For those seeking a sense of the familiar abroad, these eight properties extend a homey welcome.
Hotels conjure a sense of home in a few common ways, including the warmth of the proprietors, the intimacy of the property and the coziness of the rooms. For those seeking a sense of the familiar abroad, these properties extend a homey welcome.
Batty Langley’s, London
If your idea of home is an 18th-century town house with period furnishings in London’s Spitalifields neighborhood, consider this 29-room newcomer from the owners of the city’s similarly historic Hazlitt’s and the Rookery. Named for the architect and landscape designer Batty Langley, the boutique hotel evokes a stay with the gentry via cozy, firelit public rooms. Rooms from 195 pounds ($280); battylangleys.com.
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Owner Frangiskos Karelas aims to make guests feel like family at this 50-acre organic farm his ancestors have operated since the 1890s. Guests are invited to harvest fruit, pick olives, collect almonds and press grapes. Five modern stained concrete houses provide apartment-like accommodations. Rooms from 100 euros ($114), including breakfast; eumelia.com.
La Borde Maison d’Hôtes & Spa, Burgundy
Originally a moat-ringed 14th-century castle, this lodging in rural Burgundy retains its fortress sense of home, from the stone walls that surround it to the rustic rafters in its five suites. Opened as a hotel in 2012, the property is much more than its interiors, though; some 17 acres of gardens border the buildings. Rooms from 325 euros ($370); uk.lbmh.fr.
La Maison, Saarlouis
Named for the French word for home, and just six miles from France, the new La Maison, a Design Hotel, straddles old and new definitions of home. Its 38 rooms are spread between a 19th-century former court building and a modern, aluminum-shuttered addition. Rooms range from minimalist models to more traditional suites. Rooms from 105 euros ($120); lamaison-hotel.de.
Masseria Trapanà, Puglia
For those seeking peace and privacy, here’s a 16th-century farmhouse recently converted into a nine-room resort in the southern Puglia region. Nearly 150 acres of olive groves buffer the property where rooms feature exposed stone walls and floors, and some include private gardens and outdoor soaking tubs. Rooms from 500 euros ($570) for two nights’ minimum, including breakfast; trapana.com.
Tours in Amsterdam commonly highlight the city’s trim and tidy canal houses, and those with real estate envy can try one out for a night or two at the Pulitzer Amsterdam. A series of 25 interconnected canal houses, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, comprise the hotel, hosting 225 individually designed rooms. Rooms start at 269 euros ($305); pulitzeramsterdam.com.
Casa Modesta, Algarve
Three generations of the Brito family now run their 1940s-vintage home on the edge of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a coastal lagoon in the southern Algarve region, as Casa Modesta. Last year, a design-forward renovation of the rural home created nine guest rooms overlooking the wetlands. Rooms from 90 euros ($102); casamodesta.pt.