Category Archives: OUTDOOR

A CONTEMPORARY BEACH HOME IN SOUTH AFRICA

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This stunning South African beach house is located in Grotto Bay, an area close to Cape Town which is part of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, where natural beauty, biodiversity, history and culture are protected by law. Owners of this nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom contemporary, clapboard-clad timber house are husband and wife Rob and Gina McClelland and their two daughters. The house has a relaxed feel which suits the seaside location perfectly! You can find more beautiful South African homes here.

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A GREEK SUMMER HOME WITH STUNNING SEA VIEW

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Situated on the island of Syros in Greece this summer home has stunning sea views. The design process, led by Greek architecture firm Block 722, was defined by the clients’ desire to maximize the view of the Plagia bay. The main intention was to unify the various spaces of the house under one roof facing the Aegean, without creating a massive volume, thus resulting in a deconstructed rectangle with massive openings from all sides. The outdoor area follows the topography of the landscape through a series of steps that define the outdoor areas and offer vast relaxation spaces, either sheltered from the sun or open. The result is a beautiful home that is not an invasion of the landscape but an extension.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: HOTEL ESENCIA IN TULUM, MEXICO

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I love Tulum in Mexico. Since I have been there about 8 years ago more beautiful hotels and resorts have opened their doors. One of them is Hotel Esencia. This former hideaway of an Italian Duchess, located on a 50-acre estate between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, is tucked into the jungle on one of the prettiest stretches of beach. The Main House is the hotel’s centerpiece, around which footpaths lead to only 29 suites and villas where guests enjoy genuine privacy and top flight hospitality. Ideally situated far from huge resorts and the roar of pleasure boats, the immaculate bay of Xpu-Ha is a natural haven where each year sea turtles make their nests. Hotel Esencia invites the happy few who know how rare it is to find a place that is truly unique, to make it their home in the tropics.

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A RUSTIC CHIC HOLIDAY RENTAL ON IBIZA, SPAIN

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This beautiful villa is a luxurious vacation rental located in Ibiza, isolated on more than 10,000 square meters of land, with a spectacular view of the sea. From here you can watch the sun set every day of the year. Even in the summer, when the island tends to get more crowded, this is still a rather quiet and peaceful place, perfect to calm down and relax. The building, which is about 150 years old, had been abandoned for 40 years. It had no ceiling and the walls were crumbling and there was no electrical wiring. Renovations took about five years. However, the first two years were spent gathering permissions and getting all paperwork in order. The house is protected due to its location close to the sea as well as its age. The owner about the interior design: “We wanted to respect the building and the land, the simplicity of the place, so we kept all the aspects the house had 150 years ago, creating a dialogue between the past and the present. Therefore, the rooms were kept the same and the house was decorated in a simple and discreet manner with simple wooden furniture, kilims and individual pieces we collected throughout our travels.”

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A RELAXED FAMILY HOME ON VICTORIA’S SURF COAST

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This relaxed family home is located on Victoria’s gorgeous surf coast (Australia). The interior design consists of a lot of concrete (bench tops in kitchen & living room area and concrete flooring), reclaimed wood (bedroom and porch) and antique & vintage furniture pieces. All together these elements give lots of character and style to this beautifu home.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A HOLIDAY HOME IN SAYULITA, MEXICO

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This colorful holiday villa, called Casa Dos Chicos, is located right on top of a hill overlooking the Pacific Coast of Sayulita, Mexico. The house has been redecorated using a mix of minimal and clean lines combined with colorful Mexican accessories. Casa Dos Chicos can be rented for events (imagine having a wedding here!) and/or holiday villa accommodating up to ten guests. The property features four beautifully decorated suites, a swimming pool, a tree-top Jacuzzi with ocean views, and a Mexican-style open air living area which includes a rooftop living room and kitchen/dining room dramatically linked by a bridge. Sayulita, which has been called “Mexico’s best kept secret”, is on my list of places-to-go-to. The small charming town with a great vibe has lots of good restaurants and boutiques. You can visit Casa Dos Chicos’ website for more information and bookings.

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A SWEDISH WOODEN HOUSE SURROUNDED BY ROSES

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This idyllic house in Falsterbo, Sweden, is surrounded by more than a hundred various types of roses (can you imagine the sweet smell in summer!). The beautiful wooden house was built in 1901 and has been painted in gray and white. Owners David and Madeleine: “The house was quite significantly distorted when we bought it, but we saw the potential and qualities that were hiding under layers of fiber cement, plaster walls and vinyl flooring. They have successfully tried to keep the summer feeling of the house (it was originally a summer home) by keeping atmosphere light and airy.

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