5 Last Minute Summer Villas For Families

last minute summer villas

Heading to the sun but nowhere to lay your Panama hat? We’ve tapped up the best villa rental companies, from the seriously slick, to the tried and trusted, to bring you 5 fab last minute summer villas for families.

Not everyone can plan a year ahead to book their summer holidays. But of course, those that don’t often get left with the slim pickings when it comes to renting a family property. Not least because if you do book a family villa, they tour ops make a point of reminding you to book again for the same week next year – before you’ve even unpacked. Which can leave those of us who don’t do it all the time feeling a bit out of the loop.

But before you opt for a hotel, consider the benefits of your own family villa: from the privacy to the space, being able to self-cater for little ones who get hungry at the drop of a hat (without room service charges) and the flexibility that comes with a home from home.

We’ve picked 5 last minute summer villas that certainly don’t feel like a short straw.

Le Trefle, Provence, France

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In a wooded valley, this Provençal home is secluded and comes with three acres of grounds through which the River Caramy flows. The manicured garden is home to a vast freshwater swimming pool, while inside, the three separate spaces mean that bigger faille’s (with older kids) can spread out.
Downside: It’s an hours drive from the coast and the pool is unfenced so you have to watch toddlers.
Sleeps: 8
Cost: £3,883 per week – saving £1,294 (25%)
Available: 22 August, from A&K villas

Marea, Pozzallo, Sicily

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Desperate to get sand between your toes? This chic and airy home is literally a shady pathway away from a hug sweep of beach. Elegantly decorated and wonderfully private, the long verandahs demand long lunches and lazy afternoons. The kids will love the big garden and the bunk beds.
Downside:
There’s no pool. 
Sleeps:
6
Cost: From 
€5,010 per week
Available
Throughout July from The Thinking Traveller

Museo Houses, Greece

Ariellas Villas


Restored last year to offer a contemporary haven on the beautiful island of Symi in the South Aegean, this townhouse is a chic retreat in the middle of the Chorrio. Steps from the harbour and with easy access to the pine-forested mountains, this is ideal for a family looking for a quiet retreat where amazing views, fab food and long walks take priority.
Downside: There’s no pool.
Sleeps: 6 or 8
Cost: From €2,500 per week
Available: Various houses with different availabilities, from Ariella’s Villas  

La Font, Mallorca

last minute summer villas
If contemporary, minimalist design and total luxury are on the agenda, check into La Font. Being a Scott Dunn villa, you will be full board with  a private chef, host and nanny, and the beaches and waterspouts of Pollenca are a skip away.   
Downside: Toddlers need watching by the pool railings (but you have a nanny) and there’s very little outside space.
Sleeps: 6
Cost: £10,455 per week
Available: 21st July. (Can you leave next week? It’s only £5,955 departing 30th June) from Scott Dunn

Villa Vistamare, Sicily

last minute summer villas

Ideal for two families travelling together, or a multi-generational trip, this villas is in two halves. We love the outdoor kitchen and the versatile dining areas, though being high up, you get fabulous views and some fairly serious drops so older children would be better suited. Dining out in Cefalu is heaven, as are the local beaches down the mountain.
Downside: The decor is not terribly contemporary so not one for the design conscious.
Sleeps: 8
Cost: £3,883 per week – saving £1,294 (25%)
Available: 25th July from CV Villas