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LUXURY SKI CHALETS IN FRANCE

France is the home of glitz and glamour, and wherever you are, even if it is on the freezing slopes of the Three Valleys, the glamour still resides. With its amazing ski areas catering for all levels of skiers, the Three Valleys region of France also provides cozy ski chalets for skiers with easy access to slopes as well as a wide array of shops, restaurants and bars to keep the visitors entertained when off the slopes.

There are lavish ski chalets some with the five star ratings in the ski resorts such as Meribel and Courchevel offering spacious luxurious accommodations for larger families or big groups. Luxury ski chalets feature some exquisite facilities such as Jacuzzi, hot water swimming pools, satellite televisions and DVD libraries. The gorgeous ski chalets in France give you excellent services and provide the much needed warmth and comfort away from home so you can enjoy your skiing holiday without limitations. There is no need to worry about visiting the grocery shop when you are in one of France’s luxury chalets, as you will be treated to wonderful food in your chalet. Chalet staff are experts in cooking delicious meals that you will look forward to all day whilst you are out on the slopes. You can also enjoy warm cooked breakfasts and an array of homemade cakes and sweet treats at afternoon tea time.(Image by Cragg&More Chamonix)

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COASTAL COTTAGES IN WEST SCOTLAND

Attractive in every imaginable manner, the West of Scotland attracts both foreigners and locals to witness its fascinating highlands, experience its rich culture and festivities displaying some of the finest produce in the UK. From the Loch Fyne area accessible through the Seafood Trail, the stunning walks through Kintyre Way and the unique blend and taste of whiskey throughout the highlands and the islands are enough to indulge you to stay and enjoy this timeless region of Scotland.

There is so much to discover in this region and also a lot of activities including cycling, sailing, fishing and walking that you would need a bolthole that will act as a home as you indulge in everything Scottish. Coastal holiday cottages in this region are the perfect alternative for holiday accommodation as they come in many different sizes and stunning views of the seas and the highlands. Staying in a cottage gives you the option for self-catering holidays, where you can buy local food and cook whatever you like. You are free to eat your meals whenever you want and don’t have to worry about other noisy restaurant guests! Self-catering can also be a great way to save money as without high restaurant bills you have more spending money to use on other parts of your holiday.

A coastal cottage in the West of Scotland also gives you the freedom of exploration and the privacy you may long for on your holiday. This can be particularly ideal for couples on romantic getaways or families that want a home away from home.

TRADITIONAL TUSCAN VILLAS IN ITALY

Tuscany is the hilly rural countryside of Italy that is bewitchingly beautiful with its laid back atmosphere and rolling ridges clothed in remarkably neat rows of vineyards and olive groves. The rural roads lead through chains of medieval villages, ancient cities and atmospheric monasteries and castles. The locals never seem to be in a hurry and between all the wine tasting sprees and pasta sampling. Adapting to this slow motion pace of life seems to come very easily on a holiday in Tuscany.

If you want your holiday to capture all the attributes that you have only heard of about Tuscany, then a rustic farmhouse converted into a villa will give you a different kind of experience. The traditional Tuscan villas are often located in fairytale settings overlooking the vineyards and have spacious grounds that allow for certain facilities such as swimming pools and even tennis courts.(Image by Marc Heurtaut)

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Staying in a villa in Tuscany gives you the opportunity to really make the most of the local markets where farmers set up their stands with their local produce. You will find a wide range of ingredients including meats, cheeses and fruits and vegetables and you will be captivated by the tantalizing spells and magnificent colours of all the fresh food on offer. Once you have picked up your ingredients you can head back to your villa and crack open a bottle of fine Italian wine before you cook up a storm for your loved ones. Most of the Tuscan villas are set in wonderful grounds where there is outdoor furniture for you to enjoy your food whilst soaking up incredible views. Not only will you get a taste of Tuscan cuisine but also mouthfuls of Italian culture if you stay in a traditional Italian villa.

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