Keep your bag packed. We’re not done with our virtual getaways yet. We’re crossing the Mediterranean to Tel Aviv, to The Levee, a modern apartment hotel rising from a historic base. Loft-like interiors and industrial elements run through each apartment, merging the buildings rich history with contemporary design.
Es Bec D’Aguila is an exquisite Mediterranean estate (or finca) located in Menorca, in the Balearic Islands and is available for weekly rental. It started out in the 19th century when a family of Menorcan merchants built it as their weekend getaway, and its current owners recently renovated it and brought it back to life. The original vaulted ceilings, handmade Cuban tiles, breathtaking landscape and gorgeous decor make this an absolute dream of a destination. (Photos: Karel Balas)
This home in Beaune, Burgundy, France takes bringing the outdoors in to a whole other level. Pine is abundant in this holiday family home surrounded by vineyards, and it looks incredibly relaxing and cozy. The homeowners kept the decor neutral which allows the pine to really take centre stage. Beautiful. Via The Socialite Family (photos: Constance Gennari, architect: Thomas Walter)
Like your Umbrian getaway house a little more contemporary, a little less vintage? This stone farmhouse (the owner’s grandparents home) has been sensitively renovated into a modern home without losing any of its charm. Now you are faced with a difficult choice, house 1 or house 2? Perhaps we could do both. San Pellegrino via Special Umbria.
The other day I was walking home from work, and a couple blocks from my house I came across a home that had been completely torn down (there was no sign of this happening the day before). My neighbourhood is filled with what were recently deemed heritage homes. My house was built in 1940. They are all fully brick exteriors, and if lucky like mine, have stained and leaded glass windows and other really beautiful features from that era. The new homeowners of this house must have gotten permission to tear down because the heritage status isn’t in full effect yet. I really wanted to cry because it was a beautiful home (and I would guess had sold to these people for close to $800K!!!). I am still utterly speechless at this totally ignorant decision. When I come across homes like this, which appears to be an older home that has been renovated and modernized and maintains some of the original architecture, I am grateful. This bungalow in New South Wales, Australia is gorgeous inside and out and I would move in and not touch a thing. Hats off to designer Louise Walsh for keeping it real here.