BoutiqueHomes in Bloom
Mallorca in the springtime is an explosion of almond trees, hydrangeas and white daisies. We love the way they create a lacy veil over Can Miret, a vacation home with lush, tumbling gardens that blend into the countryside.
David Hockney, who has spent lockdown in Normandy, is touting a May exhibit depicting the region's blooms, called The Arrival of Spring. We too love Normandy for its primroses, bluebells, cowslips and orchids, and can imagine spending a few days here at this rustic cottage, just taking in the scent.
While the lavender has a June bloom, spring holds its own floral fantasia. Come for the rosemary, wild thyme and purple-pink centranthus. Poppies, too. This 18th-century farmhouse has a private garden and many seats to enjoy the show from.
The alpine hills of Le Marche are ablaze with flowers come May, and July is its famous sunflower season. Come see the splendor from Cingoli Lofts, a wonderful renewal of a historic farm dwelling.
Follow the butterfly to colorful blossoms of almond trees, aster flowers and genistas, carpeting the island of Ibiza. Springtime is a great time to take in the sights (without the crowds), and this villa, with its own gardens, pergola and pool, is the perfect home base.
Orchid-spotting is a popular reason to travel to Menorca, when come spring, these striking beauties compete with red, yellow and blue wildflowers galore. This 19th-century manor is situated on over two and a half acres of rural landscape, with its own gorgeous spray of plant life.
A lush and private oasis in Holland, this home is only thirty minutes to Keukenhof, the largest flower park in the world, while the whole region is known for its tulips. Green and popping with floral color itself, the garden villa even has a zen-like gazebo.
Riparian flora that grows along the banks of the Zaan is on full display at Watervilla Black Swan. A striking contrast in design, the houseboat was designed by Holland Zicht, and mimics the graceful bird as it floats along the river.
Here is another Dutch outpost from which to live out all of your tulip and windmill dreams. This one is an innovative pre-fab, overlooking private forested woodlands and meadows that are dotted with little yellow heads in the spring.
Set in an almond grove, with trees that bloom into cotton-like balls and give off a honey-like fragrance, there is a blush-pink villa designed by John Pawson and Claudio Silvestrin.
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