Rivers and roads… Does the idea of a beach holiday make you think of sunburn and sand in all the wrong places? We’ve got you covered with summer getaways that feature fresh water, shady forest walks, and leafy glades.
A for away… as in away from the madding crowd. Find yourself surrounded by rustling meadows, secret swimming holes, and miles and miles of hiking trails waiting to be discovered. This A-frame home sits in its own spot of sun at an elevation of 7,000 feet in the Sierra National Forest. Pictured top: A Frame Far Meadow, High Sierras, California.
Hen House Isle of Skye, Scotland
Road trippers, rejoice. Perched over Loch Bracadale on the Isle of Skye, this award-winning sustainably-constructed home is a dream to pull up to after a day of scenic driving. Generous windows make the scenery a part of the interiors.
Curly’s Cove Bodega Bay, California
Cosy up to the cove… A fisherman’s shack in its past life, this home has been carefully transformed into a retreat that revels in the charm and simplicity of coastal life. A beach house like no other, it is surrounded by wetlands and parkland that call for dewy mornings of kayaking and long afternoon walks.
Martak Passive House Loveland, Colorado
C’mon get passive. 2017 Grand Overall Winner for Green Home of the Year, this contemporary cottage in no less than Loveland, Colorado exceeds all requirements for Passive Housing certification. Our favourite sustainable idea? That little netted nook on the second floor. So. Much. Fun.
Lidingo Cottage Stockholm, Sweden
Expect the unexpected. This cottage seems like the perfect hideaway for fleeing fairytale characters, but it’s really just ten minutes across the water from central Stockholm. And it may be tucked into the trees, but it’s also sitting above an inner archipelago with stunning sea views of Lilla Vartan bay.
Hague Lake House Cortes Island, BC, Canada
Handmade holiday. Nudged into a rocky bluff above the famously warm, clear waters of Hague Lake, this house is a handcrafted woodwork of art, expressed through curves and bends, fantasy and audacity.
Nebesa Livek, Slovenia
Heavenly heights. Find your bliss in this collection of cottages aptly named Nebesa, meaning heaven in Slovenian because they sit high above the clouds in the Soca Valley. Wake up to National Geographic views of mountains and valleys cascading into the Adriatic Sea.
Dutchess Mill Salt Point, New York
Fit for nobility. This slowly and gently restored 18th-century watermill in New York’s Hudson Valley is the labor of love of an architect and interior designer couple who discovered it in the 60’s, welcoming you with interiors as plush as its verdant surroundings.
Follow your own rivers and roads, but make sure you check out the rest of our collection here.