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Benedikta

The Benedikta holiday home in the village of Vadans in the southern part of Vorarlberg is a typical Montafon house. The hostess has converted the building, the former home of her grandmother Benedikta, into a holiday home, thus creating a place that preserves memories and traditions, while at the same time offering space for new uses.

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Montafon, Vandans

Scenery: In the midst of an idyllic garden with a magnificent view of the Montafon mountains

Accommodation: House

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Loftsuite & Turmloft am Walensee

The Loft Suite and the Tower Loft are two holiday flats in a historic factory building of an old spinning mill on Lake Walen in eastern Switzerland. The former factory halls and warehouses, where cotton yarn was produced until 1996, have been converted into lofts, studios, commercial spaces and a hotel. The holiday flats are affiliated to the hotel and have a similar design: modern and unpretentious with an industrial atmosphere.

Region/Town: CH – Switzerland, St. Gallen, Murg am Walensee

Scenery: By the lake with stunning views on the mountain scenery

Accommodation: Apartment

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Maison Hiltiti

Minimalist wooden architecture in the Vosges mountains: In the climatic health resort of Gerardmer in the Lorraine, the architects from Atelier Ordinaire have built a wooden house which is the second home of a family of five and can also be rented as a holiday home for up to 16 people or used for workshops. The house is inspired by the simple shapes and materials of the regional farmhouses, but has its own contemporary style…

Region/Town: FR – France, Lorraine, Gerardmer

Scenery: In the heart of the Ballon des Vosges Regional Park

Accommodation: House

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La Chalette

La Chalette is a small holiday cottage in the Upper Black Forest. It is situated next to two historic Black Forest houses at the uphill edge of a village near the Feldberg, the highest mountain in Germany outside of the Alps. The building’s exterior still bears witness to its past as a tractor shed, while inside, it feels like being inside a delicate wooden box: Walls, floors, ceilings and the built-in furniture are made entirely of silver fir…

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Baden-Württemberg, Lenzkirch, Raitenbuch

Scenery: At 1000 metres altitude at the upper end of the charming village of Raitenbuch

Accommodation: House

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Chasa Padrun

In the village of Guarda, Switzerland appears as if taken right from the pages of a storybook. The village, situated on a sunny south-facing terrace high above the River Inn in the Canton of Grisons, is the home of the Swiss children’s book classic Schellen-Ursli and is famous for its historical village centre. The winding alleys are lined with well-preserved 17th century Engadine farmhouses. One of these houses is Chasa Padrun, which is situated on the outskirts of the village in a very scenic location with a beautiful view of the valley and mountains from the garden.

Region/Town: CH – Switzerland, Grisons, Guarda

Scenery: On the southern edge of the village in a very scenic location

Accommodation: House

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Voglen2

A house with a multiper personality: traditional on the outside, extravagant on the inside! An extraordinary mix of styles awaits guests in the Voglen2 holiday home—from Bavarian to Asian! The 17th century farmhouse, situated in a hamlet in the eastern Allgäu region, has been refurbished for three years. The rooms, some of which have low ceilings, with old wooden windows and wooden panelling on the ceilings and walls, have retained their original character. The interior decoration is a wild mix of styles: traditional and modern, rustic and elegant, down to earth and extravagant, straight-lined and playful.

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Bavaria, Allgäu, Nesselwang, Voglen

Scenery: In a small hamlet in the eastern Allgäu region

Accommodation: House

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Kesslerstadel

Since the 16th century, the Kesslerstadl has stood near the village church in the centre of Matrei in East Tyrol. From the outside, it is hardly noticeable that the former hay barn, a listed building, now houses two modern holiday flats. The BergsteigerSEIN flat, located on the upper floor of the former barn, is accessed via the back of the building, which is nestled against the slope. The terrace leads into the large living room, which is characterised by old beams, bright spruce panelling, straight-lined fixtures made of black multiplex boards and a large window front with a loggia behind it.

Scenery: In the village

Accommodation: House, Apartment

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haus und hof

The haus und hof apartments in Hof bei Salzburg embrace the art of reduction and are distinguished by refined simplicity. The terraced building structure with three holiday flats nestles up against the topography of the hillside property on the edge of the village and the forest. With dark wooden façades, large windows and green roofs, the staggered cubes blend inconspicuously into the landscape. In the apartments, dark walls and ceilings, polished concrete floors, bright wood and modern designer furniture characterise the elegant yet casual ambience.

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Hof bei Salzburg

Scenery: Hillside property on the edge of the village and the forest

Accommodation: Apartment

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The Boomerang House

Modern architecture in an olive grove: The Boomerang House is a B&B with only two guest suites, situated in a secluded olive grove near the village of Sivas in southern Crete. The house has been built to blend in with its surroundings in the best possible way. The boomerang-like shape and the materials concrete, glass and wood characterise the building, which almost disappears into the hillside.

Region/Town: GR – Greece, Crete, Sivas

Scenery: Secluded with magnificent views to the Libyan sea and the hilly landscape – at only 800m from the traditional village of Sivas

Accommodation: B&B

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Aux Losanges

The large white diamond pattern in the entrance area are already suggesting it: Aux Losanges in the Tschiertschen mountain village in the canton of Grisons is no ordinary traditional mountain chalet—even if it almost appears to be one from the outside. The architecture firm Caruso St John has transformed the Walser log building dating from 1869 into an extraordinary holiday home with a function room for an art-loving couple from Zurich. They gave the house, formerly used as a café, a make-over that combines British extravagance and Swiss down-to-earthness.

Region/Town: CH – Switzerland, Grisons, Tschiertschen

Scenery: In the village with great mountain panorama

Accommodation: House

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