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IT510

You will not be surprised to hear that – for a second year – we all had an absolutely fantastic time at IT510.   IT510 is as close to perfection as one can get – the stunning view of Siena alone makes it a place apart. We cannot thank the owners enough for allowing us to take the house and grateful to Pamela and all the PPA team for making it all possible and dealing with all matters in such an efficient and seamless fashion!……………….2017

I write from a sunny and wonderful IT510. The house – with its stunning views and the fantastic Laura – has surpassed our expectations in absolutely every respect! We have all just returned from a absolutely fantastic time and I wanted to thank you and the owners for so kindly allowing us to rent the house. Superlatives are now used with gay abandon – almost everyone and everything is iconic or legendary! How wonderful then to find IT510, the photographs and description of which are so understated and only begin to tell the story. It is an absolutely magical place which surpassed our high expectation in every respect!……..2017

The views are simply stunning. And at the very centre of the view is Siena which, I have long felt, is the finest small city in Europe, let alone Italy. And the views encapsulate so well the culture and unrivalled attractions of Tuscany………..2017

Laura and Paulin were simply outstanding and nothing was too much trouble; they added mightily to the enjoyment of our stay! They clearly have a great pride in, and empathy with, IT510. Laura was very well organised, very kind and very knowledgeable not to mention producing a succession of excellent dinners. I should add that Fatima, who kindly assists, was also most kind and helpful. We all felt lucky to have such a brilliant team looking after us……2016

FR119

Thank you for a fabulous trip to FR119. Everything went very smoothly from the moment we landed. We have never had such a competent housekeeper, the house was extremely well equipped and all the facilities were excellent. Thank you PPA for all your help and organisation, it really was a great holiday……………..2019

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FR146 LES GEAIS

The house was ideal for us (ie not too big for a family of 4), nicely furnished in a traditional cosy style and everything worked well.  The gardens are beautiful and the pool area magnificent. Beatrice (who is lovely and well organised) and team provided a great service……………..2020

We had a wonderful time at Les Geais, our 5th trip I believe and it did not disappoint. We love our time there and were well looked after by Beatrice once again, it was wonderful to see her. Otherwise from our point of view we dearly love it there, and the garden is a highlight as always,  it feels like home when we return, and I am sure we will be back there before too long…………2020

The villa was charming and in a lovely location with good restaurants etc on our doorstep. The village was lovely. Beatrice was extremely helpful and went to a lot of trouble to make us feel welcome and comfortable.  The gardens were beautiful and really make it an exceptional property. We would happily return and recommend it (and your business) to friends.  It’s in a wonderful area and would be particularly great for anyone that enjoys road cycling or hiking………………2020

Thank you for the most wonderful holiday at Les Geais.  I don’t think you will be surprised when I say that we had a super time  in this gorgeous property set in a smashing location……….2019

Our seventh stay here, and as ever we had a lovely relaxing time, look after beautifully by Beatrice and Sonja…..2019

Dear Pamela and all the team at PPA
Thank you for your postcard.  I think you know before I say anything that I enjoyed another lovely visit to Les Geais.  It is a super property on the edge of a gorgeous village, I feel very much at home there and would have liked to have stayed for a few more days – especially as the weather was improving when we left!  I hope to be in touch again soon to fix my next visit………2016

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FR133 LA FLORENTINE

We had a wonderful stay at La Florentine, the house itself is beautiful, decorated impeccably with fabulous fabrics, and the staff were simply delightful and so helpful………..2019

We had a lovely stay and the house is even better than the photos! Everyone was very comfortable and we made good use of the tennis court and the swimming pool.  It was great also that we were only a short, albeit rugged, walk into Aix itself………….2018

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IT504 CASALE SANTA MARIA

We have done many villa holidays in our time but we were unanimous that this one, IT504 was the best ever.  Bianca, Maria and Georgio were wonderful. Bianca is a stunning cook.  Maria (and Irene) on our last night were always efficient and jolly.  And Georgio was outstandingly helpful The house was simply lovely, beautiful surroundings and great swimming pool and tennis court.  I do hope we will return one day. Thanks for all your help in the planning……………….2018

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FR154 CHATEAU DE LA BAUDE

This is the third time we’ve used you over the years and you have been a valuable resource each time, so valuable that I will continue to look to you first for vacation options and recommend that others do the same. As to the house,  Chateau de la Baude, this was likely the most pleasant stay we’ve had to date. The house itself is wonderful- a gracious pool, several comfortable outdoor sitting areas and just all in all remarkably pleasant- and its location at the foot of a pleasant little town and proximity to so many others made it an ideal jumping off point. And lastly, Marguerite is fantastic……….2017

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FR110 VILLA ISABELLE

I wanted to say how much we and our guests loved Isabelle — quite a special place! We are certainly interested in 1 or 2 weeks for next year should they become available……..2019

We had the most wonderful holiday again this year, thank you very much for all your help! We would very much like to go again next year, could you register our interest please? It went way too quickly and Laura and Nick were absolutely wonderful!!…………..2016

 

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FR115

We had such a wonderful time at FR115. Susan and Phil were wonderful, the shady tennis court was great in the mornings, the huge swimming pool was perfect in the afternoons. Perfect accommodation for a multi-generational group from teenager to 80 year old………………………2019

This was our second visit to FR115, and we enjoyed it just as much. It an extremely comfortable house, great for the family with plenty to keep them busy, and Susan and Phil are fantastic. Travelling with a baby was made so much easier as the house had everything we needed. Thank you!…………..2019

We went out on a high this year, FR115 was the absolute perfect venue, made doubly so by Susan (and Philip, of course!)   I wanted to thank you, and your wonderful team, for always being so efficient and on hand to help – we’re all most grateful. We’ve had 16 wonderful years in amazing places and consequently have wonderful memories, thanks to you and your team……2019

Had a lovely time, extremely comfortable, perfect for our needs.  The Gardien was very helpful………..2018

We had a lovely week – the house was absolutely beautiful without being so beautiful that it was not also very comfortable. Susan and Phil were very good and looked after us all very well………….2018

FR172 DOMAINE LES LAURONS

We have now returned from a wonderful holiday at Domaine les Laurons, it really was a very special 60th birthday treat for all the family. Many thanks for the part PPA played in enabling us to enjoy such a fantastic holiday…..2019

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FR147 DOMAINE ST JACQUES

I just wanted to drop a note to say what a fantastic time we had back at Domaine St Jacques. It really is an amazing property and we were incredibly well looked after by Bruno, Cecile, Marion and David. Bruno is a really very good cook. Thank you also for ensuring very smooth logistics……………2019

We had an amazing time at Domaine St Jacques and we would recommend the villa wholeheartedly. Not only is the house extremely comfortable, with every facility discreetly provided and much attention to detail, but the garden and grounds are wonderful as well, giving a lot of space for everyone. The staff were also absolutely charming and added to the enjoyment of our stay. For our mixed age party (79 years down to 4 years), the comfort of the villa, coupled with the tennis court, pool table, table tennis etc was perfect. It was a great week and we are very grateful to PPA and the owner for making sure everything was perfect for our arrival……………..2018

We have just returned from our stay at Domaine St Jacques du Couloubrier and could not have been more pleased: with the property and with Bruno and David.  Bruno is extremely knowledgeable and very, very helpful and fun to be around and the food was great.  He makes certain the house guests are well cared for which we found reassuring with 15 people from various countries staying with us.  David also was thoughtful and responsive to our every request…most importantly the trips to Nice Airport.  Please let the owner know how pleased we were with the house and Bruno and David…………2018

We just returned from our week at Domaine St. Jacques – WOW! This is the fourth property we have rented from Private Prop. over the past years and have always loved each house BUT this one (and I hesitate to call it a house – it was so much more than that) was beyond amazing. I had 5 other couples that I’d invited so was a bit nervous not having seen the house beforehand and to say we were all blown away is an understatement. It is lovely beyond description and the staff of Bruno, Cecile and Patrick were kind, helpful and fun to be with. We will never be able to duplicate the week we had there and want to let you know that you and Priv. Prop. have the best home that exists. We’re telling everyone about it…………………2017

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FR120 LA MAISON DU VIGNERON

Many thanks once again for helping make possible another very happy family holiday. If there is a place in ‘holiday heaven’, it must surely be a place like La Maison du Vigneron!………..2019

We had a fabulous time and would love to return. We enjoyed so many activities – running, cycling, kayaking, wine tasting. It is such a great area. This was our fourth trip with PPA, and you never disappoint………2019

Thank you again, for a blissful week at La Maison du Vigneron.  Being there is as close to holiday heaven as it is possible to imagine.  We all had a lovely time working hard at doing as little as possible,  really enjoyed doing various walks around the village………2016

Just to let you know we had a wonderful time at the house, everything worked perfectly.  Delia was very helpful and efficient and Jerome cooked us some wonderful meals.  Thank you and your team very much for making all the arrangements for us.  Hopefully you can organise something for us next year!…………….2016

 

FR162 MAS DES OLIVIERS

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to let you know what a wonderful holiday we have had staying in Mas des Oliviers.  Everything was seamless and it would not have been so great without the invaluable help of Mimoun, Elam and Guy.  The house is very pretty and thoughtfully organised.  The staff were kind and so helpful and the fortnight worked well.  Guy’s cooking was delicious and a big treat for me not having to think about meals for everyone every day. All in all it was a very special fortnight.  Thank you………2018

Thank you for the postcard which arrived on our return after a simply wonderful week in Provence at the Mas des Oliviers.  There was really nothing we could fault.

We thought the position was superb and that apart from its convenience to Les Baux, St Remy, Arles and other interesting villages and towns, that particular spot was simply lovely, with glimpses of the Alpilles from the garden. We loved the water features and the huge walled pool with its excellently equipped poolhouse, where we had lunch almost every day.  We had wonderful weather and were able to eat under the huge shady plane trees every evening with Guy in charge and Mimoun and Ehlam serving.

Guy was absolutely key to the holiday.  We all enjoyed his delicious meals, his friendly discretion and understanding. The caretakers were very good  too…we hardly knew they were there, but beds were made in the morning and they served almost every meal……it is all accolades from us….a memorable dreamy week in Provence ……2016

 

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IT511

We absolutely loved our stay at IT511. Everything was wonderful and Antonella was the best!……..2018

We had a wonderful time last week at IT511.  The Villa is elegant, relaxing and magical.  The landscape is unbelievably beautiful.  We had a marvelous time and so appreciate you and your staff for answering all of our questions and concerns in anticipation of our trip……………2018

The Villa, location, size, attention to detail, decor, grounds, exceeded our expectations.  The group includes some couples that go first class everywhere they go, expense is not an issue and they were impressed.  For many of us the best time of our 2 weeks in Italy was spent at the Villa and on the many patios. The staff was excellent.  We quickly found out, we were eating in the best restaurant in town.  They were very patient with our poor Italian………..2018

Just to let you know that our troupe of 13 had a wonderful time again this year at IT511. The house is magnificent – ideal for a group of our size – matched only by the views, the pool, and the attraction of the surrounding hilltop towns – and we were well looked after by Antonella and her ladies. Thank you for your recommendation!…………….2016

IT521

We had a most enjoyable holiday at IT521. The villa has been beautifully restored , is very thoughtfully and comprehensively appointed and is positioned in quite a magnificent setting .

The house keeper Samuela was most helpful and discreet . Also the Tuscan chef team again very professional and charming . Should the situation permit and IT521 be available would very much enjoy hosting friends and family again in 2019.  If you could please extend our gratitude to the owners that would be much appreciated ………..2018

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MO801 VILLA EZZAHRA

We so enjoyed our stay at Ezzahra.  It was wonderful that Miriam was still there ten years later.  The household runs so smoothly, seamlessly everything happens.  The staff are incredibly discreet, and very attentive at the same time. Badr the head butler was very helpful and always smiling.  The food was very good as were the local wines.  I would like to provisionally reserve Villa Ezzahra for next year. We spent a very happy time there with family and friends……….2017

FR109 CHATEAU LE SOULAC

We had such a lovely holiday at Chateau le Soulac. Perfect, so wonderful, the house exceeded all expectations. We agreed that it was the most relaxing holiday ever. The food was outstanding. We are recommending it to all our friends……….2019

FR179 MAS LE VAQUIER

Mas le Vaquier is an absolute treasure in every way. The house itself is lovely, the facilities are top notch and the location simply breathtaking. We were also looked after with charm and efficiency by Paul. We had a wonderful two weeks here and would have loved to stay longer. We will be back!…………….2020

Would definitely love to return to Mas le Vaquier. Paul the gardien was brilliant and your service has been extremely proficient……………2019

What a fantastic and most comfortable house. Paul and Lydie, the house staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble…………2019

 

SP706 VILLA CIELO EN LA TIERRA

Just to let you know, we had a marvellous week at Villa Cielo, and loved the villa, which had the most amazing views…..2019

 

MO801

Having just returned from Marrakech yesterday I would like you to pass on our very sincere thanks to the owner of MO801 for giving us the opportunity to stay in their beautiful home.  The villa is absolutely enchanting with its lovely gardens and olive groves, and my husband and I, together with the rest of my family,  enjoyed  every minute of our holiday there.  Agoram and his staff looked after us superbly and Fouziya cooked us the most delicious meals. I would also like to thank you and your colleagues for making all the arrangements which ran very smoothly and for all the efficient and helpful information you gave us prior to our visit…………..2019

We just wanted to let you know what a splendid time we had, and how well looked after we were by fantastic team on site. It’s a phrase often bandied around but this really was an unforgettable holiday and the memories will be treasured forever.  The quality of the cooking and the produce at the house was really remarkable, absolutely delicious and the olive oil quite divine.. and I have some experience in this field as we run a catering company!

Once again, many thanks to PPA for organising everything and making sure everything went so smoothly…..2019

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IT507 LA CIVETTAIA

Oh!! We cannot begin to tell you what wonderful memories (and many pounds) we brought back with us from La Civettaia.

We will do everything we can possibly do to get back to that beautiful home with Hilly and Cristian. We are glad to report that there is not a single thing we can think of to improve the property or our experience. Hilly and Cristian were delightful and thought of every want before we knew there was one. They were so charming and professional and gently resisted our efforts to adopt them into the family. As locals, they were so helpful setting up or tracking down a wide variety of restaurant and activity requests with terrific recommendations or bookings.

The house and pool area are brilliantly laid out to accommodate the 11 of us – which is not an easy thing to do. Except for a few sessions catching up on work, we rarely stayed inside, but it was well outfitted so that we could have stayed indoors if needed…………2019

Thank you for a most fabulous holiday, it was complete heaven. We are already looking at dates to return in 2020. Hilly and Christian are marvellous hosts, great company and looked after us so well…………2019

Private Properties Staff…  I just wanted to thank you for such a lovely experience at IT507 last week in Tuscany. It was truly a piece of paradise!! Hilly and Christian were the absolute best!!  We look forward to our next visit!! Again, many thanks for such a great recommendation………2016

 

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FR163 DOMAINE ST JEROME

We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Domaine St Jerome, it is a very special place in a fantastic location. Everyone was rather sad to leave; my brother-in-law came for the first weekend and loved it so much he came back the following week!  I just wanted to reiterate that it was a really special holiday.  Your agency looked after us very well. The house, pool, tennis court and gardens were pristine. The location easily accessible from London and absolutely stunning. Kathy was so helpful and welcoming. We did not want to leave, and may be back next year!  A very special place indeed……………….2018

Wow! Everything you could possibly want! Renovated in the best possible taste, quality beds, wonderful pool, and the house stayed cool even in the heatwave. Cathy was lovely and terrific at looking after us. We will definitely be returning next year…………….2019

To give you some feedback on the property, I would say that it exceeded our expectations based on the photographs. The standard of decor throughout was to the highest standard. The plentiful supply of towels was much appreciated. Cathy, who is the main contact, was not only great fun but extremely conscientious in making sure we had all we needed. We would certainly look to rent this property again (if we can’t buy it!)…….2017

Private Properties Abroad

I have lead small group tours to Italy and France for several years and have used many different booking agencies for vacation villa rentals. This year I rented the beautiful Chateau de la Baude in Provence through Private Properties Abroad. Their customer service was excellent. Their staff communicated with me every step of the way, going above and beyond to keep me informed and help me navigate the ever-changing COVID protocols. I highly recommend this team of professional women. Take a look at the selection of luxury properties they offer and consider them for your next vacation rental … I’ve already booked again for 2022!

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FR121

This was our second visit to FR121, and once again we have been so happy there and we love the house.
There has been special request that we should, if possible return again in 2020!…………..2019

The area, as you know, is fantastic. Being in immediate proximity to so many cool little towns and within an hour of Marseille, the coast, Arles, Chateauneuf du Pape, etc- hard to find a better located spot. The house works well for multiple parties, with at least three discrete areas where folks can retire to work, read, talk, etc. And the amenities are excellent, particularly for a long term stay- the tennis court, bikes, game room, and a wonderful pool all make it a very pleasant place to retire for an afternoon. The owners and those who work for them- Marjory the housekeeper and Daniel the gardener- were VERY helpful, all of them. Very accommodating, and just generally pleasant to deal with. The entire lot of them were warm and welcoming, which makes a big difference to how comfortable one is in someone else’s home…………….2019

We had a great holiday at FR121. The house and grounds are very attractive and comfortable, with lots of sport and games available, a bonus with young teenagers to keep entertained. The pristine new tennis court was a joy to have on site. The pool area is very pretty with shady and sunny areas and enough reclining chairs for everybody. Many nice places to eat outdoors and happily, lots of chair cushions. It is such a picturesque area with charming villages all around, great for morning exploratory jaunts. Cucuron has a stunning center with enormous pond and allees of plane trees, restaurants down the length. Everyone enjoyed  it all very much and we had wonderful weather during the day………..2018

 

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FR134 CHATEAU DES ASPRAS

We had the very best week at Chateau des Aspras. The space in and out was perfect for every age….and there was so much to do for young and old. Good food and Pierre was so nice, relaxed with early supper for the three little ones. All the staff were lovely. Great comfort….I hope to be able to take it again!………….2019

Our week with the family at Aspras was as enjoyable as ever. Pierre is an excellent chef and most helpful and of course his English speaking is a plus………..2019

We had an excellent holiday at Chateau des Aspras. The staff looked after us wonderfully. It was perfect for our family composition of us, our children and grandchildren. The food was very good. We discovered a route to the local river where we could swim which was good fun and cooling for all……………2019

I wanted to send you a quick note to let you know what a lovely holiday we had at Chateau des Aspras, we really could not have enjoyed it more. All four staff were delightful and did everything they could to help us. The food was delicious , it was a real treat for us all. My husband said that it was one of the best weeks of his life and none of us would disagree with him……………..2019

We had a lovely holiday. The young people found lots of new experiences and parents as well nearby rock climbing, river swimming etc. The facilities at the house were also excellent and we made full use of these. The house was very comfortable and the staff made us feel very much at home…………2019

We had an excellent week at Ch Des Aspras.  The children particularly loved it and there may be a few swimming aids that we left at the pool and we are pleased to donate them to the existing collection for future guests. The staff were great and very friendly and helpful……………..2018

 

FR125 MAS DU DESTET

We loved our time at Mas du Destet. It is a fantastic house in a fantastic setting.  Great pool and good to have a tennis court .  Special call out for Pascal and Angelique who could not have been more friendly and helpful – they even took us out for an afternoon to show us local sites etc.  Angelique’s cooking was also superb. We would highly recommend it as a house and destination and may well return!……………………2018

FR173 LA CASELLA

It’s our second evening at La Casella and I just wanted to write and say a huge thank you for being so brilliant yet again. The house and gardens are absolutely exquisite – there is a wonderful “feel” to the place, James and Pascale are relaxed, charming, extremely professional and James’ cuisine is to die for. My American friends are beyond thrilled, the children are in seventh heaven and we couldn’t be happier.
You’re fabulous at what you do……….2019

I wanted to write and say how much we enjoyed our stay at La Casella. The house and gardens ar‎e stunning, and the whole atmosphere was wonderfully relaxing. In particular James and Pascale were absolutely brilliant, taking care of everything with skill and diligence. We were lucky enough to have James cooking every evening and all his recipes were imaginative and totally delicious.   All in all another excellent holiday and thanks to Pamela, you and everyone at PPA…………….2017

We had the most wonderful time at La Casella.  The house was beautiful and felt very much like someone’s home rather than a holiday home.  James and Pascal (the Gardiens) were amazing and couldn’t have been more helpful if they had tried – they certainly are the USP for the property – nothing was too much trouble.  We only wish that we had decided to use them for evening meals more than just on the last night as it really was the perfect relaxing way to end a day in the sunshine rather than heading out to a local restaurant.  The service they gave made it more small boutique hotel rather than holiday villa.  Couldn’t recommend them more if I tried !  We were sad to leave (apart from when the rain started to fall on our way to the airport)  but would hope to revisit at some point.  Thanks for all your help in planning this special trip………………..2017

We absolutely loved our time at La Casella and are so grateful to you and the wonderful team at Private Properties Abroad for all your help with the arrangements.   ……… thank you so much again for all you did for us.  The six months at La Casella were truly life-changing…………………..2018