Thanksgiving is the moment of the year to spend quality time with the family, however, that doesn’t mean that you have to stay at home. Bring your loved ones together in a magical setting this year by planning a memorable – and delectable – holiday at one of these stunning properties around the world.
Borgo Finocchieto – Tuscany, Italy
Bring together your family for an unforgettable Thanksgiving getaway to the spectacular Borgo Finocchieto, a carefully restored eight-hundred year old village (or “borgo”), with exquisite views of surrounding hills, valleys and towns of Tuscany. With 22 suites, a sublime setting, amazing privacy, luxury amenities and a fabulous dining room perfect for your Thanksgiving meal, the Borgo is an exceptional option for this special time of year.
Designed as a gathering place for family, friends or business associates, the layout of village houses and the main Manor House provide privacy for singles and couples while at the same time offering a gathering areas with a setting of secluded beauty and Tuscany’s rich cultural heritage.
Food and wine is a highlight of any stay at the Borgo. Its talented chef, Daniel Chiofi, has a deep foundation in traditional Tuscan cuisine that he blends with creative and modern variations. The villa’s wine cellar is stocked with the best that Tuscany can offer: Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino, Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as hand-crafted Sangiovese vintages, Super Tuscans, and other fine wines from local producers.
The Borgo’s prime location means that there are many activities to explore during your stay at the Borgo such as walks and bike rides in the surrounding countryside, day-trips to nearby Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and Florence, wine tasting and visiting the region’s incredible museums and historic churches.
Right at the Borgo you have many opportunities for relaxation and sport from swimming in its 60-foot pool, to a game of basketball, bocce and tennis, or from working out in the modern, fully-equipped gym or easing your weary bones in the sauna, steam room and cold splash pool.
Organize a fantastic family Thanksgiving trip at the Borgo Finocchieto here.
La Rive Farmhouse – Franschhoek, South Africa
Take in some glorious sunshine and fine food and wine on a Thanksgiving trip to South Africa’s wine country, staying at the beautiful, six-bedroom La Rive farmhouse in Franschhoek.
The carefully restored farmhouse brings together a lovely mix of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture and furniture, as well as artwork by renowned South African artists like Neil Rodger, Gregoire Boonzaier, Edward Wolfe and Dylan Lewis. A highlight is its spacious, airy patios and large swimming pool, ideal for a quick dip to cool down from Franschhoek’s hot late spring days. There is also a “secret” garden with a number of paths leading to various alcoves, benches and lawns, a great place to wander in the shade or have a peaceful moment.
The property’s six rooms have been individually decorated and have their own personality, character and decoration. You will be well taken care of by the villa’s live-in chef and butler who provide world-class service, tips for exploring the region and an exquisite Thanksgiving meal served with the best local wines.
Enjoy a sunny escape to South Africa with absolute privacy at this unique villa through La Rive here.
I Putti – Florence, Italy
Indulge in the divine pleasures of Tuscany on a delectable Thanksgiving getaway in Florence at an exceptional staffed three-bedroom apartment in an elegant 15th-century Florentine Palazzo by Trust & Travel. Located on the top floor of a renaissance building in the heart of the charming Oltrarno district, I Putti revives the splendour of the Florence’s Golden Age with breathtaking views of the Arno and the city centre.
As soon as you enter into the enchanting Palazzo’s Renaissance courtyard, you’ll be transported back in time, climb the wide stairs to the apartment and step into a classic yet stylish Florentine universe. Inside the vast 280 m2 apartment, you’ll be met with a hallway lined with books and a spectacular double height living room with superbe views over the Arno river. Around you are antiques and rich fabrics, ancient wooden floors, beamed ceilings and twinkling chandeliers. The three comfortable bedrooms all have stylish individual decor and private terraces. Further extraordinary views can be admired from the apartments rooftop terrace.
All of the city’s cultural highlights, including the Uffizi museum, are a short walk away. Guests can make their way to the Piazza Santo Sprito, home to an excellent daily fruit and vegetable market, to pick up supplies for a Thanksgiving feast.
Revel in a delicious Tuscan Thanksgiving by contacting Trust & Travel at this link.
Hampshire Historic Home, England
Situated only an one hour’s drive from West London is this refined and beautiful English country home in the repertoire of Loyd & Townsend Rose. Nestled within a private 4,000-acre estate, set back from the road and hidden by woodland, experience the charms of the Georgian era at this divine historic home.
Entering the estate along a tree-lined lane, you’ll reach the elegant manor surrounded by private gardens which include a 3-acre walled garden, rose garden and glass houses.
The house itself has later additions by acclaimed 20th century architect Goodhart Rendel and has been recently refurbished to have the best modern comforts. It has accommodation for 21 guests in 11 beautifully furnished suites and bedrooms with 10 bathrooms.
On crisp November evenings gather the family in the living room around the toasty fireplace and plan a delicious Thanksgiving meal with the house’s Michelin starred chefs (POA) and complemented by excellent international wines its extensive wine cellar.
On the grounds guest can partake in tennis, croquet, cricket, swimming in the heated outdoor pool as well as horseback riding, foraging, yoga, cookery lessons and deer stalking, game shooting during the season which can all be arranged.
Savor the season and the delights of English countryside at this divine home by reaching out to Loyd & Townsend Rose here.
Villa Praia and Villa Alegria – Algarve, Portugal
If you are planning a Thanksgiving getaway with two families than the Villa Praia and Villa Alegria on Portugal’s Algarve coast are an ideal choose. Within the VILA VITA Collection, both villas can accommodate up to eight people and offer you the possibility of a private chef who can prepare a special Thanksgiving dinner to be enjoyed in either of the luxurious villas with their awe-inspiring coastal views.
The Villa Praia is located at in Porches at the VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa. It boasts incredible ocean views, extensive private gardens, an infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic. The two-storey villa is decorated in a clean and contemporary style, with a striking colour scheme of whites, blues and silvers. Hanging nest rest loungers, Claus Porto cosmetics in the bathroom and original artworks from renowned Spanish painter José Luis Cerra Wollstein all add to the ultra-chic and plush setting.
Its four sumptuous suites each have sea views, king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms, LED Smart TVs, a lounge and a terrace. Outdoors, the villa’s pool has hydro jets and a swim current, and a gazebo can be found in the gardens, while the roof-level sun terrace also has a rain shower.
Steps from the villa you reach a gorgeous secluded beach and you’re also within walking distance of the resort’s onsite facilities, including a spa, restaurants, bars and healthy clubs.
For the more independent family, there’s the Villa Alegria, situated in the village of Salema. The villa sits on a cliff top with breathtaking ocean views over Salema beach and the exceptional coastline. It is an outstanding beach-front property which blends contemporary design, elegance, luxury and sophistication.
The four bedroom villa is decorated in a crisp and contemporary Mediterranean style, with large living areas and an abundance of natural light streaming through the windows. There are ample glass sliding doors that lead directly onto terraces, gardens and a private rooftop pool overlooking the infinite ocean.
Learn more by contacting VILA VITA at this link.
Schloss Kogl – Salzkammergut, Austria
Surround yourself in the elegance of Austrian aristocracy this Thanksgiving at the spectacular Schloss Kogl. The exquisite baroque castle is hidden amidst the country’s largest private forest in the Salzkammergut Lake District, the former countryside playground of Austria’s aristocracy, a favorite holiday spot of the Emperor and the country’s intellectual and artistic elite which boasts pristine lakes, pre-alpine mountains, dense forests and quaint villages.
Constructed from the mid 18th century, the castle has been in the family of the Barons of Mayr-Melnhof since 1872 (read more about this unique story in this article). Extensive renovations were undertaken in the early 2000s to restore the castle to its previous glory. Its vast series of rooms are decorated and furnished in an elegant fin-du-siècle style.
On sunny autumn days you can stroll around its verdant grounds, hike through the nearby national parks, tour the charming neighboring villages and lovely Salzburg, plus get a head start on some of your Christmas shopping at any early holiday markets. Then at the end of the day, retreat back to the castle to warm up by the fireplace, play some relaxing music on the grand piano and prepare for an refined feast to be serviced in the formal dining room.
Have a regal Thanksgiving in Austria by contacting Schloss Kogl here.
Palazzo Alvera Altana – Venice, Italy
Experience the pleasures of Venice without its usual tourist crowds by a low season Thanksgiving holiday at the enchanting Palazzo Alvera Altana. Available through Homebase Abroad, the stunning apartment occupies the top floors of a family home right on the Grand Canal.
Dating back to the 1300s, the Palazzo Gheltoff Corner has remained in the same family for many generations. Today, the building has been divided into large apartments for the various branches of the family. Being directly on Venice’s most important canal, the villa, and its various outdoor spaces, offer exquisite views, especially from the rooftop terrace which has a private 360-degree view of the Venice and its spectacular sunsets.
The large apartment can accommodate up to 15 guests, though the interiors retain a cozy feel throughout. Lavishly decorated, antiques, artworks and family heirlooms give you the feeling of living the life of a Venetian aristocrat. The bedrooms are fitted out in the finest fabrics and linens while the bathrooms are adorned in marble.
For further details on this stylish and spacious Venetian apartment, reach out to Homebase Abroad at this link.
Cairanne Villa – Provence, France
Sample some of the best wines of the South of France paired with some fusion French-American dishes for a delectable Thanksgiving holiday at Cairanne villa by Haven in, a traditional “Provencal Mas” situated on a working vineyard in the heart of world renowned “Route des Vins” of the Côtes-du-Rhône region.
The charming five-bedroom villa (which can also be rented as separate three-bedroom and two-bedroom units) is tucked away just outside the village of Cairanne. This picturesque 125 acre (50 hectare) estate has been family-owned for over 150 years. Converted stables dating to the mid-19th century make up the main house, which is surrounded by the winery and ancillary buildings, all lying in the midst of fields of vineyards, fruit orchards and olive-groves.
The owners have carefully and sustainably restored the historic property with the aim of maintaining a balance of authenticity, comfort and simplicity. Traditional touches meet contemporary architecture to provide a new take on chateau living. Large bay windows throughout the villa create a luminous atmosphere and generous sense of perspective. The configuration of the bedrooms, three in the main house and two in another section (three of which have king-sized beds which can be split into twins) provides guests flexibility depending on the size of your party.
Wine connoisseurs will adore tasting their way around the area as the villa is a short drive from the world renowned appelations of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Beaumes de Venise, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. Guests can also arrange do a tasting of the villa’s own wines at their leisure during their stay, annotated by the villa’s English speaking owners.
Add a dash of the South of France to your Thanksgiving celebrations at this gorgeous villa through Haven In at this link.