Country Life 30 March 2022:
Six beautiful homes across Europe ideal for fun-lovers










The countries that ring the Mediterranean are ideal spots if you're looking for a home where fun is high on the agenda.

    Les Bordes, France

    It’s dawn in the Loire Valley. The morning mist rises off the lake, at the side of which a perfectly-manicured green creeps out into the water. The sun is coming up behind the distant trees, while a swan paddles lazily here and there, looking for an early breakfast. Listen carefully and you might just hear the distant thwack of a ball as a different type of early bird tees off from the nearby 1st tee. At moments like these, Les Bordes — a private members’ golf club a couple of hours from central Paris — feels like a very special place.

    What was once a private golf club with a fearsome reputation (its original course is among the hardest in the world), Les Bordes has been reimagined under new owners RoundShield Partners as a family-friendly millionaires’ playground. Two new courses have been built, the wonderful New Course and a nine-hole short course that’s probably the most extraordinary — and fun — pitch-and-putt in the world, while there is an inland beach on the boating lake, tennis courts, a petting zoo, go-karts, horse riding and much more on the estate.

    The houses being built on the estate are designed by Michaelis Boyd of Soho House fame and boast interiors by Morpheus & Co, created by the team behind the Six Senses resorts.

    Houses start at around €800,000 — see more details at lesbordes.com.


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