The Barn at Deva’s Farm
Holidays can be spent in a variety of ways. At The Barn at Deva’s Farm, they’re mostly contemplative and revolve around rest and relaxation. This big, typically American shingled farmhouse is located away from the bustling city and offers all modern amenities amid the peace and quiet of the countryside. You can slip into a rocking chair to read or watch the spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the porch. Those who can’t keep still can hike or bike nearby and take in the changing landscape. As welcoming in summer as in winter, the farm is a haven of peace where you can re-energize any time of the year.
Le Couvent de Neuviale
Take Paris, add an “o” and a “t.” This guesthouse in the hamlet of Parisot, southwest France, was opened in 2011 in a former Catholic girls’ school (founded 1896) by a couple of Belgian photographers, who preserved its period detailsa parquet floor here, a washbasin there, and everywhere you look, views over the countryside. Set in the heart of the Rouergue, this house with its fishscale slate roof also has a long swimming pool and a huge garden. A spacious, rustic retreat for a rest in the summer sun.
Paris Mountain State Park, Caroline du Sud
The Lodge at Camp Buckhorn
There’s something for everyone at Buckhorn Lodge, whether it’s fishing, hiking through the forest, bird-watching, swimming in the lake or just enjoying the call of the wild, Davy Crockett-style. The house, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is ideal for gatherings: the dining area can accommodate up to 75 and there are 10 cabins, all pretty basic in terms of comfort yet with a certain charm, that can sleep 38. Perfect for young and old.
Rosecrest Farm Guesthouse
In Paris, the racehorses are already out training. Kentucky is a land of prairies and thoroughbred breeding (where bison roamed in the 17th century), and life at the stud farms revolves around foalings and gearing up for the races. Rosecrest Farm, next to the paddocks, has three cozy guest rooms, and offers an immersive, contemplative experience, west of the Appalachians.
King’s Hill Inn & Barn
The best season to stay at the King’s Hill Inn & Barn is definitely autumn, when the state of Maine is clad in purple and gold and the fields and orchards abound in apples, blueberries, pumpkins and corn. The property, part of which dates from the 19th century, has been renovated and is beautifully decorated, boasting a vast wooden dining area, five comfortable suites with rustic charm, a guest home and a pretty chapel on the grounds. The barn is ideal for large gatherings like birthdays and weddings, yet it remains intimate and warm with nooks just waiting to be explored.
The Ashby Inn
This spruce hamlet was named Paris in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, who stayed here in the 19th century. Rooms overlooking a bright garden, parquet floors, the smell of homemade cookies, and meals prepared with local farm produce.
Écuries, carrière d’entraînement et prairies du centre de dressage d’Aubenhausen, appartenant à la famille Werndl.
Stables, training area and fields at the Aubenhausen dressage center, owned by the Werndl family.
Sunday anglers, siesta specialists, canoeing enthusiasts and riverside dreamers will all be in their element in their room on stilts, perched like the majestic local heron next to Stoner Creek, which teems with fish. For those who prefer to be outdoors, four “glamping” tents provide a comfy nest with patchwork quilts, armchair on the porch and hammock under the trees. You can also call on the services of a storyteller or an astronomer for those evenings around the campfire.
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