Category Archives: TRAVEL

WEEKEND ESCAPE: MAISON ESTATE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Maison Estate is a beautiful vineyard and restaurant located in Franschhoek, South Africa. It is dedicated to three simple pursuits: the production of beautiful wines, the making of delicious food and the appreciation of great design. The wine-producing vineyard includes a stunning new tasting room and restaurant where you can relax in a space that engages all the senses. Owner Chris Weylandt is also the owner of well-known South African furniture and homeware store Weylandts. He has seen the world, and as an avid wine connoisseur the decision to produce his own collection of wines from his Franschhoek farm is one of his long-time dreams. Renowned for his attention to detail and organic design philosophy, Weylandt’s wine production is an eco-conscious labour of love. The restaurant is beautifully decorated (simple yet elegant with lots of wood) and there is also a venue that can be rented for weddings and events. Have you seen that wine bottle chandelier in the first picture? Isn’t that stunning?!

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A COUNTRY CHIC RETREAT IN AUSTRALIA

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Under the shade of a giant Sequoia tree, nestled in a beautiful established garden surrounded by neighboring vineyards and orchards you will find a beautiful rustic chic home. Orchard Keepers was originally three separate old cottages but is has now been lovingly restored and transformed into a beautiful four bedroom home and a separate workers cottage providing country chic accommodation for 10 people on 10 acres in the heart of Red Hill in Victoria, Australia. Inside there are wood burning fireplaces, lovely linen sofas and beautiful vintage and antique furniture. This is the ultimate country getaway for a group of family or friends!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: AUSTRALIA’S COFFEE SCENE

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When I was in Australia years ago I was surprised by the amount of coffee bars and great restaurants. And this was in 2001/2002, at that time it was very hard to get a descent coffee here in Amsterdam and there I was in cities such as Melbourne and Sydney where I could get a perfect espresso on almost every corner. I was in coffee heaven! Now the coffee culture is probably even more thriving and I can not wait to visit this wonderful country again some day. Another thing that I remember was the decor; most coffee places and restaurants were beautifully decorated in a modern yet cozy style. The two coffee bars featured in this post are designed by Melbourne based studio Larritt-Evans. The first four images show ESPL in Surfers Paradise. Coffee bar Market Lane (Therry St) in Melbourne is pictured in the botton four images.

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: COCO MAT ECO RESIDENCES ON SERIFOS

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I love Greece as it has so many beautiful holiday destinations. We will be going to Crete, one of the largest of the Greek islands, in May. But these beautiful eco residences on Serifos are now also on my holiday wish list! On the most beautiful beach in Serifos, which is overlooking the endless blue horizon charm and the landscape of Cyclades, lies COCO-MAT resort. This complex of 13 small traditional Cycladic houses was built in the early 20th century to accommodate the miners of the island. The renovation of the complex was conducted with full respect for the Cycladic landscape and the rules of bioclimatic architecture, converting the existing building into a summer earthly paradise. The decor of the houses is fresh and cozy: blue shutters, white plastered walls and beautiful stenciled concrete floors. Balconies and windows of all the residences have breathtaking sea view to the sea and to the beautiful gardens of the hotel. Summer here seems to last forever!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: A RUSTIC HOME ON FORMENTERA

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Today’s weekend escape brings us to Formentera, a small island part of the Spanish Balearic Islands. I have been to this island a few timeS and it is beautiful. Its quiet and relaxed ambience make Formentera the perfect destination for beach lovers and for those seeking peace and quietness. This rustic house has an earthy feel and its architecture is typical for the Balearics. Life here is simple yet beautiful!

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WEEKEND ESCAPE: LOST IN TIME IN TAROUDANT

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Through a photo I found on Pinterest I came across this article in the New York Times about Taroudant, a small town at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. In this remote market town a colorful group of expats have create a most stylish haven with some beautiful homes. Some French expats left their jobs and started a guest house. DarZahia for example is a beautiful bed & breakfast. And Ollivier Verra transformed a home into luxurious six room hotel Dar Al Hossoun. You can read the entire story here.

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AN ANCIENT VILLA OVERLOOKING LAKE COMO, ITALY

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This beautiful ancient Italian villa overlooking Lake Como in Italy is featured in the February issue of ELLE Decoration UK. If you can not get a paper of the magazine you can also download the digital edition from Apple Newsstand or Kindle Newsstand.

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