Summer holiday planning with Villa Plus

We’ve teamed up with Villa Plus today to get you excited about booking your summer holiday!

They say that anticipation is half the fun, but I disagree. I actually think it’s more like 80% of the fun.

I absolutely love the build-up to stuff, often more than the event itself. Take Christmas for instance. From early September I’m getting excited, humming Christmas tunes to myself, eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine. I love the planning – buying presents, putting up the tree – it’s all ACE. You’ve got to enjoy that bit haven’t you, otherwise it’s just a big stress of shopping and overspending, and no one wants to think about that.

I’m the same with holidays.

I love spending time thinking about where I want to go and what I might do there. I like imagining what adventures we are going to have, shopping for those adorable mini bottles of shampoo, and generally getting everyone in a holiday frame of mind. I even like the actual travelling part, as that’s all part of the adventure for me.

My favourite type of holidays are the sort where you have plenty of freedom and flexibility. I guess that’s why we always end up self-catering on long breaks – I can’t bear the idea of a whole week spent living to someone else’s schedule. I want to have my breakfast when I’m good and ready thank you very much. The great thing about using a company like Villa Plus is that you get that freedom, but don’t have to compromise on security or reliability – you’re not renting a villa from an ad in the back of a magazine, you’re going to someone you can trust.

(Thinking about holidays got me reminiscing about holidays when the children were little and so I *may* have just spent half an hour or so looking at old photos…)

Villa Plus family holidays

Isn’t Bee a cutie?

Villa Plus family holidays

I think we are looking at a wasp in this picture.

One of our very favourite holidays was with a friend and her son, Ashley, staying in their villa in Spain. It had a pool, and Belle and Ashley spent pretty much the whole holiday in it, while we lay on loungers, sipping cocktails and reading trashy novels. It was absolute bliss – our own little private haven and everyone was happy.

Belle goes on and on about that villa and the pool as her absolute dream holiday. She loves swimming and is desperate for us to go somewhere sunny where she can recreate our Spanish villa experience. Now that Christmas is almost at an end, I wanted to get her excited about the idea of a summer holiday, so we spent some time looking at the Villa Plus website.

Villa Plus are a great option if you like that freedom and privacy that comes from a villa holiday. They have over 30 years experience, and hand pick villas from the very best locations across Europe. They really appreciate what’s important to families when it comes to holidays and most villas come with things like wifi, a private pool and a barbecue.

That’s all our holiday essentials right there. Villa Plus are all about making sure you’ll love your holiday more and nothing is guaranteed to make Belle love her holiday more than a pool and a strong wifi connection.

Please do have a watch of our video and see what you think:

As you can see from the video, Belle is pretty keen. I love the amount of information the site gives you about each property too – there are loads of images, customer reviews and ratings, floor plans – the works. A lot of the properties have 360 degree virtual tours, and Villa Plus often share videos too. If this video of an absolutely gorgeous villa in Corfu doesn’t get you hankering for a summer villa holiday then I don’t know what will.

I found it really useful too to be able to filter the villas by really specific criteria. If you love the idea of the private pool for instance, but have very small children, you can pick just the villas with gated swimming pools. That’s pretty cool isn’t it?
All in all then, we’re already getting pretty excited about a potential summer villa holiday! Have you got any summer holiday plans yet? What would your dream villa look like?
Find out more and discover villa holidays at
Villa Plus family holidays

When did Belle stop being so chubby?!

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  1. 1 January, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I absolutely love the planning of a holiday! A private swimming pool sounds lovely too!

    • Jo Middleton
      5 January, 2017 / 11:18 am

      A private pool is AWESOME Katy – plus it means no one else has to see me in a bikini!!

  2. 3 January, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    We are actually looking for a villa for the summer so this post was very well timed, thanks!

    • Jo Middleton
      5 January, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Well there you go, my work here is done!

  3. 3 January, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I love the photographs. January is the perfect time to plan a holiday, isn’t it? Especially when it’s so grey outside. Happy new year! x

    • Jo Middleton
      5 January, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Totally – we all need a bit of sunshine in January!

  4. 3 January, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    I’m desperate to take the kids away to a villa this summer so currently getting lost in the gated pools section… heaven!

    • Jo Middleton
      5 January, 2017 / 11:17 am

      It’s such a cool idea for a filter isn’t it?! I’m out of touch with small kids so wouldn’t have thought of it, but it’s a brilliant idea.

  5. 4 January, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Aww, loving the nostalgic retro photos – where do the years go eh? Looks like a lovely family holiday – here’s to many more! xx

    • Jo Middleton
      5 January, 2017 / 11:16 am

      It just GOES doesn’t it?! I look at Belle and Bee now and to me they should still be chubby and playing with the sand. It definitely makes you realise how important things like family holidays are – memories to cherish and all that.

  6. 4 January, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Well done, you’ve definitely passed on your enthusiasm to me! That corfu villa is just magical, would love to take our lot abroad but not sure we could ever afford it – the perils of big families. But I’ll head to Villa Plus now to see what might tick our boxes…

    • Jo Middleton
      5 January, 2017 / 11:15 am

      An extra perk of going self-catering though – much cheaper than putting you all up in a hotel! I hope you find something affordable :-)

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