There aren’t many things in life that can put things into perspective quite like a good game of golf. There’s letting your mind wander, idle and content, as you make your way through the links… And then comes the moment when it’s time to take your shot, when concentration and poise reign supreme.
And while there’s plenty of old jokes about golfers, here at Oliver’s Travels we’re quite partial to a few holes. That’s why when we handpick our luxury villas for golf, we’ve chosen some that are within easy reach of some of the best courses throughout England and Ireland and the Carribbean.
Whether you’re heading out for a weekend with a few close friends (and a little friendly banter) or looking for a handy way to wind down during a corporate retreat, a few rounds of golf could be just what you need – and for those who prefer to relax without having to worry which iron to use, there’s plenty of other activities at many of our properties.
1. Sand Dollar
Location: St. Lucia, Caribbean
Price from: £35pppn
Best For: This stunning West Indian style 3 bedroom villa is a complete gem! Sand dollar provides every little touch of luxury one could hope for at an astounding price. Plus its just a stones throw away from a fab 18-hole golf course at Le Sport Hotel.
Location: Loire Valley, France
Price from: £66pppn
Best For: Chateau de Raguerniere is a magnificently decorated 19th century luxury Chateau which sits in a private estate of 22 acres (9 hectares) of formal gardens and woodland. With the brilliant Sept Tours course only a short drive away.
Location: Heart of England
Price from: £30pppn
Best For: Built in the 1930s by Lord Croft as a wedding present for his daughter, the Hall is a grand gentleman’s residence set in beautiful North Herefordshire countryside, with a commanding position on the fourth fairway of the golf course.
Location: Barbados, Caribbean
Price from: £54pppn
Best For: This grandiose estate is a true picture of magnificent beauty and architecture. Surrounded by an equally marvelous, lush tropical garden, Sundown Villa is an object of beauty. With the Royal Westmoreland course a mere 10 minutes away and the stunning Sandy Lane just 15 minutes away, it is the perfect location for any budding golfer.
5. Villa Sid
Location: Villa Sid, Andalusia
Price from: £75pppn
Best for: The villa overlooks Los Flamingos Golf Club, a magnificent course 10 kms from Marbella designed by Antonio Garcia Garrido. It boasts stunning views over the surrounding countryside and Mediterranean Sea. A sister course, Gran Flamingo, offers a choice of two 18 hole courses. Green fee discounts are given on booking the two courses. Both courses share challenging water features and other obstacles such as a variety of trees and sand bunkers to add to the testing nature of the course. The fairways, especially on the front 9, are narrow which tests accuracy off the tee, although some compensation is given with the large greens on the course.
6. Linton Lodge
Price from: £30pppn
Best for: Linton Lodge is a prestigious estate house built to exacting standards with 7000 sq ft of living space. The lodge is set in over an acre of wooded garden only 20 minutes from Edinburgh. It is also only just 1km to the fabulous West Linton Golf Club.
Location: Tuscany, Italy
Price from: £55pppn
Best for: Talamon Tower is an elegant and exclusive retreat overlooking the stunning Tuscan coast. Not only this, but this magnificent property is right by one of the most prized golf courses in Tuscany at Maremma!
Location: Andalusia, Spain
Price from: £76pppn
Best For: Palacio De Tenorio is a magnificent thirteenth century building which was originally part of the Alcazar (Royal Palace). Now, it is an independent residence with a colourful patio, one of the most admired sights in Seville. Both Club Zaudín Golf and Real Club de Golf de Sevilla are very nearby this wonderful property, giving you the lovely opportunity to choose between two world class courses.
Location: Loire Valley, France
Price from: £31pppn
Best for: A fortress was originally built on the site dating back to the middle ages. Chateau Drades was reconstructed and extended again in the 17th century. The romantic, luxurious and beautiful environment will ensure you and your family and friends the perfect holiday. The property is also a stones throw from the local spa where all facilities are at your disposal during your stay, with a special rate for their beautiful 18-hole golf course.
10. Regency Mansion
Price from: £19pppn
Best for: Regency Mansion is quintessentially British and offers everything from a home cinema to a giant chess set! The northeast corner of Scotland is a paradise for golf lovers. Within a half hour drive of Regency Mansion, there are several golf courses, including the Royal Tarlair at Macduff and the internationally renowned Cruden Bay course. For tailor made luxury golf packages, the owners recommend Golf Vacation Scotland.
Oliver’s Travels has a special selection of villas for large groups. To find the best one for your holiday have a look at our large group accommodation. You can always contact our concierge team for help.