Dream destinations

Beautiful country escapes that you can actually stay in

  • Seascape, New Zealand: Utterly secluded and incredibly luxurious, this spacious studio is nestled into a cove surrounded by farmland and overlooking its own private bay. ‘Several times I have woken in the morning to the amazing site of  dolphins playing right outside,’ says owner Mark Palmer. From £1,032 per night depending on season and dining/activity options (annandale.com). Pictures: Simon Devitt/Photofoyer

    Seascape, New Zealand: Utterly secluded and incredibly luxurious, this spacious studio is nestled into a cove surrounded by farmland and overlooking its own private bay. ‘Several times I have woken in the morning to the amazing site of dolphins playing right outside,’ says owner Mark Palmer. From £1,032 per night depending on season and dining/activity options (annandale.com). Pictures: Simon Devitt/Photofoyer

  • Seascape, New Zealand: Utterly secluded and incredibly luxurious, this spacious studio is nestled into a cove surrounded by farmland and overlooking its own private bay. ‘Several times I have woken in the morning to the amazing site of  dolphins playing right outside,’ says owner Mark Palmer. From £1,032 per night depending on season and dining/activity options (annandale.com). Pictures: Simon Devitt/Photofoyer

    Seascape, New Zealand: Utterly secluded and incredibly luxurious, this spacious studio is nestled into a cove surrounded by farmland and overlooking its own private bay. ‘Several times I have woken in the morning to the amazing site of dolphins playing right outside,’ says owner Mark Palmer. From £1,032 per night depending on season and dining/activity options (annandale.com). Pictures: Simon Devitt/Photofoyer

  • Seascape, New Zealand: Utterly secluded and incredibly luxurious, this spacious studio is nestled into a cove surrounded by farmland and overlooking its own private bay. ‘Several times I have woken in the morning to the amazing site of  dolphins playing right outside,’ says owner Mark Palmer. From £1,032 per night depending on season and dining/activity options (annandale.com). Pictures: Simon Devitt/Photofoyer

    Seascape, New Zealand: Utterly secluded and incredibly luxurious, this spacious studio is nestled into a cove surrounded by farmland and overlooking its own private bay. ‘Several times I have woken in the morning to the amazing site of dolphins playing right outside,’ says owner Mark Palmer. From £1,032 per night depending on season and dining/activity options (annandale.com). Pictures: Simon Devitt/Photofoyer

  • The Barn, Holland: Bed down in this B&B barn just outside Amsterdam, the interior of which was inspired by ancient castles and the romanticism of Parisian architecture. ‘I like to think of it as a place where anything is possible and everyone is welcome,’ says owner Alwien Turner. £137 per night for two people (thegreatbarn.nl). Pictures: Tessa Jol/Taverne

    The Barn, Holland: Bed down in this B&B barn just outside Amsterdam, the interior of which was inspired by ancient castles and the romanticism of Parisian architecture. ‘I like to think of it as a place where anything is possible and everyone is welcome,’ says owner Alwien Turner. £137 per night for two people (thegreatbarn.nl). Pictures: Tessa Jol/Taverne

  • The Barn, Holland: Bed down in this B&B barn just outside Amsterdam, the interior of which was inspired by ancient castles and the romanticism of Parisian architecture. ‘I like to think of it as a place where anything is possible and everyone is welcome,’ says owner Alwien Turner. £137 per night for two people (thegreatbarn.nl). Pictures: Tessa Jol/Taverne

    The Barn, Holland: Bed down in this B&B barn just outside Amsterdam, the interior of which was inspired by ancient castles and the romanticism of Parisian architecture. ‘I like to think of it as a place where anything is possible and everyone is welcome,’ says owner Alwien Turner. £137 per night for two people (thegreatbarn.nl). Pictures: Tessa Jol/Taverne

  • The Barn, Holland: Bed down in this B&B barn just outside Amsterdam, the interior of which was inspired by ancient castles and the romanticism of Parisian architecture. ‘I like to think of it as a place where anything is possible and everyone is welcome,’ says owner Alwien Turner. £137 per night for two people (thegreatbarn.nl). Pictures: Tessa Jol/Taverne

    The Barn, Holland: Bed down in this B&B barn just outside Amsterdam, the interior of which was inspired by ancient castles and the romanticism of Parisian architecture. ‘I like to think of it as a place where anything is possible and everyone is welcome,’ says owner Alwien Turner. £137 per night for two people (thegreatbarn.nl). Pictures: Tessa Jol/Taverne

  • Palazzo Penelope, Italy: Perched on the clifftops of a Puglian fishing village, this stunning coastal escape sleeps up to eight people and has a cool interior that combines ancient Italian craft with modern Scandinavian design. ‘When we wake up, we throw open the shutters and are overwhelmed by the morning light and dazzling reflection of the sea,’ says owner Pernille Lembcke. From £1,060 a week to hire the full house; it’s also possible to rent half the house and one terrace (palazzopenelope.com). Pictures: Wichmann + Bendstsen/Helle Walsted

    Palazzo Penelope, Italy: Perched on the clifftops of a Puglian fishing village, this stunning coastal escape sleeps up to eight people and has a cool interior that combines ancient Italian craft with modern Scandinavian design. ‘When we wake up, we throw open the shutters and are overwhelmed by the morning light and dazzling reflection of the sea,’ says owner Pernille Lembcke. From £1,060 a week to hire the full house; it’s also possible to rent half the house and one terrace (palazzopenelope.com). Pictures: Wichmann + Bendstsen/Helle Walsted

  • Palazzo Penelope, Italy: Perched on the clifftops of a Puglian fishing village, this stunning coastal escape sleeps up to eight people and has a cool interior that combines ancient Italian craft with modern Scandinavian design. ‘When we wake up, we throw open the shutters and are overwhelmed by the morning light and dazzling reflection of the sea,’ says owner Pernille Lembcke. From £1,060 a week to hire the full house; it’s also possible to rent half the house and one terrace (palazzopenelope.com). Pictures: Wichmann + Bendstsen/Helle Walsted

    Palazzo Penelope, Italy: Perched on the clifftops of a Puglian fishing village, this stunning coastal escape sleeps up to eight people and has a cool interior that combines ancient Italian craft with modern Scandinavian design. ‘When we wake up, we throw open the shutters and are overwhelmed by the morning light and dazzling reflection of the sea,’ says owner Pernille Lembcke. From £1,060 a week to hire the full house; it’s also possible to rent half the house and one terrace (palazzopenelope.com). Pictures: Wichmann + Bendstsen/Helle Walsted

  • Palazzo Penelope, Italy: Perched on the clifftops of a Puglian fishing village, this stunning coastal escape sleeps up to eight people and has a cool interior that combines ancient Italian craft with modern Scandinavian design. ‘When we wake up, we throw open the shutters and are overwhelmed by the morning light and dazzling reflection of the sea,’ says owner Pernille Lembcke. From £1,060 a week to hire the full house; it’s also possible to rent half the house and one terrace (palazzopenelope.com). Pictures: Wichmann + Bendstsen/Helle Walsted

    Palazzo Penelope, Italy: Perched on the clifftops of a Puglian fishing village, this stunning coastal escape sleeps up to eight people and has a cool interior that combines ancient Italian craft with modern Scandinavian design. ‘When we wake up, we throw open the shutters and are overwhelmed by the morning light and dazzling reflection of the sea,’ says owner Pernille Lembcke. From £1,060 a week to hire the full house; it’s also possible to rent half the house and one terrace (palazzopenelope.com). Pictures: Wichmann + Bendstsen/Helle Walsted

While putting together the latest edition of ELLE Decoration Country, we discovered that three of our featured houses are holiday lets, meaning that you really can enjoy a slice of rural bliss in one of the most beautiful rural homes in the world. Scroll through our gallery to find out more about each of these idyllic destinations.

Discover more of the world’s most glorious summer retreats in ELLE Decoration Country Volume 6, out now.