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9 holiday cottages for couples

Hideaways with design credentials

Want to get away from it all? Couples looking for seclusion need look no further than these holiday cottages, built by architects in secluded spots across the world.

The Mirrorcube at TreeHotel, Harads, Sweden

TreeHotel in Sweden
Courtesy of the TreeHotel

Treehotel is a gravity defying architectural playground in Northern Sweden that comprises eight architect-designed hotel rooms. The Mirrorcube is the handiwork of architects Tham & Videgård. Its reflective glass walls make it camouflaged amid the trees. A 12m-long bridge leads up to the holiday home, which has a plywood, 4x4x4m interior.

Price: From 4400 SEK per night for two people
Best for: Architecture buffs

Copia Cabin, Western Cape, South Africa

Copia Eco Cabins South Africa
Via Copia Eco Cabins

You can enjoy views of the Bot Valley’s dramatic landscape from this pint-sized bolthole, which is just 60 sqm. Copia Cabin was built from a shipping container and comprises a kitchen, living room and king-sized bed. The cottage for couples has a private terrace equipped with a braai and wood-fired hot tub to enjoy stargazing at night, and is well located for exploring the surrounding winelands.

Price: From R1550 per night
Best for: Wine lovers

The Krane, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Krane hotel and spa in Copenhagen
Photography: Rasmus Hjortshøj of COAST Studio

Taking over a former coal crane on Copenhagen’s Nordhavn harbourfront, The Krane is a couple’s retreat with moody, blackened interiors. The structure is crowned by a 50 sqm hotel room designed by Arcgency that features black wood-panelled walls, floors and ceilings. Below the suite is a compact spa whose bathtubs have panoramic views of the harbour. Included in the (admittedly hefty) price is a personal concierge, BMW chauffeur service for ferrying you around the city, breakfast and a personally curated wine selection.

Price: €2,500 per night
Best for: Those with deep pockets

Origin Cabin, Château de Raray, France

Origin Treehouse in France
Photography: Marco Lavit Nicora

Stay among the trees in this sophisticated treehouse, recalling the cocoon of a bird’s next. Origin Cabin was designed by Atelier Lavit and wraps around the trunk of a 100-year-old oak tree in the grounds of Château de Raray, a 45 minute drive from Paris. The 23 sqm bolthole is surprisingly spacious, with floor-to-ceiling glass in the living room that looks out onto the surrounding woodland, and an outside deck for al fresco dining.

Price: €320 per night
Best for: Golf fans

Bridge Cottage in North Devon, UK

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Forget millennial pink – Bridge Cottage was channelling rosy hues long before they were fashionable. The idyllic country cottage is a throwback to simpler times and is constructed from stone, cob and thatch. It sits within the Peppercombe Valley in North Devon, next to its own deserted beach and orchards. Cosy up around its fireplace, and turn off your phone for a weekend off the grid.

Price: From £21 per person per night
Best for: Long walks and a digital detox

Casa Tiny, Oaxaca, Mexico

Holiday home for rent: Casa Tiny in Mexico
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Casa Tiny is the handiwork of architect Araza Arino and director Claudio Sodi, who took inspiration from author Henry David Thoreau’s novel Walden for this off-grid holiday cottage. But the Mexican holiday rental is far from rustic: made from smooth concrete, it offers a modern, minimalist take on the traditional cabin-in-the-woods, with living spaces spilling into the outdoors and a mezzanine sleeping area that gazes onto the surrounding landscape. Located in Puerto Escondido, it’s also close to Tadao Ando’s concrete creative retreat Casa Wabi.

Price: Starts from £66 per night
Best for: Beach bums

Seascape beach retreat, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand

Holiday home for rent: Seascape New Zealand
Photography: Simon Devitt

What’s more romantic than your own private beach? Seascape is a glass and stone holiday home that sits on a remote peninsula in New Zealand’s south island overlooking the sea. Reachable by helicopter, the contemporary cottage for couples comprises just three rooms: a lobby, living room and bedroom, and a separate bathroom. All have floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the picturesque views.

Price: Starts from $2,595 NZD per night, minimum stay 2 nights.
Best for: Nature lovers

Fiskavaig Studio, Isle of Skye, UK

Holiday home for rent: Fiskavaig Studio
Photography: David Barbour

This contemporary cabin designed by Rural Design Architects takes seclusion to the extreme. Fiskavaig Studio – shaped like a fragmented boulder – sits in a shallow drumlin beside Loch Bracadale on the Scottish island of Skye. Clad in corrugated Eternit and featuring a wooden interior, the 30 sq m cottage might be small but, step outside, and it’ll feel like you’ve got the world to yourselves.

Price: Starts from £520-£720 per week
Best for: Country bumpkins

Photographer’s house, Dalmatia, Croatia

Holiday home for rent: Photographer's House in Croatia
Photography: Tom de Gay

This cosy cottage for couples in Dalmatia has artistic pedigree – it’s the former studio home of photographer Nikica Karavida. Almost completely destroyed by war in the 1990s, the Croatian holiday home was restored by artist and designer Boris Kajmak and it now doubles as a gallery for Karavida’s work, replete with stone walls, wooden floors and geometric tiling. Kajmak says: ‘It is a place which needed to host a level of intimacy, and that determined a lot of my ideas and decisions during renovation.’ Take a soak in the roll-top bath while enjoying the artworks that dot its walls.

Price: Starts from €77 per night, minimum stay one week
Best for: Sun seekers

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Betty is the Editor of The Spaces.

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