The House in the Sea is a luxurious and truly magical self-catering home stay located on Towan Island just off the coast of Newquay, north Cornwall, United Kingdom. Giving a unique island experience, this idyllic beach pad is perfectly positioned next to Towan Beach. The three bedroom, three bath property is reached via a suspension footbridge that extends from the mainland onto the island, whose views wrap around the Cornish coast. The quirky interiors of this vacation pad have been recently re-styled and re-imagined, featuring a fusion of “cool New York vibe with a sophisticated coastal luxury, which makes this iconic private island retreat the epitome of seaside chic.” This retreat is ideal for those seeking a romantic rendezvous, an exclusive getaway experience or just a luxury surfing trip. The master suite offers its own heavenly sanctuary, where you will feel rejuvenated sleeping with the sound of waves crashing through the open windows. There are many windows throughout the home, that not only offers privileged ocean views, but natural daylight and cool breezes from the sea. A window seat lines a bay window in the cozy living room, which is the perfect spot for storm watching. There is also a fully-eqipped bar for making a tasty cocktail and lounging on the terrace to watch the sunset. A sunny garden room with lush enclosed gardens is the perfect retreat for sitting with a good book. Upon arrival to the island, there is a flag to raise, which ceremoniously marks your arrival to this piece of paradise.
The good news is you can stay at this fascinating retreat, which sleeps up to six people. Rates start at $1,576 for two guests or $3,244 for a three-night weekend getaway for up to six guests, from here.
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Spotted on ESNY, Bleecker Tower is an exclusive loft apartment combining historic details with modern luxury, located in the historic MSI building, NoHo, New York. The building has undergone extensive renovation, managing to recreate and maintain the future glory days of this 1898 build that was one of the most beautiful buildings of its era. Comprised of 983 square feet (91 square meters) of living space, the home showcases flooring to ceiling arched windows framing a dramatic great room with a long stone fireplace and marble kitchen island and a dining space, a wonderful layout for entertaining family and guests in true elegance. The whole interior is very lavish and grand with bright white interiors and black accents. Light follows into the bedroom with its own arched window and an adjoining bathroom designed entirely in white Italian marble, enhancing the spectacular impression. There is also a guest bedroom / media room with a walk-in closet and adjoining bathroom.
This spectacular home is listed for sale at $7,995,000.
Flooring throughout most of the interiors is of genuine Swedish wide plank beech wood. To protect the artwork, decor and furnishings from the sun, windows are coated with Sunshield solar film. Custom pocket doors were incorporated into the design scheme to increase flexibility of spaces. Functionality was also a key component in the design, with plenty of closet space to keep everything in its place. What do you think, does this home showcase too much white?
Want to see more homes with white interiors, have a look at some of our past articles showcased here on 1 Kindesign such as, Inspiring home design reveals lofty interiors in Israel: House A and 24 Sensational white dream kitchens you must see.
The Pointe on Andesite is a rustic style luxury log cabin designed with elegance and comfort by Bozeman-based Pearson Design Group, located in Big Sky, Montana. This is an inviting house design where family and friends can come and relax and feel at home. The interiors feature durable fabrics and furnishings, everything is functional and has its place. There are lots of windows to soak in the mountainous views and allow natural light to penetrate the depths of the home. An indoor rustic wood balcony can be found in the living room, bordering around the double story stone fireplace. Everything in the interiors is in keeping with the area, the living spaces are elegant enough for art yet practical enough for muddy boots. The home is comprised of a beautiful living room, kitchen, dining room, cozy bedrooms, bathrooms, a basement and wine cellar. Right off the kitchen is a stunning outdoor covered patio with a fireplace for intimate gatherings with family and friends.
The home is situated high up on forested mountain site with sweeping views of the surrounding rugged landscape. A traditional style log cabin spread out over three levels, this spacious home has everything one could possibly want in a vacation retreat. We would love to know your thoughts in the comments section below, would this be your idea of a perfect vacation home?
Love rustic homes? Check out more inspiration here on 1 Kindesign in some of our past features including, Sumptuous Montana retreat featuring cozy rustic-modern and Rustic-modern ski house in Big Sky.
Photos: Courtesy of Pearson Design Group
Villa Kinara is a thatched roof luxury home that is available as a vacation rental, surrounded by lush vegetation and cozy outdoor living spaces in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia. The property offers a variety of amenities and plenty of indoor/outdoor living space with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, all en-suite. This is the perfect place to travel to with family or friends, Seminayk is a top destination with top notch restaurants, plenty of shopping, spas, interesting culture and gorgeous beaches and landscape. The spacious open-sided living area offers plenty of room for entertaining, to relax and watch a movie, enjoy a glass of wine or play a game of pool. This space is decorated with modern furnishings, a neutral color palette with pops of color and teakwood throughout. The open concept space flows into the dining area, with a custom teak table, then into the open kitchen, one of two situated on the property.
To stay at this luscious retreat, rates run from $1,050 – $1,895 per night, with a maximum of 12 guests, from here.
The back terrace offers multiple sun loungers and a sumptuous swimming pool to enjoy a refreshing dip and the surrounding tropical environment. There are also terraces that offer shade with stylish outdoor furnishings to kick back and enjoy your tropical vacation. There are additional amenities to help you enjoy your stay, such as a chef, housekeeper and even a security guard. We think this would be an incredible place to stay, what do you think?
The ultimate in modern tropical living, this gorgeous villa is located just steps from the beach in the prestigious area of Batu Belig area, North Seminyak, Bali. This elegant villa blurs the lines between indoors and out, comprising of 5,920 square feet (550 square meters) of living space with four bedrooms and four en-suite bathrooms. The home embraces all of the comforts and glamour one would think of in modern living in the tropics, all while preserving an exotic atmosphere and distinctive Balinese charm. Nestled on a lush property of 940 square meters, this luxury villa showcases a main living and dining pavilion, a bedroom pavilion, an entertainment room with a business center, as well a relaxation and dining pavilion in spacious gardens with a 16 meters swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi.
If you are loving the look of this villa, you are in luck! It is listed for sale from here.
An open plan concept and perfect seating arrangements creates a great flow throughout the living, kitchen and dining areas, perfect for entertaining family and friends. Courtesy of sliding glass wall panels, the living room spills out onto the outdoor terrace where welcoming lounge chairs and a beautiful swimming pool awaits.
Amazing Grace is a stunning vacation rental designed with classic elegance of a West Indies plantation manor, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. Situated on Providenciales, a small island as part of one of Turks and Caicos Islands, this five bedroom home has access to a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. This is the perfect retreat for either a romantic getaway or a fun family escape from the daily grind.
This picturesque retreat offers meticulously landscaped gardens and a wonderful 50 foot swimming pool to spend the day splashing around in. If the pool is not your thing, this heavenly escape also offers a 100 foot dock to hop on a kayak. At dusk, memorable sunsets are a treat to enjoy every evening, while lounging on the pool terrace on designer furnishings. The property features a custom lighting system with a magical glow that casts on the gardens, making evening entertaining thorougly enjoyable. An al fresco dining table will help you enjoy starlight dinners with a glass of wine.
To stay at this fabulous five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath retreat, rates run from $4,000 – $8,500 per night, from here.
With arched French doors throughout this plantation home, natural light and fresh coastal breezes meander into the interiors. Plush contemporary furnishings grace the interiors, with natural infusions of dark wood and exposed beams reminiscint of a tropical setting. An open and airy living room with an adjacent elegant dining room offer view out to the ocean. A media room will allow you to curl up and relax with your favorite movies with a high-end home theater system. The chef’s kitchens offers natural stone surfaces and custom hardwood cabinets, making it very enjoyable to cook and entertain in. There is also a private chef, butler and even a housekeeper that can make your stay even more relaxing and stress free.
Each of the five sensational bedrooms seems to encapsulate the warmth and spirit of Turks and Caicos. A spacious master suite opens on both sides to the upper level veranda. There are his and hers en-suites with double vanities and luxurious showers that opens up to the outdoors. The additional guest bedrooms also showcase their own heavenly en-suites and jaw-dropping views.
An unforgettable escape, the luxury Siam Villa was designed by Thai designer Eggarat Wongcharit, at the Iniala Beach House resort in Phuket, Thailand. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, the five-acre property comprises three villas (each with three suites), and one spectacular penthouse suite.
The $22,750 starting rate for a sybaritic one-week stay in a three-suite villa—with plenty of room for three couples or a family—offers much in return, not least your own private spa and a full staff that includes a driver, a butler, and a chef.
Description from the architects: The residence is a masterpiece of design fusing traditional Thai architecture with organic, contemporary forms. World-renowned designers of the villas include The Campana Brothers of Brazil, A-cero from Spain, Joseph Walsh of Ireland, Mark Brazier-Jones of New Zealand, Graham Lamb from Britain and Thailand’s Eggarat Wongcharit. Every bedroom and living space is completely different. The Beach House has 10 bedrooms spread over 3 individual villas and a spectacular Penthouse. Every bedroom and living space is startlingly different; a unique expression from the masters of contemporary design from all around the world.
Villa Siam is designed by Eggarat Wongcharit and is a maximalist fantasy inspired by Thai culture and Buddhism; includes beds and sofas suspended from the ceiling by wicker bamboo. The villa’s own spa is located within an ancient golden Thai bell, with Buddhist teachings translated into English inscribed in the walls. Eggarat Wongcharit’s extraordinary creations use a modern take on traditional Thai craftsmen’s techniques. Intricate wickerwork and glass mosaics grace his eclectic and daring rooms of the villa, and his work is unique and original.
Common areas: inspired by nearby Phang Nga Bay, all of the furniture is Thai as well as the artwork, and a collage of small pictures of Buddha are “protected” by being wrapped in a crochet hanging on the wall. The room pays a tribute to the sacred Buddha with three large illuminated images on the wall behind hanging white sofas covered with mother of pearl. A wrapped pagoda with traditional Thai weaving expanding over it onto the ceiling ties the room’s contemporary lines and Thai roots seamlessly together, and the weaving incorporates an elaborate dream catcher facing down upon guests as they walk in. A dining table seats up to six, with the backdrop of eclectic and playful waving cats.
Beyond the living room is perhaps the most breathtaking part of Villa Siam – The Spa. A golden dome inscribed with Buddhist teachings translated into English, and hand cut mirrors in the shower and toilet areas are placed in a traditional Thai technique commonly used in the building of temples. This Spa also has a traditional Thai steam room and is inspired by a temple in the mountains of northern Thailand.
Lotus Suite: Inspired by the symbolism of the Lotus flower
This mystical suite is aptly named for the lotus pads splashed on the ceiling over the bed, very Thai in style and with much symbolism. In Buddhist teachings, whatever is on top of water is said to be elevated. The lily pads over the bed are inverted so that while the guest sleeps, their spirit is elevated in their dreams. Another mother of pearl suspended sofa accompanies the bed. In the bathroom, a Thai graphic designer was commissioned to create a lotus fish on a large piece of resin.
The complementary Siamese Suites (two bedrooms) are absolute beachfront and serve as each other’s ying to yang. The symmetry of the rooms are opposite using white and natural wood, and the suites have cocoon beds with the traditional Thai weaving technique used with bamboo, giving the rooms a fresh scent. Each room also has outdoor jungle showers, the walls covered with vibrant green plant simulations.
Photos: Courtesy of Iniala Beach House
Winelands 190 was recently completed by Antoni Associates, located in the heart of Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The luxury property is nestled in the epicenter of the vineyards and wine farms, the setting boasts a modern twist on the traditional “Cape Dutch” styled home.
Description from the designers: Mark Reilly, Jon Case and Clive Schulze took architecture and interior design to a whole new level in this incredible project named Winelands 190 by creating a place where the whole family can gather in a modern farmhouse with an emphasis on barefoot luxury.
The owners of the home love entertaining so their home needed to accommodate social spaces that reflected this aspect of their lives, and you’ll agree the poolside, fireside and cellar do great justice to their requirements.
The clients brief was to ensure that when their grown up kids had departed after the weekend they didn’t feel they were rattling around in a big empty home, which lead to decisions which saw the first floor occupying all the entertaining spaces as well as the master bedroom, and the three additional guest suites being located on the first floor.
Design regulations only permitted a single story, so the guest suites became cleverly accommodated in the roof attic.
Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, famous for the delicious wines found in this earthy region, it made perfect sense for the design team to choose natural organic materials such as timber and stone throughout Winelands 190. Limed oak flooring was compatibly paired with honey coloured stone walls with contrasting black charcoals and chalky white finishes which added both warmth and a sense of homeliness.
The water features of the front pool terrace area and the pond at the rear evoke a sense of calm that is further enhanced by the mountain landscape across the water in the distance. Internally the clean lines of the fireplace with its chic modern surround and old school wood stockpile beneath complete the appeal that this is a home to luxuriate. Part of the luxury of good living is enjoying a glass of fine wine. The glass wine cabinet has all the hallmarks of sophistication, modernity and class. The idea of viewing through this space is akin to inspecting the colour and body of any wine and we find this feature completely inspired.
The lighting throughout accomplishes what every home needs – a wow factor. Combinations of bold and discreet lighting can be seen in the subtle lighting incorporated in all the recesses and feature bulkheads, providing a warm glow around the peripheral edges right through to the customized crystal chandelier by Martin Doller suspended dramatically from the ceiling rafters.
The interior furniture and décor were designed by Mark Rielly and Sarika Jacobs of AA Interiors who worked around modern and complementary to the experience of the home including tactile finishes such as timber, textured leathers and raw linens to add a sophisticated sense of understated luxury.
Photos: Adam Letch
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