When to Book a Villa in Europe | Brownell Travel

When to Book a Villa in Europe

There are so many benefits to staying in your own private villa. You can spread out and relax with plenty of space, enjoy peace and quiet (goodbye noisy neighbors in the next room!), and immerse yourself in a new destination. Villa holidays offer privacy freedom and flexibility for families and groups traveling together who don’t want to be bound by hotel rules. Enjoy breakfast by the pool (after 10am if you like!) and dine at your leisure. The pool doesn’t have to close at 6pm and, with a 24 hour contact, neither does the reception desk. And in Europe, you can use your villa as your home base while you explore iconic cities and charming towns. A private villa is the ideal base for families, and our partners at A&K Villas have a range of properties with facilities for children of all ages; whether that’s a games room for teenagers or cots, play areas & shady spots for little ones, their range of villas really can cater for everyone.

So now that you know why you should stay in a villa, the only question is when should you go. We share when to book a villa in Europe based on each season below.


The weather may be chilly, but there’s nothing like a relaxing evening by a roaring fire in your private villa in the United Kingdom. Imagine spending quality time during the holidays with your family in a setting where you can disconnect with life’s stressors and connect with each other. (Need inspiration? Watch The Holiday!)

Foxhill Manor in the United Kingdom

What to Do:

  • Find unique gifts for loved ones back home (or souvenirs!) at the many Christmas Markets
  • Experience the Festival of Light in Longleat
  • Our partners at A&K Villas can help arrange other experiences in the UK during your winter getaway as well! Whether that’s an at home cookery class for the family or tickets to a special event. The A&K Villas specialists have plenty of inspiration and ideas to help make your stay one to remember!

Where to Stay:


Spring is shoulder season in much of Europe, so you won’t have the peak season rates or crowds. You can enjoy a spring break trip where you can relax in the comfort of your villa and experience different culture, cuisine, and history.

Villa Sonrei in Spain

What to Do:

  • In Spain, there is a lot going on in the spring, like the Seville April Fair. This festival is held during Easter week, and the city comes alive with celebrations, Flamenco, and fireworks.
  • Portugal also has lots of events! Anyone with a sweet tooth will love the Obidos Chocolate Festival, and cinephiles will want to head to Lisbon for the IndieLisboa International Film Festival.
  • Italy in April is a little cooler than the summer months which makes it the perfect time for sightseeing and with so many historic places of interest and beautiful towns & cities to visit you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Where to Stay:


With warm weather and longer days, summer is prime time to explore Europe – and it’s no secret. Avoid the crowds in the main resorts and immerse yourself in a destination by staying in a private villa. Your advisor will work with our partners at A&K Villas to find the perfect location and villa for you, whether you want it near a golf course or the beach, in a foodie hot spot, fully-serviced, or something in between.

What to Do:

  • Take day trips to the bigger cities
  • Explore off-the-beaten-path towns
  • Cool off in the Mediterranean Sea
  • A&K Villas’ concierge services can arrange tickets to sights or a private chef in advance so you can enjoy a hassle-free holiday. And, with Europe being busy in the summer, having access to a concierge with great local contacts really can get you into places that would be otherwise unavailable.

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Fall is a great time for foodies in Italy! The September harvest season fills local markets with fresh, regional produce. And if you want to get involved, it is also grape harvest season! This season is also a great time to visit Italy and avoid the throngs of tourists.

What to Do:

  • Head to Naples for the Feast of San Gennaro and the fascinating ceremony at Naples Cathedral.
  • The feast day of San Michele is celebrated all over Italy, but the biggest event is held in Puglia.
  • The Sherbeth Festival of artisan ice cream in sunny Palermo takes place at the very end of September.
  • Truffle hunting season is in October and November, and you can participate at many A&K Villas properties, like Castello del Nero.
  • Head to the Amalfi Coast in September or October and take in this beautiful area before most places close for winter.
  • Hike or mountain bike in Norcia in Umbria .
  • Castelluccio has a launching point for paragliding and hang gliding.

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