Love a good swimming pool on your European holiday but tired of the usual formulaic holiday homes and hotels? Well these uniquely converted gems will provide the perfect inspiration, as we prepare to dive right into a new selection of places with perfectly Instagrammable poolside spots. A real life Spanish cave house with a pool that stretches out to rolling hills, a traditional and historic trullo expertly renovated to ensure no shortage of sophistication, and a simply remarkable converted industrial hangar building with a delightful 20-metre lap pool, set amidst the stunning Tuscan countryside.
Leave all things mundane behind and retreat to a sensational cave house in the Alicante region of Spain, where peaceful countryside and authentic Spanish living beckon! Cueva Picapiedra is a wonderfully secluded, perfectly unique Spanish hideaway, just a five minute walk from the pretty village of La Canalosa. Dug out from the hillside, this gorgeous cave abode provides an exceptional slice of Spain for six sun-seeking guests. As you enter the spacious hallway, you’ll notice the beautifully cool temperature providing welcome respite from the Spanish sun – one of the clever reasons cave houses were built! A great choice for families looking for a summer escape with a difference, the inviting swimming pool and snooze-friendly hammock are the perfect spots to relax in, whilst the cave games room, tennis court and trampoline will ensure the kids are entertained.
Featuring three stunning bedrooms and a private pool, you’ll find Trullo Fico (above and main picture) privately nestled amongst the sweet-scented olive groves of Puglia’s Vale d’Itria, with stunning Adriatic beaches within easy reach. This traditional 17th century trullo – an ancient Puglian stone dwelling with conical roofs – has been exquisitely restored by its owners, retaining all of its original beauty, with vaulted ceilings, bare stone walls and refreshing natural views. However it’s the lively pops of colour, stylish yet cosy furnishings, artistic flourishes and contemporary flair that pleasantly surprise upon entering. In fact this luxurious and enchanting Italian retreat is full of surprises, and kids (big kids included!) will enjoy trampolining in the middle of the olive groves or shooting basketball hoops, while the unheated pool is a fantastic place to cool off on those long, balmy summer days.
Prepare to be wowed by Art Hangar; an industrial hangar transformed into a unique loft space that’s perfect for creative dreamers in the heart of Val d’Orcia – one of the most beautiful settings Tuscany has to offer. This completely unique space complements its natural surroundings and is achingly elegant and refined throughout. Its emphasis is upon perfectly blending immaculate art, design and natural materials with stylish furnishings built for comfort and relaxation. A welcoming open-plan living room with artist-designed central fireplace and two stylish bedrooms complete with opulent central bathtub await. Though if you prefer, why not enjoy the surrounding views from the outdoor shower? A lush green garden and hidden terraces are yours to explore, not to mention the 20-metre lap swimming pool that’s ideal for a refreshing dip on lazy summer afternoons.