These beautiful images shot by photographer & stylist Paulina Arcklin feature 5 Columns Riad. This stunning 200 year old house is located in the old medina of Essaouira, a coastal town in Morocco. The guest house has recently gone through a complete renovation and has sympathetically restored, retaining all original features such as the sand stone columns, wooden ceilings and amazing flooring of black and white tiles in the courtyard. The rooms are decorated with a mix of vintage and European furniture and lighting with beautiful antique pieces from Morocco. You can find more information about the Riad and its rates here on the 5 Columns website.
I am currently on holiday in Tuscany, Italy (you can see some pics here on Instagram) and are having a wonderful time. It is just a short break to reload our batteries and Tuscany is ideal as it is only a 2 hour flight from Amsterdam. We are staying in Tenuta San Pietro a small, luxurious hotel near Lucca which I can highly recommend (the food on offer in the hotel is excellent!) but you could also rent a villa, which is especially suitable for larger groups. Villa Vergelle for example is a new country house (former farm house) on the border of the Crete Senesi and the Val d’Orcia in between the towns of Montalcino and San Giovanni d’Asso. It includes 3 bedrooms and bathrooms that sleeps in total 8 persons. The Villa is equipped in a luxurious way and has its own spacious swimming pool. This lovely villa is traditional from the outside and modern and industrial from the inside. For instance, floors in concrete, ceilings and pilasters in iron, beautiful kitchen, modern in old wood and bathrooms in Moroccan Tadelakt. More information can be found on the Villa Vergelle website.
This villa on the Spanish island of Formentera is just stunning. The inside, with a beautiful beamed ceiling in the living room (top image), is gorgeous but the absolute best feature of this summer home is the outdoor space. An outdoor bath tub, a massage table, various seating areas for outdoor dining .. it is all there. And not to forgot the views over the Mediterranean sea! The house located on a cliff is designed, by Benjamin Calleja, with the surroundings in mind. This is paradise!
This the lovely home of Australian author, photographer and designer Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar. I posted about this beautiful house on the Greek island of Lesvos before (you can see this post here) but I could not resist showing you these stunning images by Paul Massey. Claire is running a small guest house from their gorgeous white-washed home and seh has written a book about her life in Greece: My Greek Island Home, which is filled with beautiful photography of the village, and recipes given to her by her neighbors. This post definitely got me in holiday spirit!
Soon I will be off to Tuscany, Italy, for a few days. We will be staying near the town of Lucca in a lovely small hotel which is well known for it’s exquisite food. I will be sharing some images when I am back but in the mean time I would like to show you another gorgeous hotel which is tucked away in the tiny Tuscan village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. The stunning Hotel Monteverdi offers seven magnificent rooms and suites, each of them uniquely decorated with the most beautiful furnishings and art work. I especially love the rustic elements of the exposed ceiling beams and stone walls. Designer Ilaria Miani very well succeeded in combining modern furnishing with a traditions style. More information is available on the hotel’s website.
Athens-based architecture studio Block 722 designed these two holiday houses on the Greek island of Syros. The design process 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. I love the Cycladic architectural characteristics of the buildings, especially love the use of local stonework.
Sprawling over 500 hectares of beautiful woodland, rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, Villa Lena in Tuscany, Italy, is much more than just a traditional Tuscan retreat. It is set up as an artist residency and a hotel where art and culture are the heart of the project. This creatively inspiring and serene place, suitable both for individuals and families, offers multiple places to stay and multiple places to rest and enjoy a break. In addition, they run an active program of workshops, lectures and entertainment formed on the basis of the ideas by artists in residence. Guests can stay in apartments or houses which are spread over the estate. Rooms are designed with an emphasis on easy chic, spaces are filled with vintage pieces, recycled furniture and art produced at the residency. For more information you can visit Villa Lena’s website.