE

Villa Aphrodite

Accommodates up to 14 guests

For those who truly want to get away from

it all, the luxurious Villa Aphrodite is an

unspoiled paradise ideally accessed by

helicopter or off road driving.

Surrounded by 15,000 acres of

Mediterranean forest and edged by three

miles of deep blue Aegean Sea, Villa

Aphrodite is the ultimate luxury retreat

from the pressures of the modern world.

From the moment of arrival, you know

you’re in for a unique holiday experience.

The estate comprises two villas built in

the traditional Pelion style, with stone and

chestnut timber originally taken from the

surrounding forest. Each villa boasts its own

private outdoor areas, with independent

dining terraces and swimming pools; the

upper villa also features a tennis court.

Though both properties feature the latest

modern amenities, including satellite

TV, iPod-compatible audio systems and

wireless Internet access, the true attraction

is your beautiful surroundings. At Villa

Aphrodite you can do as little or as much as

you please, including a full range of water

sports such as sailing, sea kayaking and

snorkeling along the beautiful beaches.

Those who prefer dry land can play a few

sets on the villa’s tennis court or ride a

mountain bike through the forest trails,

relishing the peace and solitude of this

remarkable property.

ACCOMMODATION

Villa 1 (8 guests):

◆ 4 bedrooms, 2 with en suite bathrooms

(3 doubles and 1 twin)

◆ Living room

◆ Breakfast kitchen and dining area

Villa 2 (6 guests):

◆ 3 double/twin bedrooms, 1 with en suite

bathroom

◆ Kitchen and living areas, with access to

terrace

◆ 2 swimming pools and tennis court

◆ Villa rental includes on site house

manager, private chef, all meals, maid and

laundry service

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $26,650 – $33,270

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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MYKONOS | GREECE

Villa Apollo

Accommodates 8 guests (plus 2 children)

This feng shui-inspired property contains

four luxurious, air-conditioned and selfcontained

suites — each with magnificent

views.

Designed in accordance with the principles

of feng shui, Villa Apollo imparts a unique

atmosphere of harmony and well being

— a retreat for the spirit and the body

alike. The four individual suites are selfcontained

and decorated to a distinct

theme (Moon, Sky, Sun and Star), but all

share remarkable views of the Aegean Sea,

providing both tranquility and privacy.

Antique furnishings, fine decorative art

and magnificently frescoed bathrooms

add to the air of luxury, while satellite TV

and high-speed Internet access provide a

welcome touch of the 21st century. Three

of the four suites additionally feature a

flat-screen TV, minibar, gym equipment and

Jacuzzi. A meditation gazebo at the peak

of the property commands a breathtaking

vantage point while offering a wide range of

therapies, yours to sample.

Rest among the art and antiques in your

suite, or enjoy satellite TV programming,

wireless Internet access and on-site workout

equipment. Your rental includes a daily

continental breakfast, maid service, and

arrival transfers. A Jacuzzi and minibar

are at your disposal, the beautiful beach

at Ftelia practically in your backyard. For

a memorable excursion further afield,

cosmopolitan Mykonos and its worldfamous

beaches is a ten-minute drive away.

ACCOMMODATION

House of the Moon:

◆ 1 en suite double bedroom

◆ Sitting room with dining table and

separate kitchenette

House of the Sky:

◆ 1 en suite double bedroom

◆ Sitting room and dining area with

kitchenette

House of the Sun:

◆ 1 en suite double bedroom

◆ 1 double/twin bedroom

◆ Sitting room with kitchenette and dining

area

House of the Star:

◆ 1 en suite double bedroom

◆ Fully equipped kitchen, sitting room and

dining area with sea views

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $19,340 – $27,560

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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58 EUROPEAN VILLAS


COSTA DEL SOL | COSTA DORADA | MAJORCA

Spain

What the Côte d’Azur is to France,

the Costa del Sol is to Spain. Miles of

beaches beckon sun-worshippers from

around the world, while restaurants

and clubs set the stage for a thriving

nightlife. Snorkel or sail along the

surf, or head inland for a hike or a

horseback ride through the region’s

gorgeous mountains and forests. Don’t

forget your golf clubs — “Costa del

Golf” boasts more than 40 world-class

courses.

Barcelona

2

South of Barcelona, the Costa Dorada

offers great weather, a wealth of active

and outdoor sports, and food and

wine to satisfy the most demanding

connoisseur. Nearby Sitges resort

features more than a dozen sparkling

beaches as well as opportunities for

golf, hiking and dining.

Seville

Madrid

SPAIN

3

Majorca

With nearly 350 miles of sun-drenched

Mediterranean coastline, Majorca is

a beachgoer’s paradise. The resorts

along the east and southwest coasts

have given rise to an abundance of

restaurants, cafes and nightclubs,

yet the island’s natural beauty is

spectacular and ready to be explored

on foot or by car, boat and mountain

bike. Venture away from the coast for

a slower, more traditional lifestyle:

the old towns of Pollenca and Alcudia

(the ancient capital) are full of pretty

cobbled streets, sleepy squares and

harbors to explore, while the modern

capital of Palma offers a surprisingly

rich and varied history.

Marbella

SPAIN

Average high temperature in F˚

Majorca

90

70

50

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct

Average days with rainfall

1

Malaga

Marbel

Nov Dec

MAP LEGEND

1 Villa Moana

2 Ca L’Amiral

3 Son Sant Andreu

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TIME DIFFERENCE: EST plus 6 hours

VISAS: No visa is required for U.S. passport holders.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: No vaccinations are required when

you travel directly from North America or another country in Europe.

Health and visa requirements are subject to change

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COSTA DEL SOL | SPAIN

Villa Moana

Accommodates 20 guests

Breathtaking Villa Moana is an oasis of

luxury, a lavish and intimate retreat in the

heart of beautiful Costa del Sol.

A residence of truly incomparable

distinction, the villa’s elegant guest suites

come complete with Jacuzzi baths, private

terraces and separate changing rooms;

French antiques and Persian rugs provide

the perfect finishing note of elegance.

Settle in for movie night in an art deco

home theater that’s a spectacle in itself,

with upholstered walls and reclining leather

seating. Replenish both body and mind in

your home spa, where marble walls and

Roman-inspired mosaics provide a peaceful,

timeless ambience. Two reception halls,

two sitting rooms (one with an 18th-century

hearth) and a drawing room inspire

spontaneous gatherings, conversation and

cheer. Retractable doors let you to turn

indoor spaces into outdoor ones, allowing a

pleasant intermingling of beautiful exterior

with graceful interior.

Once you have arrived at Villa Moana,

you may find leaving difficult, but the

resort towns of Marbella and Fuengirola

are nearby, along with world-class golf,

yachting, skiing and horse racing. Hike

ancient trails down to secluded beaches

or explore the historic cities of Cordoba,

Granada and Seville.

From the grandest scale to the smallest

detail, Villa Moana delights with ageless

appeal.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 10 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Main dining room with sitting area with

fireplace

◆ Glass-enclosed living area with terrace

◆ Professional chef’s kitchen

◆ Spa area with massage rooms, hair

dressing salon, saunas and Turkish baths

◆ Indoor wave pool and fitness center

◆ Fully appointed second family kitchen

◆ Home cinema

◆ Swimming pool and tennis court

◆ Villa rental includes daily maid service,

private chef and house manager

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $28,540 – $68,490

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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COSTA DORADA | SPAIN

Ca L’Amiral

Accommodates 24 guests

This beautifully restored Catalan manor

house offers high-tech modern comforts

while retaining the historic charm and

character of the original building. With its

child-friendly amenities, this is the perfect

villa for a large family gathering.

Ca L’Almiral is a luxuriously restored

16th-century mansion situated just south of

Barcelona, set on a hill with stunning views

of the Mediterranean and the surrounding

countryside. The estate grounds include

300 acres of vineyards, orchards and

farmland, with a local road running just

below the house and miles of private trails

and paths. The house has been completely

renovated, preserving the original structure

and period details while offering spacious

and adaptable luxury living, each room

full of design surprises from open-plan

bathrooms to the dramatic modern art

adorning the walls.

A large courtyard surrounds the house,

providing space to relax and revitalize in a

superb covered Moroccan lounge area with

a summer kitchen. A 60-foot solar-heated

infinity swimming pool (with separate

children’s pool and hot tub) is a great place

to beat the Mediterranean heat — as well as

take in stunning views of the valley below.

A separate cottage for five additional guests

provides enough room to accommodate

even the largest groups and families.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 3 suites each with double bedroom,

separate living area with pull out sofa bed

and bathroom

◆ 1 suite with combined double bedroom

and living area and bathroom

◆ 4 en suite double bedrooms

◆ Several living areas including a fireplace

lounge

◆ Children’s playroom/TV room

◆ Dining room with seating for 24

◆ Home cinema with surround sound,

snooker table and bar

◆ Infinity swimming pool

◆ Covered Moroccan-style lounge with

summer kitchen

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $10,960 – $24,660

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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MAJORCA | SPAIN

Son Sant Andreu

Accommodates 10 guests (plus 4 children)

A smart and contemporary villa set in

the traditional northwest of the island,

well positioned for easy access to the

beaches, golf courses and villages of this

fabulous region.

Ideal for family getaways and active

vacations alike, Son Sant Andreu lies just a

few minutes from the renowned Alcanada

Golf Course and a mere five minutes’ drive

from the chic historic town of Pollensa.

This smart and exclusive villa combines a

range of designer fixtures and facilities with

practical and spacious living areas, lending

a cool, contemporary ambience to your

holiday retreat.

With six bedrooms with six bathrooms, a

fully equipped kitchen with Poggenpohl

fixtures and a dining area that

accommodates up to 14 guests, Son Sant

Andreu comfortably hosts groups of friends

and families. A large covered terrace

makes a delightfully shady spot for outdoor

dining or an afternoon siesta, while the

40-foot pool is surrounded with lawns and

positioned to take the sun throughout

the day. Beyond the house lie three acres

of private land filled with trees, shrubs

and plants, a safe and secluded area for

relaxation and play. The nearby mountain

town of Valledemosa with its 18th-century

monastery provides an intriguing day trip

opportunity.

ACCOMMODATION

◆ 6 en suite bedrooms:

• 4 doubles and 1 twin

• 1 children’s room

◆ Fully equipped kitchen

◆ Formal dining area

◆ Drawing room with flat screen TV,

fireplace and sound system

◆ Swimming pool

PRICE PER WEEK

Villa rental from $6,995 – $13,860

Villa rental with Concierge Service

from $10,500 – $17,350

See page 13 for description of

Concierge Service and Concierge Plus.

See pages 70–71 for Concierge Plus

pricing details.

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Celebrations

Extraordinary Experiences, Lasting Memories

Celebrate the milestones in your life

with Abercrombie & Kent.

Every life is filled with events that deserve a

special celebration — milestones that herald

new beginnings, salute happy endings, mark

successful accomplishments or reunite longparted

friends.

Whether you are celebrating a honeymoon,

anniversary, graduation, family reunion,

milestone birthday — or simply spending

time with loved ones — Abercrombie &

Kent will make your event flawless and

unforgettable, sparing no effort and

overlooking no detail. An exceptionally

skillful and inventive “Celebrations

Concierge” sees to everything, from a

luxurious hotel (whether villa, safari lodge

or private island) to memorable meals,

children’s activities and adult adventures.

Celebrate with family and friends at a villa

in Tuscany, a Western ranch or private

island; aboard a luxury train in Scotland or

a four-masted barque in the Caribbean; or

during an exotic adventure to Africa, Egypt

or India. Take an unforgettable trip for

two in timeless, romantic Paris or a luxury

adventure in exotic Peru or Botswana. A

perfect honeymoon might be an Indian

Ocean island paradise or a yacht cruise

through the lagoons of Bora Bora.

Take us up on any of these suggestions

— or better yet, come to us with your

dream celebration, and let us make it a

reality. Consult our Celebrations brochure

or contact an A&K Celebrations Concierge

at 800.595.0169 to start planning the

celebration of a lifetime.

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Escorted & Tailor Made Travel

TRAVEL WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

In Europe, A&K’s network of on-site offices

ensures the greatest caliber of service.

On escorted programs, travel with the

continent’s finest Tour Directors who

understand and love the countries you

visit. Only the best hotels — five-star deluxe

for our Connoisseurs programs and a

combination of five- and four-star hotels for

our Discovery programs — are featured.

TRAVELLING BELL BOY ®

One of the unique features of travelling

on an escorted program with A&K is the

famous Travelling Bell Boy ® service. Simply

leave your suitcases behind in your room

when you are ready to set off with your

guide and, as if by magic, they are waiting

in your room at the next hotel.

TAILOR MADE TRAVEL

For those who prefer to travel

independently in Europe, A&K can custom

design and coordinate almost any itinerary

possible, anywhere on the continent. A&K

locates exclusive and secluded places to

stay, schedules sightseeing at the best

times of day with private transportation,

and arranges for special access to people

and places that make the trip yours alone.

A unique network of on-the-ground

Guardian Angels allows A&K to provide

an unparalleled level of support, available

24/7, with an English-speaking travel

expert who lives locally and looks after you

throughout your stay.

FAMILY TRAVEL

Your children or grandchildren will never

know they’re learning about history

when they go to “Gladiator School” in

Rome, or paint their own matrioshka doll

in Moscow — they’ll be too busy having

fun. Arranged to coincide with school

holidays and summer breaks, A&K’s Family

programs in Europe offer pleasure-filled

educational experiences with an added

cultural dimension. Child-friendly meals

and “home-base” hotel stays make A&K

the best way to experience Europe’s finest

destinations — as a family.

For more details regarding these and other

programs throughout Europe, consult

A&K’s 2008 Europe brochure.

64 EUROPEAN VILLAS


Canal & River Cruising in Europe

EUROPE AT LEISURE

A canal or river cruising holiday in Europe

is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable

holidays possible.

For a leisurely vacation in beautiful

surroundings far from the usual tourist

circuits, canal and river cruising simply has

no equal. Abercrombie & Kent offers hotel

and charter vessels on individual itineraries

throughout France, Holland & Belgium,

Germany, Britain and Ireland.

All barge cruises include the most popular

excursions and sightseeing in each region

— and A&K also offers special-interest

departures, including family cruises with

age-appropriate activities and touring.

ALL-INCLUSIVE RELAXATION

A barge cruise is a great value in today’s

European travel market. There is no need

to pull out your pocketbook while aboard

a canal or river cruise. Pricing includes

everything you need to make your holiday

complete, from accommodations to three

delicious meals daily with wine, plus guided

sightseeing and entry fees. We even include

transfers and bar drinks on most vessels.

Only gratuities, which are best left to

personal discretion, are excluded from the

selling price.

HOTEL AND CHARTER DEPARTURES

If you’re travelling solo or as a couple, if

you like to meet new people and enter into

the camaraderie of travel, a hotel departure

is best for you. Shared experiences and

good conversation over gourmet meals

create a perfect setting for the development

of new friendships. Many of our travellers

make lifelong friends while relaxing on a

leisurely barge cruise.

If you’re planning a holiday with family or

a group of friends, you may prefer a charter

departure. Here, all cabins on board are

reserved for the exclusive use of your party,

and sightseeing stops and activities can

often be tailored to your specifications.

Further details and prices are available

in A&K’s 2008 Canal & River Cruising in

Europe brochure.

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65


“Kenya’s Masai Mara is blessed

FRIENDS OF CONSERVATION

with some of the world’s richest

wilderness areas and most

diverse wildlife. Without action

now, it could all be gone within

our lifetimes. Education is the key, because the

children are the future.”

FOC Founder and International Chairman

Jorie Butler Kent

Education is the

Key

Kenya’s Greater Mara Ecosystem is

one of Africa’s great natural treasures.

But it is under threat. By rapid population growth, changes in land

use patterns and traditional lifestyles, and the ripple effects of global

warming.

These forces are at work in the areas surrounding the Masai Mara

National Reserve, impairing this important “buffer zone” and

threatening the ecosystems of the reserve itself.

In 1991, FOC established an innovative program to educate the

children to whom the stewardship of the Mara and its adjacent lands

will shortly pass.

■ FOC Conservation Clubs — now in 50 Mara schools with

over 2,000 members — promote activities like tree planting and

indigenous seed collection to restore local ecosystems and teach

conservation values.

■ A Mobile Education Unit bus brings the conservation message

to remote villages with Maasai-language videos and cassettes,

reaching many of the more than 50% of Maasai children who

do not attend school and have received no formal education.

■ FOC’s interactive cultural exchange program connects Mara

schools with schools in the U.S. and U.K. — and expands

everyone’s cultural knowledge.

■ FOC supplies books (often the only reading matter available

for students to borrow) and supports the Club-produced

Esidai News environmental newsletter.

To the Future of the World’s Wild Places

Your support for these efforts is critical.

You can make a difference today.

• $500 will sponsor 40 children on a field trip into the Masai

Mara National Reserve. You can make it possible for them to

experience the wildlife that is their heritage.

• $1,000 will equip a Conservation Club tree nursery with

tools, shade netting, a watering system, seedlings and seeds.

• $2,500 will provide five Conservation Clubs with

environmental learning materials and equipment for one year.

• $5,000 will build and equip an environmental learning

classroom in a Maasai school.

Please support FOC today.

100% of your tax deductible donation will go

directly to FOC projects in the Masai Mara.

FOC is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Call 630.954.3388 or email

info@friendsofconservation.org

The full extent of FOC’s activities can be

seen at friendsofconservation.org

Make a difference.


A&K | PASSENGER TRAVEL PROTECTION PROGRAM

ONE MORE REASON TO CHOOSE A&K:

THE BEST TRAVEL INSURANCE YOU CAN BUY.

A&K knows the value of planning for every travel contingency. What if something happens that makes it necessary to

cancel your trip at the last minute, come home early or seek emergency medical treatment while you’re overseas?

That’s why we’ve developed our unique Passenger

Travel Protection Program in conjunction with

America’s Number One travel insurance provider —

AIG Travelguard.

The plan is easy to purchase, with no questions to answer

or forms to fill out. We include the option to buy on your

tour invoice; simply pay the amount shown and you’re

enrolled automatically.

It’s the best travel protection you can buy, designed to give

you coverage in all the areas travellers need:

» Pre-existing medical conditions included in your trip

cancellation or interruption coverage.

» Medical coverage for illness or injury sustained while

abroad. Make A&K coverage your primary insurance

for a mere $20 upgrade and receive the full benefit of

A&K’s generous traveller protection.

» Emergency medical evacuation or transportation

services. Upgrade to primary coverage with A&K for a

$20 premium.

» Baggage loss, theft, delay or damage protection,

specifically tailored to the needs of A&K clientele.

» Toll-free 24/7 assistance line for help with medical,

dental or legal emergencies, lost travel documents,

emergency cash transfers and more.

ENJOY THE WORLD WITH GREATER PEACE

OF MIND — WITH A&K’S PASSENGER TRAVEL

PROTECTION PROGRAM.

This is a brief outline of coverage. Restrictions apply. For complete coverage information, please refer to the

Description of Coverage. This insurance, under Policy T30253NUFIC, is underwritten by: AIG, 70 Pine Street,

New York, New York 10270.

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Terms & Conditions

ALL VILLA PRICES ARE VALID UP TO

DECEMBER 31, 2008, AND INCLUDE IN

THE QUOTED PRICES:

VILLA RENTAL: The weekly rental of the

villa and its gardens; value added tax and

administration charges, utilities (excluding air

conditioning and heating, unless specifi ed in pretour

documentation). Services of additional staff

as specifi ed in the pre-tour documentation.

VILLA RENTAL WITH CONCIERGE

SERVICE: The weekly rental of the villa and

its gardens; value added tax and administration

charges, utilities (excluding air conditioning

and heating, unless specifi ed in pre-tour

documentation); gardener/maintenance; daily

maid service; supply of linen with one linen

change per week; supply of pool towels with one

change of pool towels per week; one airport meet

and greet; a welcome pack of drinks and snacks;

one starter pack of toiletries per bathroom; one

breakfast basket delivered on morning of fi rst full

day of rental; a comprehensive information pack;

and the services of an A&K Local Host.

NOT INCLUDED IN VILLA RENTAL

PRICES: Passenger Travel Protection Program;

international and internal airfares; costs associated

with obtaining passports or entry visas; airport

departure taxes; excess baggage charges;

gratuities to all staff; meals other than specifi ed

in arrangements; beverages other than noted

in your pre-trip documentation, sightseeing if

not included in the arrangements; laundry if not

included in arrangements, personal expenses such

as communication charges and optional activities

(which are subject to availability).

GRATUITIES: Gratuities are not included in

the villa rental price and are at the discretion of

the traveller. (Recommendations are provided in

pre-trip documentation.)

PRICES AND ARRANGEMENTS: Quoted

villa rental prices include planning, handling

and operational charges, and are based on

current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes

as of June 2007. A&K reserves the right to

increase villa rental prices to cover increased

costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are

published, and to refl ect fl uctuations in foreign

exchange markets.

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT REQUIREMENTS:

All villas are available between the hours of

4:00pm to 7:00pm on the fi rst day of rental and

the villa must be vacated by 10:00am on the day

of departure unless alternative arrangements

have been agreed to with the villa management.

SWIMMING POOLS SEASON: In Europe,

swimming pools are normally operational between

the end of May to the end of September. However,

local weather conditions can delay the opening

or advance the closure of swimming pools. Pools

are generally unheated; if a heating facility exists

and is required, an additional cost must be paid

either locally or at the time of booking, depending

on the villa.

COMMUNICATIONS: Telephone, Internet

access (high speed or dial-up service) and fax

machine access varies from property to property.

Please ask A&K for details on each individual

property. Additional charges may apply.

BAGGAGE: Quoted prices for optional

airport transfers include the handling of

two pieces of baggage per person. Weight

restrictions on some routes on internal air

fl ights may apply. Please check with your

international carrier for other baggage

restrictions applicable to your international

fl ights. Baggage and personal effects are at

owner’s risk throughout the villa rental.

BROCHURE DESCRIPTIONS: As the majority

of villas shown in this brochure are privately

owned, changes occasionally occur during the

off season. This could mean that descriptions and

photographs may become out of date should the

villa owner decide to redecorate or do general

refurbishments. A&K will therefore endeavor to

advise should any of the information printed in

this brochure become out of date.

A&K’S PASSENGER TRAVEL

PROTECTION PROGRAM: Our specially

designed travel protection program, which

provides cancellation coverage, medical coverage

and protection against lost or damaged luggage,

is not included in the villa rental price and it is

strongly recommended. Please see page 67 for

more details.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS: Valid passports

are required for travel to the destinations in this

brochure. Check with your travel agent or A&K

for the latest visa requirements. Please note that

non-U.S. passport holders are responsible for

obtaining the required documentation applicable

for entry. Please note also that passports must be

valid for six (6) months after the return of your

journey and should also have suffi cient blank

pages for visas and immigrations stamps. A&K

cannot be held responsible should you be denied

entry to a country due to non-compliance with

these requirements. A copy of your valid passport

must be submitted to A&K in order to confi rm air

reservations.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

SCHEDULE: For all villa rentals in this

brochure, a deposit of 30% of the weekly rental is

required at the time of booking. Final payment is

due 120 days prior to departure.

SECURITY DEPOSIT: A security deposit of

20% of the weekly rental rate is required for all

villas (to be paid with the fi nal balance, 120 days

prior to the commencement of the rental) on

account of any damage caused to the building

and contents, the swimming pool, and other

amenities. This security deposit will be refunded,

less any required deductions, within 30 days of

the completion of the rental unless valuations

have to be obtained or an insurance claim has

been made, either of which would cause delay. The

full replacement value of all damage caused will

be due regardless of the amount of the security

deposit.

CANCELLATION CHARGES: Cancellations

received by A&K 120 days or more prior to

departure will be subject to all deposits paid to

date and 119 days or less will be subject to 100%

of the villa rental price. A 100% cancellation

charge applies to internal air cancelled less than

90 days prior to departure, where applicable.

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA

SERVICES: The cancellation schedule for extra

services booked in connection with A&K villa

rentals vary from those shown above. Please ask

for details.

AIR TRANSPORTATION: All international

and internal air quotes are subject to change

and can carry penalties and surcharges, until

fi nal payment has been received by A&K. Flight

confi rmation is based on availability. PLEASE

NOTE THAT CERTAIN AIRFARES ARE SUBJECT TO A

SERVICE FEE. Should you cancel or change your

air reservation before or after your departure,

cancellation penalties may apply. Air reservations

will not be confi rmed until a passport copy is

received by A&K. ALL AIRFARES AND CONDITIONS

THEREOF ARE THOSE IN EFFECT AS OF JUNE

2007 AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL FINAL

PAYMENT FOR YOUR TOUR HAS BEEN RECEIVED

BY A&K.

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Airlines concerned are not to be held

responsible for any act, omission or event during

the time passengers are not on board their

planes or conveyances. These programs may use

the services of any IATA carrier. International

air carriers are subject to international air

conventions limiting their liability. The limitations

of liability are contained on the reverse side of

the airline ticket or e-ticket receipt, or on the

carrier’s web site, and form part of the terms

and conditions of this package. The passage

contract in use by these companies, when issued,

shall constitute the sole contract between the

companies and the purchaser of these travel

programs and/or passage.

CLAIMS AND REFUNDS: Refunds are not

made for any missed services, except for

verifi able extenuating circumstances. Please

see our Limits on Abercrombie & Kent’s

Responsibility clause on this page. For verifi able

claims to be considered, they must be received

in writing within 30 days of the termination of

the program and be accompanied by supporting

documentation and/or a statement from the

Operating Company verifying the claim. Any

adjustment considered will be based on the

actual price of the services involved and not on

a per diem basis. Adjustments will not be made

for unused sightseeing trips or meals. A&K will

not accept any liability for any claims that are

not received within 30 days of the termination of

your travel program. All claims for days missed

while travelling should be made in writing within

30 days of the termination of the program.

LIMITS ON ABERCROMBIE & KENT’S

RESPONSIBILITY: Abercrombie & Kent, Inc.,

its employees, shareholders, offi cers, directors,

successors, agents and assigns (collectively A&K),

does not own or operate any entity which is to or

does provide goods or services for your trip. It

purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train,

vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging

accommodations, restaurant, ground handling

and other services from various independent

suppliers (including from time to time other

affi liated Abercrombie & Kent companies). All such

persons and entities are independent contractors.

As a result A&K is not liable for any negligent or

willful act of any such person or entity or of any

third person.

In addition and without limitation, A&K is

not responsible for any injury, loss, death,

inconvenience, delay or damage to personal

property in connection with the provision of any

goods or services whether resulting from but not

limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness,

disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection

or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor

activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any

kind, overbooking or downgrading of services,

food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of

aircraft or other means of transportation or

for failure of any transportation mechanism to

arrive or depart on time.

There are certain inherent risks in travel.

These include, but are not limited to, risks of

white water rafting and kayaking (for example

dangers of rapidly moving water, rocks and other

submerged objects, hypothermia, etc), horseback

riding, (for example, unpredictable behavior by

the horses, being spooked, etc) hiking, walking

safaris, downhill or cross country skiing, (for

example, equipment failures, ice or other trail

obstructions) and in all trips dangers of animals,

inaccessibility to medical attention and diffi culty

in evacuation from remote locations in the case

of a medical emergency. Passenger assumes all

such risks with regard to these possibilities.

TRAVEL ADVISORIES AND WARNINGS:

It is the responsibility of The Traveller to

become informed about the most current travel

advisories and warnings by referring to the U. S.

State Department’s travel website at www.travel.

state.gov/ or by phone at 1-888-407- 4747. In

the event of an active State Department Travel

Warning against travel to the specifi c destination

location(s) of the trip, should The Traveller still

choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel

advisory or warning, The Traveller assumes all

risk of personal injury, death or property damage

that may arise out of the events like those advised

or warned against.

ARBITRATION AGREEMENT: Any

controversy or claim arising out of or relating

to these Terms and Conditions, to the Limits on

Abercrombie & Kent’s Responsibility clause, to the

brochure, to any information relating in any way

to the trip, to the trip itself, or to any products or

services related to the trip, shall be settled solely

and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago,

Illinois in accordance with the Commercial

Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration

Association, except that (a) in lieu of a personal

appearance at arbitration, the arbitration may be

conducted by telephonic means, (b) arbitration

is the exclusive forum for dispute resolution

(no court actions), and (c) except as otherwise

provided by statute, each party shall bear its own

costs and expenses and an equal share of the

arbitrator and administrative fees.

TRAVELLERS REPRESENTATIONS: The

Traveller represents that neither he nor she nor

anyone travelling with him or her has any physical

or other condition or disability that could create

a hazard to himself or herself or other members

of the party. A&K reserves the right to decline to

accept anyone on a trip. A&K reserves the right

to remove from the group, at his or her sole

expense, anyone whose condition is such that

he or she could create a hazard to himself or

others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other

passengers in the group.

ANY PAYMENT TO ABERCROMBIE & KENT

CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE

TERMS AND CONDITIONS SET OUT HEREIN AND

IN MORE SPECIFIC PRE-DEPARTURE PASSENGER

DOCUMENTATION, INCLUDING THE PASSENGER

INFORMATION FORM.

ABERCROMBIE & KENT ACCEPTS ALL

MAJOR CREDIT CARDS.

CST#2007274-20

One Name: One Unparalleled Standard Worldwide

Throughout this brochure, you’ll see references to

“Abercrombie & Kent” (or simply “A&K”). This is our

shorthand for the many independent A&K companies that

work with Abercrombie & Kent, Inc. of Oak Brook, Illinois,

to provide its travellers with a consistent worldwide standard

of expertise and excellence in travel. Their independence

allows our guests to benefit from the unique local knowledge

and specialized services available only from destination-based

operating companies around the globe.

United States Tour Operators

Association

Abercrombie & Kent, Inc., as an

Active Member of USTOA, is required to post $1 Million

with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with

the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travellers Assistance

Program, the advance payments of Abercrombie & Kent,

Inc. customers in the unlikely event of Abercrombie &

Kent, Inc.’s bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business.

Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted

by Abercrombie & Kent, Inc. may be sufficient to provide

only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by

Abercrombie & Kent, Inc. Complete details of the USTOA

Travellers Assistance Program may be obtained by writing to

USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, NY

10016, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting

their Web site at www.USTOA.com.

ASTA TOP Tour Operator Program

Abercrombie & Kent, Inc. is also a member of

the American Society of Travel Agents TOP

Program, open only to select tour operators.

Travel Agents

A travel agent can enhance your trip by providing

information and advice not contained in this brochure. A&K

has long-standing relationships with the industry’s best travel

agents and would be pleased to work with yours.

DESIGN AND PRODUCTION: Cor Creative / Chicago, IL / www.corcreate.com

PREMEDIA SERVICES: Quebecor World Premedia / Schaumburg, IL

PRINTING: Central Florida Press / Orlando, FL

PHOTOGRAPHY: A&K Europe, Joe Cornish, Karen Desjardin, eStock Photo, Getty Images, Robert

Harding, Image Source, K. Kreder, Ripani Massimo, Juergen Richter, SIME, Giovanni Simeone,

Fredrik Skold, and Travel Library

© 2007 Abercrombie & Kent, Inc. ABERCROMBIE & KENT, A&K, ADVENTURE CREW, DESIGN YOUR

DAY, TRAVELLING BELL BOY, SIGNATURE SERIES, SIMPLY THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL, INSPIRING

EXPERIENCES and PRIVATE JOURNEYS are service marks owned by Abercrombie & Kent Group

of Companies, S.A. The service marks and trademarks of airlines appearing in this brochure are

owned by the respective companies mentioned.

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Villa Index

PRICE PER WEEK

CONCIERGE PLUS SERVICES

VILLA PAGE MAXIMUM VILLA RENTAL VILLA RENTAL PRIVATE AIRPORT “FOLLOW ME” NANNY ADDITIONAL

ADULT FROM WITH CONCIERGE CHEF SERVICE TRANSFER SERVICE SERVICE MAID SERVICE

OCCUPANCY SERVICE FROM FROM* FROM** FROM** FROM FROM***

ITALY

Villa Boccella 20 18 $16,720 $19,125 $495 $590 $465 $620 $25

La Limonaia 21 16 $6,995 $10,465 $495 $590 $465 $620 $25

Villa Elizabetta 22 8 $8,185 $10,995 $495 $590 $465 $620 $25

Palazzo Elisa 23 10 $13,700 RQ incl $120 $115 RQ $25

Villa Controni 24 22 $43,840 RQ incl RQ RQ RQ $40

Il Frantoio 25 8 $12,330 RQ incl RQ RQ RQ $40

Casa del Fattore 26 15 $21,920 RQ incl RQ RQ RQ $40

Casa Felice Matteucci 27 12 $19,180 RQ incl RQ RQ RQ $40

Villa La Tenuta 28 10 $11,610 $14,725 $495 $630 $370 $620 $25

Villa La Veduta 29 8 $6,995 $9,960 $495 $630 $370 $620 $25

Villa Fontelunga 30 18 $21,375 RQ $595 RQ $400 RQ $40

Villa Scannagallo 31 8 $7,675 RQ $595 RQ $400 RQ $40

Il Giardino 32 6 $10,550 $13,590 $495 $170 $140 $620 $25

Al Castello 33 18 $19,600 $22,595 $495 $425 $440 $620 $25

Villa Le Terme 34 10 $10,165 $13,735 $495 $575 $440 $620 $25

Villa di Panzano 35 12 $17,400 $20,575 $495 $345 $345 $620 $25

Podere La Vigna 36 10 $7,125 $10,460 $495 $345 $345 $620 $25

Il Fagiano 37 8 $5,900 $8,895 $495 $345 $345 $620 $25

FRANCE

Le Pommier 40 12 $12,535 $15,365 $460 $350 $350 $620 $20

Villa Barbet 41 8 $7,920 $11,665 $460 $350 $350 $620 $20

Cabasson 42 8 $9,295 $12,880 $460 $585 $585 $620 $20

La Pacelière 43 8 $8,150 $11,735 $460 $665 $665 $620 $20

L’Olivier 44 8 $10,435 $14,225 $460 $665 $665 $620 $20

Vue de la Mer 45 10 $13,860 $17,540 $460 $250 $250 $620 $20

La Corniche 46 8 $10,435 $14,225 $460 $300 $300 $620 $20

Le Rouret 47 8 $8,150 $11,890 $460 $265 $265 $620 $20

Villa du Loup 48 10 $10,690 $14,475 $460 $265 $265 $620 $20

Les Cyprès 49 8 $7,470 $11,255 $460 $265 $265 $620 $20

Les Hauts de Vence 50 12 $19,100 $22,770 $460 $250 $250 $620 $20

L’Orangier 51 4 $5,870 $9,150 $460 $250 $250 $620 $20

Le Mirage 52 10 $34,410 $38,300 $460 $250 $250 $620 $20

Chateau de Beauregard 53 25 $9,870 RQ RQ RQ RQ RQ $20

GREECE

Villa Aphrodite 56 14 $26,650 NA incl RQ RQ RQ RQ

Villa Apollo 57 8 $19,340 NA RQ RQ RQ RQ RQ

SPAIN

Villa Moana 60 20 $28,540 NA incl RQ RQ RQ RQ

Ca L’Amiral 61 24 $10,960 NA RQ $170 $115 RQ $20

Son Sant Andreu 62 10 $6.995 $10,500 RQ RQ RQ RQ RQ

NA = Not available with the selected property.

RQ = Pricing available on request.

incl = Service included in Villa Rental Price.

*Private Chef Service is per meal and based on the minimum requirement of 6 guests. The price is inclusive of a three-course menu, preparation and table service.

Please note that wine is at additional cost.

**Airport Transfers and “Follow Me” Service is based on one-way service for up to eight passengers from the closest international airport.

***Additional Maid Service is per maid/per hour and is paid locally.

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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SIGHTSEEING Please ask A&K for details.

GOLF FERRARI YACHT CULTURAL WINE & HOT AIR PERSONAL AVIGNON

TOURING CHARTER FLORENCE OLIVE OIL BALLOONING SHOPPING IN 1/2 DAY

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China, Orient & India

Africa

Africa

by Private Jet

Family Holidays

Latin America & the Galápagos

Canal & River Cruising

in Europe

Australia, New Zealand,

Papua New Guinea & the South Pacific

Europe

Egypt & Beyond

North America

Great Journeys & Wilderness Adventures

Private Journeys

European Villas

Antarctica

Contact your travel agent or Abercrombie & Kent at:

1520 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-2156

villas@abercrombiekent.com

www.abercrombiekent.com

800.652.8413

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