The travel section of The Guardian is always worth reading. This weekend they had an article about a new vacation rental agency that lets people rent modern architect-designed houses in unique locations in the UK.
High design, low price: UK holiday homes, Alain de Botton’s set of cutting-edge, affordable holiday homes is bringing modernism to the masses, by Hannah Booth, The Guardian, Saturday 2 October 2010
Alain de Botton, the author of The Art of Travel, and a group of architects have created Living Architecture, a not-for-profit organisation “set up to revolutionise both architecture and UK holiday rentals”. They have four houses now and plan to add one per year. Most are larger houses and the rates are low per person, but you need about eight people to fill the house.
One of the vacation rentals described in the article is Balancing Barn in Suffolk. Half of the house balances over the edge of a hill. Perhaps a little to “interesting” for me.
One of the reasons that I choose to stay in vacation rentals when traveling in Europe is that they let me experience living in historic. Usually I look for thick stone walls, low doorways, old wooden floors, but after reading this article I think it would be fun to seek out the opposite – interesting modern homes.
If you are looking to rent unique historic houses, check out National Trust Holiday Cottages or The Landmark Trust. They specialize in unique historic vacation rentals. Most in the UK, like Toad Hall Cottages with vacation rentals in the South West of England, have many historic houses to choose from – and even some modern ones.
In the United Kingdom they use the word “holiday” instead of “vacation”, so what we call “vacation rentals” in the US are called “holiday homes” or “holiday cottages”. The term “self catering” is also used, but not as much these days.