Sketches of Spain

Outer Space

Outer space… Who says a room has to hold you in? Here’s our pick of homes with outdoor spaces that offer all the comforts of the indoors.

Backyard beauty

Outer space

Girona Townhouse, Girona, Spain

This five-bedroom townhouse in the historic city of Girona spans over 500 years of history, so you can be sure it knows how to be a good home, even beyond its 16th-century stone walls. Its spacious backyard feels like an additional living area with no ceilings. And it stretches towards a lap pool! Good morning to you too.

Jewel Box

Outer space

Lesic Dimitri Palace, Korcula Island, Croatia

Everything about this very small boutique hotel oozes Silk Road exoticism in the most delicious sense. It was originally a bishop’s palace in the 18th century, it sits in a medieval walled city called Korcula where Marco Polo used to hang out, and the balcony is a jewel box of intricate latticework. Stop and smell the spices.

Poolhouse rock

Outer space

Villa Olivi, Treia, Le Marche, Italy

Here’s Villa Olivi’s idea of hanging by the pool. This antique farmhouse turned impossibly fresh-faced vacation villa is all bare-bones minimalism and unadorned beauty from the inside out. Merely looking at a picture of their sprawling, soaring spaces makes us breathe better.

Block party

Outer space

Montpellier Villa, Montpellier, France

This two-story home constructed of three separate interconnected parts feels like an incarnation of a brilliant architect’s Lego creation. We love the wooden slat detailing in the outdoor living spaces that bring warmth and comfort to the modern structure.

Sense and sensibility

Outer space

Paxos Cliffside House, Kerkira, Paxos, Greece

When you’re set within olive groves perched over the Ionian Sea, outdoor living is just common sense. Here’s an example of an extremely sensible house, with lounging terraces and play areas scattered throughout its native Mediterranean gardens. Cartwheels, anyone?

Like a friend

Outer space

Maison d’Amis, Assignan, Languedoc-Roussilon, France

Sleepy French village, check. Wine tasting and cellar visits, check. Gourmet dishes and communal table in sun-spotted courtyard, check. This refurbished Maison des Vignerons ticks all the boxes of your longstanding southern France daydream, with a few eccentric touches up its sleeve.

For more outer space, browse our collection of vacation home rentals here.

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