Drayton Gardens, London SW10, sleeps 4 Available Christmas and New Year
A stunning light-filled apartment on the second floor (with lift) of a grand building situated between South Kensington and Chelsea. The apartment is peacefully set at the back of the building, overlooking quiet Harley Gardens and a pretty mews. Many of the famous city sights, including the Natural History museum, the Albert Hall, Hyde Park and the Saatchi Gallery are all within an easy walk. As wells, there are many boutiques, bistros, cafés and traditional English pubs close by. The area is also fantastic for shopping, with Harrods in Knightsbridge, Kensington High Street, and the famous Kings Road all within easy reach.
Check out: The vibrant Fabric of India exhibition at the nearby V&A Museum, part of the V&A’s India Festival.
Concorde, Paris, 8e, sleeps 6 Available now up till 26th December
A modern and luxurious apartment in a beautiful traditional building (with lift). Original features include the 19th century parquet flooring, high ceilings and large windows. It is a wonderfully central location, just a short walk from the Louvre and the Palais Royal. It is also a few minutes away from Saint Germain des Prés and the Champs Elysées.
Check out: Picasso Mania at the nearby Grand Palais, a fascinating exhibition which offers a chronological approach to the highlights of Picasso’s career.
Via Palermo 1, Rome, 6 – 7 people Available from 30th December
This beautiful apartment is at the heart of the trendy, character-filled area of Monti, in the heart of historic Rome, just a few minutes’ walk from the Colosseum. It is also within a 15 – 25 minutes walk of the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo di Fiori, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The apartment is on the second floor or a period building (with lift) and features magnificent hand-painted 15th century ceilings, original terracotta floors as well as important works of art.
Check out: The exhibition.Impressionist and Modern: Masterpieces from the Washington Phillips Collection, at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in the Quirinale, which is very close to the apartment.
Via Pietrapiana, Florence, sleeps 8 Available from 30th December
A luxurious and spacious apartment on the top floor of an 18th century building (with lift) which also benefits from a furnished terrace, offering wonderful views to the Duomo and Giotto’s bell tower, and as far as the hills of Fiesole. The location is also close to Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio.
Check out: An exhibition called Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana at the Palazzo Strozzi in central Florence. This outstanding show, explores the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.
Apartment Jardin Public 1, Bordeaux, sleeps 4 – 6 Available Christmas and New Year
This luxury apartment is on the first floor of a magnificent XVIII° century 2-storey building in the historic city center of Bordeaux. The building faces the Jardin Public, and is just five minutes walk to the city centre. Exceptionally spacious, it offers stylish accommodation in the purest Bordeaux tradition, with very high ceilings, sculpted marble fireplaces and beautiful hardwood floors. The grand salon/dining room and the second bedroom have views of the several century old trees of the Jardin Public. Moreover, there is a large private terrace, also overlooking the magnificent gardens.
Check out: The Jardin Public. Witness first hand the famous honey-coloured stone 18th Century buildings against the backdrop of a stunning 11 acre park-like setting, right in the heart of the city. Here you will also find the Natural History Museum (although currently closed for renovation), a children’s playground, a bar-restaurant and the famous Guignol Guérin puppet show.
San Pietro di Castello, Venice, sleeps 12 – 16 Available Christmas and New Year
This impressive and beautifully decorated four-storey luxury palazzo (with lift) is a great choice for an extended family or group of friends. Staff can be arranged and it is particularly suitable for special events. Depicted by Canaletto and Guardi,, it stands beside a 16th century church designed by Palladio, and a 15th century bell tower by Codussi. San Marco, and the centre of Venice, is only a 20-minute stroll from the property. The many amenities here include a huge vaulted dining/function room, a gym and a heated pool/hot tub. There are also two terraces, including a 150 ft roof terrace, where you can enjoy breathtaking views over Venice.
Check out: “…BUT AN EXTENSION” at Ca’Pesaro compares painting and sculpture works by four contemporary Italian artists: Marco Gastini artist, Paolo Icaro, Mattiacci Eliseo and Giuseppe Spagnulo.