These are places where you can swap sidewalks for hiking trails, where you notice the crispness of the air, and find a spring in your step. It’s not far from the city that the pace of life slows, and we think it’s found just the right tempo in these homes. With things like wraparound terraces, swimming pools and farmhouse kitchens, you’ll be brilliantly based to enjoy your new surrounds.
When you’re travelling en masse, having space to dine, slumber and play are the main criteria. Which is why in these homes you’ll find sprawling gardens – even estates – made for strolling, sitting rooms of the most generous proportions, and grand dining tables fit for feasting. And as we’ve selected these remarkable places especially, you need only concentrate on finding some together time.
Best of both
Whoever said ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too’, clearly hadn’t mastered the art of city getaways – just a few hours’ journey out of some of the world’s finest cities you’ve white sand beaches, rolling countryside and sleepy villages to discover. The city is far away enough to feel like you’re getting away from it all, but always within striking distance – by car, bus or train – should you want for town and country.