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Quench your winter wonder-lust

As we gear up to say farewell to the European Summer, the prospect of winter is made oh so much better by dreams of Alpine huts with roaring fires and the excitement of freshly fallen snow.

Whether your idea of the perfect winter escape is ripping through pristine pistes or cozying up with a hot toddy, these four properties will quench any winter wonder-lust. Each offers unique architectural style (from modern mountain-inspired design to 17th century Swiss character) as well as luxury interiors and warm hospitality.

Browse our winter vacation properties

The Unterhus in Graubünden, Switzerland

The Unterhus is an intimate holiday home in the Swiss mountains designed by Peter Zumthor. Think mountain pine smells and a crackling fire in an incredibly beautiful environment.

From €258/night for 4-5 people

Modern Chalet in South Tyrol, Italy

Surrounded by the majestic mountainscape of the South Tyrol Dolomites, Modern Chalet is a place to find peace and spend time in harmony with nature.

From €200/night for 4-6 people

Aufberg 1110 in Salzburger Land, Austria

Aufberg 1110 is a minimalist mountain retreat in the Austrian Alps. The two apartments offer alpine charm with panoramic views of the mountains.

From €170/night for 2-4 people

Chesa Wazzau in Oberengadin, Switzerland

Chesa Wazzau is an Engadine house dating to the 17th Century: A Swiss Alps idyll straight out of a picture book where you feel like centuries back in time.

From €326/night for 4-12 people

#skiing #vacations #winter #accent

Corte della Maestà, Italy

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Almost otherworldly and most definitely unique, Corte della Maestà is both a historical masterpiece and an ode to creativity.  Wrapped up in grand bohemia and accented with quirky artwork, this boutique hotel is far from ordinary.  

High above the clouds, in the renaissance hilltop village of Civita di Bagnoregio, the hotel’s surrounding area is magical. Exhilarating views, a rich history and passionate hospitality exhibit the best of central Italy. 

The highlight of this hotel is it’s unusual creativity. From Virginia Woolf bedrooms to enchanting gardens and the wolf’s lair, this hotel is both inspired and inspiring.  

Welcome Beyond recommends Corte della Maestà for:

Art, architecture and design
Food and wine
Romantic getaways
Spa and massage
Photo and film location
Hiking, mountain biking and golf
Lake swimming and boat trips

#italy #travel destinations #colorgrey

Stay cool in Upstate New York

When life beyond the metropolis calls, head up the Hudson River and unearth the burgeoning creative scene of Upstate New York. Among a landscape of pastoral farmland and golden foliage (which in itself incites creativity), are a collection of world-class art collections and creative communities.

Not indigenous to the city, mega art galleries such as Dia: Beacon and Storm King Arts Centre are representative of the area’s world-renowned scene. Meanwhile, art house cinemas in Rhinebeck, treasure hunt-worthy antique shops in Hudson and a summer full of music festivals offer a laid back and local cool.

Welcome Beyond properties in Upstate New York:

Rustic Homestead in Tivoli, Upstate New York, United States

Surrounded by 5 acres, this converted barn is a fun vacation rental place in upstate New York to gather with family and friends for a relaxed getaway from the city.

From $250/night for 2-8 people

Hudson Valley Mill in Salt Point, Upstate New York, United States

Lovingly renovated by an architect and designer, Hudson Valley Mill, located in Dutchess County just 2hrs north of New York City,offers a quiet vacation retreat from city life.

From $285/night for 8-9 people

#travel inspiration #new york #upstate #accent

Ocean View Villa, Thailand

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Perched atop a hill on the quiet side of Koh Samui Island, this villa rental is a beacon of architectural finesse and exotic intrigue. Open plan design accented by custom made furniture make the beach house a unique place to enjoy superior views from the top.  

Enveloped by nature reserves and a five minute walk from a white sand coast, it boasts an extraordinary setting. Paradise extends beyond the villa where beautiful temples, food markets and well-being treats await. 

For the nature lovers among us, the beach house is particularly special. Natural soundscapes heard from within the house, ocean air and views from the pool inspire a dreamy experience.  

Welcome Beyond recommends Ocean View Villa for:   

Unique architecture and design
Beach and Sun
Swimming, boat trips, scuba diving
Nature
Yoga and massage 
Nightlife 

#thailand #beach #vacation #vacation destinations #colorgrey

Rustic Homestead in Upstate New York, USA

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When it’s time to escape the city, the charm of Rustic Homestead begins to beckon. Against the pastoral backdrop of Upstate New York this self-catering cottage invites you to enjoy rural living in the company of good friends and family. 

The Hudson Valley is an area rich in natural beauty brought alive by local festivals and the goings-on of nearby creative towns such as Hudson and Rhineberg. Meanwhile, for the city dweller New York is never far.  

The communal feeling of the barn achieved through open space and several dining areas makes it a special place for groups. Whether enjoying long summer dinners on the deck or cozied-up in front of the fire in winter, the barn is an experience to share. 

Welcome Beyond recommends Rustic Homestead for:

Beautiful scenery and wildlife
Swimming in secluded streams or nearby lakes
Local culture  
Mountain biking, hiking, horse riding
Sailing
Skiing
Families and groups
Wedding parties and romantic escapes

#new york #travel destinations #vacations #colorgrey

Rügen Beach House on Rügen, Germany

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Benefiting from the rugged beauty of the Baltic coast, Rügen Beach House is a tranquil retreat immersed in nature. Scandinavian in its design, this self-catering house which is entirely wooden compliments its surrounding environment while offering modern luxuries such as a sauna and underfloor heating. 

Overlooking a quiet harbour, a stone’s throw away from white sand beaches and surrounded by the Zickerschen Alps, the location couldn’t be more idyllic. The island of Rügen also boasts harbour villages, dramatic landscapes and Robin-Hood type woods. 

Being located in the island’s biosphere reserve makes the location of this property very special. An untouched and unique environment is a highlight for anyone looking to revel in the wonder of nature. 

Welcome Beyond recommends Rügen Beach House for:

Families and groups
Beaches and swimming
Pristine nature
Sailing
Hiking
Cycling

#beaches #vacations #colorgrey #rügen

Modern Chalet in South Tyrol, Italy

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Set high in the Italian Dolomites, Modern Chalet is the epitome of contemporary alpine living. Dark wood, sharp lines, large windows and light reflect the architecture of the mountains while exhilarating views and remoteness create a peace-inducing vacation rental.

Situated in a tiny hamlet surrounded by postcardesque lakes and soaring peaks, the Dolomite landscape is truly majestic.  Just a short distance away is the mountain village of St. Vigil plus Kronplatz ski resort offering year-round activities.    

The highlight of this property is its unique design. Ingeniously, it manages to compliment the traditional architecture of neighbouring farmhouses while simultaneously standing out as a beacon of precision, clean lines and local materials.  

Welcome Beyond recommends Modern Chalet for:

Groups and families
Architecture and design
Nature and eco-tourism
Skiing and snowboarding
Hiking, climbing, mountain biking  
Peace and seclusion

#italy #south tyrol #chalet #vacation #holiday #vacation rentals #colorgrey

Masseria della Croce in Puglia, Italy

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Once the resting place for Benedictine monks, Masseria della Croce combines 17th century character with the grandeur of manicured gardens, the pleasure of fine dining and the luxury of private Jacuzzis. Sea-salt air and superb hospitality make this vacation rental the perfect Mediterranean retreat. 

Tucked in the heel of Italy’s boot, guests can look forward to discovering wild beaches, rugged coastline and world heritage sites. Trullo architecture and rock-cut settlements make the area of Puglia unique to the rest of Italy. 

Off-season holidays are this region’s best kept secret. Autumnal landscape, wintery food and evenings cozied up by the fireplace mean Masseria della Croce is a special place to stay all year round. 

Welcome Beyond recommends Masseria della Croce for:

Groups and families
Beach and sun
Boating and fishing
Nature and beautiful views
Culture and visiting UNESCO sites
Cookery classes
Swimming pool, Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi, massage
Golf and hiking
Year-round vacations

#Vacation Destinations #vacations #italy #puglia #colorgrey

Mazzini 31 in Umbria, Italy

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Framed by the undulating landscape of Umbria, Mazzini 31 is a place of celestial views, contemporary grandeur (and walls that speak of times gone by). This three bedroom villa rental combines century-old character with modern elegance. Think frescoes accented by bold interiors, converted caves and a luxury spa.

As Tuscany’s neighbour, Umbria, otherwise known as the green heart of Italy provides a path less trodden. Olive groves, wineries and sparkling lakes offer the quintessential Italian dream while the town of Monteleone D’Orvieto and the easily accessible highway means this villa is far from isolated.  

Whether you’re in need of a private chef, fancy Michelin star cookery classes, wine tours, yoga classes or simply nothing at all, you have the freedom to make it what you will. 

Welcome Beyond recommends Mazzini 31 for:

Families and groups
Authentic food and wine
Tours of local vineyards and wineries
Culture and a rich artistic history
Nature and beautiful lakes
Hiking, horseback riding and cycling
Massage, Jacuzzi and relaxing by the pool

#italy #umbria #travel #travel destinations #colorgrey

Follonico in Tuscany, Italy

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Follonico is a beautifully rustic farmhouse in the south of Tuscany which welcomes its guests like a good friend. With an emphasis on local materials, organic produce and artisanal interiors this B&B stays true to its roots. 

Rolling hills dotted with cypress trees and picturesque monasteries make the perfect backdrop for this home from home. While remoteness is bliss, cultural gems such as the medieval hill town of Montepulciano and historic Siena are never far away. 

Follonico’s unique selling point is the people. From its passionate hosts to traditional cheese producers and the local truffle hunter, you will be welcomed in to a community of people who want to share. 

Welcome Beyond recommends Follonico for:

Authentic food and wine
Hiking and horseback riding
Touring Tuscany in a vintage Fiat 500
Soaking in the hot tub
Culture and nearby medieval towns
Nature and beautiful scenery

#italy #tuscany #vacation #colorgrey

Villa di Campo is a beautiful small boutique hotel retreat in the Dolomites just a stone’s throw away from Lake Garda, Italy.

#vacation destinations #boutique hotel #italy #vacation

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The Line, Los Angeles, USA

Every so often a new hotel opens that puts a neighbourhood definitively on the boutique-hotel map. And when it comes to LA’s Koreatown, the Line is that hotel.

#vacation destinations #boutique hotel #los angeles #vacation