Five architectural gems you can stay in
We’ve chosen five stylish and individual places to stay from the Further Afield collection, each of which has a strong architectural influence defining its space. From ultra modern apartments to classically beautiful formal houses, all of them are infinitely welcome and reassuringly stylish.
The ancient and historic centre of Nardò is an intoxicating taste of the “real” Italy. Beautiful architecture, superb eateries and plenty of people watching via the town’s cafe culture, in its midst is this piece of modern almost industrial beauty. Wrapped in an historic stone building we love how Karen and Martin have created floating spaces, a sense of light and air coupled with a super terrace.
Perched high on a hill overlooking the town of Positano, but a world away from its mass tourism, with incredible views you could build anything in this garden and we would have stayed there. However, staying at Richard’s Secret Garden you get to stay in a house that rivals those views in terms of its beauty. A solid glass roof curves above your head as the open plan space opens up in front of you with a seamless flow of white walls, light and air. Covered terraces and those views inspire you to sit back, unwind and simply “be”.
Nestled in rolling croft-land, dotted by wild orchids, with views down to the shores of Loch Bracadale is this simple but beautifully crafted studio for two. Its open plan space cries out for lazy days stretched out in front of the wood burner, but its floor to ceiling windows also send out a siren call for you to head out and take in the air.
Very much born from his equal loves of architecture, hospitality and Spain, Jean van Gysel has created a boutique hotel which combines the traditional Spanish features of the original house with structures and flat roof terraces with beautiful views and a small pool. Vejer is an historic gem of a town and Hotel V… blends seamlessly into its environs but challenges it too with huge windows and spaces flooded with light.
This one might feel the odd one out, but Frampton Court represents a fine example of classical Palladian architecture. Huge windows, high ceilings and vistas across the Grade 1 listed parkland that surrounds this welcoming and stately guest house. With an events space (the 16th century Woolbarn) and additional accommodation (The Orangery) in equally stunning and fascinating buildings this truly is a beautiful setting for whatever type of stay.