How to give your Southern European holiday home a touch of luxury

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Many of us dream about owning a property looking over the beautiful landscapes of Italy or near the idyllic white beaches of Spain. But a desirable location can just be the start of creating a wonderful new life or an exciting getaway in the sunny location of Southern Europe.

Often, an extra layer of luxury can be added by making small interior or larger structural changes to your holiday home. In this article we take a look at some of the best upgrades you can make, from small tweaks to bigger projects, to take your foreign property to the next level.


Updating your bathroom is a great way to add a little luxury to your home and even potentially increase its value. One smart way to do this is by adding a walk-in shower or wet room. These have become increasingly popular as a way to turn your everyday wash into a luxurious, spa-like experience.

Often we buy properties in Southern Europe because of their breathtaking views. In many cases we can take our bathroom updates one step further, taking it from functional room to a relaxing spot by installing a freestanding bathtub, strategically positioned to overlook the views.


When you think about luxury, flooring may not be the first thing that springs to mind. However, an update to your property floors can lift the look and feel of a room as well as adding an additional level of comfort.

There are plenty of options when it comes to updating your floor. If your property has floorboards, this may be as simple as re-varnishing them to give them a fresh look. Laying marble floor can really add a layer of rare luxury to a property.

One slightly cheaper option may be to lay Mediterranean style terracotta flooring in your holiday home. Not only can this look stylish and unique, but it brings your property in line with the surroundings.

Go one step further and add underfloor heating to add comfort during those colder winter visits.


For many, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This can mean many hours are spent relaxing and cooking in this space. With so much time being spent there, the kitchen can be a natural place to add a little luxury to your holiday home which can be enjoyed by all.

Installing an entirely new kitchen is certainly an option. Although this can lead to significant disruption and often at a high price. One alternative is to increase the usable space in your kitchen by installing an island. This can provide a combination of working space and sitting area where you can host and entertain others.

Combine this update with painting the kitchen cabinets and replacing any tired old worktops and you end up with a luxurious, new looking kitchen at a relatively low price.


For those who want to invest a bit more into their property, add some serious luxury and even offer a lifestyle changing update, a pool could be the best option.

This is especially desirable for properties in Southern Europe where hot weather can make taking a cooling dip all that more desirable. However, this is certainly no small project to undertake.

Large, permanent pools are usually made from concrete (an ancient Mediterranean building material), which can often mean great upfront expense, ongoing maintenance cost and issues with site safety from the outset. Yet, by using high-quality building materials and strengthening the pool with reinforcement mesh, you can decrease the ongoing costs easily.


If the expense of a new kitchen or pool is a little much, paint can offer a significantly cheaper way to add some luxury to your home. Although a simple fix, you would be surprised by how a new coat of paint can lift the look and feel of a property.

This is especially true if you pick your colours carefully, opting for luxurious options throughout your property.

There are many options when it comes to adding a touch of luxury to your Southern European holiday home. From small, less-expensive projects like a new coat of paint to larger undertakings like installing a pool, there is an option for any budget.