Fall is upon us and there is no better way to celebrate it, other than with a special trip to the countryside. Beautiful old villas and manors surrounded by acres of grounds are the perfect choice for a weekend escape. We take a look at some of the most luxurious ones, both locally and across Europe.


Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxford, UK
An enchanting 15th-Century manor house, with a long path surrounded by fresh lavender patiently awaits for its guests to discover the grounds and enjoy themselves.The place is best known for its decadent two-Michelin starred restaurant, where you can enjoy the perfect dinner, lunch or breakfast. Locally known as Le Manoir, this place features an organic kitchen garden, a Japanese garden, an orchard and a mushroom valley.

Chateau de la Goujonnerie, France

This beautiful castle captures the true essence of French living. Decorated with one-of-a-kind antiques and classic vintage furniture, it stands on several hectars of land and is very close to many villages and beaches. Just picture a day walk across the land, a trip to a local village where you can discover more about French culture and a sunset at a beach. This is what French people call joie de vivre.

Babington House
Babington House, Somerset, UK

Babington House is the definition of countryside chic. Striped sun-beds are waiting for you next to the pool on the beautiful lawn, overseeing the lake on the property. Once you are done with sightseeing, you can enjoy a nice day at the spa, or if you seek more activity, you can try one of the four grass tennis courts, croquet lawns or cricket pitch.

If you seek more privacy, you can also rent a lodge and cabin, for the ultimate idyllic rustic retreat.

Mâlâncrav Apafi Manor, Transylvania
Above the small village of Mâlâncrav, right next to the stronghold Evangelical church with beautiful Gothic murals, the Apafi Manor has, since 2007, been receiving guests in its exemplarily restored rooms, becoming a standard for the recovery and protection of local heritage architecture.
The five generous rooms, each with its own bathroom, as well as the kitchen, elegantly combine traditional furniture pieces with more modern ones, using a soft, natural color scheme. Nevertheless, the library remains the central space of the manor. Here, the decorative frieze was re-painted by two British artists and the interior design includes furniture pieces, books and paintings.



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