Keep It Quaint: 5 Charming Properties for Your Next Intimate Getaway - Travel

They range from 300 to 400 euros a night.

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Le Domaine D’Ablon

As you step beyond the iron gates into the pristine estate of Le Domaine d’Ablon, you will be transported into a classical 16th century Norman hamlet with its half-timbered architecture and verdant gardens. Owner Christophe Delaune is on hand to welcome guests, ensuring personalized service is met with ample privacy during their stay.

Delaune, a former president of a major print marketing company, gave up his Parisian penthouse to create the five-acre rural retreat in the heart of Lower Normandy’s Auge region near to Le Harve and the artistic coastal town of Honfleur. Dairies and apple orchards anchor the region’s home-grown and unpretentious air, and the hotel prides itself on growing some of the best produce.

Normandy’s famous regional produce are complemented with seasonal fruit and vegetables from the estate grounds. Inside the little thatched cottages, suites are comfortable with a pleasant rustic feel. The country house’s décor, designed by Laureen de Rouvre, incorporates antique furniture, artworks and beautiful wall hangings, brought together to create the ambiance of a family home with muted luxury. Service is intimate, from dial-up apple tarts to a pick-your-own vegetable garden.

You can immerse themselves another Normandy tradition at the Haras stud farm, an exclusive behind-the-scenes introduction to its horse racing heritage. Le Domaine d’Ablon can tailor-make trips to help you discover the beauty and history of the Pays d’Auge. Visit magical Mont-Saint-Michel, explore the charming streets of artists’ favourite Honfleur, or just soak up the charm of the Estate.

Hotel La Roya 

This northern Corsican beachfront retreat has coastal views spanning the Cap Corse peninsula and the Agriates desert. One of Saint Florent’s top hotels, La Roya is a favorite among those looking for a romantic getaway. 

A small path shaded by palm trees and umbrella pines leads you the hotel’s own private beach on Plage La Roya. There, you will have panoramic views of the idyllic village of Saint Florent, a bustling harbour town only moments away from some of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches.

Each of La Roya’s rooms come with a private balcony or terrace with either a view of the rugged mountains or St Florent. You can enjoy dinner under the stars at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant (also named La Roya), which celebrates authentic Corsican cuisine and local produce.

Blessed with such a biodiverse landscape, La Roya makes for a good base to explore Saint Florent’s attractions and enjoy some of the finest food that the island has to offer. Explore the sun-scorched desert of Agriates, or visit one of the region’s ancient churches such as San Michele de Murato. The latter, built in 1280, is a great example of Pisan Romanesque architecture. Round off a day of sightseeing with a wine-tasting at the Patrimonio estate, just a few minutes from the hotel.

Breidenbacher Hof

Situated right at the famous Königsallee, Düsseldorf’s famous shopping street and the historic heart of the Old Town, Breidenbacher Hof features turn-of-the-century architecture and contemporary take on comfort. Opulent interiors crafted with the finest woods and furnishings recall the hotel’s glamourous 19th-century heritage, while present-day amenities and Personal Assistants are on hand for guest convenience.

The hotel also has a private entrance for those who prefer to remain unseen as well as a dedicated entrance to an adjacent medical clinic. Light, airy and spacious, Breidenbacher Hof’s rooms and suites are retreats in themselves. With views over the rooftops or the landscaped courtyard, they feature rich linens and bespoke furniture, as well as Italian marble bathrooms.

For complete and total privacy, the Royal Floor, a newly-created space with 11 separate rooms, can easily be connected into one massive suite. Breidenbacher Hof’s prime location also puts you within easy distance of the city’s art galleries, museums, and famous shopping streets.

Gut Diepensiepen farm is  Breidenbacher Hof’s own farm where they grow their own produce. After visiting there, you can join executive chef Philipp Ferber in the Molteni Show Kitchen at the hotel for a private cooking class. There, you can learn how to make one of the most famous local dishes called “Heaven and Earth,” which is made of black pudding, onions, mashed potatoes and apple sauce.

The American Colony Hotel 

This property in Jerusalem is steeped in history and a gem of Ottoman architecture. Originally a Pasha’s palace, the hotel is dispersed across four buildings and surrounded by lush gardens.

Among the 94 rooms guests can choose between Junior Suites with painted wooden ceilings that open onto the hotel’s famed Courtyard, Classic Pasha rooms individually furnished in the Ottoman style and Penthouse Suites featuring spa bathrooms among others. In summer the hotel’s Courtyard restaurant is ideal for an al fresco meal or a place to relax under the shade of a mulberry tree. An edible garden provides herbs for the kitchen and a scented location to read a book while and the Palm House garden is home to the Summer Bar with its grill-under-the-stars and cocktails.

The pool, constructed from Jerusalem stone and lined with glass tiles, is open between May and October. In winter, the focus moves indoors to The Arabesque restaurant, which serves up Middle Eastern dishes complemented by local wines, Val’s Brasserie for a more informal menu of local dishes and afternoon tea by the fire, and Cellar Bar located in the building’s original dairy.

Take some time to browse the hotel’s selection of boutiques: Barakat Antiquarian has a large selection of antiques and carpets; the Bookshop offers a selection of locally-orientated historic, travel and holiday reads; and The American Colony Print Shop has reproductions of historic photographs from 1896 to 1940 curated by the American Colony Archive and the Jerusalem Fine Arts Prints team.

Hotel Raphael

Situated in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, Hotel Raphael is mere moments away from such Parisian icons as the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Élysées. Run by the same family over four generations, the hotel is the quintessence of the French art of living.

The hotel boasts impressive freestone architecture, intricate sculpture work in Art Deco and Belle Epoque splendour. From the beautifully restored antique furniture in the Louis XV or Louis XVI style, luxurious fabrics by Rubelli and Lelièvre, hand-painted wall murals in the rooms, to personalized VIP welcome packs for children, careful attention to detail delivers an authentic Parisian experience.

While the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, the building is also completely soundproof to keep away sounds of infamous Parisian traffic. Thanks to its unique decor, many movie scenes have been filmed at the Hotel Raphael, such as Luc Besson’s Anna and Nikita. When you’re ready to explore, the 16th arrondissement of Paris has restaurants, museums, art galleries, and food markets aplenty.

Affectionately referred to as “a garden in the sky,” the rooftop terrace is a horticultural haven with more than 100 varieties of flowers and plants. Treat yourself to a glass of champagne or lunch as you savor an uninterrupted 360° view on main historical buildings of Paris from above in the summer.

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