Hopefully the days of Zoom quizzes, socially distanced walks and outdoor dining in the cold are long behind us. At Oliver’s Travels, we’re looking forward to getting away with our family and friends again, making memories that will last a lifetime in some of our exclusive wow-factor holiday homes. With luxury villas, grand manor houses and magical chateaux to choose from, there’s somewhere to suit every type of 2022 reunion holiday. So let’s get planning – you’ve already spent far too long apart.
After the last couple of years, you deserve a trip worthy of royalty – Elizabethan Manor is certainly a fitting choice, boasting Queen Elizabeth I among its previous guest list. Nestled in the idyllic village of Pulborough, Sussex and dating back to 1252, it brings together vintage details like a working fireplace and period paintings, with all the modern features you need to feel comfortable – a heated swimming pool, BBQ terrace and tennis court, to name just a few.
While you’ll already have over an acre of private land to explore, this Grade-II listed building also serves as a great base for discovering the local towns of Goodwood, Petworth, or perhaps South Down National Park. However, with the rich furnishings, chandelier-lit dining room and spiral staircase, we wouldn’t blame you if you choose to just stay in again.
If you want the experience of a hotel, the privacy of a villa and the history of a castle, we’d recommend Chateau Noble for your 2022 reunion. Story is ingrained into every inch of this noble residence, which was founded 400 years ago by a Lord using money gifted to him from King Louis XIII. Part of our Vill’otel collection, the chateau can come fully staffed, including a chef, butler and maid service, so you can relax in the classical furniture and focus on what’s most important: spending time together.
Don’t forget to sample the various honey, jams, herbs and fruits you’ll be served – these are either produced locally or at the chateau itself, and you can really taste the difference. You’ll probably want to give foie gras a go too, as the local town of Samatan is famous for this divisive dish.
This sprawling Grade-II listed home in Suffolk offers enough space for 22 guests to recharge and reconnect. No matter your age, you’ll love splashing in the swimming pool or playing a few games on the tennis court, while the property also acts as an ideal base for exploring the local area – think long afternoons spent cycling down the coast, bird watching on the beach or even taking a boat trip. Then, come together by candlelight in the stunning dining room, sitting back as you sample delicious local cuisine from a private chef.
What better backdrop for your 2022 reunion than idyllic Sorrento? The perfect base to explore the stunning Amalfi Coast, Villa Bahia offers spectacular views of the deep blue sea from the pool and two terraces, allowing you to wake up to the most stunning sunrises imaginable. Designed with al fresco dining in mind, it comes equipped with a barbeque, pizza oven and fresh vines bursting with lemons, oranges and pomegranates for the picking!
Craving a little quiet time among all the fun and games? The Rose Angle bench provides the perfect spot to get lost in a good book surrounded by beautiful blooms. However you experience this exclusive villa, you’ll really feel like you’ve jumped right into a postcard.
Location: Loch Lomond
Whether you’ll be snuggling down for a winter 2022 reunion or taking a dip in the loch come summer, Scotland’s Loch Lomond Manor offers a tranquil spot to relax and unwind together. Standing in stark contrast to the surrounding more modern architecture, this 1901 National Monuments house provides beautiful views over the Clyde and beyond, inspiring you to get out on various day trips – will you pick the Highlands, Fort William, or head a little further to Glasgow?
Fitting 12 across six characterful bedrooms, it will surely prove a favourite for younger guests once they see the staggering gardens or have a go on the tree swing. We’d recommend visiting the outside Hut for a spot of afternoon tea or post-dinner drink – there aren’t many settings more calming and cosy.
Breakfast prepared by a private chef each morning. A 10-minute drive to the beach. Panoramic views of the coastline. And room to sleep 16. The Duchess Alexandra Villa offers a heaven-on-earth respite for your family from everyday life, allowing you to lap up the charm of its 1870 architecture while benefiting from renovations that came in 2018.
Capturing Greek serenity through a combination of antique furnishings, a romantic terrace and outdoor dining area, this worry-free space in Corfu is ready to welcome you into its sun-drenched fold – as are the incredibly hospitable owner/hosts Dimitris and Nancy.
Location: Loire Valley
Situated within the walls of Loire Valley’s Loches, 18th century Palais D’Or is bursting with history. When you’re not relaxing within its acre of gardens, dining al fresco on the terrace, or revelling in the gold spine shower, venture into the city to discover an array of bustling markets and picturesque restaurants. A stroll along the river is a must – perhaps you’ll even rent out a canoe? – before heading back to your palace to unwind like royals do: with a candlelit feast.
Looking for a property that seems straight out of a storybook? Search no further: Villa Elounda is located just a short boat ride away from Spinalonga, the inspiration for Victoria Hislop’s “The Island” novel. However, there’s just as much to take in back at your stunning home away from home, nestled within a majestic hillside that’s bursting with olive trees.
Featuring contemporary furnishings within a communal open-plan setting, it benefits from ample natural light through the French doors and high ceilings. While the Crete villa already sleeps 12, you can book it in tandem with neighbouring Villa Elounda Megali to truly bring everyone back together again for your 2022 reunion.
Located in the heart of the New Forest National Park, The Brick House is a perfect 2022 reunion property for those more adventurous groups. While you can choose to relax within its charming brickwork interiors, making the most of the cosy wood burner in winter and spacious terrace come summer, you’re also ideally positioned for exploring the surrounding area by foot, bike, or even boat.
Expand your party further by having four additional guests stay in the Annexe, coming together on the large lawn for outdoor games or even a barbeque.
Location: Loire Valley
Transition you and your family to the real-life fairytale in the French countryside. The former residence of Charles VII’s first royal mistress, Agnes Sorel, Chateau Alarie is brimming with history and surrounded by stunning gardens for you to explore. Due to its vineyard country location, you can’t pass up sampling some local bottles throughout your stay – pair them with regional produce by visiting the bi-weekly market of Beauval, allowing you to live like a true local.
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