The result is the most extraordinary nine-bedroom fully staffed holiday rental with pared-back interiors that really highlight the house’s original Queen Anne features. Then they’ve added beautiful pieces, such as a vast poured oak-and-bronze dining table, an orange B&B Italia corner sofa and a white stone bathtub. And a cinema and a play den.
The house has three working fireplaces, a big kitchen in which to socialise and no curtains (but blinds) in the windows to let the feeling of nature fill the space. Step outside into the deer-and-owl-filled estate and there’s a wood-fired cedar hot tub (for 10) in the woods, a waterfall a 10-minute walk away, canoeing, canyoning and white-water rafting close by and the option of guided walks with stops for gourmet picnics.
From £17,000 per week. scottwilliams.co.uk
Villa Marie Saint-Tropez, France
In all the razzle-dazzle of Saint-Tropez, it’s easy to forget the hills that rise up behind it are wild and beautiful. What’s lovely about Villa Marie, a 45-room boutique hotel tucked away in those hills near the village of Ramatuelle, is that it offers a more relaxed, less self-conscious version of the local scene, in the most beautiful rural setting. And now you can gather all your favourite people together and take the whole thing over.