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Five-star villas for two-star prices….what a great way to spend the holidays.

Did I hear Five-star villas for two-star prices?

Seriously forget the snow! who the heck wants to struggle with chapped lips and runny noses when you can pack a bikini and a little Ban de Soliel, huh? And guess what?  Some of these villas you can just wear sweats and drink a butt load of wine, doesn’t that sound better than actually skiing? I think it does. So check this out. Villa rentals that are stunning, will offer you untold amounts of rest and relaxation and won’t break the bank. We’re talking less than $300 per person per week!

Casa Miralles, Costa Brava

Casa Miralles, Costa Brava

Casa Miralles, Costa Brava

Casa Miralles, a 13th-century stone farmhouse in the heart of Catalonia, is as big as they get. A perfect place to take your holiday with you. It sleeps 30 in all, but there are only 11 rooms, so some guests will have to share with up to three others if you want to fill the place. At least the queue for the bathroom won’t be too bad – it has nine in all. It also has huge dining and living areas – all exposed stone walls, wood beams and original features – a games room and a large garden with pool.

Price from $6,000. Sleeps up to 30

Villa Faye, Crete

Villa Faye, Crete

Villa Faye, Crete

On a hillside near the village of Vrisses in the rural heart of Crete, but only a 15-minute drive from the Blue Flag beaches of Georgioupolis, Villa Faye makes a great base from which to explore the island. The old house has been renovated into a smart three-bedroom, two-bathroom villa, with a large terrace and built-in barbecue, covered gazebo and pool, all with views of the White Mountains. Greece is cheap and might I say very, very happy to see us tourists these days.

Price from $2, 000 per week. Sleeps 6

Ta’ Marie, Gozo

Ta' Marie, Gozo

This hilltop paradise is on the island of Malta. Yes, this Gozitan townhouse is tucked away in the hilltop village of Zebbug in the north of the island of Malta. Inside you’ll find four bedrooms, four bathrooms (one with a freestanding rolltop bath) and an open-plan living area, mixing stained-glass windows, exposed stonework and antique furniture. Outside there’s a courtyard-style terrace with a swimming pool, built-in barbecue, large Jacuzzi and roof terrace that features views across the village rooftops to the famous Ta’ Pinu basilica.

Price from $2,000 per week. Sleeps 6

Villa Monti Ă  lu Marinu, Corsica

Villa Monti Ă  lu Marinu, Corsica

Villa Monti Ă  lu Marinu, Corsica

Villa Monti Ă  lu Marinu on Corsica’s southwest coast enjoys one of the best views over the Gulf of Valinco. It sleeps up to 12 people, with four bedrooms arranged in two wings, plus two further rooms reached via steps from the terrace. Wake up to the bread van that arrives daily with fresh croissants to eat on the pool terrace. Nearby sights include Campomoro beach and the little fishing port of Porto Pollo.

Price from $2400 per week. Sleeps 12

Es MolĂ­ de Son Maiol, Mallorca

Es MolĂ­ de Son Maiol, Mallorca

Es MolĂ­ de Son Maiol, Mallorca

Stay in this restored farmhouse in Santa Maria, an unspoilt rural region in the heart of the island. Once the home of a miller, the farmhouse has four bedrooms (one double, three twins), but can sleep 11 with additional sofa beds. It has a spacious living/dining area and huge glass picture windows that fill the place with light. The walled garden has a stone-covered terrace and swimming pool, there is a full-size tennis court and bicycles are available for your use.

Price from $2000 per week in high season. Sleeps 11

Casa Teulada, Sardinia

Casa Teulada, Sardinia

Casa Teulada, Sardinia

A drive along a scenic 30-mile coastal road leads you to this gem of a villa, located on the southernmost point of Sardinia. The two-bedroom property has a Moroccan feel, with terracotta-painted walls, deep blue tiles, ornately carved wooden furniture and a large stone terrace. Spend your days exploring the little bays and coves that characterise this coastline.

Price from $800 per week. Sleeps 4

Villa La Paloma, Costa Brava

Villa La Paloma, Costa Brava

Villa La Paloma, Costa Brava

While away a midsummer’s afternoon, lapping up wonderful sea and country views from your terrace and pool, tucked among lush gardens. The three-bedroom house has an open-plan kitchen/dining room and airy sitting room, with wood floors and homely furnishings. The harbour resort of Tamariu, with its Blue Flag beach, cafĂ©s and restaurants, is just a short drive away.

Price from $2500.  Sleeps 6

Maison Rose, Gréolières, French Riviera

Maison Rose, Gréolières, French Riviera

Maison Rose, Gréolières, French Riviera

Originally a village house and adjoining barn, Maison Rose has been lovingly transformed into a self-catering villa. It sleeps 12 in five bedrooms, and has a huge living room – originally the barn – and gallery kitchen. Outside, there’s an outdoor kitchen with barbecue, heated pool and sun terraces with mountain views, and the house is a perfect base for exploring the French Riviera, being just 45 minutes from Nice.

Price from $3000.  Sleeps 12

Villa Cornelia, Croatia

Villa Cornelia, Croatia

This traditional stone villa is located at the top of Mimice, a quaint village of old stone buildings and narrow cobbled streets. It sleeps up to 10 over two levels (one double, four twins), and has a lovely terrace with sea views and steps that lead down to the garden. Throw on your flip-flops for the 500m walk to the sea and two child-friendly beaches, or hop in the car to the beaches at Brela, Baska Voda, Tucepi or Makarska, all within 30 minutes’ journey.

Price from $3000  Sleeps 10

Zarbo di Mare, Sicily

Zarbo di Mare, Sicily

Zarbo di Mare, Sicily

The location of this stone-built house is unbeatable: an olive stone’s throw from the sea on a beautiful stretch of coast on the northwest tip of the island. There’s a vine-clad courtyard behind the house, a shady terrace with a barbecue at the side – a perfect spot for breakfast – while suppers can be had on the front terrace overlooking the sea. The house is simple, with two twin bedrooms and an open-plan sitting-room with kitchen. There’s no pool, but with the sea so close, you won’t miss it.

Price: $600 Sleeps 6.

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