Eight architect-designed holiday homes available to rent in Europe


Hermitage Sykaminea, Greece, by Andreas Sell

Guests can go completely off-grid in this Grecian getaway, which has no running water and operates exclusively using solar power.

Nestled within an olive grove, the secluded property comprises a timber main house with a stone bathhouse at its rear. Interiors are sparsely finished with simple furnishings and appliances to mimic the aesthetic of humble shacks that local farmers once used as accommodation during harvests.

A timber cabin in arctic Norway and an off-grid dwelling in rural Greece are among some of the architect-designed vacation homes listed in new book Holiday Architecture, and all available to rent this year.

Released by Urlaubs Architektur, a website that lists holiday homes and hotels across Europe, Holiday Architecture explores more than 30 vacation properties.

Several of these are in remote locations that the book’s authors– Ulrich Stefan Knoll, Britta Krämer and Anke Steinweg – describe as “on the edges” of tourism.

Interiors reporter Natasha Levy picks out eight of the best:

Urlaub Architektur's Holiday Architecture book roundup: Casa Agostos by Pedro Domingos
Photo by Fernando Guerra

Casa Agostos, Portugal, Pedro Domingos

Huge rectangular openings punctuate the pale facade of this home in the south of Portugal’s Algarve region, providing views of a surrounding nature reserve filled with gnarled olive trees and flowering shrubs.

Found in a state of ruin, the property was overhauled and extended by architect Pedro Domingos to create a series of calming, white-painted living spaces and skylights that flood the interior with natural light.

Urlaub Architektur's Holiday Architecture book roundup: Hermitage Sykaminea by Andreas Sell