10 of the best: beach villas in Europe
9/10 Domaine de Murtoli: Corsica, France
Why go? Domaine de Murtoli on the south coast of Corsica contains a range of lovingly restored 17th century shepherds houses set in over 2,500 hectares of Corsican countryside dotted with olive trees, alongside gorgeous views over the Mediterranean. Murtoli is a working farm, and families can pick their own fruit and vegetables from the estate. If that seems too much effort, the estate can deliver your groceries instead. There’s plenty for families to enjoy here, as well as the dreamy surroundings. Splash out on the open air spa or splash into the sea and go diving. The estate often organises tailormade retreats too including cookery courses and pottery for children.
Rooms: Varies, from two people and a baby up to a group of 13.
Facilities: Each villa has its own garden and pool, plus a roomy terrace for outdoor dining. The estate has its own restaurant or can organise romantic candlelit dinners on the beach. Babysitting can be organised on request.
Price: Scott Dunn; from £900pp per week including flights.