Vacations in the concrete bunker or in the 10 soccer fields large animation club can be made also. It is just less charming and relaxing. Spending days off (no matter whether it’s sunny or rainy) can be fun, be remembered for a long time, make the people you tell about your destination speechless, and: be affordable! You always have to save a bit, I already know. In part 1 of the series, I already introduced you to unusual vacation homes that you don’t want to move out of. Now I’ve put together a second part of my Bucket List – with insider tips that have a lot of character and inner values. Have fun being inspired and happy wanderlust!
Unusual vacation homes, part 2:
Casa Acantilado, Salobreña, Spain
No, this is not an optical illusion, this futuristic witch’s cottage actually exists and even better: it is a vacation home that is open to guests. The house consists of only one roof, but it’s this design, which reminds me of a melting abstract face, with a living room in a binocular look, that makes this accommodation as unique as it is charming. Casa Acantilado in Salobreña – located between Malaga and Almeria on Spain’s Mediterranean coast – accommodates up to six guests in three bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a pool with panoramic views, a garden, barbecue facilities, sea views, and yes, free Wi-Fi.
Design cinema with a view of the Mediterranean: the Casa Acantilado.
Clean white meets summery colors. The interior design and furniture makes mood.
The undulating surfaces of Casa Acantilado make for magical views.
Such architecture naturally attracts attention, and Villa Casa Acantilado is correspondingly sought-after as vacation accommodation. The price per night seems high at first with from 1200 euros, but revises itself if you make the hut full and divide by six guests. Unless you do not have to look like me on the budget, then just happy to check in as a couple. I can already see myself there crisscrossing through Spanish wines to try. The house is a design cinema for any patronage action.
Casa Acantilado, accomodation starting at 1200 Euro per night, bookable for example via www.booking.com
Holiday village Bee Land, Slovenia
Did a bee sting me? Seriously, when I saw the first pictures of this vacation home complex in Slovenia, my wanderlust was drawn to it like bees to flowers. And the transition even makes sense. Because: In the Savinja Valley, right next to Mozirje, there is a real bee country, the so-called Beeland Skok Mozirje.
In the summer of 2017, the door was opened to all guests who want to experience a different and original way of vacation. Charming detail: the chalets have names of Maya the Bee series: Maya, Willy, Flip, Cassandra, Benjamin – all unique accommodations where guests can spend a beautiful summer or spring day by the outdoor pool. Also in the autumn and winter months you can enjoy private wellness moments with sauna and massage bath in the chalets.
Here you can nibble at the honey pot of relaxation: the honey village Bee Land – including gorgeous pool.
Blends with nature – the honeycomb look of the unusual vacation homes.
From the outside, the unusual honeycomb-style cottages make an almost mysterious impression, but everything you need is there: Modern equipped bathroom, kitchen, bedroom for a restful sleep and relaxation. An added value to the ambience is the Finnish or infrared sauna and the whirlpool or hot tub. Goes down like honey, right?
Beeland Slovenia, stays starting at 110 Euro, more via www.apartmajimozirje.si/de
For this candidate of unusual vacation homes we fly to the Greek Cycladic island of Kea. There I discovered a new bucket list vacation rental location for my wanderlust list. The retreat goes by the code word ANEMOS and consists of a renovated mill with a main building, two separate guest houses and a pool.
On the countless terraces you can enjoy the view – and your own cooking.
Round thing: The architecture of the old mill is still noticeable.
On each level there is a bedroom with integrated bathroom, on the first floor of the main building next to the living / dining area is the separate kitchen with direct access to the terraces and pool. A total of ten people would find space here. Due to the hillside location of the property, the two separate guest houses are located one property level lower than the mill, main house and pool. The small stone houses are about 10 meters apart, each with its own terrace and a beautiful sea view. Each guest house is equipped with a bedroom and bathroom. One of them also has a small anteroom with 2 brick sofas and a kitchenette. The view whets your appetite? One level below the guest houses and about 90 steps from the main building is a rocky plateau with access to the sea. A pebble beach waits about 500 meters away. But as painted for some cooking action and then an extensive date with Greek wine, right? Hook: the minimum stay to book is one week. But I’d happily spend more than seven days in this adventure playground for the eye.
Anemos, one week from 3000 Euro, more info about at jassu.de
Villa Molinella, Tenuta di Murlo, Italy
This has not happened to me for a long time. While researching for beautiful vacation homes, I somehow came across the Italian estate Tenuta di Murlo, was there already at the first website images subconsciously attracted like Frodo by the power of the ring, and when I then saw the Villa Molinella, one of several vacation villas and cottages that belong to the estate, I was directly in love with shock. And: speechless. About as speechless as Ibrahimovic’s legendary overhead kick against England, which you can watch virtually endlessly. The same goes for Villa Molinella, one of those really uniquely unusual fan houses that immediately made it to #1 on my bucket list of places to dream about that I absolutely have to visit live in person.
The Murlo estate near Perugia offers the ultimate country retreat in Umbria, owned by the same family for generations. The simple, unassuming goal: to create a unique and welcoming place where nature meets luxury and where the service is focused on your utmost comfort. The estate includes several vacation villas, with space from 20 to 4 people, plus cottages and suites. Since 2018, vines are planted in the vineyards, and soon own wines will be pressed. What a cool vision. But now back to the bucket list spot.
The property has been sensitively restored, the rustic charm elegantly transferred to modern times.
It makes you want to take a wanderlust bath right away.
Tucked away in the valley of Murlo, on one of the estate’s picturesque streams, lies Villa Molinella. I haven’t seen such a combination of rustic building with modern interior, smart details and embedding in nature for a long time. As a guest, you can bask in the morning sun, surrounded by the peaceful sound of the picturesque river right next to it – there are even natural swimming pools waiting nearby. This garden area, the river, accesses and resting areas everywhere. Wow. Keyword wow: The underground whirlpool in the old vault of this restored 13th-century mill also falls into that category.
A fireplace makes for coziness, but the glass floor is particularly curious. I wonder what is hidden in the basement?
An underground pool under the vault. Simply: wow.
You want to dream yourself directly to this spot with a glass of wine: terrace, hottub, everything on the bank of the river.
So cool can look a rest oasis in nature. Simply classy.
The restoration has maintained the original layout of the Molinella structure while reviving the ruins and restoring them to the highest standards. The mix of bright interiors and quality Italian furniture makes Molinella a truly remarkable country retreat. It’s hard to know where to relax with your rosé first. And the space? Molinella features two en-suite bedrooms, the private underground Jacuzzi, a sauna, a private outdoor pool, and an outdoor hot tub overlooking the river. That’s right: a private hottub for uber-charming wine-tasting local fruit salads overlooking the river. How can you not get dreamy?
Before that, of course, there is still the question of whether there is a catch. For this I would still have to find out the price, which was unfortunately not recognizable on the website – as soon as I have managed that, it will of course be posted here. Until then, I dream myself already times with a glass of wine to this unusual vacation home on the river.
Villa Molinella, Tenuta di Murlo, Price on request, more via www.murlo.com/tenuta-di-murlo
The Island Newquay, Great Britain
The bad thing is that a Rosamunde Pilcher film has already been shot at the location. The good thing is that they won’t come back and you won’t have to worry about it. If romance comes up in this clubhouse, it’s probably one of the few places where that’s okay for a minute. At The Island, Newquay you can fulfill your dream of vacationing on a private island – rather less Maldives cuddling than James Bond villain headquarters feeling. This property is located high up on a rugged islet off the British coast of Cornwall. It feels endlessly removed from everything, yet you’re just a stone’s throw from the mainland in Newquay Bay.
Rocking ship: The relaxed interior is decorated in maritime tones.
What a view. It’s clear that you should plan a safe week of vacation.
The restoration of the house took eight months, now beach feeling in airy heights awaits you there. At high tide, the island is surrounded by water and completely cut off from the mainland. The only way up is via the steep steps cut into the rock face and the suspension bridge. Unusual vacation homes come with unusual accesses. Breathless, free from giddiness. Sorry. Back to good taste. For this, there is a specially made large BBQ outdoor grill in the garden, and inside you will find a bar room. If you have any special wishes regarding refrigerator and bar filling, you can let us know before you arrive. And just in case, wifi is also on board up there.
The Island, Newquay, Overnight stays from 1440 euros a week, more info at theislandcornwall.uk
The Lightship, Amsterdam
A vacation on a houseboat still sounds too dry to you? Then take a look at Amsterdam. Because the bright red Lightship, which is located just a few minutes from the historic city center, has really well-designed inner values on board. The design and transformation from a working ship into a family home was a transformation that took owners Vivian and Jeff 11 years to complete. And to celebrate, they thought: Let’s have guests come in for a look. Now you can treat yourself to a bed & breakfast experience in the seventy-year-old British lighthouse and fireboat.
Exit? It is difficult to leave this unusual vacation home (boat).
Looks like design office, but is inside the ship. Cool contrast.
The two suites, engine room and upper deck were designed by an award-winning architect. Each suite has a comfortable king size bed, a private bathroom and a minibar for free use.
B&B guests have their own entrance and a huge sunny terrace on the front deck of the boat, with great views over the industrial city and the lighthouse. Check out the pictures of the interiors – could have been straight outta design hotel. Who’s coming on board?
FourElements Living by Berger (Austria)
Wow. Just: wow. I already fell in love with FourElements – living by Berger last year. And I think: A chalet now simply counts as a vacation home. The unconventional location with several chalets with a natural open-air cinema has been at the top of my bucket list ever since. Why? Because just by looking at the photos, you can see exactly how the vacation would go. Best buddy or best friend, fireplace on, whiskey, wine, and patronage on. The trip to Styria is this thoughtful design chalet unique high above a mountain river gorge is made for it.
FourElements – living by Berger consists of 3 fancy chalets under the motto fire, water and air. How cool must that be, wine tasting in the evening by the fireplace with a view of the Salza (private beach is at the start, for all those who do not know the cold when bathing), in the morning to wake up better go rafting on the river …
… and then into the hot tub and say hello to the Jacuzzi? A powerful indulgence. Everything around is green, the river rushes below – stress has a break there.
Unusual vacation homes can sometimes look like a design showroom. In the Four Elements, however, it looks really cozy.
On almost 100 square meters in Chalet Luft are distributed, for example, bedroom, living room, dining room with fireplace, kitchen and bathroom. On a window sofa you have an outstanding view of the water. Who needs a TV? One floor below is the spa with sauna and pool. And a fireplace, if you want to get a little cozy at night. It’s allowed, isn’t it?
Am Ende immer die entscheidende Frage: Wie lange muss man dafür sein Sparschwein füttern? Schon regelmäßig, aber ein verlängertes Wochenende (das Chalet ist ab 3 Übernachtungen buchbar) sollte als Auszeits-Geschenk für sich und die bessere Hälfte dann drin sein. Ich geh auch mal füttern!
FourElements – living by Berger, Overnight stay in the chalet from 275 euros, more under fourelements.world
Panorama Glass Lodge, Iceland
Quick prize question: Where would it be emphatically impressive to put a hot tub? For example, in a place where you have a good chance of bathing under the aurora borealis. Such a Jacuzzi would be, wouldn’t it? That’s why I instantly fell in love with the Panorama Glass Lodge on Iceland. And the island is at the top of my “must-visit-again-longer” list anyway.
The special: The thoroughly designed hut has a glazed panoramic area – safe that there is also the bed. Directly under the stars. So if you check in there, you shouldn’t be too wary of romance. While watching the sun, clouds, stars and sky at play, you can relax and inhale a wine and enjoy the Natura us of the Front Row.
Cool design, even cooler furniture and an ice-cold impressive view: I want to go there.
Front row at the outdoor movie theater: Unusual vacation homes like Panorama Glass Lodge make traveling fun after all.
The lodge is located only 30 minutes from Reykjavik, in Hvalfjörður, a remote place by the sea. So you should be able to handle a portion of seclusion – but then you can immerse yourself undisturbed in the many facets of Iceland. In a small, fully equipped kitchen you will find two electric stoves, a refrigerator and a toaster, a spacious dining table and a luxurious rain shower. Can you stand it, right?
And then there’s the small, wooden whirlpool in front of the door. A place that should quickly become addictive. No matter what the weather is like around it. Also clear: Iceland is not the cheapest island, you have to leave out the one or other times eating out at home and save for it, but for that you also get priceless experiences.
Panorama Glass Lodge, Overnight stay together from 330 euros, more at www.panoramaglasslodge.com
The Windmill Suffolk
I’ll admit: You really have to use a lot of imagination to come up with the idea of such an individual vacation home when looking at the 125-year-old original building. But the owners and the Beech Architects team had plenty of imagination (fortunately), and transformed the 18-meter-high windmill into a design accommodation princess in all the best Disney romanticism.
The Windmill Suffolk now has 2 bedrooms, kitchen, a bathroom and a panoramic pod for special views at the top. And future princes don’t have to climb up hair either, just walk into The Windmill Suffolk to the big front door. That’s something you really deserve on your vacation.
Welcome to the mill spaceship!
There is always something new to discover as you tour The Windmill Suffolk.
Everything is round in the bathroom, too. Whether you want to get out of the tub so quickly?
Executive chair. Absolutely favorite place with the view.
The design mill can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults, and for those who only want to stay as a couple, the hosts offer discounted rates. And now the budget question: How much do you have to plan for a stay at The Windmill Suffolk? Overnight stays are currently available for 200 euros, more info and all available dates at thewindmillsuffolk.com