To have a proper holiday means getting away from it all, completely relaxing and doing your own thing. You might also want to explore the local area and immerse yourself in the country’s culture. There is no better way to do this than staying in accommodation that is characteristic of the area, and that practically breathes character. Staying somewhere that isn’t your bog-standard holiday rental or hotel means that your holiday will be unforgettable, and you will be able to cherish the memories of your unusual holiday for life. Below, we have picked the best of the remarkable residences that Europe has to offer.
A Windmill in England
If you are looking for an escape not too far from home – somewhere where you can take the kids, extended family or a group of friends – then you may want to try out the delights of The Old Mill in Stroke Ferry, North Norfolk. You can view detailed information and photos at www.homeaway.co.uk/p98330#map.This property absolutely oozes character; exposed beams, oak floors, open fires and even the workings of the mill have all been preserved. This property really has every luxury for a family holiday, including a heated pool and games room.
A Church in France
Tucked away in the sleepy village of Pezenas, and situated between Montpellier and Beziers in the South of France, is the stunning Church House, whose website is available at www.thechurchhouse.co.uk. This property is a sumptuously converted medieval church which still has a preserved vaulted ceiling in the living room, and a twisting suitcase that lifts you through the house. Despite the historical architecture, this house, which sleeps four, has all the modern necessities including wireless internet access, satellite TV and air-conditioning, and also boasts a spacious roof terrace with panoramic views across the villages and vineyards.
A Castle in Portugal
If you are looking for a fairytale setting, perhaps for a honeymoon or wedding anniversary, then the Hotel Castelo De Alvito in the Alentejo area of Portugal is ideal. This exquisite castle, which can be booked through www.pousadasofportugal.com, is considered one of the best examples of Portuguese architecture, combining Islamic, Gothic and Manueline style to offer a real sense of character. The rooms are large and sumptuously decorated with a four poster bed and lounge furniture. This is the perfect place to enjoy a little luxury, as you can relax by the pool, bask in the beautiful gardens and you can even try a Portuguese medieval meal cooked on request.
A Treehouse in Spain
If you are looking for a holiday that takes you back to nature, then you can stay in a “Cabanes als arbres” in the grounds of a 14th century country house near Sant Hilari Sacalm, Spain. These tree houses can accommodate 2-4 people, depending on which you choose, and they are surprisingly spacious, with charming decoration and comfy furniture. Although they don’t have water or electricity, this all adds to the adventure. A short distance away in the country house you can enjoy home cooked food, showers, swimming pool and gardens. The surrounding “Forest of the Guilleries” is perfect for exploring on a bicycle or on foot, and guests at “The Vileta” can enjoy discount at the nearby “La Selva de l’Aventura” activity park. For more information and availability, please visit http://www.cabanesalsarbres.com/en.
If you are going to have a summer holiday with your family or partner in Europe, then make it one to really remember. Staying in a cheap hotel or simple villa is overrated, and sometimes it’s worth spending that little extra, or going a little further, to find a magical place where you can truly unwind.