Europe is awash in grand residences of a bygone era, be it castles, estates, private islands, or centuries-old palaces. Few are still privately owned, some have become the perfect tourist destinations, and there are the stunning properties that have opened their doors for a private getaway: the mansions for short-term rentals. In these special hideaways, Haute Retreat’s guests can immerse themselves in their private setting and experience the royal life, relax in private gardens, or stare out at vistas once reserved for the pope, the viceroy of Egypt, or Louis XV.

Here, eight exquisite options from Lake Como to Corfu:

Ultima Corfu

1. Villa Ultima Corfu, Greece

Villa Ultima Corfu is located on the Greek island of Corfu, a unique villa of 1000m2 that can host up to 14 guests across seven suites.

This luxury home is a paradise of tranquility where you can enjoy the most spectacular sea views. Every suite includes its own bedroom with a connected dressing room and bathroom. As you enter the lobby, you will be amazed by the sumptuous entrance to the villa that opens to the spacious sitting room. From the entire villa, you can enjoy the sea’s shade of blue from sunrise to sunset. The Ultima boat, a 24-meter long yacht, is available for the guests who stay at the villa so you can enjoy the sea.

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Villa Balbiano from Lake Como

2. Villa Balbiano, Lake Como

Welcome to one of the most elegant villas for rent in Lake Como, Villa Balbiano!

It is located on Lake Como’s western shore near Lenno, a sixteenth-century palazzo perfect destination your family reunion, wedding, and unforgettable vacation in one of the most prestigious villas in Lake Como.

The European owners brought the rich, dramatic interiors of the famous Jacques Garcia to this villa and an amazing renovation of the historic Villa Balbiano.

From $ 24,502- per night

Chateau Villette, Paris, France

3. Chateau Villette, Paris, France

Chateau de Villette (Monument Historique), built in the seventeen century and designated as one of the most important historical Chateau in France, is located approx. 40 minutes West of Paris. Villette was designed by Francois Mansart lui meme (1598-1666) for the Count of Aufflay, Jean Dyell II, who served as ambassador to Italy for Louis XIV. The construction was led by Jules Hardouin-Mansart (1646-1708), nephew of François Mansart and lead architect for Louis XIV, coupled with the fact that the gardens were created by Andre Le Notre, the famous landscape designer who also created gardens at Versailles brought a pedigree and elegance of classic design to Villette which earned it the designation of “Le Petit Versailles.”

| From $ 23000 per night

Tagomago Private Island, Spain

4. Tagomago Private Island, Spain

Covering 600,000 m2 (148 acres) of the Mediterranean and surrounded by turquoise waters and unique flora, you will find an intimate hideaway, Tagomago Private Island, a perfect getaway for a selective clientele, close to Europe’s most idyllic island of Ibiza, yet who seek the ultimate in luxury combined with privacy & discretion.

The private island of Tagomago can be leased on a weekly basis or for unique events, for which Tagomago provides an excellent venue, particularly for those wishing to combine the privacy of this island with quick & secure access from their private superyacht anchored safely in the bay beside them.

| From $ 21278- per night

Villa Saint Jean, French Riviera, France

5. Villa Saint-Jean, French Riviera, France

Villa Saint-Jean is located in Saint Tropez, with full staff and services and direct access to the sea!

Located next to the residence of Brigitte Bardot, Villa Saint-Jean is set in a private residential area of St. Tropez.

Tucked away on a quiet, private cul-de-sac, Villa Saint-Jean is located in a short stroll from the endearing waters of the picturesque Base de Cannebiers, on the other side of the peninsula from the popular Pampelonne Beach, considered the perfect bay to moor your boat and where to enjoy an enchanting stretch of beach with its powdery sand and soothing umbrella pines. Only a few meters away, there is access to the sea, and a small cove is round the corner to enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean.

The most luxurious materials have been used to design this villa and elegant furniture throughout to provide a unique experience. The villa comes with full service to take care of all your needs: champagne welcome service, complimentary mineral water/tea/coffee, daily maid service, concierge, house manager, chef, butler change of linen twice a week, change of towels as needed, luxury toiletries (Occitane) in all bathrooms and final cleaning.

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La Datcha in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, Italy

6. La Datcha in Forte Dei Marmi, Tuscany, Italy

La Datcha in Forte Dei Marmi is a classical-style palazzo owned by Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov and renovated by famous architects. This Haute Retreat is located just 30 meters from your very own private beach lies Forte Dei Marmi, Tuscany.

La Datcha in Forte Dei Marmi is a sumptuous palazzo with classical architecture and designer interiors. This luxury palazzo was built in 1930; Forte Dei Marmi is one of the most popular seaside destinations of the Tyrrhenian sea and owes its name to the ancient port used to transport marble. Later for more than a century, Forte Dei Marmi has become an exclusive holiday destination that attracts celebrities every year like in the past. Due to its peaceful atmosphere and mild climate, famous authors like D’Annunzio, Duse, and Montale love to spend their time here away from very crowded beaches. A vacation in Forte Dei Marmi means not only a vacation at the sea but also a holiday where you can practice water sport also at Lake of Massaciuccoli or mountain sports in the nearby Apuane Alps. There are two important places where you can visit the remains of the Forte Dei Marmi Iron Factory, built during the Roman Empire, at the Museum of Satire and Caricature and the Modern Art Gallery.

| Rate per night from $ 18,856 

Chalet Edelweiss, Courchevel, France

7. Chalet Edelweiss, Courchevel, France

Luxury Chalet Edelweiss was completed in 2012 and set in the exclusive Bellecote Hamlet, on the Bellecote piste and a jaunt (2 minutes walk) to the center of Courchevel.

It represents the perfect combination of elegance with luxury, bringing a new standard of luxury to Courchevel: 3000 m2 over seven floors.

The entrance level, you will step inside a hundred and thirty-meter nightclub accommodating over one hundred people with a DJ booth, a dance floor, and a bar. A perfect area where to organize parties and special events, offering the utmost in luxury in the French Alps.

On this same level, there is also a state-of-the-art private cinema room and a library.
There is a floor dedicated to relaxation and enjoyment, including a palatial indoor swimming pool with a jetted tub and waterfall feature beneath a skylight as well as a bar, a ham man, and a sauna. Stay healthy in the large fitness room and a double therapy room providing a full range of special treatment.

| From $ 18,000- per night

Villa Sola Cabiati, Lake Como, Italy

8. Villa Sola Cabiati, Lake Como, Italy

Step inside Villa Sola Cabiati, where you will live your fairy-tale getaway in Italy, where you immerse yourself into a story enlivened by art, architecture art de Vivre.

A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in history as you experience the magnificent style that has enchanted illustrious world travelers for over three centuries.

Villa Sola Cabiati was built in the 16th century and redesigned two centuries later in the Neoclassical style, sits on the Riviera Della Tremezzina, a short drive or boat ride from the hotel. The priority during the renovation was to bring the villa into the 21st century, adding all the comforts that upscale guests nowadays require, such as air conditioning, heating, and Wi-Fi, followed by some general lifting and updating of the guest rooms.

Meanwhile, the main building feels perfectly frozen in time. Space is richly appointed with immaculate frescos by the Tiepolo school that hasn’t been touched since the 1700s, Mosaico Venezia floors, and exquisite glass chandeliers. Hotel guests can book a private 2-hour visit to the villa’s museum floors, which host a number of treasures, including a collection of Sèvres china, a bust of Napoleon (a gift from the French ruler himself), and a bed from Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan that Napoleon and his wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais, once slept in.

Villa Sola Cabiati, the historic residence of once belonging to the noble Serbelloni family, is now exclusively available to guests of the nearby Grand Hotel Tremezzo.

| From $ 8,341- per night