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Five villas with impressive historic connections

Villa Cetinale was constructed in 1680 for Pope Alexander VII
Villa Cetinale was constructed in 1680 for Pope Alexander VII

From a rock star’s lakeside retreat to an American millionaire’s 19th-century mansion, we round up villas with a historic connection that will impress clients.

Recommending a property with a historic connection is a fantastic way to introduce clients to the concept of a villa holiday, and there are some great options on the market, from the former holiday home of an A-list celebrity to properties built during periods of architectural innovation.

 

And with villa breaks becoming increasingly popular and offering attractive commission rates, now’s a great time to start selling them, says Danny Waine, commercial manager at Interhome.

 

“Interhome bookings from the UK are doing really well,” he says. “We’re currently trading at plus 16% year-on-year, which is on top of a record 2019. For summer, we’re currently up 9% year-on-year, and although trading is inconsistent, overall the bookings are coming in.”

 

He adds that a historic villa stay is a great option for clients who want a unique property with plenty of talking points.

 

“When it comes to a historic villa, you feel like you’re stepping back in time, but still enjoying all the luxuries of a modern property. Whether it’s the architecture from a particular period, the pop culture or a more authentic experience
where the owner bakes you a cake; it allows clients to say ‘I’ve been there and had the most individual experience’.”

 

Here, we profile five villas with a historic connection to suggest to clients.

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