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adventure — By Nellie Huang on May 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm
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Like Where You Play? Why Not Stay!

Imagine waking up to a view of rolling olive groves or clear azure waters – from the comfort of your own holiday home. Dreaming of buying your own holiday villa or ski property but don’t know where or how? Whether it is a Tuscan villa surrounded by yellow sunflower meadows or a cozy wooden lodge perched on the powdery slopes of the Alps, a holiday home is often a dream come true. There are plenty of properties for sale, if you look hard enough, you’ll be able to find a good deal. Here are some idyllic spots to buy your dream holiday home:

Beach: Southern French Riviera

For the well-heeled traveler with exquisite taste, the French Riviera is the perfect spot to call home. From the glamorous boulevards in Nice to the legendary film festival venue in Cannes, there is so much going on along the Riviera that you’ll be on your feet 24/7. By day, you could be basking under the sun along the sandy beach or wandering through Roman ruins and monuments. By night, the Riviera takes on a sophisticated glow and you can expect to mingle with an amiable crowd. The best advantage of buying a South of France property is that it is easily accessible from UK and the rest of Europe with budget airlines and TGV train system.

French Riviera

History: Umbria, Italy

Rich in history and art, Umbria packs all that Italy has to be offer into one region. History buffs cannot miss the numerous medieval towns scattered over the rural landscapes of Umbria. At every street corner, you’ll chance upon a good cheese shop or the best pizzeria. Good food and wine is just part of the local way of life. If you’ve been dreaming about having a holiday home in Italy, then this is the place to be. It is halfway between the two major Italian cities, Rome and Florence, and therefore easily accessible by train.

Property in Umbria

Culture: Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria

Bursting with rich folklore culture, the mountainous towns and villages of Bulgaria are sprinkled with colors and tradition. For those with an eye for folklore traditions, gorgeous towns like Koprivshtitsa and Veliko Turnovo are ideal for cultural immersion. Bulgaria, having had a conflicted past, is still relatively cheap as compared to the rest of Europe – property prices here are much lower. Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, is also connected to the rest of Europe via cheap low-cost flights.

Veliko Turnovo

Ski: Alpine Village Arc 1950

Ski-enthusiasts will find this Alpine village a paradise: with easy access to one of the world’s largest ski domains and panoramic vistas of Mont Blanc, you seriously cannot ask for more. Standing at an altitude of 2000 meters, Arc 1950 is specially designed with traditional architectural styles and an authentic charm. From a thermal spa, swimming pools to restaurants and boutiques, you’ll be spoiled for choice. What’s best is that it is just a hop and jump away from Paradiski, a sprawling glacier ski domain.

Arc 1950

Photo credits: Flickr creative commons by freefotouk (French Riviera), Toprural (Umbria), Chewbacka (VelikoTurnovo) and AndyCunningham (Arc1950).

NOTE:  This post was sponsored by Erna Low Property.  The opinion expressed herein are those of the author.

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