Last Updated on April 29, 2024

eviivo Collective offers the world’s most unique, notable and luxury properties – from historic castles to luxury villas – many known especially for outdoor experiences. From a 16th century castle with its own natural wild swimming pool in Scotland, UK, to a luxury estate with outdoor spa in the South of France, these unforgettable places offer outdoor space with incredible amenities for summer travel.

Kilmartin Castle: Scotland

For the last five years, Kilmartin Castle – named #4 in New York Times’ “52 Places To Go in 2023” – has been a passion project for dedicated owners Stef and Simon, who converted a16th century castle into an award-winning vacation rental. 

Dating back to 1550, this medieval fortified castle boasts vaulted stone rooms and spiral staircases leading up narrow stone turrets – complete with arrow slits to keep an eye out for guests! Featured in BBC’s popular TV show ‘Scotland’s Greatest Escape’ in 2023, Kilmartin Castle won the show’s ‘historic’ category, with the experts loving the “quirky feel of the place”.

There are also over 350 prehistoric and historic monuments in the surrounding area for guests to explore!

On top of the immense beauty and scale of Kilmartin Castle, this location provides limitless activities for guests to enjoy, from a refreshing dip in the natural wild swimming pool to kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking and fishing. Guests can even go island hopping if they fancy a bigger adventure.

The restaurant offers meals with fresh produce grown in the castle’s gardens and orchard. In summer, guests can enjoy delicious food al fresco in the glasshouse that fits up to twenty people. Guests booking the entire property are equipped with a private chef.

Cavalan Ranch: Hamburg, Germany

Cavalan Ranch Germany interior bedroom.
Cavalan Ranch Germany interior bedroom. Photo credit eviivo Collective

Cavalan Ranch, a luxury glamping resort, located in the stunning Mecklenburg Pampa (North Germany), offers a unique activity for Germany – Western-style riding on Argentinian horses.

Inspired by the Argentinian heritage of the owner, this ranch pays tribute to his homeland, and rustic-chic glamping tents overlook picturesque fields and meadows that surround the ranch, providing mesmerizing views of the starry sky at night.

Anyone can go horse riding, which ranges from beginner to advanced – costing between 60 and 160 euros – and you can even pick out the horse you’d like to ride from the website! The rides take place across the green hills and forests of Mecklenburg, a sweeping natural vista.

In the evenings, Cavalan Ranch regularly hosts Al Fuego evenings with Asado (Argentinian BBQ), with traditional South American specialties, wine and a roaring fire. For guests that don’t fancy the exposure of the outdoors, there is also a fifty-person seating barn available for big groups.

Chalet Christine: Haute-Savoie, France 

With hilltop views of Lake Annecy — France’s third largest lake at nine miles long and winner of the Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award 2023 – Chalet Christine has long been a popular summer retreat for watersports enthusiasts.

Chalet Christine is a short distance (one hundred meters) from Lake Annecy, known to be one of Europe’s cleanest lakes, and it’s famous for paragliding, water skiing, sailing, wakeboarding, cycling and diving all on Chalet Christine’s doorstep. 

Guests can also unwind in the chalet’s heated pool, red cedar sauna, hot tub and steam room.

Trefloyne Manor: Tenby, Wales

Trefloyne Manor in Wales exterior.
Trefloyne Manor in Wales exterior. eviivo Collective

Set in rolling countryside, Treflyone Manor is a luxury, 12-room hotel with an AA award-winning restaurant, a luxury spa suite and its own 18-hole golf course — and held its first PGA event here in 2010.

Set in the Ritec Valley near the seaside town of Tenby, Trefloyne Manor compels guests in the natural and whimsical beauty of the area. The Manor itself is steeped in history, and guests will find 16th century beams, original flagstone floors and a rare, historic dovecote in the spa.

Dovecote Naturally, the manor’s spa, is a true highlight, offering an extensive treatment list. 

Maison Irriberria: Hasperran, South of France

Near the French/Spanish border, the Maison Irriberria is a passion project of two former athletes who converted their estate into a luxury accommodation where guests have access to top-level sporting and spa facilities — which include an outdoor sauna and cold plunge pool — spread out over 7,000 square meters (2 acres) in the gorgeous French Basque country.

The sprawling estate is set at the foot of Mount Ursuya (678 meters high), known for mountain biking and hiking, and it’s an easy 30 minute drive to the beach where guests can surf, raft or canoe. To top it off, for true adrenaline junkies, paragliding and snowshoeing in the mountains are also an option for winter travel!

Villa el Porto: Denia, Spain

Villa el Porto pool in Spain.
Villa el Porto pool in Spain. Photo courtesy eviivo Collective

Originally a 19th-century estate, Villa el Porto has been meticulously renovated into a private villa estate, seamlessly blending traditional architecture with modern conveniences.

Nestled within an expansive, 3,500-square meter (1 acre) garden are charming porches and a pool with cabanas. Villa el Portó is a haven for families, friends and couples seeking tranquility and plenty of privacy. 

Villa el Porto offers an outdoor bar and barbeque, and should guests want quality indoor time, table football, table games, kids costumes and a billiards table are available. Guests can also play mini-golf on-site, or enjoy snorkeling, windsurfing, diving and cycling in the surrounding area.

This stunning property was awarded best villa in Spain as part of eviivo’s 10 top properties in the world as voted by a panel of expert industry judges from TripAdvisor, Leading Britain’s Conversation, House & Garden UK and Reise Reporter in March 2024.

Château de Joyeux: Lyon, France

Château de Joyeux, a well preserved 19th century castle (one of the last castles to be built in France), notable for its history, architecture and outdoor amenities. This luxury, hidden gem located 40 minutes from Lyon, France, is completely immersed in its idyllic natural setting, and many guests spend their time roaming the sprawling 40 hectare (100 acre) gardens and terraces, which offers views of Mount Blanc.

In this remote sanctuary, guests can expect a wealth of outdoor activities, including tennis courts, trampolining, cycling, hiking and canoeing. Guests can also enjoy the Blue Bicycle, Joyeux’s signature restaurant – with a sunny outdoor terrace – where local Dombes cuisine is served.

The Chateau offers sumptuous suites within the main building, as well as luxury cottages spread throughout the property for more privacy. 

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