Vacation like the stars in these six celebrity homes for rent
Get big sunglasses and a floppy hat; It’s time to vacation like a VIP.
Across Europe, glamorous properties formerly owned (or still owned) by the rich and famous allow guests to get a glimpse of high life.
From Coco Chanel’s favorite suite to Sting’s summer retreat, here are six star homes you can stay in.
Villa of the famous film director Franco Zeffirelli on the Amalfi Coast
Villa Treville is located on a rugged cliff of Italy’s attractive Amalfi Coast near the steep town of Positano.
The whitewashed villa with terraced gardens was once the private residence of Italian film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli, and is now a five-star hotel.
This year marks the centenary of Zeffirelli’s birth and the hotel is celebrating accordingly, with original drawings adorning the walls and one-off menus.
Sting’s summer residence in Italy
The 16th-century villa Il Palagio is owned by Sting and Trudie Styler, but they weren’t the first celebrities to stay there.
The vast estates and estates nestled among the hills south of Florence were owned by Duke Simone Vincenzo Velotti Zate di San Clemente.
The residence is used in the summer by Sting and Styler but is available for rent for the rest of the year.
You can expect views of vineyards, olive groves and Apennine peaks as well as access to a recording studio, playground, tennis court and concierge services.
Agatha Christie’s Country Trip
For some legendary English charm, follow in the footsteps of top crime writer Agatha Christie.
Amateur investigators can stay at the Stone Gate Inn at the entrance to the novelist’s beloved holiday home.
Christie spent her summers and Christmases at Greenway, a stately Georgian villa that is now a National Trust property.
The lodge has its own courtyard area and full access to the gardens where Christie can play croquet and golf around the clock.
Guests can then relax for an evening in the cottage’s homely living room in front of the wood stove.
Coco Chanel’s house in a hotel suite
When Coco Chanel decided to stay at the Ritz Paris in 1937, she ended up living in one of its suites for 34 years.
“The Ritz is my home,” her catchphrase was, and she gradually made adjustments to the hotel’s décor until she had redecorated the entire suite on the third floor with her own furniture.
To honor its longtime guest, the hotel designed a 2,024-square-foot suite on the second floor, which has the best views of Paris.
The design of the elegant rooms was the mastermind of Chanel’s late creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
Audrey Hepburn escaping in the Swiss Alps
For 14 years, the Bürgenstock resort in Switzerland was home to Audrey Hepburn. It was also here that she married Mel Ferrer in 1954.
The actress will be spotted driving to her local dentist outside the resort daily to maintain her authentic Hollywood look. Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti also lived in Bürgenstock at one point.
The 60-acre resort overlooks the waters of Lake Lucerne and the majestic Swiss Alps. There are now two hotels on site and a variety of residences. Guests can also visit the church where the famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s star got married.
Julia Child’s cottage in France
La Pitchune at La Peetch, once the French holiday home of famous American chef Julia Child and her husband Paul, is now available for holiday rental alongside the property’s spunky cooking school.
The ivy-covered cottage at Châteauneuf de Grasse sleeps up to eight adults and still contains the original kitchen built and designed by Julia and Paul.
The property is surrounded by acres of gardens and offers easy access to nearby beaches and the idyllic French countryside.
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(tags for translation) Amalfi Coast Villa Treville