Time flies when you’re having fun and not only did we have a blast, but we’ve also had some very exciting mentions and features during January and March. From sunny appraisals by The Times to an eclectic mix of horse friendly mentions – have a scroll through all the press-based coverage that Oliver’s Travels received in the first quarter of 2016.


The Telegraph,’ Villa special’

The Telegraph published a 10 page special on villas on the 23rd of January, with Oliver’s Travels getting no less than four mentions. We featured twice in their list of the top 10 villas for group holidays, with Manor de Chalandes in Brittany and Villa da Luz in the Algarve both getting a mention, and we turned up twice in their tips section on living luxuriously (because luxury is what we do!) You can read the full list of the top 10 villas for group holidays over at The Telegraph’s travel section.

How we look in The Telegraph's Top 10 - Luxury villas to rent - Oliver's Travels

How we look in The Telegraph’s Top 10 villas for groups

The Times, ‘Holidays in the Med filling up as travellers play it safe’

We also popped up very briefly in The Times, with our co-founder Ravi quoted in an article on the importance of booking early this year due to shifting customer demands when it comes to holiday destinations.

Ravi's quote in The Times - Luxury villas to rent - Oliver's Travels

Ravi’s quote in The Times

The Sunday Times

It’s always nice to be relaxing with the weekend papers, and then spot yourself! Our lovely villa, Rapunzel’s Folie appeared in The Sunday Times last week. This picture-perfect property is a lovely base to explore the Dordogne.

The Sunday Times - Oliver's Travels Coverage

The Sunday Times – Rapunzel’s Folie – Oliver’s Travels

The Times, “The Best Breaks in France”

The Times published a list of their 50 best breaks in France, and we were chuffed to bits (once our collective hangovers had worn off) that one of our beautiful villas in Brittany had been picked. Maison Meneac is a beautiful little villa that sits not too far from the Gulf of Morbihan. Sleeping up to a total of eight guests, it’s a quirky and comfortable little place that offers a great base if you want to explore the beauty of north-western France. Times travel writer Carolyn Boyd had this to say about this marvellous little getaway:

Enjoy playing the lord or lady of the manor with at Maison Meneac, a beautifully decorated mansion close to the north Breton coast which is new to Oliver’s Travels this year. Its owner has taken two years to restore the mansion with decor that reflects its 19th Century origins, with William Morris wallpaper, objets d’art and portraits.

You can read the full list over at The Times‘ travel section (registration required).

Manoir Meneac - Villas in Brittany - Oliver's Travels

Manoir Meneac popping up in the Times

France Magazine Know Their Onions When It Comes to Luxury Chateaux

We’re being picked left, right and centre as the top place to rent the world’s most luxurious villas, chateaux and holiday homes from. We were delighted when we found out France Magazine featured one of our Dordogne properties in an article on the joys of chateaux living. Their pick was the wonderful Chateaux Clauzure, and they had this to say about it:

With two salons, a dining room, TV room and kitchen, there is plenty of space for everyone. Surrounding the chateau, which was built in 1820, there are four hectares of parkland with a number of mature trees, large lawns and an enclosed swimming pool; the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the surrounding villages, markets and chateaux of Dordogne and Charente.

Chateau Clauzure - Luxury chateaux in the Dordogne - Oliver's Travels

Singing the praises of Chateaux Clauzure

Wear & Where, ‘Oliver’s Travels Portfolio’

Lifestyle website Wear & Where took a look at three sun-soaked villas on our portfolio, and they had a lot to say about our huge range…

“With 2000 properties on their books and clients spending an average of £39 per person, per night, the villas aren’t only gorgeous (we’re talking converted windmills, trulli and glass houses), but also not break-the-bank expensive and great for big family gatherings or groups of friends travelling together. Here are 3 that I’m currently dreaming of…”

The writer went on to detail Villa Trullo, Cortijo Maria Camila and Water Lily House in Provence. You can take a look at all of the properties by clicking on the links or you can read the full article over at Wear & Where.

Journeys Magazine, ‘Winter Warmers’

Next on our list of mentions comes from Journeys Magazine, who ran this little piece highlighting Lakeside House, one of our favourite properties in the Lake District.



Lakeside House popping up in Journeys Magazine

The Telegraph, ‘Exclusive offer’

And if that little mention hasn’t tempted you to check out some of our amazing villas and holiday homes, maybe our next one will? While Journeys Magazine was happy to look at one of our properties, The Telegraph instead chose to mention one of our great offers:


40% off in the Algarve – not too shabby…

You can check out the fantastic villas at the Vidamar Algarve Resort on our site – there’s plenty of offers there, and you can even pair them up with our Early Bird offer if you book before January 31st 2016!

Country & Town Magazine

Finally, our last mention comes from Country & Town House Magazine, who gave us a bit of a plug in the pages of their magazine.


Our mention in Country & Town House Magazine


Three Oliver’s Travels Villas in The Times: Top 50 Secret Villas in the Med
Three of our gorgeous Mediterranean villas made it into The Times Top 50 list on February 1st and we couldn’t agree more with their choices!

First up was Villa Sol, a stunningly well preserved 1880s chateau, with an enviable view over the Cote d’Azur. Here’s what The Times liked about it:

“…this elegant Belle Epoque property has the kind of detailing often lacking in beachside villas. Living areas and six bedrooms feature high ceilings, vintage furnishings and refined styling…” Merci, beaucoup!

Villa Sol - Cote D'Azur - Oliver's Travels

Villa Sol – Cote D’Azur – Oliver’s Travels

Their next choice was the truly unique Tiggi Beach House on the Greek island of Mykonos. This bohemian twist on luxury comes complete with spectacular views, Balinese beds and outdoor lounge. You just have to check out the photos of this one! Here’s what the Times had to say;

“This villa… is right on the Tigani beach and mixes traditional Cycladic styling with colourful bohemian décor.”

Tiggi Beach House - Mykonos - Oliver's Travels

Tiggi Beach House – Mykonos – Oliver’s Travels



The Times’ final choice is the hyper-modern Villa Soula, in Cyprus. Luxury knows no bounds here, as guests have their own private beach to enjoy, wine cellar and cutting-edge interior design throughout. The Times said;

“It’s not hard to pretend you’re on a boat in this luxe villa with wooden decks throughout.” Bon voyage!

Villa Soula - Paphos - Oliver's Travels

Villa Soula – Paphos – Oliver’s Travels


You can read the full list on The Times travel section (registration required), otherwise have a browse through the rest of our luxury villas and make your own top 50!

The Telegraph, ‘English holiday homes for horses’

The Telegraph featured us in their piece, English holiday homes for horsesAll four of our horse-friendly properties were mentioned: Waterside House, Kingshearth Manor, Devon Manor House and Highton Manor Estate.

The Times, ‘Horse-friendly places to stay in the UK

The Times Travel Section also had this to say:

The TImes - Travel Section - Oliver's Travels

The Times – Travel Section – Oliver’s Travels

Luxury Listings NYC, ‘A UK company is pioneering BYOH’

Luxury Listings NYC jumped on this (horse) waggon too, and ran a whole feature on us pioneering BYOH (bring your own horse) holidays! You can read the whole article Luxury Listings NYC.

Luxury Listings NYC - Oliver's Travels

Luxury Listings NYC – Oliver’s Travels

Lonely Planet, ‘Holidays with Horses’

Lonely Planet Magazine said “Hay”, in their June edition.

Lonely Planet Magazine - Oliver's Travels

Lonely Planet Magazine – Oliver’s Travels

Wedding Ideas Magazine, ‘Honeymoon Ideas You Haven’t Thought of for 2016’

Our unique, luxury properties in the South of France made it into Wedding Ideas Magazine as part of their Alternative Honeymoon Ideas You Haven’t Thought of for 2016 list. Their top pick from our selection was the adorable Mas Amour. This tiny chateau is bursting with charm and is the perfect escape for newlyweds.

Mas Amour - Wedding Ideas Magazine

Mas Amour – Wedding Ideas Magazine

House & Garden, ‘Luxury Villas in Unusual Locations’

The February edition of House & Garden featured the rising popularity of villa holidays, especially in off-the-beaten-track places… we might know a little something about that! Cue our stunning Villa Trullo in Puglia. This renovated villa’s unmistakable feature is its series of conical roofs, which are typical too this sunny region of southern Italy. House & Garden also mentioned the villa’s “beautifully tended estate, where you can pick your own fruit”.

To read the full article, check out the February print edition of House & Garden Magazine.

House & Garden Magazine - Villa Trullo - Oliver's Travels

House & Garden Magazine – Villa Trullo – Oliver’s Travels

The Sunday Times, ‘Top 50 Villas’

Two of our gorgeous villas made The Sunday Times Top 50 Villas list last weekend. First up was Villa Burbujas, in Tenerife, Spain. This stunning property is on an exclusive spa resort and comes complete with poolside cabanas, and an-envy inducing pool. Also featured was Villa Klosta in trendy Istria, Croatia. This secluded pearly-white villa has a private pool and outdoor solar shower.


Villa Burbujas – The Sunday Times – Oliver’s Travels


Villa Klosta – The Sunday Times – Oliver’s Travels

The Guardian, ‘Easter Escapes’

We also appeared in The Guardian’s article on Easter escapes. Porto Pintoresco in the north of Mallorca is perfect for families, with three bedrooms, pool and plenty of outdoor terrace spaces.


Porto Pintoresco – The Guardian – Oliver’s Travels

You can read the full article here. The same villa was also featured on MSN UK.

Angels & Urchins

And, our main site took a spot in the listings section of London parenting magazine, Angels & Urchins.


Angels and Urchins – Oliver’s Travels

The Independent, ‘South of France Travel Challenge’ 

Our fantastic family chateau, Villa Lunetta featured in The Independent as part of the South of France edition of Travel Challenge. We even have a special offer for the first week of the summer holidays!


Villa Lunetta – The Independent – Oliver’s Travels

You can read the full article here.

Travel Trade Gazette, ‘Oliver’s seeks agent partners’

Co-owner Ravi was imparting wisdom on the future of Oliver’s Travels and our relationship with travel agents in the Travel Trade Gazette. Property director Ed also had some great insight into what new properties and regions we’ll have coming up this year.


Travel Trade Gazette – Oliver’s Travels

MARCH 2016

BA High Life, ‘World’s Best Villas’

We were thrilled to take to the skies in British Airways in-flight magazine, High Life.

One of our properties appeared in their list of the World’s Best Villas.

Chateau de Baloigne was featured in the best mountain villas section. This Ardeche villa is set in protected ruins, sure to spark the imagination.

BA High Life - Chateau de Baloigne - Oliver's Travels

The Daily Telegraph, ‘Large cost-cutting accommodations’

The Daily Telegraph were feeling fancy in France with their recommendations for large cost-cutting accommodations, like Chateau de la Guerniche in the Dordogne.


The Daily Telegraph – March 2016 – Oliver’s Travels

The Sunday Times, ‘Last minute UK Easter breaks’

The Sunday Times included Middleham Hall in their round-up of last minute UK Easter breaks.


Sunday Times – Oliver’s Travels

Which?, ‘Large family parties’

Which? asked where they might find a property big enough for large family parties:



Complete France interviews Oliver Bell

Complete France did an interview with Oliver on why you should really try a chateau holiday:


Complete France – Interview – Oliver’s Travels

Woman & Home, ‘Best villas in Greece’

And Woman & Home talked affordable luxury at Villa Zaimis in Greece:


Woman & Home – Oliver’s Travels

The Week, ‘Last-minute UK offers from top travel companies’

The Week Magazine fancied spending Easter in Scotland, at Loch Lomond Manor:

The Week - Oliver's Travels

The Week – Oliver’s Travels

The Telegraph, ‘Sussex Party House: Waterside House, Tunbridge Wells’

The Telegraph luxury travel section thought Waterside House looked like a great spot for a party! You can read the full piece here.

Telegraph - Waterside House - Oliver's Travels

Telegraph – Waterside House – Oliver’s Travels

We’re incredibly grateful for all of the support these publications continue to give Oliver’s Travels. The press coverage continues between April and June – discover what made the cut in the second quarter of 2016.

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