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5 rustic European holiday destinations

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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December has arrived, surely and quickly, and the busy rush of the Christmas season is beginning to take hold. For some, organising a trip away may be the least of their priorities, for others, the thought of getting away from all the silly season madness reigns supreme. Whatever phase you're in, whether it is dreading the sound of jingle bells or wearing a Santa hat, a European getaway to the countryside is always due.

Today on homify, we have 5 amazing rustic European holiday destinations on show. From the charming landscape of Bavaria, to the luscious rolling hills of Scotland. Don't let Christmas get in the way—take care of yourself and your family, and organise a little bit of respite and recluse from modern day life.

Starting point: Country Madrid

We begin this journey in Becerril de la Sierra, a village in the community of Madrid. Here, a delightful mountain home can be found, fully integrated into the environment, both by its materials and for its construction methods. Built according to ecological and sustainable design principles, the main body of the structure is stone. The front façade however, is constructed out of glass, providing a transparency and contrast to the rustic design. The most striking element is the unevenly pitched roof, where one half is stretched almost to the ground.

Back to Romanesque Italy

Let's travel back in time and visit this spectacular rural Italian home. Although on paper, the house is bureaucratically nineteenth century, there are parts that were presumably built during the Middle Ages. This old farmhouse has been renovated and expanded, with the owners opting to segments from scratch. This ensures the property does not visually disrupt or alter the view of the ancient Roman church, which has been rebuilt in the classic Romanesque style in the second half of the twelfth century.

Enjoy Scotland

House by the Woods, St Andrews:  Kitchen by Fife Architects
Fife Architects

House by the Woods, St Andrews

Fife Architects

A few miles from the Scottish town of Saint Andrews, you will find this quaint old farmhouse. By enlarging the perpendicular volume of the home, more space has been provided to the occupant for an open plan kitchen and dining area. Experts from the United Kingdom are well versed in combining traditional values and modern design, and this cottage is an excellent example of this accolade. Here, a romantic country space has been fused together with luxury and light-filled modern design.

In the heart of Bavaria

We've already passed through three European countries, so its time for us to make a stop in off in the typical German countryside. Or rather, a home which is synonymous with Bavarian style. This home is 450 years old, and was restored to bring it firmly into the 21st century. Wooden and homely, the façade is reminiscent of the prized Black Forest Cuckoo clocks that are known around the world. The rustic charm of this home has been carefully retained, so the property looks cosy and inviting. 

The rural north of Paris

 Houses by Katia Rocchia Home Designer
Katia Rocchia Home Designer

Maison de campagne revisitée

Katia Rocchia Home Designer

Living in a country home doesn't mean you need to live without luxuries. This is evidenced in this farmhouse located north of Paris. Without relinquishing the old charm of the building, a pool and some modern creature comforts have been added. In this fine example of a rural paradise, it is possible for the occupants or holidaymakers to kick back and relax in style.

Do you love country and rural properties? Then check out the following ideabooks:

homify 360: a cosy brick house

Modern renovation of a Victorian home

What is your favourite European holiday destination? Let us know in the comments below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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