From Our Archive
This story was published before Summer 2021, when we launched our new digital experience.

Top Villas

MOST READ
Peeling Back the Layers

Beauty

Peeling Back the Layers

Facialist Joanna Vargas goes deep on the best ways to exfoliate.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of These

Self-Care

Sweet Dreams Are Made of These

A trio of new sleep-friendly devices to help you get more than 40 winks.

Endless Spring

Wine and Spirits

Endless Spring

From the author of “Drink Lightly,” a low-alcohol cocktail with fresh strawberry.

There are numerous villa rental agencies in Italy and France, but rarely do they provide the authority of Homes Away, a company that started as a spin-off of Butterfield and Robinson and is now run by former B&R employees Peter Stock and Peter Smale. There are approximately 40 houses in the collection, concentrated in Provence, the Dordogne, Tuscany, and Umbria. They are a select group—for example, Les Remparts is a 16th-century hilltop villa in Ménerbes owned by the town's mayor and furnished with many of his family's antiques.

Guests aren't just handed keys and abandoned. A local host provides a tour of the area and dispenses whatever information or help may be needed during the stay. And there's a savvy handbook provided for each house, detailing everything from the rules of boule to the best nearby boulangerie and olive oil mill. Houses, $8,000-$15,000 per week. 800-374-6637; www.homesaway.com.

Newsletter

Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

You’re no longer on our newsletter list, but you can resubscribe anytime.

Come On In

U.S. issued American Express Platinum Card® and Centurion® Members, enter the first six digits of your card number to access your complimentary subscription.

Learn about membership.