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Swoonworthy Modern Holiday Homes for Instagram Devotees!

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Published 21/06/2022 Swoonworthy Modern Holiday Homes for Instagram Devotees!


If you're someone for whom a holiday isn't a holiday unless it's somewhere stylishly special, we see you!

You're the reason why our latest list is a covetable parade of ‘wow-factor' loveliness; each retreat lavishly rich in timeless style, cutting-edge design features, and sumptuous furnishings worthy of a high-end magazine. 

A beautiful collection of modern holiday homes, some with a nod to the past and others ahead of their time, each has its own inimitable character and charm, with rooms so dazzling that they will see you reaching for your camera before you've fully stepped foot over the threshold!  

In other words, these are the kind of retreats your Instagram feed was made for.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: The Houseboat | Poole, Dorset

Vista Point

Vista Point

Listed beachside holiday home, designed by architect Patrick Gwynne, located on quiet estate in East Preston, West Sussex. It's rare to find a beautiful holiday home with such unspoiled views of the West Sussex coast and direct access to the beach.  It's even more rare for that home to be a significant piece of architectural history.  Welcome to Vista Point. Designed by…

Rest on the Hill

Rest on the Hill

Luxury, architect-designed, self-catering accommodation near Oswestry, Shropshire, close to English-Welsh border. Is there anything more perfect than relaxing back in luxurious contemporary surroundings, cosseted by the peace and seclusion of the countryside, all the while lapping up the most sensational panoramic views of the magnificent Welsh mountains?  If this is your idea…

Sound of Harris

Sound of Harris

Deluxe self-catering accommodation on the Isle of Harris with panoramic coastal views and mid-century interior design. At Sound of Harris, it really is possible to have it all... Deluxe self-catering accommodation. Stunning architecture blending tradition and innovation. Incredible mid-century interior design, celebrating the ‘best of British'. A commitment to…

Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Leave the rest of the world far behind in a heavenly hideaway for two, architect-designed for luxury and sumptuously secluded on the Cornish coast. Fallen Angel, overlooking the sparkling sea and privately secluded in the heart of Mousehole, Cornwall, is the perfect place to spend a romantic break... completely undisturbed in the lap of designer luxury.  The story of…

Sheepfold and Sheepshed

Sheepfold and Sheepshed

Exquisite architecture, fabulous eco-credentials and sweeping views of countryside and coastline - that's what to expect at Sheepfold and Sheepshed, a pair of eco-barns in glorious North Cornwall. Sheepfold and Sheepshed are two architect-designed holiday homes set on a quiet country lane among rolling farmland, offering distant views of the rugged coastline of Bedruthan Steps. Every detail -…

Pentire Penthouse

Pentire Penthouse

Experience an innovative circular penthouse apartment overlooking the golden sands of Newquay's famous Fistral Beach. Sleeping up to ten people in four bedrooms, Pentire Penthouse is a unique, expansive two-floor circular apartment that boasts truly stunning views of golden Fistral Beach, a true Cornish surfers' paradise! You'll find tranquil Pentire Penthouse nestled on top of a hill,…

The Box House

The Box House

A stunningly secluded, contemporary Atlantic oceanfront retreat with your very own beach, privately situated in Canada's beautiful Nova Scotia. Beautifully designed to contrast with its sparkling oceanside surroundings, the dramatic, contemporary architecture of The Box House makes a breathtaking impact from the moment you arrive. Ideal for groups of up to eight people looking to relax…

El Caracol

El Caracol

A cutting-edge Spanish mountain holiday home and swimmers' paradise, nestled within a Mediterranean pine forest and surrounded by unspoilt villages. Lovingly designed and built by its owners, El Caracol is a completely unique and contemporary family home, found on the edge of a mountainous nature park and surrounded by two sparkling rivers - meaning exceptional views are guaranteed!…

Samphire Studio

Samphire Studio

Samphire Studio is every design enthusiast's dream - a stylishly spectacular sanctuary for two in stunning St Ives, where vintage class blends with beachside charm for a truly unforgettable retreat. When you step off the cobbled streets of Downalong (the heart of old St Ives) into this incredible ground-floor studio apartment, you'll soon understand how Samphire Studio got its name.…

Westside Woodshed

Westside Woodshed

Westside Woodshed is an architect-designed oasis of calm, peacefully located at the end of a winding farm track in Scotland's Pentland Hills. Enjoy the best of all holiday worlds with a luxury stay at Westside Woodshed, serenely nestled within the soothing heather-clad Pentland Hills, yet just a short drive away from all the buzz and excitement of Edinburgh. The eco-friendly Woodshed…

Art Hangar

Art Hangar

Stray from the beaten Tuscan track at Art Hangar, in an industrial hangar transformed into a unique loft space that's perfect for creative dreamers. Described as Italy's "happy valley" by The Independent, Val d'Orcia is one of the most beautiful settings Tuscany has to offer. Full of wide open space, visually imposing vistas and ever-changing landscapes, there is always something new to feast…

The Mirror Houses

The Mirror Houses

The Mirror Houses are a contemporary duo of master-designed holiday homes that reflect the breathtaking natural beauty of Northern Italy. You surely couldn't wish for a more beautiful holiday setting than Northern Italy's South Tyrol, which occupies a special position in the heart of Europe.  Spectacular natural landscapes are assured here, with the Dolomites mountain range providing a…

Ermita del Carmen

Ermita del Carmen

Ermita del Carmen is a stunning 15th century chapel conversion, set within the soul-soothing natural heart of Andalucia. Turn back time amongst superlative surroundings, with a stay in a divine chapel conversion located within the Andalucian natural park of la Subbética, an unspoilt paradise of Mediterranean woodland, mountain ranges and sweet-scented olive gardens. Ermita del Carmen…

Urgell Apartment

Urgell Apartment

An architect-designed, cutting-edge penthouse overlooking the heart of Barcelona's thriving Sant Antoni district. If you've travelled to Barcelona, yet you've never visited Sant Antoni, then let us tell you right now: you're missing a trick.   The lively yet laid-back district is fast earning a reputation as a seriously hip hangout due to its buzzing market, bodegas on every corner,…

Backwater

Backwater

A timber framed, architect-designed scenic haven that provides total immersion in the serene beauty of the Norfolk Broads. Backwater's peaceful and exceptionally scenic position in Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads, means the first thing you can expect from your stay is outstanding views from just about every angle. Beautifully located on a private lagoon and gently raised…

Minimal Blue

Minimal Blue

An architect-designed villa infused with style and sophistication, overlooking the tranquil shores of Greece's East Attica. A two-level house that sleeps up to nine guests in exceptional style and comfort, Minimal Blue is a far cry from the traditional Greek beachside break. Perfectly located in Chamolia, a friendly and peaceful setting that overlooks the stunning East Attica shores,…

Qii House

Qii House

A bold and quirky architectural gem, superbly nestled within the lush rainforest ferns of Australia's Great Otway National Park. Lorne, the largest resort town along Australia's famed Great Ocean Road, is a very special part of the world. Home to lush rainforests and sparkling waterfalls that lead down to paradise-style sandy beaches, it's a location that's often described as…

Aplite House

Aplite House

A privately secluded, architect-designed eco haven that showcases Tasmania's unique beauty to its best, most dramatic effect. If you've never experienced Tasmania before (or even if you have), a stay at Aplite House will introduce you to all that is unique and special about this glorious Australian island. Perfectly situated next to the awe-inspiring Freycinet National Park, you'll find Aplite…

Life House

Life House

Contemplate the simple wonder of existence, in a serene architect-designed retreat set amongst the rolling mid-Welsh hills. If modern digital life is bringing you down, Life House is the remedy that dreams are made of. Expertly designed by the celebrated architect John Pawson CBE, in collaboration with the philosopher Alain de Botton, this is an unsurpassed sanctuary of beauty and simplicity,…

57 Nord

57 Nord

A boutique hideaway in the wildland of the north, 57 Nord takes its name from its location on the 57th parallel nestled within the dramatic landscape of the Scottish Highlands just south of the Isle of Skye. This boutique hideaway for two has staggering views of Loch Duich, Eilean Donan Castle and the Kintail Mountains and provides the perfect setting to slow down, recharge and reconnect.…

Petworth Lodge

Petworth Lodge

Explore an award-winning, architect-designed retreat, exquisitely positioned in the grounds of a West Sussex private estate.Winner of the prestigious RIBA award, Petworth Lodge boasts some serious design credentials. Surrounded by West Sussex countryside, and sleeping up to 10 guests in perfect comfort, it's also the ideal setting for ‘get away from it all' group breaks.Featuring spectacular…

Still Bend

Still Bend

Still Bend is a 1940s ‘dream house' created by a master, and perfectly positioned on Wisconsin's East Twin River.Writing for Life Magazine in 1938, the creative genius Frank Lloyd Wright described his plan for his American family ‘dream house': "...a little private club - with special privacies, ultra-conveniences and style all the while".Completed in 1940, the four-bedroom historic home is a…

The Houseboat

The Houseboat

An awe-inspiring, award-winning architectural masterpiece, featuring spectacular beachfront views out to Lake Pier and Poole Harbour. The winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects' coveted Stephen Lawrence Prize in 2017, The Houseboat boasts the ‘wow factor' in buckets-and-spades. Cleverly constructed to resemble two upturned boat hulls, the house is flooded with natural light from…

The Sandy Feet Retreat

The Sandy Feet Retreat

A jaw-dropping beachfront retreat, crafted by a master architect and secluded amongst nature, on one of the UK's "best undiscovered beaches". Described by the BBC as the "perfect place to get away from the crowds", and a 'best kept secret' by ELLE Decoration, The Sandy Feet Retreat is an instantly magical, truly unforgettable beachfront hideaway for up to 7 incredibly lucky guests. The beach in…

Villa Val di Noto

Villa Val di Noto

A sun-soaked, architect-designed retreat for luxurious family getaways, in Sicily's beautiful south-eastern province. Drenched in fascinating history, and famous for its breath-taking baroque buildings that date from the early 18th century, Noto is a largely undiscovered gem - and a UNESCO World Heritage Site - on Sicily's south-eastern tip. It's amongst this tranquil, ancient landscape that…

Rink Hill

Rink Hill

A glorious, architect-designed bolthole for two, gently nestled into the magnificent Scottish Borders landscape with views that stretch out for miles. Looking out over the shimmering River Tweed, Rink Hill is a soothing and luxurious Scottish Borders hideaway, for two weary souls in need of escape from hectic everyday life. Surrounded by wistful meadow, native grasses and wildflowers on the…

North Vat

North Vat

A former Dungeness fisherman's cottage, architecturally re-imagined as an award-winning, light-filled black timber retreat with 360-degree views of the nature-steeped shingle beach. A sanctuary of calm and clean-lined beauty, North Vat is beautifully positioned on the vast, desert-like shingle beach at Dungeness, a designated National Nature Reserve, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.…

The Pole House

The Pole House

A wow-factor Australian icon, architecturally renovated and suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach for a view-filled holiday quite unlike any other.Originally built by Frank Dixon back in 1978, The Pole House is one of the most photographed places on Australia's Great Ocean Road - and with good reason!Dramatically suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach, and newly renovated by a master…

The Playhouse

The Playhouse

A show-stopping architectural gem, dog-friendly and filled with quirky accessories, blissfully tucked away behind iconic High Street shops in medieval Rye. Perfectly situated in the beating heart of medieval Rye, The Playhouse is stunning architect-owned property that has been beautifully transformed into a show-stopping, dog-friendly couple's retreat. Creative types with an eye for style will…

Redford Luxury Barn

Redford Luxury Barn

Enjoy a sociable, luxurious, and dog-friendly space for families and groups of friends to reconnect, rich in rustic style and set deep in the heart of rolling Shropshire countryside.Boasting direct access to some of the most stunning country walks you'll ever take, along with a wealth of fresh-air activity, Redford Luxury Barn is a rural retreat to savour.The stylish and spacious barn sleeps up to…

The Nest at Severels

The Nest at Severels

An architect-designed, Grade II-listed haven set within idyllic garden and woodland, beautifully secluded along a tranquil country lane in a West Sussex village. Visually striking and rich in rural charm, The Nest at Severels is part of a rare Grade II-listed property, designed by the noted architect Walter Greaves as his family home. Described by Historic England as "a particularly…

Cornwell House

Cornwell House

A master architect-designed gem with a lava-rock hot tub, gently elevated over the Waiaka Stream for idyllic Hawaiian ocean and volcano views. Gently elevated over the Waiaka Stream, Cornwell House (also known as Sandy Simms House) is the only house in Hawaii to have been crafted by the pioneering 20th century master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Designed to work in harmony with both humanity…

Invisible House

Invisible House

A vast, eco-luxe mirrored skyscraper with a spectacular 100ft indoor swimming pool (and its very own 4000ft mountain!) that showcases incredible Joshua Tree desert views from every room. Sharing a border with the Joshua Tree National Park, Invisible House is superbly nestled at the foot of a hill, amongst 90 private acres of impossibly scenic Californian High Desert land. It's only fitting,…

The Edge

The Edge

An award-winning, architect-designed retreat with an infinity lap pool, breathtakingly elevated directly above the white-sand beach at Port Douglas, home of the Great Barrier Reef.The proud winner of Australia's ‘House of the Year' award in 2015, The Edge is an iconic, almost other-worldly retreat that sits directly above the golden beach at Port Douglas.Designed by the renowned Aussie architect…

The Sunflower House

The Sunflower House

A unique, architect-designed Catalonian clifftop retreat, with spectacular picture-framed views across the Mediterranean to France, and the Cabo de Creus National Park. Featured in the New York Times and Wallpaper, The Sunflower House has been purpose-built on an exposed clifftop near Port de la Selva, to capture truly mesmerising views across the Mediterranean to France, and the surrounding Cabo…

Under Catswood

Under Catswood

A thoroughly modern, architect-designed retreat, nestled amongst seven blissful acres of private woodland in Slad Valley with idyllic Cotswold views. Showcasing spectacular 30-mile views across the mesmerising Cotswold escarpment, Under Catswood is a luxurious, architect-designed retreat that's packed with contemporary style. Nestled amongst seven private acres of woodland and sleeping up to six…

Indigo Barn

Indigo Barn

A luxurious light-filled retreat that's brimming with sociable style, beautifully positioned on a chalk hill with breath-taking views across rolling North Norfolk pasture, out towards the coast. When you arrive at Indigo Barn, you'll first be blown away by its spectacular setting. Surrounded by the sweeping Holkham Estate, the refurbished barn is perfectly positioned on a chalk hill that looks…

Follow The Dusk

Follow The Dusk

A bespoke, architect-designed retreat that oozes luxury, deftly combining modern style with original Grade II-listed features in the centre of Marylebone.Perfect for a romantic couple, Follow the Dusk is a unique retreat: bespoke-designed by award-winning architects, and occupying a striking Grade II-listed building in the centre of bustling Marylebone.Inside awaits a gorgeous mix of modern…

Hyggee House

Hyggee House

An ultra-luxurious country escape secluded amongst idyllic Wiltshire Downs woodland, with a wrap-around terrace for supreme sunset-watching over the shimmering lake. Blissfully secluded in the fresh heart of Wiltshire countryside, Hyggee House occupies a mesmerising location right next to a shimmering lake, with dreamlike woodland surroundings that make your soul feel immediately lighter. It…

Seabreeze

Seabreeze

Seabreeze is a uniquely striking holiday home for breezy family breaks by the sea, beautifully positioned on the vast, mesmerising golden beach at Camber Sands. Washed in polished concrete that's a beautiful shade of dusky pink, Seabreeze creates an arresting vision on the enchanting foreshore of Camber Beach. Light-filled and elegant, inside awaits a wealth of luxury and style that's…

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