There’s no need to join the British Secret Service to be able to stay at one of the extraordinary villas used as filming locations for James Bond’s daring international exploits. Three privately-owned villas available for rental through members of UltraVilla have played host to some iconic moments for the martini-sipping, Aston Martin-driving 007 agent.
Fulfilling any James Bond fan’s fantasies, the properties allow privileged customers the opportunity to live some iconic moments in film: Roaring Pavilion in Jamaica played host to the immortal sight of Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in Dr No; Corfu 1D made an appearance as Gonzales residence in For Your Eyes Only; and Torre di Talaminaccio in Tuscany showcased as Mathis’ hideaway in Quantum of Solace.
Not a bookings site, UltraVilla is a carefully curated directory of the world’s top holiday rental experts, offering the most exclusive villas, private houses, lodges, chalets, and apartments on the planet. The ‘invitation-only’ members are hand-picked to join as the best of the best; to create a website that offers both the highest standards of service and a wide selection of choice, all under one trusted roof.
For Your Eyes Only – Corfu 1D, Kanoni
The swimming pool and garden area of Corfu 1D feature in the 1981 film For Your Eyes Only, with the house being portrayed as belonging to the hitman, Hector Gonzales. In reality, Corfu 1D is the summer house of the King of Greece, birthplace of Prince Philip of Great Britain and one of UltraVilla’s finest private estates in Greece.
Located on eight acres of cultivated gardens and ancient woodland in Kanoni, Corfu 1D is perched 80-feet above the sea overlooking the Ionian sea and the famous Pondikonissi, or Mouse island. The property has recently been refurbished, sleeping 12 in the main house, four in the guest house and two in ‘The Nest’. Eight full-time staff are on hand to shake and stir any cocktail guests desire.
Corfu 1D comes equipped with a sea-water swimming pool, pool house with bar and kitchen area, small gymnasium, and shower rooms and changing rooms.
The villa has a path leading to a private beach with a deck, pavilion and boathouse which provides mooring. From here guests can have privately arranged boat-trips by local caique, fast motor-yacht or wooden schooner’s for one-off picnic, daily beach-trips or overnight trips further afield. Tennis, horse riding, bowling, bicycling, golf and water-skiing are all available by special arrangement.
The villa was also featured in the 1970 movie The Executioner, starring George Peppard and Joan Collins.
Set on the beach where Ursula Andress emerged from the sea to meet Sean Connery in the first James Bond film, Dr. No, the Roaring Pavilion has more than 8,000 square feet of living space to accommodate up to 10 guests in four king bedrooms and one additional bedroom with a twin bunk. The villa has a home theatre and games room with a large library of board and video games. The entire property is covered by high-speed wireless internet access and Bowers & Wilkins cutting-edge audio equipment with an iPod docking station.
Surrounded by a landscape of beautiful tropical blooms and trees that range from heliconia and frangipani to giant elephant bamboo, the beachfront property is equipped with a riverside barbecue pit; Jacuzzi; large Great Gatsby-style infinity pool, purified by dermatologically tested, skin-friendly salts; workout fitness center with the latest Cybex cardio equipment and weight-training machines; and private spa facilities which are included in the cost and make use of local botanicals grown nearby and on the villa grounds.
Guests can enjoy the use of jet skis, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and an assortment of non-motorized water sports equipment and games.
However specific the martini mixing instructions, Roaring Pavilion boasts a multitude of full-time staff to provide every service imaginable, including concierge, chef, butler, chauffeur, maid, laundress, water sports assistant and gardeners.
Over the years, guests to the house have included Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Jack Nicholson.
Quantum of Solace – Torre di Talamonaccio, Tuscany Coast
Filmed as Mathis’ house in Quantum of Solace, Torre di Talamonaccio was originally a historic Spanish watch tower erected to protect against the Saracen invasions. Perched on top of the cliff along the Tuscan coastline overlooking the clear blue sea of the Maremma, Torre di Talamonaccio hosts 12 guests within six bedrooms.
Having undergone a complete restoration, the villa has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and lounge opening onto a furnished terrace with table and chairs for dining al fresco, Jacuzzi and sun loungers. With magnificent sea views of the Tuscan islands of Giglio and Montecristo, a further terrace area below hosts a swimming pool surrounded by a wooden sun deck.
The villa has its own walkway trail leading down to the private rocky beach, sea shore and sun deck shared with one other villa.
Guests can have additional activities organised for them including Tuscan Cooking Lessons, wine tasting tours and guided tours to Florence and Siena.
For more information: www.ultravilla.com
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UltraVilla is an invitation-only consortium for the world’s leading independent specialist villa experts (limited to the top 5% in their fields) established to provide a hallmark of excellence in this sector. It offers a trusted directory, not a booking engine, for high-end travellers and travel agents to the world’s top holiday rental experts working with the most exclusive villas, private houses, lodges, chalets and apartments. UltraVilla was founded by industry leaders Ileana von Hirsch of Five Star Greece, Madelyn Byrne of Paris Perfect, Andrew Loyd of Loyd Townsend Rose and Marina Gratsos of Carpe Diem Luxury Travel.
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