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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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Bo Pavillon

The Bo Pavilion, located in the heart of the Saarland, a German federal state, is the joint project of three friends. Designer Heike Schneider, architect Michel Leinenbach and visual artist Martin Steinert have combined their skills and expertise to create a building that blends architecture and art. The pavilion’s polygonal ground plan is as versatile as its possible uses: it serves as a holiday home for a relaxed retreat, as a location for inspiring workshops and as a place for focused work.

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Saarland, Merchweiler

Scenery: Surrounded by a lush garden, on the edge of a forest

Accommodation: House

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Warth52

The apartment house Warth52 is located in the village centre of Warth am Arlberg – above the church and directly on the slopes. The building in modern wooden architecture is simple and straightforward. On the long sides, square windows with striking borders accentuate the simple wooden façade; at the front, generous glazing up to the gables and the corner glazing of the bistro on the ground floor provide views of the mountains. 

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Vorarlberg, Warth am Arlberg

Scenery: In the middle of the mountain village of Warth and directly at a cable car of the ski and hiking area Warth-Schröcken

Accommodation: Apartment

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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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Weinloft II

The south of the Austrian Burgenland is famous for its traditional Kellerstöckl, the old wine cellars of local winegrowers. Weinloft II is a modern interpretation of these small houses, mostly built into the hillside. The 40 m2 house is situated in the middle of a vineyard and opens out with a glass front over two levels to views of the Pannonian lowlands.

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Burgenland, Eisenberg

Scenery: In a stunning panoramic position by the vineyards

Accommodation: House

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Casa Sabir

Outside: a lively hustle and bustle. Inside: peace and quiet and the grandeur of bygone eras. Casa Sabir is located on the market square of the small island of Ortigia – the historic centre of the Sicilian city of Syracuse. The 85m2 apartment on the first floor of the house, built at the beginning of the 20th century, boasts a great deal of historical flair. High vaulted ceilings, old cement tiles and walls, which display the traces of the original plastering in different colours, characterise its ambience.

Region/Town: IT – Italy, Sicily, Syracuse, Ortigia

Scenery: Directly at the market place of Ortigia, very close to the sea

Accommodation: Apartment

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Ustria Steila

Renowned Swiss architect Gion A. Caminada from Graubünden has built a house on a sunny slope in the centre of the village of Siat in the Surselva region. It fits in harmoniously with the village surroundings and still stands out. The Ustria Steila cites the traditional building culture of the region with its lower concrete storeys and wooden log structure on the upper floor.

Region/Town: CH – Switzerland, Graubünden, Siat

Scenery: On a sunny slope in the centre of the village with a breathtaking panorama

Accommodation: Hotel

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Burel Mountain Hotels: Casa das Penhas Douradas & Casa de São Lourenço

Far from the noise and rush of urban life, the Burel Mountain Hotels are set in the midst of Portugal’s Serra da Estrela Natural Park. By the 19th century, the area was already popular with summer visitors thanks to its healthy climate…

Region/Town: PT – Portugal, Manteigas

Scenery: Serra da Estrela, between Portugal's highest mountains

Accommodation: Hotel

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Gut Guntrams Gartenlofts

Like enormous observation towers, garden lofts preside over the orchards and meadows of Gut Guntrams, an organic farm located south of Vienna in the hilly landscape of Bucklige Welt. These angular, solid-wood cubes, with their staggered arrangement in height, …

Region/Town: AT – Austria, Lower Austria, Schwarzau am Steinfeld

Scenery: In front of the organic orchard of the estate

Accommodation: Hotel, B&B

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Gasthof zum Riesen

Gasthof zum Riesen is a house full of history. Since the 14th century, this former pilgrims’ hostel has stood in the centre of Tarsch, a village in the Vintschgau region of South Tyrol. Over the course of the past centuries, the stone house has been rebuilt and extended several times. A few years ago it was extensively renovated with great attention to detail – and where necessary supplemented with modern additions.

Region/Town: IT – Italy, South Tyrol, Tarsch

Scenery: In the centre of a the village

Accommodation: Hotel

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