Family reunion reboot: 6 luxury homes for relative harmony

Plenty of space—for both socialising and for grabbing some time to yourself—is key when it comes to finding the right property to host that special family reunion you’ve been meaning to organise. Perhaps it’s for a big birthday or an important anniversary, or maybe it’s simply because it’s just been far too long since you all got together. Upgrade your family reunion with one of the following houses suited to intimate or larger gatherings, all with fantastic facilities but also well located for multi-generational days out and family bonding.

  1. Stylish villa with private pool a short hop from Marbella

    Marbella family reunion holidays

    You’re less than 10 kilometres from the centre of one of the Costa del Sol’s liveliest resorts at this five-bedroom four-bathroom pad, but chances are you won’t want to stir. Its expansive pine-shaded terrace with alfresco dining and lounge areas is perfect for convivial meals and long evenings spent catching up. Meanwhile, younger family members can hang out in the lush garden and the pool with its waterslide. You’re just a 200-metre stroll from Playa el Alicate with its fine sand, sun-loungers, and welcoming chiringuitos (beach bars), or get active at nearby Aventura Amazonia with its ziplines and adventure circuits.

  2. Rural retreat with views of San Gimignano’s medieval Italian skyline

    San Gimignano family reunion holidays

    Vineyard views from the jewel of an outdoor pool, together with cosy interiors heavy on exposed stonework, original wooden beams, and flagstone floors, make this ivy-swathed villa a true Tuscan idyll. Six ensuite bedrooms means everyone has their space, but sociable spaces also abound: a terrace, a verandah, and a barbecue area, plus a dining room with a stone hearth and two living rooms, one with a piano. The “Medieval Manhattan” of San Gimignano, so named for its stone towers, is a must for a family day out, and Florence with its fabulous gardens is just 50 kilometres away.

  3. Contemporary home handy for the beaches of Biarritz

    Saint Jean Luz family reunion holidays

    The vast open-plan living, dining room, and cooking space of this light-flooded five-bedroom holiday home makes it the perfect spot for a stylish get-together. Meanwhile, a pool, a garden, and terraces with forest views let you make the most of the sunshine. The decor is sleek but cosy, mixing designer pieces with gleaming wooden floors and a fireplace that invites you to sit up late chatting over some local wine. The family-friendly beach and seafood restaurants of Saint-Jean-de-Luz are just eight kilometres away, or Biarritz with its aquarium, marine museum, and surf schools is around 20 kilometres.

  4. Quiet country manor in the heart of Kent

    Kent family reunion holidays

    Tucked away at the end of a rural lane yet just minutes from the main road to the historic town of Sandwich, and beyond it the long sweeping beach of Sandwich Bay, this stately red-brick property has seven elegant bedrooms with private or ensuite bathrooms—some with luxurious free-standing tubs. In fine weather, you’ll want to gather on the decked terrace overlooking the stream and small lake—part of huge grounds with rolling lawns. In the cooler months, inviting spaces to gather include a dining room with an exposed-brick fireplace. Don’t miss a day-trip to seaside Margate, 20 kilometres away, with its delightful retro amusement park, Dreamland.

  5. Modern designer townhouse near Munich’s sights

    Munich family reunion holidays

    A billiards room, a living room with a flickering fireplace, and a garden with a furnished terrace make this modern property ideal for intimate family gatherings; four bedrooms include a sweet bunk-room for kids. Within walking distance or a short bus/underground train ride are several pretty lakes and BMW World with its car museum and family tours. The house is also within easy reach of the annual autumn Oktoberfest, a 16-day extravaganza combining a raucous beer festival with a huge funfair.

  6. Sunny farmhouse on Gozo, with indoor and outdoor pools

    Malta family reunion holidays

    Six ensuite bedrooms make this airy property in Malta a great spot to spread out and enjoy some family time together. The focal point is the walled courtyard garden with its swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sun-loungers, barbecue area, and dining tables. But inside it’s just as alluring: think pale stone walls, cool tiled floors, and an open-plan kitchen and dining rooms with vaulted ceilings. In winter, November through March, a heated indoor pool can also be opened up. You’re less than four kilometres from Gozo’s most famous site, the Azure Window natural limestone arch, while Ramla Bay is great for taking the kids snorkelling.

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