There’s something about Italy at Christmas; the streets aglow with Christmas lights, brilliant food and wine, and cosy retreats tucked into the countryside just waiting for a family celebration to descend upon them.
Il Torrino, Tuscany
This four bedroom villa has a warming, rustic feel to it – it’s a real home-away-from-home, making it an ideal retreat for Christmas. There’s a fabulous roaring fire, waiting for marshmallows (or chestnuts, if you’re feeling particularly nostalgic…), or if you’re feeling brave there’s a BBQ outside.
Golfo Gabello, Lake Maggiore
This four bedroom penthouse is a contemporary base for large family groups. The open plan style means that guests can keep the designated chef company whilst they prep dozens of sprouts and repeatedly baste the turkey.
Corte dei Messapi, Puglia
This vast holiday villa sleeps up to 24 guests in 12 bedrooms, with the accommodation split into separate properties – perfect for larger family groups who seek peace and quiet. You’ll find a heated jacuzzi, your own personal bar area (ideal for whipping up some pre-turkey drinks), and a fully-stocked wine cellar ready and waiting.
Chiesa del Carmine, Umbria
This eight bedroom villa is located near Gubbio – home to the world’s largest Christmas tree (at 650m high, and with 750+ lights, it entered the world record books in 1991). The property has two main sections, and a huge kitchen and living space for the ultimate Christmas feast.
Villa Poseidon, Lake Maggiore
This luxury lakefront villa is perfect for couples or small families looking for a quiet Christmas retreat. You’ll still find plenty of space for relaxation, and a kitchen ready for cooking a Christmas lunch. It’s a calming, contemporary space which will have you ready to face the New Year in style – oh, and there’s a hot tub too for those cool winter nights.
Country Relais and Spa Le Campanne, Tuscany
If any of our properties epitomise the perfect Christmas retreat, it has to be this one. With space for up to 22 guests, this villa comfortably houses even the largest families. If the stress of Christmas gets too much, there’s an indoor jacuzzi (so no braving the December chill in a swimsuit) and spa available for guests.