• Emma S

August reminds us to take those much-needed breaks!

"A reason why we joined August is so that we could take those much-needed breaks every 4-6 weeks, effectively 'forcing' us to go away in between work! It's a great excuse, and we can no wait to start enjoying life!" - Hilde & Hendrik, Signature Collection

Valbonne town square

Hilde and Hendrik joined the Signature Collection because they wanted to enjoy life a bit more by taking much-needed breaks from their busy lifestyle. As their young adult sons grow older, they look forward to spending more quality time together. Let's meet this August family below...

Could you please tell us a bit about your family?

"Hilde and I are from Belgium, and we have two young adult sons. 2021 is the year of milestones celebrations for our family as it's our 25th wedding anniversary. I have been building my business for many years and now working online, whereas Hilde owns her store of 30 years, which offers beautiful flowers, plants, furniture and other interior items, and the store sits in the heart of Mechelen. This means we are a busy family, and as we've reached business and family milestones, we've realised that we need to slow down when we can by taking frequent holidays!

Tell us a bit about your journey to August and why you joined?

Prior to joining August, we were looking to buy a second home in Belgium by the coast, but we knew it would be prohibitively expensive to purchase a beautiful home due to the rising property prices. We've naturally gravitated toward properties that exhibit that authenticity and have layers of history. We currently live in a 17th-century property that we adore, as we all know, older properties frequently require renovation or need redesigning, so doing it ourselves was out of the question. When we came across August and saw that the homes were of a period style that had been renovated, this rested our minds knowing this part of homeownership is taken care of...

The look and feel of the August homes very much suited our way of living, and we appreciate spaces that provide a range of indoor/outdoor environments and multiple terraces that offer views.

"The possibility of having to renovate, prepare and even keep up with maintenance swayed us away from the idea of owning a second home abroad."

Which August collection did you join?

We were immediately were drawn to the Signature Collection. The five locations and a range of different homes, which are large, suited our family the most. A reason why we joined the collection is so that we could take those much-needed breaks every 4-6 weeks, effectively "forcing" us to go away! All while maintaining the essence of second home ownership, we think the concept is brilliant, we're able to own not one but five homes located in countries that have a variety of seasons.

Having these homes means we're in this for the years to come, which is truly exciting. As a family, this makes sense for us, with the children growing into adults, it's the perfect time to start implementing those family holidays, preparing for the future.

"We're able to own not one but five homes located in countries that have a variety of seasons, and to have this for the years to come is truly exciting."

Are you looking forward to staying in your August home in Valbonne?

We only joined the Signature Collection recently, and it's just great that we're already seeing the Valbonne home! Recently we've had a lot of celebrations, so we'd like to unwind and refresh ourselves for the busy Christmas season ahead. Hilde and I can't wait to turn up to the home and be welcomed with the house all cleaned, the pool heated, fresh drinks in the fridge, just all waiting for us! It's also exciting to see all the small details you can't see in the pictures, the finishing touches or to see how large the garden is, and we're looking forward to simply wandering around the neighbouring villages.

Views of the Valbonne terrain

We already feel welcomed into the August Community, and it's a huge factor to why we joined the August concept. We are looking forward to meeting like-minded people with the other co-owners. After speaking with Fiona, who shared her journey with us, we could see how the rest of the co-owners are all like-minded. It's great to be a part of that sharing economy with everyone else.

What do your future holidays look like?

We plan to go on a range of holidays throughout the year, including short breaks, spontaneous stays and long stays in the seasons. We haven't visited Chamonix before, but we're not big skiers, so Chamonix will be perfect in the summer to wander around and explore the town's history and enjoy the Savoyard cuisine.

We love that the properties are all close by, and the possibility of being able to drive to Valbonne, Cannes, Lucca, and then back home sounds like a fun prospect for us to one day do! Also, we're eager to share to holiday with our friends own second homes abroad, and show them what they're missing out on!"

Chamonix in the Summer