11 of the World’s Finest Farmhouse Hotels
Most of us know that a real farmer’s life isn’t all gourmet picnics and sniffing around the herb garden, but that doesn’t have to stop us from indulging in a little escapism now and then.
These eleven farmhouse hotels bring the fantasy to life — so instead of an early-morning scramble to find the snooze button on that screaming rooster, it’s “more coq au vin, please.”
1. Dos Lunas
Cordoba, Argentina — Located in the unofficial capital of Argentina’s cowboy country, this century-old estancia sits on some 5,000 spectacular acres. Fresh air is the main attraction, with impossibly scenic picnics and asados (think fine steaks and excellent wine), day trips into the mountains and even moonlight horseback rides.
2. La Bastide de Marie
Menerbes, Provence — A centuries-old stone farmhouse amidst the vineyards of Provence’s Lubéron valley, La Bastide de Marie has all the intimacy of a private countryside home — yet the hoteliers are longtime veterans of the French hospitality industry, making for an experience that’s as polished as it is romantic.
3. Domaine de Capelongue
Bonnieux, Provence — Domaine de Capelongue, one of three Provençal farmhouses on our list, comes from acclaimed French chef Edouard Loubet. Naturally, the destination-worthy restaurant makes outstanding use of the local bounty, and the spectacular gardens on the grounds are perfect for a post-meal stroll.
4. The Lodge at Tikana
Southland, New Zealand — At the one-room Lodge at Tikana, hosts Dave and Donna are your only neighbors, on hand to create delicious, locally sourced meals, and to make sure everything is to your liking — from the library full of books to the double soaking tub with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
5. Farmhouse Inn
Forestville, California — Located in a quiet corner of Sonoma County, this 19th-century farmhouse exudes a low-key elegance that’s increasingly hard to find in the Northern California wine country. One moment you’re dining in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, the next you’re roasting marshmallows over a fire.
6. Casa Azzurra
Macerata, Le Marche — If you’re looking for a pure, back-to-basics Italian farmhouse experience, this is it — a nine-room pearl of a hotel abutting a field of sunflowers in the little-visited foothills of the Sibillini mountains. It’s all decidedly rustic — no marble baths or Egyptian sheets, just peace, quiet and endless bucolic scenes.
7. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand — Perched in the headlands above Hawke’s Bay, the Farm at Cape Kidnappers embodies a distinctly modern sort of rusticity; it’s built at least as much for comfort as good looks. Views up and down the coast come standard in every suite, and despite the far-flung setting, the dining here is extremely refined.
8. Relais Residenza d’Arte
Torrita di Siena, Tuscany — This sprawling stone farmhouse in a 14th-century Tuscan village is positively brimming with art; works are liberally distributed throughout the interiors, while outside the sculpture garden is framed by picture-perfect Tuscan vistas, with rolling hills covered in cypress trees and olive groves.
9. Follonico Suite B&B
Torrita di Siena, Tuscany — Apparently there’s room for two world-class farmhouse hotels in little Torrita di Siena. This one dates back to the 9th century, though owners Suzanne Simons and Fabio Firli have replaced any residual medieval gloom with cheery, rustic-chic minimalist decor in the spacious, sun-washed rooms.
10. Hotel Mas de Peint
Arles, Provence — The 17th-century farmhouse at Hôtel Mas de Peint has been in owner Jacques Bon’s family for generations, and it’s still as much a working farm as it is a hotel. The surroundings are authentically agricultural, as is the incredible farm-fresh dinner served in the middle of the kitchen.
11. Hotel Le Fontanelle
Pianella, Tuscany — An ancient stone farmhouse sitting atop a hill, Le Fontanelle overlooks a sea of sloping vineyards. After years of renovation, the interiors look as good as new, though the terraced lawns, terra-cotta patios, and stone paths meandering through aromatic herb patches make it hard to stay indoors.