What promises the utmost privacy, pampering to the nines, and is the prettiest bang for your buck? A private villa, of course! With over-the-top services plus all the bells & whistles that come with a super-luxe hotel stay, who could say no to an intimate retreat that comes as spacious as they get? From the countryside lakes of the Cotswolds to the iconic, glamorous shores of Italy and beyond—here are five stunning lakeside retreats to put on your radar next.
SLEEPS: 10 | BEDROOMS: 5 | LOCATION: NEAR LECHLADE - COTSWOLDS
One of the coolest countryside escapes we've seen to date, The Lakes by yoo is a private estate set amongst 650 acres of idyllic Cotswold countryside just 90 minutes from London. And one of the most notable estates on this lake is the Barnhouse—a five bedroom, seven bathroom, 'one-of-a-kind' barn that's tucked away in the woods all the while boasting panoramic window views across Bowmoor lake. Unique is an understatement, as it's the first property ever to have interiors by Kate Moss. In true supermodel style, the interiors are eclectic, dreamy, and of course, luxurious. Think: Sixities-style chandeliers, silk-woven carpets, velvet couches and a mirrored four-postered bed. And it's definitely homey — thanks to the vintage kimonos hung in the master bathroom, pieces by Damien Hirst in the hall, and a pick of retro records to sort through. Other highlights include a large, secluded garden with a private pool, a second floor terrace with dining space for 12 guests, a BBQ, a gorgeous playroom, and each bedroom benefits from a full en-suite. With full hotel & concierge services, a spa around the corner, plus a kids club—there's truly no place like home (at the Barnhouse, that is!).
2. VILLA LUCE
SLEEPS: 14 | BEDROOMS: 7 | LOCATION: LAKE COMO, ITALY
A recently renovated 19th-century villa set against the shores of Lake Como, Villa Luce is an enchanting estate. Situated next to George Clooney's villa, the seven bedroom property is the perfect place to unwind and take in the spectacular beauty that the storied Italian lake is known for. Days call for a refreshing dip in the private plunge pool and basking in the sun on the pier close to the lake. The contemporary yet authentic estate comprises of a charming living area, a dining area with a fireplace that overlooks the gardens and the lake, and a state-of-the-art kitchen. It has all the modern amenities one could wish for, plus an en-suite bathroom for each bedroom. Butler? Check. Chef? Check. Babysitter? Check. You name it, this beauty has it.
3. VILLA BELLA
SLEEPS: 14 | BEDROOMS: 7 | LOCATION: LAKE TAHOE, CA
One of the most exclusive luxury estates in North Lake Tahoe, Villa Bella is a stunning lakefront estate situated on twenty-two private acres featuring unrivaled panoramic views. Formerly owned by Farah Fawcett, the seven bedroom residence has meticulously been restored and designed in a modern alpine décor. The estate includes a main residence, as well as an attached guest house. In total there are seven master suites, each with king size beds and private en-suite bathrooms. Every room has been designed with a touch of “mountain modern” flare in order to create a spa-like serenity. Glass doors lead from the terrace into the main house, inviting the precious lake views indoors. The space is as open as it gets, making for the best kind of entertaining. open-air design makes for the best kind of entertaining. A gourmet and luminous kitchen is at the heart of the home, and is adjoined by a game parlor with a billiard table, as well as a sumptuous lounge to gather with your loved ones by the fire. In addition to its expansive, lakefront property, Villa Bella is well situated within the Lake Tahoe region. You're just short drive to Speedboat Beach and Commons Beach Park, as well as to several ski areas including Northstar and Alpine Meadows, and Squaw Valley. Golfers will enjoy several world-class courses close by, including Old Brockway.
4. PIWAKAWAKA POINT VILLA
SLEEPS: 14 | BEDROOMS: 6 | LOCATION: WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND
Perfectly nestled into the natural landscape right on the shores of Lake Wanaka, Piwakawaka Point is truly a one-of-a-kind gem. Just twenty minutes from the Wanaka township, the villa is exceptional for more than just its location. The six-bedroom estate comes with a helipad—making for easy access to Queenstown, Milford Sound, and other Kiwi attractions—as well as private stables, a tennis court, a swimming pool, a fitness center, and a personal staff. Inside, you'll find a vibe that embodies a luxury hunting lodge gone glamorous, with natural woods, stone, and leather blending with floor-to-ceiling windows and a minimalist design. Sample the country's best from the vine in the comfort of your own home, with an expansive wine cellar just down the stairs. There, you'll also find a full gym, sauna, media and games room—further promising the feeling of never wanting to leave this gorgeous estate!
5. VILLA GRISWOLDEN
SLEEPS: 10 | BEDROOMS: 7 | LOCATION: LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND
A stately villa nestled in a well-maintained garden, Villa Griswolden is primely positioned with panoramic views overlooking the breathtaking Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Bright and spacious, there is an immaculate attention to detail throughout the seven bedroom residence. The grounds are simply dreamy, featuring a large garden oasis and a private pool. Beyond the beautiful and noble property, discover the old town of Lucerne with it's diverse cuisine, charming boutiques and magnificent mountain and lake views at every turn.