Category Archives: TRAVEL

THE TRAVEL FILES: BASSIVIERE IN LOT-ET-GARONNE, FRANCE

Just south of the Dordogne in the region of Lot-et-Garonne in southwest France, Bassivière are five boutique holiday apartments in an original 17th century farmhouse. The barn and the medieval tower now house luxurious loft apartments with contemporary industrial design. The entire property has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere with lots of space. It’s embedded in nature and has all the comforts one could want. There are 5 loft-style apartments of which four are within the old barn and the fifth is in the original Pigeonnier. The apartments are about 100 to 140 square meters and each of them has a different layout with creative and fun sleeping areas for the kids. Bassivière sits on private 2.5 acre plot, and is surrounded by vineyards and fields of sunflowers. The apartments have access to an outdoor swimming pool and private terrace. I have visited this region of France a few times and I love it. For more information & bookings you can visit their website or Welcome Beyond. Unfortunately they are already fully booked in July & August (I know because I have tried to book one of their apartments) but they do have availability in June.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: CASA IMPALA ON HOLBOX ISLAND, MEXICO

Casa Impala is an exclusively private retreat on beautiful Holbox island, Mexico. This unique island hideaway is ideally located in a luxuriant palm grove, just a few steps from the beach and a few minutes from the town center of the island. The two level property has a loft style living space and a roof top sun deck and bungalow on the third level. The beautiful decor is a mix of tropical and influences from Morocco and the Mediterranean. Casal Impala can be booked via AirBnb.

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THE VINTAGE ROUND TOP COTTAGES IN TEXAS, USA

The Vintage Round Top property in Texas, USA, is a bespoke, vacation home rental with a modern vintage style. The property sits on an acre and a half of beautiful country pasture and consists of two cottages. Cottage no. 1450 is a 2400 sq. ft. industrial farmhouse with custom light fixtures, reclaimed woods, as well as one of a kind vintage finds. The home includes two bedrooms and two and a half baths, a spacious living room, a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining room with seating for 8, an extensive covered front porch. While both cottages feature The Vintage Round Top’s modern vintage style, the 2000 sq. ft. Boho cottage features a more modern mixture of boho,? glam, and industrial elements. This cottage includes two bedrooms, three full baths, a 900 sq. ft. great room with vaulted ceilings. The great room includes a living room, a dining room with seating for 8-10, and 2 additional seating areas. Please visit their website for more information and/or rates.

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A HOME IN THE HEART OF THE SOUK IN TAROUDANT

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This beautiful house is ideally located in the heart of the souk in Taroudant, Morocco. It belongs to landscape architects Arnaud and Eric Maurières Ossart who divide their time between Mexico and Taroudant. When they discovered the building it was completely neglected but they transformed it into a beautiful home. All decorative objects are made by local craftsmen. Arnaud and Eric also own Dar Al Hossoun which is the first and only eco-garden lodge and restaurant in Morocco, on the outskirts of Taroudant. It is a fully licenced luxury boutique hotel. This modern estate was entirely built by local artisans using natural materials and ancestral techniques such as rammed earth. It is surrounded by hundreds of acres of olive groves and agricultural fields.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: VACATION IN A TRADITIONAL TRULLI IN ITALY

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Have you ever heard of a trullo? This is a traditional dry stone hut with a conical roof. The style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia. Trulli (plural) were generally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses or as permanent dwellings by small proprietors or agricultural laborers. Nowadays the surviving trulli are popular and are often bought and restored for general use. However, anyone wishing to restore a trullo needs to conform with many regulations as trulli are protected under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage law. The trulli in the images here are beautifully restored by Azzurra Garzone Architects. Only traditional materials such as stone and lime have been used. Also the interior is in line with traditions.The walls are whitewashed in lime, and the flooring is made from chianche stone from the area. The furniture comes from a careful selection of local craftsmen. The bathrooms are coated with a mixture of cement and natural pigments, derived from the surrounding earth. There are several trulli in Apulia that can be rented for a holiday. Go to Pure Puglia for instance or do a Google search.

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A PERFECT SUMMER HOME (FOR RENT) ON FORMENTERA

I hope you are enjoying this long Easter weekend! The temperature here in The Netherlands is cold for the time of year which make me long for warmer destinations. One of my favorite holiday destinations are the Balearic islands of Spain. We have been to all of the islands: Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca. The beautiful summer home featured in the post is located on the small island of Formentera. Casa Manuel is a beautiful oasis situated in the Formentera country side. This cozy home is a typical island house. It can be rented for groups and has a capacity for 14 people. The ideal location to enjoy the holidays with family or friends! I love the outdoor areas which are perfect to enjoy an al fresco meal.

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THE TRAVEL FILES: A BOHO CHIC ECO RETREAT IN ANDALUCIA

La Donaira is a stylish eco friendly retreat in the heart of the Andalusian country side in Spain. The estate was once a working farm. The old cortijo (= type of traditional rural habitat in the Southern half of Spain) and the stables were converted into a social centre with a reception area, restaurant and various lounges. The old pig shed is now a health and wellness centre with an indoor as well as outdoor swimming pool. The result is a stunning eco friendly retreat with a bohemian chic atmosphere. There are eight suites and this year five luxury yurts will be added as accommodation. For more information you can visit La Donaira’s website.

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