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Once upon a time, in a place far far away, there was a small village where time stood still, a village with a name like the song of the crickets, with a white fortress on a hill, friendly peasants, 300 cows, horses and too many sheep to count. The place of our story is Viscri and here, right in the heart of the village is Prince Charles’ house, a blue roadside cottage guesthouse facing the sun each morning. A carefully renovated Saxon house using traditional methods, materials and local craftsmen and preserving the original carved and painted signatures on the house’s beams. A 1912 reconstruction on a 1700 foundation, furnished with old painted pieces with a few modern twists for extra comfort. Besides the old rooms in the original Johann Dootz old house, the property also features a cottage restaurant build inside the barn with 80 sits and a lovely…

It is all rustic luxury at The Perch which rests high above Possum Creek Valley in Byron’s lush, green Hinterland. Just minutes away from the picturesque village of Bangalow with its eclectic boutiques, it is also just a 20 minute drive to the bustling heart of Byron and its iconic long, sandy stretches of beach. The Perch embraces nature-inspired textures and colours, from the terracotta wash on its mud brick exterior and the mottled whites on the soaring interior walls to the timber slatted cathedral ceilings and natural brick-paved flooring.  Raw timber columns are a stunning feature throughout and the paved outdoor area leading to the main lawn invites guests to settle in and soak up the stunning vista across the valley below, or, come nightfall, watch the glow from the Cape Byron lighthouse sweep across the hills.  The secret-garden inspired indoor heated pool and pool area, set amongst 2 acres…

Whiskey Creek Cabin in a beautiful cozy cabin in Iydyllwild-Pine Cove in California. The cabin has the perfect location, it lies in a forest and is surrounded by beautiful high pine trees and hiking trails but there’s also a small town nearby. Your spacious cabin sits nestled into the forest with the perfect mix of mid-century modern and vintage aesthetic. Serene in it’s setting and full of positive energy, Whiskey Creek is a sanctuary in which to sit in front of the warm fireplace or view nature through the wall of windows. Not only is the cabin surrounded by towering pines, you’ll also find mature fruit trees (apple, pear, and plum) plus a waterfall pond, trickling fountain and tons of wildlife (deer love our water features).You can book it here!!! See also :https://house-diaries.com/caz-cabin-a-wonderful-forest-cabin-renovation/

La Casetta is located in the splendid town of Spello, which boasts ancient origins and, thanks to its enchanting beauty, it is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The cottage is accessed from inside the town walls along a peaceful alley that leads to the old town centre. The owner Andrea has renovated this delightful house into an elegant retreat: modern, airy and cheerful. Open the door from the street and a stylish, white-painted stone entrance lobby with sets the scene. One’s eye is drawn along a stone path and raised flowerbeds to the spacious private garden on your left; ahead is the cane-covered outdoor seating area adjacent to the kitchen-living room. Umbria has an excellent climate where being outside, dining or resting and reading is one of our greatest holiday pleasures, especially after long days exploring the region. Andrea has planted the garden to allow plenty of…

Among the rolling hills of the Italian landscape, between Florence and Siena, through olive groves, is located Castello Uglione. Its more than just a retreat, it’s a place completely concealed from the outside world. Built around the year 1000, it was mentioned in Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. A few years ago, it has been fully restored to modern luxury. It is transformed with antiques and brocades, with a mix of mid-century-modern pieces and relaxed objects in an Ibiza style, such as woven-grass lanterns and wooden sculptures. See also : https://house-diaries.com/maremma-designer-villa-in-tuscany/

Apfelhotel by noa studio evokes the vintage charm of the historical hotel in South Tyrol, while creating an oasis for the senses and shared moments. For the expansion of the Apfelhotel, 18 new suites were built for guests and carefully designed to fit into the farmyard’s landscape structure, while complementing the rural surroundings. A special emphasis was placed on preserving the characteristic of the farmhouse ensemble and maintaining its scale. As the central masterpiece of this rural development, NOA designed a wellness area with architecture and greenery that resemble a modern lush garden. Photography : Alex Filz See also : https://house-diaries.com/messner-the-dream-house-inspired-by-childhood-memories/

Rumah Purnama, which in Bahasa Indonesian means “The House of the Full Moon”, is a 100-year-old Balinese home that Bali-based designer Maximilian Jencquel brought back to life some years ago, thoughtfully renovating and turning it into a holiday retreat. Restored over a period of one year though an adaptive, sustainable design approach, the pagoda-like, two-storey house harmoniously blends in with its natural surroundings thanks to the use of natural materials such as tropical wood and cogongrass, locally known as alang-alang, which lines the thatched roofing. Adding to its mystical, Zen ambience, the house is ceremoniously reached through an overgrown traditional Balinese door that opens onto to a winding garden path leading to a sunken, bamboo-lined pebble garden. The use of natural materials continues in the interior, where a subdued palette of natural woods, earthen wall coloring, marble surfaces and off-white linens imbues the rooms with a soothing, grounded feeling. Complemented by a…

Renovation of 87m² apartment with three bedrooms to a two bedrooms and open space living area to bring light and better air circulation. The original doors, walls and ceiling mouldings where restored. The sofa is bespoke designed to the apartment and most of the living furniture is vintage or reused. More pictures coming soon. The Branding of GR14 Guest House was developed by Wer Designs to host short term guests. The client asked for a young, light and strong brand and name for the apartment. The goal is to look to Lisbon tourism in a contemporary way, away from the traditional and over used explicit cultural references. The flat is located in a central area of the city, but In a calm and local street. The old newspaper frames are part of the decoration and became the icon for the flat branding. These panels where used for prints and sourced…

This original timber and sandstone fisherman’s cottage on the waters edge of beautiful Mackerel Beach in Pittwater, has been lovingly restored into a secluded beach and bush hideaway and couple’s retreat. Although just an hour from the city and a mile from Palm Beach, once there, you will feel a million miles away. No roads, no cars and no shops. Here we are surrounded by the bush, the sea and the sky, and overlook Great Mackerel Beach, Pittwater, Palm Beach, Broken Bay and beyond. Inside the cottage is beautifully decorated with lots of natural materials, cozy sitting nooks and vintage decor. You can sit on in front of the window overlooking the ocean or have a cozy night in front of the fireplace. Welcome to The Little Black Shack. Come in and make yourself at home. You can also book it here!!!! See also : https://house-diaries.com/captains-rest-a-waterfront-heritage-cabin-on-tasmanias-west-coast/

Les Deux Gares is the first hotel to be worked on by the interior designer Luke Edward Hall. . Hotelier Adrien Gloaguen, founder of hospitality group Touriste, found his next project when he stumbled across an abandoned railway station hotel with fabulous bones in a narrow alley. As Gloaguen surveyed the space, still decorated with floral wallpaper from the past, he was immediately transported to French New Wave films from the ’60s and post-wave ’70s —and he knew just the interior designer to call, Luke Edward Hall. The wild child of English design has combined English chic with French soul using bright colours and Art Deco furniture. The joyful rooms feature bold colors and whimsical designs from a mash-up of different eras and endless artistic references. The interior design tells a story throughout the hotel of an eccentric Parisian whose art and furniture collection reflects various travels to different eras.  For booking inquiries, head…

A very nice apartment, very tastefully decorated by designer and photographer Diana Iskander. It is located 5 minutes walk from the port from which you can take a shuttle bus that leads to Valletta. It has an unforgettable atmosphere that will make your stay cozy and calm. From the balcony there is beautiful view to the Valletta. You can book this apartment on Airbnb here!!! See also :https://house-diaries.com/diagon-alley-farmhouse-in-san-lawrenz-gozo-malta/