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Casas da Vargem

With sweeping views of the sea, Casas da Vargem sit in a sunny location on a hillside above the village centre of Ponta do Sol on Madeira’s south coast. The semi-detached house was built on two stone warehouses that had fallen into ruin. They were reconstructed and supplemented with cubic volumes of similar dimensions that cascade down the terrain, creating patios in between. 

Region/Town: PT – Portugal, Madeira, Ponta do Sol

Scenery: In a sunny location on a hillside above the village centre

Accommodation: House

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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 views to the sea and the hilly landscape – only 800m from the village Sivas

Accommodation: B&B

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Umamma

In the Umamma apartment in the small Tuscan town of San Miniato, the Middle Ages are combined with industrial style. The apartment is extraordinary and will elicit a “Wow!” from many guests—or “umamma” as they say in Tuscany for something very amazing. It took seven years to restore and transform the rooms located on the first floor of an old 16th century palazzo. The original structure of the interiors was reconstructed and the historical materials were exposed. The back of the building was opened up, and large windows were added to frame the views over the Arno Valley. The 230 sqm flat is unusually generous in size but the truly unexpected space is hidden in the vaulted basement…

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Tuscany, San Miniato (Pisa)

Scenery: In the historic old town with a wonderful view over the Arno Valley

Accommodation: Apartment

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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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Das Dellacher

Haus Dellacher is considered one of the most important architectural monuments in Austria. The building is an early work of the Austrian-American architect Raimund Abraham, who achieved international renown, particularly through the construction of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. Raimund Abraham designed the house in the Burgenland in the 1960s for his friend, the photographer Max Dellacher. It was vacant for over 20 years until architect Johannes Handler saved it from decay in 2015 and restored it true to the original. It is open to the public not only for architectural tours, but can now also be booked for overnight stays.

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Burgenland, Oberwart

Scenery: On a slope between forest edge and meadows

Accommodation: House

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Kallithea Villas

Kalli thea means great view—and the Kallithea Villas keep what their name promises. The seven villas on a green slope in the south of the Pelion Peninsula afford magnificent views of the Aegean Sea, the bay and the idyllic fishing village of Platanias.  Nestling between pine and olive trees, the ensemble of seven houses appears from the outside in traditional Pelion style with façades and roofs made of local stone. The interior design of the two-storey buildings is modern with a Nordic touch…

Region/Town: GR – Greece, Pelion Peninsula, Platanias

Scenery: On a green slope above the picturesque fishing village

Accommodation: House, Apartment

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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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Villa Benkemoun

Holidays in the 70s: Villa Benkemoun, on the outskirts of the southern French city of Arles, is an architectural icon from the 1970s. It was once the home of the parents of writer and journalist Brigitte Benkemoun. Together with her husband Thierry Demaizière, she renovated the building and now makes it available as a holiday home and for cultural events. 

Region/Town: FR – France, Provence, Arles

Scenery: On a wide private property 5 km from Arles

Accommodation: House

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Convento Olhão

Convento is hidden at the end of a narrow lane in the coastal town of Olhão – very close to the promenade and the local markets. This B&B looks quite inconspicuous from the outside, which makes the surprise all the greater when you step inside! The entrance area leads into an inner courtyard with colonnades, tiled floors and a fountain at the centre. It extends over two floors and opens up to the sky…

Region/Town: PT – Portugal, Algarve, Olhão

Scenery: In the heart of the charming old town, just a few metres from the harbour.

Accommodation: B&B

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Francocci 7

Francocci 7 is perched on a hill in Umbria, the green heart of Italy, with wide views over the countryside. This former Fatttoria, near the historic towns of Spoleto, Assisi and Perguia, has been carefully renovated and extended with modern architecture. The complex, which is surrounded by a large plot of land (with an olive grove and its own vineyard), comprises a private house and four holiday apartments.

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Umbria, Spoleto, Terzo La Pieve

Scenery: On a hill with wide views

Accommodation: Apartment

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