Alp yourself to a ski home

Rules on building holiday homes in top ski resorts have eased and there are good deals to be had. We take the snow train from St Pancras.

Luxury holiday homes in Europe

What makes a holiday home luxurious? It doesn't have to be a showy mansion in the South of France, or on a desert island. For many it is a more thoughtful concept: somewhere special, spoiling and exclusive.

Club Med Valmorel

Cathy Hawker finds high-altitude, good-value homes in the French Alps that are easy to get to from the UK

Perfect Provence

The picture-perfect villages in Provence are temptingly close to the Mediterranean coast but far enough away to provide respite from the crowds, discovers Cathy Hawker