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November 2010

Doorways Villa Vacations

Luxury Villas and Enchanting Apartments
In or Near a Village — Perfect for Longer Stays

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Lucca

Kit Burns

Dear Friend,

Many of you have asked about European rentals in a small town or charming village where you can stay for a few weeks, or a few months — a place where you can live in the heart of a village and buy food at an open-air market, get to know the local butcher and baker and become a regular at your favorite neighborhood coffee bar. Some of you dream of a mini-sabbatical within walking distance of a train station, so you can explore without a car, while others want the best of both worlds — to stay in a village, but with parking, so you can choose to drive or not, depending on the day’s adventure.

Many of our village apartments are small gems, perfect for a couple, with additional sleeping space for occasional visitors. Others are spacious palaces and luxury villas. Some are right in the village center, while others are on the periphery of town, where walking into the village for lunch is an appealing option.

I don’t mean to neglect our marvelous city apartments in some of Europe’s most famous art cities — Rome, Florence, Milan, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid are all wonderful year round. But this newsletter focuses on more intimate locales that are perfect for long stays or winter rentals, where you can live as a native and become part of the local rhythm of village life.

Let us show you some of our favorite small towns and villages, with entrancing villas and enchanting apartments tucked right into the heart of town or within a short stroll.

Most of our prices are based on one-week stays, so be sure to ask for lower monthly rates if you are thinking of a longer, off-season rental.


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Luxury Villas & Enchanting Apartments — in a village

Luxury Villas & Enchanting Apartments – near a village

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“I would rather be first in a small village in Gaul than second in command in Rome .”
— Julius Caesar


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