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Casa2020

Staying at Casa2020 means spending your holiday in a former monastery— at Convento das Bernardas in the coastal town of Tavira in the Portuguese Algarve. The Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura converted the more than 500-year-old monument, built in late Gothic style, into an apartment complex. The holiday apartment in the west wing of the building ensemble is accessed via the impressive inner courtyard with saltwater pool.

Region/Town: PT – Portugal, Algarve, Tavira

Scenery: Just a few minutes walk from the old town, near the river Gilão and the salt lakes

Accommodation: Apartment

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A Casa de Aldán & Apartamentos Ardora

Overlooking the harbour, the A Casa de Aldán Hotel is situated in the fishing village of Aldán on the west coast of Galicia. Architect Alfonso Penela has created a building from the ruins of an old salting factory, which preserves the history of the place and at the same time radiates modernity. The reduction to a few materials—raw stone is combined with smooth cedar wood, glass and zinc—creates a calm, timeless ambience. Those who prefer to stay in an apartment will love the zinc-covered Ardora Apartments close to a beach that can be reached via private stairs.

Region/Town: ES – Spain, Galicia, Aldán

Scenery: Overlooking the harbour, close to the beach

Accommodation: Hotel, Apartment

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Zum Egle 1336

Concrete and the Middle Ages! Zum Egle 1336 is a B&B with two rooms in the historic old town of Constance. Opening up instead of covering up was the maxim of the building’s renovation. Traces of the past were meticulously uncovered and put on display. For example, the raw walls of the two guest rooms show remains of old floral wallpaper and medieval murals with images of saints and banners.

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Constance at the Lake Constance

Scenery: In the historic centre, just 300 m from Lake Constance

Accommodation: B&B

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Das Schnitterhaus

In Groß Sperrenwalde in the Uckermark region, timber construction professor Tim Göckel and garden architect Marc-Rajan Köppler have created an extraordinary three-hectare garden world on the site of a former nursery: with meadows and woodland, orchards and an apple tree avenue, lush perennial plantings and hedges cut in cloud shape. The former day labourers’ house from the 1920s, situated next to the landscape park, has been rebuilt and converted into a holiday home for six people.

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Brandenburg, Nordwestuckermark, Groß Sperrenwalde

Scenery: Surrounded by a 3 hectare landscape garden

Accommodation: House

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Vipp Chimney House

With its 35-metre high, minaret-like chimney, the Vipp Chimney House in the north of Copenhagen cannot be overlooked. Studio David Thulstrup converted the former pumping station dating from 1902 for the design brand Vipp into an accommodation, which is a holiday home and simultaneously a showroom for the products of the Vipp universe.

Region/Town: DK – Denmark, Copenhagen

Scenery: Near the sea, on the doorstep of Copenhagen

Accommodation: House, Hotel

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Casa Vilasión

Casa Vilasión, located in a small village in the centre of Galicia, reflects the peaceful tranquillity and rural atmosphere of the region. Built from the ruins of an old farmhouse, the holiday home is a retreat that skilfully combines old and new, rustic ambience, and modern design. 

Region/Town: ES – Spain, Galicia, Ulloa, Vilasión

Scenery: In a small village surrounded by a breathtaking landscape

Accommodation: House

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Schloss Prossen

Schloss Prossen (Prossen Castle) is a holiday residence in a former manor house in Saxon Switzerland—situated only 300 metres from the river Elbe and close to the spa town of Bad Schandau. The centuries-old building looks back on an eventful history and was in a dilapidated state when Jutta and Torsten Wiesner bought it in 2014…

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Saxony, Saxon Switzerland, Bad Schandau

Scenery: Only 300 metres from the river Elbe and close to the spa town

Accommodation: Apartment

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Friesensteern

A green, wide landscape, above it a blue sky streaked with clouds driven by the wind – this is the setting for Haus Friesensteern on Eiderstedt, Schleswig-Holstein. This historic Haubarg farmhouse dating to the 17th century is situated on a terp at the heart of the peninsula. In Haus Friesensteern, two rooms completely furnished in historic Delft tiles display this one-time wealth. The original, richly decorated alcoves are also quite special…

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Eiderstedt, Tetenbüll

Scenery: On a terp at the heart of the peninsula, surrounded by meadows

Accommodation: House

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Castellaccio Suite

The Castellaccio Suite is a hideaway for two with a fantastic view over the Umbrian hills, all the way to Lake Trasimeno. It is situated at 600 metres above sea level near the village of Piegaro on the border with Tuscany. Cocooning was the keyword for the property’s Belgian owners when they began planning the house: they wanted to create a retreat for two people that would be truly surrounded by nature. 

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Umbria, Piegaro

Scenery: Hill top, with a fantastic view all the way to Lake Trasimeno

Accommodation: House

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Tempel 74

Temple 74 in Mellau in the Bregenz Forest is a new project by Evi and Jürgen Haller. With their renovation of Mesmer House in Bildstein, they showed how an old building can be infused with a modern interior life. The Tempel 74 apartment buildings are new, but they too skilfully combine tradition and modernity, as well as superb architecture and craftsmanship. The apartments are furnished in a minimalist style with straight-lined furniture and radiate both a down-to-earth quality and a distinct elegance. Through the windows and from the balconies you can enjoy views of the village square and the mountains.

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Mellau

Scenery: In the centre of the village

Accommodation: Apartment

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