About Oliver's Travels

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 villas 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 handpicked 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 across Europe and the Caribbean.

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 choose ordinary?

So whether you want to treat the family, get together with friends or spend a romantic weekend somewhere special, why choose 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 Inspire me 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!


Happy travelling,



Meet the Team

Oliver - Co-Founder

Oliver - Co-Founder

Favourite Property: Maison Sebastien 
Favourite Region: Aquitaine, France
Top Tip: Try 'UPS-ing' your luggage - It works out cheaper than charges the budget airlines levy and means you waltz through the airport sans luggage!

Flora - Concierge

Flora - Concierge

Favourite Property: Le Domaine Fleuri
Favourite Region: Grenada, Caribbean
Top Tip: Don't forget sea sickness pills for your day trip to Carricou in Grenada!

Britta - Concierge

Britta - Concierge

Favourite Property: Finca La Grenota
Favourite Region: Devon, UK
Top Tip: Try to learn a few useful words and phrases before you leave to help you along on your travels.

Sophie - Concierge

Sophie - Concierge

Favourite Property: Puggiestone House 
Favourite Region: Andalucia, Spain

Top Tip: The best thing about holidays is the getting lost and discovering hidden treasure.

Claudia - Product

Claudia - Product

Favourite Property: Domaine La Sitelle
Favourite Region: Cote D'Azur, France
Top Tip: One for the ladies – a beautiful pashmina is always a must have item on holiday. So versatile and light.

Julia - Product

Julia - Product

Favourite Property: Petronella 
Favourite Region: Loire Valley, France 

Top Tip: Save space in your luggage by rolling up your clothes. Remember - if you aren't sure about bringing an item, you probably don't need it!

Kyra - Product

Kyra - Product

Favourite Property: Shorecliffe House
Favourite Region: Languedoc, France
Top Tip: The best travel snack is a banana, they are nutritious, yummy and easy to pack - and will keep you going for hours!

Ryan - Product

Ryan - Product

Favourite Property: Waterside House 
Favourite Region: Corfu, Greece
Top Tip: Make sure you pack an extra battery so you never miss an opportunity to capture an unforgettable moment.

Stevan - Product

Stevan - Product

Favourite Property: Trulli La Pietrina
Favourite Region: Sicily, Italy
Top Tip: For overseas purchases, always use credit cards with a 0% exchange rate & loading fees – it could save you £££s so treat yourself to an extra days’ stay!

Felix - Marketing

Felix - Marketing

Favourite Property: Villa Carina
Favourite Region: Paphos,Cyprus
Top Tip: You may only see these places and meet these people once in a lifetime. Remember to take plenty of photos!

Ravi - Co-Founder

Ravi - Co-Founder

Favourite Property: Chateau Seiguier
Favourite Region: Dordogne, France
Top Tip: Splurge a bit! Holidays are so important and it's always fun to go slightly over budget occasionally.

Stephanie - Wedding Consultant

Stephanie - Wedding Consultant

Favourite Property: Chateau Philippe de Fay
Favourite Region: South of France, France
Top Tip: Make sure your hire car GPS has an English option - unless your French is good it can be tricky finding rural chateaux otherwise! 

Renata - Concierge

Renata - Concierge

Favourite Property: Villa Felathri
Favourite Region: Algarve, Portugal 
Top Tip: Practice walking before going on holidays to prepare your legs, feet and walking shoes if you're planning on long days of sightseeing!

Florence - Concierge

Florence - Concierge

Favourite Property: Le Moulin Charmant
Favourite Region: Ireland
Top Tip: Be curious, talk to the locals, try new things! Make your trip unique - travelling is discovering!

Sarah - Concierge

Sarah - Concierge

Favourite Property: Gigaro Beach House
Favourite Region: Cornwall, UK
Top Tip: What's the best way to a sense of humour fail? Get lost. Keep it old school and take a paper map!

Andrew - Product

Andrew - Product

Favourite Property: Linton Lodge 
Favourite Region: Crete, Greece

Top Tip: Always take sensible walking shoes! And enjoy a picnic made up of local delicacies in an idyllic setting of your choice.

Laetitia - Product

Laetitia - Product

Favourite Property: Le Cocon
Favourite Region: Puglia, Italy 
Top Tip: Don't forget the suncream if you don't want to end up mistaken as a boiled lobster!

Maria - Marketing

Maria - Marketing

Favourite Property: Villa Shambhala
Favourite Region: Mallorca, Spain
Top Tip: When travelling with kids, make sure you download some shows for the times without internet when you need to keep them calm!

Natalie - Marketing

Natalie - Marketing

Favourite Property: Villa El Cid
Favourite Region: Tuscany, Italy
Top Tip: Holidays are the perfect opportunity for a digital detox. Unplug, disconnect and enjoy!

Natasja - Marketing

Natasja - Marketing

Favourite Property: Villa Thalassa
Favourite Region: Dalmatia, Croatia
Top Tip: Hire quad bikes when you’re on the Greek islands…Awesome way to explore and discover the less-packed beaches!

Need help finding the right property?

Free Concierge Service

We can help tailor your perfect holiday

  • We'll shortlist villas we think you'll love
  • We can recommend local restaurants, attractions and things to do
  • We'll help you organise catering, childcare or any extras that you need

We'll email you our suggestions - if you decide to book, we can do that for you

Free wedding consultant

Our resident wedding expert can help you organize the wedding of your dreams

  • We can assist with everything from arranging suppliers and catering to hotel bookings for guests
  • We'll help you with the booking process from start to finish
  • This service is absolutely free!