Country/Vineyard

The Bardessono, located on an extraordinary six acres that was once the home of the Bardessono family, whose descendants were early settlers in Yountville, California, redefines the concept of a wine...
Though sublime, the 17 intricately painted ceilings and frescoes of Villa Feltrinelli are overshadowed by the mesmerizing ambience of the grounds themselves. Towering 150-year-old magnolias display...
A working sheep farm for more than 150 years, Wharekauhau (pronounced Forry-ko-ho) spans a 16-mile stretch on North Island’s southeast coast. Despite its size, the estate feels intimate. Visitors can...
Each of Twin Farms’ 20 cottages, cabins, rooms, and homes contains unique temptations that discourage venturing outside. The Aviary has a hot tub that abuts a fireplace and a huge window that looks...
Paratiho’s hub is a palatial main lodge with a spa, lounge, and library inside and a croquet lawn, putting green, and infinity pool outside. Flanking the lodge are the resort’s six one-bedroom suites...
Salmon fishing and sailing on Lake Wakatipu is possible just steps from the main lodge at Blanket Bay, an intimate alpine resort set on 65,000 acres on New Zealand’s South Island. Guests at Blanket...
Stark, whitewashed walls accentuate colorful Vietri tiles in Le Sirenuse’s guest rooms, most of which include bougainvillea-lined terraces with dramatic views of the coast. Several suites include...
Built in 1893 and renovated in 2000, the white-columned Wheatleigh is set within a 22-acre park (designed by Central Park landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted) just outside the village of Lenox...
The Arlberg Hospiz, in the tiny Alpine town of St. Christoph, plays the Austrian formula to perfection: The staff is mostly native and wears traditional garb, the interiors are warm and woody, and...
Set along the banks of the Waikato River, this 17-acre resort on New Zealand’s North Island regularly records trout catches of 10 pounds or more from the region’s waters. Huka Lodge, which opened as...
Rebuilt in the Renaissance era, the hacienda is adorned with Spanish Baroque and sleek contemporary furniture, vaulted ceilings, and sweeping frescoes. Rooms overlook the lush Parisian and Persian...
Outside the Cliveden House, a stone terrace leads to a 1,000-yard parterre and the estate’s 376 acres of formal gardens and parklands. The Water Garden, the centerpiece of which is a pagoda built for...
First opened as a restaurant in 1953, the Château de la Chèvre d’Or has evolved over the years into a 33-room resort. Nine of the property’s Accommodations are apartments located within the village...
Auberge Resorts developed its property—zoned fortents and motor homes—as a series of freestanding bungalows (equipped with hidden wheels). Bedrooms and living rooms connect via large wooden decks...
The historic Hotel Caruso, Orient-Express Hotels’ fourth property in Italy, incorporates the excavated remains of an 11th-century palace, a colonnade that dates to the 17th century, and buildings and...
In an age of stripped-down modernism, the new Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a glorious throwback to well-appointed comfort. While the five suites and 21 rooms feature giant plasma-...
In the film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The Sound of Music, Baroness Schrader, Captain von Trapp’s impermanent Viennese fiancée, delights in her visits to Salzburg “among the...
In Hotel Le Regina’s La Rotisserie restaurant, old Warsaw is alive and well with such Polish classics as gefilte fish with cod, pot au feu, and, on Sundays, “linner,” the city’s take on the late...
Though it dates to 1861, Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne, Switzerland, is by no means fusty and old-fashioned. A recently completed $74 million refurbishment—which spanned 12 years—has kept this Belle...
In February, James Manley, owner of the Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana, spent a relaxing vacation at the 40-suite Amanyara beach resort in Turks and Caicos. The 56-year-old Connecticut businessman...
In Tuscany, the most ordinary landscapes are strewn with the detritus of history. Rutted roads and trails dating to the Roman Empire cut through the countryside, leading past Renaissance manors,...
The term country house hotel can conjure up images of crumbling Edwardian piles with drafty rooms, threadbare furnishings, and a culinary oeuvre that trades heavily on spotted dick and bangers and...
From among the cypress trees in the hills of Fiesole, Il Salviatino peeks out onto the Florentine skyline. This former aristocratic estate opened as a hotel in October following a nearly $60 million...
In 2007, Emirates Hotels & Resorts purchased a 4,000-acre site in Australia’s Blue Mountains with the intention of building a resort-cum–conservation project. Two years later, the new Wolgan...
Las Vegas businessman Larry Ruvo believes success should be shared. As senior managing director of Nevada’s Southern Wine & Spirits, he has grown the company into one of the state’s largest...
Geoff Kruth steers his Toyota Camry down a gravel road lined with industrial-size waste bins and derelict autos. At a dead end, he pulls up beside a brick-and-wood warehouse, where a friendly Red...
It is a balmy June afternoon at Delaire, Laurence Graff’s lush, 100-acre vineyard property in Stellenbosch, on South Africa’s Western Cape. The grand opening is just a few days away, but the...
The makers of Louis XIII cognac have opened their elusive doors to the public, offering visitors access to the Rémy Martin private estate and cellar in the Cognac region of France. The 10-hour Louis...
On a hill next to the Clos Apalta vineyards and winery, the Lapostolle Residence consists of four opulent casitas that are so private you can sunbathe nude on your terrace while gazing at the nearby...
First as a fishing camp in the 1940s, and later as a rodeo ranch in the 1970s, the stretch of Texas Hill Country that is now the Lake Austin Spa Resort was a haunt for hardened locals for decades...

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