Where did it all start?
In 2003, my best mate Ravi and I spent a week at a crumbling chateau in the Dordogne with a group of our closest friends. It was one of those holidays you never forget. The chateau was stunning, the wine was flowing and the weather was pretty much perfect. Best of all, we had the whole place to ourselves.
As it turns out, that holiday was the start of something pretty special. Before we’d even got back to England, Ravi and I had come up with the basic idea for our first business, Simply Chateau: a website where people could find and book exclusive, luxury chateaux without having to shell out a fortune.
Where are we today?
We’ve grown a bit since then. We’ve now got a team of people who love travelling just as much as we do. Between us, we’ve hand-picked every one of the properties you’ll find on the site.
Our emphasis is still on quirky, lavish, one-of-a-kind places to stay, but we now offer villas, castles, stately homes, beach huts and cottages, as well as chateaux – not just in France, but all over the world.
You may have noticed we’ve changed our name too. Ravi took a bit of persuading, but in the end we agreed on Oliver’s Travels!
Why do ordinary?
So whether you want to treat the family, get together with friends or spend a romantic weekend somewhere special, why do ordinary... when you can have exceptional?
If you are looking for a bit of inspiration, why not take a look at our latest recommendations, where you’ll find a list of our own favourite places to stay? The Inspiration page is also a good place to start your search. And if you still haven't even decided on where to go, head to Oliver's Journal - our pretty awesome blog!
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Meet the Team
Favourite Property: Casa Nero
Favourite Region: Maldives
Top Tip: One of the best ways to really get to know a destination is to explore as many parts of it as you can, especially the ones which are less commercial and touristic. Don’t be afraid to get lost. Google maps is always there to save you anyways!
Favourite Property: Quinta do Quirino
Favourite Region: Douro, Portugal
Top Tip: It’s not always about the destination itself, but the enrichment gained. Travelling is a sensory road where every smell, every taste, every conversation matters. Make sure you have your heart and mind open; give it a try and I guarantee your experience will be next level.
Favourite Property: Clock Coach House
Favourite Region: Barbados, Caribbean
Top Tip: Plan as little as you can – take each day as it comes, every corner can bring a different adventure. Talk to locals for their recommendations and don’t forget the big tourist attractions – there’s a reason they are a must see.
Favourite Property: Villa Jovita
Favourite Region: Bali, Indonesia
Top Tip: Save the clear bags they give you at the airport to store your liquids. Next time you go on holiday, pack your liquids into the clear bag while you’re at home. Makes it easier to get through security without fiddling through your carry-on!
Favourite Property: Arc En Ciel
Favourite Region: Caribbean
Top tip: If you are travelling to a new country and you can’t speak the local language try to learn some basic words and phrases and you will have lots of fun making new friends. The language helps you learn about the culture, and the culture helps you learn about the language.