Get away from it all on holiday with our Rustic Retreats

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Rustic Retreats


Going on holiday should be a relaxing experience. One that allows you to recharge your batteries. Sometimes you want a quiet bolthole, filled with rural charm and sleepy village life. No hustle. No bustle. Pure bliss. If this is your idea of a perfect holiday then these villas are the genuine article. Set in quiet villages or remote hillsides these are the perfect getaway spots to mingle with the locals or just enjoy the serenity. You won’t be cut off from civilisation either, as bustling town centres and popular beaches are only a short drive away from our rustic retreats.

Villa Jasmin – Corfu, Greece

The beautiful green Corfu countryside nestles Villa Jasmin

Nestled within the foothills of Mt. Pantokator, overlooking the resort of Nissaki and set amongst olive trees and flowers, Villa Jasmin is a truly rustic experience. From the foothills, you can enjoy both stunning mountain views carpeted in emerald greenery and majestic sea views of the turquoise waters of the bay. In the far distance you’ll even spy Corfu Town.

Traditionally furnished this secluded villa is perfect for those wanting to enjoy a taste of authentic Greek life. Situated a little outside the local village of Nissaki, with its quaint little bay and selection of tavernas and mini-markets – you’ll find a tranquil holiday waiting for you here.

The hustle and bustle of Corfu Town is only a 40 minute drive away and is certainly worth a day trip to explore the history of the island. Keep your eyes peeled for the Statue of Georgios Theotokis, the Liston, the Old Fortress, Spilias Square and Saint Spyridon Church (the patron saint of the town). After exploring there’s some fabulous restaurants in the town dishing out hearty Greek cuisine in traditional tavernas. Sign us up!

Villa Trullo Cupido – Puglia, Italy

This traditional style trullo in Italy is perfect for couples looking for peace and quiet

Trullo Cupido (Cupid’s House) is the perfect retreat for couples. This restored, traditional house has been furnished with comfortable, simple décor and exposed stone, in keeping with the rustic setting. A beautiful refuge for couples looking for some well-earned peace and quiet.

Located just outside the sleepy town of Locorotondo, the villa is within easy reach of shops, bars and restaurants while still keeping a pleasant distance from any hustle and bustle. Locorotondo is officially one of the Borghi più belli d’Italia (the most beautiful villages in Italy) and is a pinnacle of beauty. This picture perfect town maintains its sleepy rural charm, a time capsule of traditional Italian country life.

A little further afield, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Alberobello is definitely worth a visit to witness its picturesque, hillside trulli houses and to sample some fantastic local dishes and gelato!

Villa Kourkoulis – Crete, Greece

Enjoy quiet and solitude with Villa Kourkoulis in Crete

Need a quiet hideaway? Tucked away in the hills of Crete between the charming villages of Campatha and Maza this lovely traditional villa dates back to the late 1800s and has been lovingly restored and renovated. You will feel like a true local here, experiencing the Cretan way of life.

There is a covered courtyard seating area, a lovely built-in barbecue area with original stone sink, beautiful mature gardens and seating areas. Winding round to a secret gated pool which overlooks the beautiful countryside surroundings, across the neighbouring valley. Villa Kourkoulis is the quiet getaway you need.

This is also the perfect place for exploring the smaller towns with the quaint village of Vamos being a short drive away and the bustling town of Georgioupoli just a five-minute journey. A wonderful base to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones in quiet solitude, with plenty of options for those who enjoy immersing themselves in the local culture.

Villa Moli Fora Terme – Pollensa, Mallorca

A taste of rural life is available at Villa Moli Fora Terme in Pollensa

Enjoy the beauty of two of Mallorca’s finest bays with no compromise. Villa Moli Fora Terme sits in the Mallorcan countryside on the boundary of Pollensa and Alcudia and is a fine example of an authentic Mallorcan villa. A beautiful example of country life, there’s terraces draped in vines, a sparkling swimming pool and built-in barbecue as well as views over the local countryside, dotted with grazing sheep.

Wander down to Alcudia on Sunday morning and you will find the weekly market where you can purchase beautiful hand crafted jewellery and artisan foods. After haggling with the locals enjoy a beautiful lunch along the beach front, seafood is a specialty!

Puerto Pollensa is known for its beautiful beaches, so to miss out on these would be a travesty. The golden sands are shaded by pine trees along Albercutx Beach, perfect for all ages, the shallow sea makes it an idyllic place to take a dip.

Villa Ioanna – Skopelos, Greece

Enjoy an untouched paradise in Skopelos

If “getting away from it all” was an island – it’d be Skopelos. An unspoilt oasis of pristine beaches and lush, green, mountainous countryside. Completely removed from the stresses of modern life, it’s an unrivalled rustic retreat. The attractive Villa Ioanna epitomises tranquillity with its secluded setting surrounded by olive trees. The terraces give Instagram worthy shots, with stunning views across the valley to Panormos and the sea.

A beautiful olive tree takes centre stage and offers natural shade to the terrace, perfect for dining alfresco in the summer sun. The charming interior reveals high wooden ceilings and an overall light and airy ambience to the open plan living and dining areas.

The small hamlet of Mortero is ideally situated just a short drive from the resort of Panormos. Here you’ll find a beautiful bay ideal for swimming, as well as a great choice of amenities including typical tavernas, a supermarket and an ATM. The picturesque Skopelos town is just a 15-minute drive away.

Villa Il Casale di Sara – Tuscany, Italy

A beautiful villa tucked away in the beautiful Tuscan countryside

You’ll be hard pressed to find a region as rustic as Tuscany. With its rust-red farmhouses and rolling countryside, the region radiates natural beauty and laid back atmosphere. For fans of the quiet life, this is a match made in heaven.

This beautiful villa sits in the small village of Terriccola. Immersed in the verdant Tuscan countryside with well-tended gardens on all sides Villa Il Casale di Sara feels peaceful and secluded. An ideal holiday destination, not only because of its calm and serenity – but also because of its location, as it has Florence on one side and Pisa on the other. 

The villa is decorated in typical warm Tuscan tones and furnished with luxurious touches. There’s a ‘secret’ garden, accessed via a small arch cut through high hedges opening into a beautiful lawn dotted with cypress and fruit trees. Only a few metres from the house is a private swimming pool with loungers shaded by the surrounding olive trees. Beside it, a large well-equipped gazebo complete with dining area and brick-built barbecue, ideal for al fresco dining.

Villa Razzett Tina – Gozo

Peace, quiet and rural life is available in Gozo

If Malta is cosmopolitan and energetic, then Gozo is rural and serene. This small island is perfect for those looking for rest, relaxation as well as plenty of traditional character and charm. The villa is located in the heart of the Ghasri countryside, leading through the valley to the cliffs overlooking the sea. The popular resort of Gharb can easilly be explored within a short drive.

Furnished in a simple and traditional fashion, Razzett Tina presents an original, authentic Gozitan stone architecture. This quaint property is one of a cluster of four farmhouses and you’ll certainly feel like one of the locals. Gozo’s remarkable coastline is never too far away with beaches of red sand, turquoise bays, stretches of limestone criss-crossed with tiny saltpans and majestic high cliffs falling in a sheer drop into the clear waters.

After a long day of topping up your tan, head to the villages and towns to sample some of the finest Mediterranean cuisine. With fresh locally sourced ingredients and wines this makes Gozo a paradise for foodies too.

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Freddie Chirgwin-Bell

Freddie Chirgwin-Bell is a at James Villa Holidays.

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