A Place Like Home – Jozsi Cottage, Hungary

Jozsi Cottage, named after Jozsi Bacsi who built it, is located on the edge of Vertes National Park in Hungary, within an hour drive from Budapest and it is a perfect love nest for two, the largest room being the bathroom. Very romantic with country-inspired interiors and picturesque surroundings, Jozsi Cottage is ideal for couples who are looking for a peaceful getaway in a rather remote location. The cottage is surrounded by vines, trees and lavender fields. This adorable vineyard cottage boasts an open-plan bedroom, tastefully furnished in a sweet rustic style, completed with a spacious en-suite bathroom.

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What was once a dark and dank wine cellar has now been transformed into a bright charming little sitting room, with a wood burning fireplace, intimate dining table and chairs, a galley-styled well equipped kitchen filled with locally made pottery. The place is quite authentic and it gives a vibe of cleanness and calmness. The private garden is surrounded by vines and despite the cottage being situated next to the small country road that links two villages, it is incredible quite, making it perfect for a good night sleep and days of pure relaxation.

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Posted on August 1, 2014 by in Europe | Tagged , , , .


A Brooklyn B&B – Urban Cowboy

Urban Cowboy is a chic, peaceful oasis in one of the largest urban jungles in the world, located in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg and created by Lynn Porter. This small b&b, originally a townhouse was transformed into a fashionable western-themed Bed & Breakfast where guests arrive as strangers and leave as friends. The property combines luxury wit country charm and a cowboy sensibility and hospitality, all of which create a private and sophisticated environment.

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The Cowboy consists of 4 bedrooms in the freestanding townhouse, a cabin in the back yard with a hot tub and an open parlor floor that boasts operable doors on both ends, pot belly stoves, exposed joists and brick, wide plank rough hewn white pine floor and a lot more. Breakfast if offered by local hospitality partners and you can choose between an almond chocolate croissant, biscuits and gravy, or keep it healthy with an organic green juice. Sometimes the owner hosts events where you can mingle with the native Brooklynites, or you can stroll around the neighborhood and explore.

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Posted on August 1, 2014 by in N. America | Tagged , , , , .


In the Heart of Italy – Podere Palazzo

Podere Palazzo is a country house idyllically located between Rome and Florence amidst the rolling Umbrian Hills and surrounded by meadows, post-card-like vineyards and ancient olive orchards. Situated in one of the most charming, picturesque areas of central Italy, Podere Palazzo has been carefully restored in 2007 with the help of local craftsmen and it combines the beauty of a traditional stone farm house with the best modern Italian design, all of which create a unique blend of the old and the new. The beautiful villa can serve as a home for a family or a group of friends who are looking to explore the stunning area of central Italy, or simply enjoying outdoor activities.

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The villa consists of five chic bedrooms and it boasts elegantly decorated living and dining areas, a gourmet kitchen with portico, and an infinity pool with breath-taking views. The majesty of the landscape is reflected in the villa’s charming interiors, where sleek Italian furnishings gleam beneath the handcrafted chestnut beams. Because of the convenient location there are so many things to explore, like vineyards, historic villas and gardens, Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino & S. Antimo Abbey, Arezzo, Cortona and many many other beautiful, old towns.

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Posted on August 1, 2014 by in Europe | Tagged , .


Small Private Retreat by the Seaside in Corfu – Villa Daphne

Villa Daphne, located on the east coast of Corfu, nestled in its own 1300-sqm garden, is a stylish two-bedroom holiday retreat and it can accommodate up to 4 people. It’s only 120 meters away from Dassia beach following a small private road and 300m from the beach of Aghios Nikolaos. The villa boasts a private pool and fully furnished terrace, a lovely gazebo with outdoor furniture, a BBQ and a private parking lot. The two story villa has two bedrooms on the upper floor with double or twin beds and en-suite bathrooms. The ground floor accommodates and fully equipped kitchen and a sitting area with all necessary technology like a plasma TV, DVD, direct phone lines and wi-fi. The interiors are graciously furnished in a mix of period and contemporary décor, with soft color schemes that create a feeling of warmth and luxury. Although not big, Villa Daphne can easily be your private retreat, whether you are a couple or a small group of friends. The villa is part of the Sando private villas on the Corfu islands so you might want to check out other accommodation choices.

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Posted on July 31, 2014 by in Europe | Tagged , , .


An Unparalleled Sedona Resort – L’Auberge

Situated in Sedona’s Red Rock Country on the edge of Oak Creek, L’Auberge de Sedona invites guests to idyllic private cottages where magical moments can happen. Sedona boasts a scenic and energetic getaway for those traveling from near and far. Located only 90 minutes away from Phoenix and 2.5 hour from the Grand Canyon L’Auberge resort provides access to some of the area’s most infamous attractions including outdoor activities, galleries, dining, annual events and spiritual centers.

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Most cottages come with fireplaces and cedar outdoor showers and all come with the amenities you would expect, including sumptuous Italian linens, down bedding, bathrobes and slippers, and nightly turndown service. Most unit accommodations boast terraces overlooking the red rocks of Arizona. Dining at L’Auberge is a truly magical affair and is considered a singular experience not to be missed. You could even choose to dine in the natural forested beauty of Sedona under a canopy of cottonwood and sycamore trees alongside the creek. The rustic boutique spa is known for its rustic yet elegant setting and it offers highly personalized services by making use of classic techniques that are both luxurious and in complete harmony with the surroundings.

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Posted on July 30, 2014 by in N. America | Tagged , , , , .