Dining alfresco is one of those glorious pleasures you happily enjoy on holiday. I mean, is there anything better than dining out under the stars, with a hearty meal, good wine and impeccable company – it’s the definition of bliss. Thankfully, the majority of our villas offer the commodities for you to enjoy alfresco dining night upon night. It wasn’t an easy task, but we’ve narrowed down our very best European villas for alfresco dining. Bon appetite. 

Villa Shambhala, Dordogne 

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Villa Shambhala – Dordogne – Oliver’s Travels

We’re not often floored by an exteriors beauty, but Villa Shambhala is one of those exceptions to the rule. Unmissable sunsets, swans on the river and wine that conveniently disappears by the bottle – not enough can be said about this outdoor space, it’s just sheer perfection. You can relish your morning coffee sitting in front of the river and in the evenings you can kick back with a home cooked meal underneath the star filled sky.

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £28pppn

Domaine Fabriges, Aquitaine

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Domaine Fabriges – Aquitaine – Oliver’s Travels

Warm summer evenings spent at Domaine Fabriges are truly unforgettable. The new pizza oven and BBQ area take alfresco dining to a new level – one the whole family will equally enjoy. You can pair your lunches and dinners with a glass of wine from the house cellar, which sounds all too good to be true (newsflash, it isn’t). Other offerings include a charming 15m swimming pool, tennis court and game rooms. We hope you’re ready for a good time!

Sleeps: 20

Prices from: £45pppn

Casale Cocca, Tuscany

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Casale Cocca – Tuscany – Oliver’s Travels

Guests that choose to stay at Casale Cocca leave with a new admiration for nature. Something we believe stems from the villa’s stunning location. The Tuscan hills and the views of the Natural Reserve of Monte Rufeno’s green woods will be with you at every turn. Luckily, you can admire these spellbinding views all day long, thanks to the panoramic swimming pool and the longstanding barn that was converted into an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven.

Sleeps: 9

Prices from: £33pppn

Casa Cipressi, Sicily

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Casa Cipressi – Sicily – Oliver’s Travels

Name a duo that can outmatch a mountain retreat and beach holiday? Well, Casa Cipressi offers both. Secluded and peaceful, yet packed with things to get stuck into – it’s these simple pleasures that make villa holidays all the more special. Head down to the local town and grab a few local ingredients that you can whip up for dinner. Italian cooking is simple, unfussy and delicious, so give it your best shot. 

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £43pppn

Bisenzio Tower, Umbria

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Bisenzio Tower – Umbria – Oliver’s Travels

Lovingly renovated, Binsenzio Tower is our guilty pleasure, and soon to be yours too. Gym bunnies, bookworms and movie buffs will all be happily catered for and once you’ve all enjoyed some recreational time, gather in the outdoor area while the chef of the family whips up some pizzas. While you wait for your feast, you can help prepare the cocktails or cheekily take a dip in the pool.

Sleeps: 16

Prices from: £107pppn

Barbati View, Corfu

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Barbati View – Corfu – Oliver’s Travels

Alfresco dining with a view! Yes, please. Barbati View is awe-inspiring to look at, so imagining calling it home for the week. You’ll be within a 5-minute walk to shops, bars and restaurants (although we’re not sure if you’ll be able to drag yourself away). Bright, airy and comfortable, this villa ticks all the right boxes, and with four bedrooms, it’s a wonderful choice for families. Outside, you’ll find a large infinity pool, the poolside pergola area and dining table – winning.

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £95pppn

Palacio Andaluz, Costa del Sol

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Palacio Andaluz – Costa Del Sol – Oliver’s Travels

This abode is a real gem, and it’s only a short distance from Puerto Banus – bonus! The outside is cosy as the picture depicts, and you can use this area to host your very own Spanish fiesta – with jugs of Sangria and tapas galore. You and your 20 guests will feel relaxed, happy and hopefully sun-kissed, what more could you possibly need!

Sleeps: 20

Prices from: £13pppn

Athena Villa Superior, Crete

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Athena Villa Superior – Crete – Oliver’s Travels

This villa boasts magnificent ocean views that will have you heading towards the lovely beaches of Mahairida, Tersanas, Stavros and Kalathas – and all just a breezy walk from the home. The terrace is an extremely special spot for creating memories. During the day you can enjoy a typical fruity Med breakfast together, and in the evening you can reminisce with old stories, or one better – a drunken game of charades. Make sure to film it for a keepsake.

Sleeps: 8

Prices from: £54pppn

Villa Velho, Vilamoura

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Villa Velho – Vilamoura – Oliver’s Travels

This villa is trendy, contemporary and equipped to ensure your family has the best time. Some of the highlights include the cinema and games room that will hopefully provide much needed hours of fun. But the BBQ area is arguably our favourite spot in the entire villa. For one, it’s just gorgeous on the eye but it’s also the ideal place to cook the catch of the day and other tasty delicacies.

Sleeps: 10

Prices from: £59pppn

Villa Athina, Corfu

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Villa Athina – Corfu – Oliver’s Travels

Just 200m from the beach, Villa Athina is a Greek paradise. With show-stopping amenities, you’d be a fool to miss out. Lap up the sunshine in the lush gardens, where you’ll find an oval shaped pool and comfortable sun loungers. There’s also a luxurious dining area right by the sea which makes a loving retreat for special occasions.

Sleeps: 12

Prices from: £23pppn

If that’s got you in the mood for alfresco dining, why not check out our selection of summer villas. And if you need any extras, you can also call our concierge team for any extra requests or enquiries you may have, for instance, if you want a private chef to enjoy on your sun drenched terrace!

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