At Cedric Reversade’s (www.cedricreversade.com) rarefied European villas, complete privacy is all. For the upcoming season this French super-agent adds newly renovated Château de Fées (second picture; €18,500 per week) to his already polished Provence inventory. The 16th-century castle is “stylish, sober, kind of Axel Vervoordt”, says Reversade, who once ran a concierge service and knows exactly how to deliver staff (chefs, butlers, maids) to match the Wi-Fi, underfloor heating systems and world-class art collection.
Last summer, Reversade arranged a holiday for sculptor Anish Kapoor to Italy’s Val d’Orcia, which continues to offer some of the best villas in Europe. New to this region in 2012 is Il Cocceto (first picture; www.cocceto.com; €8,500 per week), a house designed by Roman Ilaria Miani (who already has a clutch of exquisite rentals in the vicinity).
Owned by local winemaker Andrea Franchetti, this six-bedroom rustic home on the rolling Tenuta di Trinoro estate is set in 200 hectares of forested land, with a kitchen vegetable garden and 17m-long pool. Guests have access to a cellar hand-picked by Franchetti (charged on a per-bottle basis), which includes vintage Brunellos, Supertuscans and Franchetti’s own 1995 Tenuta di Trinoro.