Most beautifully designed holiday homes around the world

Described as the wooden castle in the sky, The Ark in Matugama in Sri Lanka stands above tea plantations. It has three stories and offers stunning views over the countryside. Guests at the ark won't have to cook as breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided by a top chef 

The unusual-looking Villa Vals in Switzerland, which is set in the side of a mountain in the Swiss Alps. Designers wanted to incorporate the property into the environment without disturbing the landscape. It can accommodate a maximum of 12 people and even boasts a heated ski-boot rack in the entrance hall 

The Scrubby Bay House, which is in a secluded bay in New Zealand. The house can accommodate up to 14 guests in three large bedrooms. According to the book, the home has a unique view across the Pacific Ocean, which is only interrupted by the property's hot tub

 The Hen House on the Isle of Skye in Scotland is described as a treat for mountain and sea lovers. The holiday home can accommodate up to four people and offers stunning views of Loch Bracadale. And to combat the chilly weather, the house is packed full of thick insulation

The two architects of this house in Oberaudorf in Germany named the property 'Gut Feeling' and say the house is all about escaping the hustle and bustle. The materials of the house have been chosen with comfort in mind and although the house is small, the book says the open-plan nature makes it appear bigger 

Set in the southern highlands of New South Wales in Australia, Seidler House was created by the late architect Henry Seidler. The house covers 360 square metres and boasts four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an outdoor lounging area and a spectacular pool 

Located in the town of Guatape in Colombia on the edge of the Andes, the Modern Lake House, pictured, has five bedrooms and can sleep up to 10 people. The stunning house is surrounded by water and from it you can see 'La Piedra',  a 650ft-tall rock with a staircase wedged into it

The Mirror Palace, pictured, is in the town of Bolzano in the Dolomites and is actually two separate homes. Both come with all the mod cons as well as a swimming pool and an outdoor bar. On both homes, the glass facade can be completely opened up to let natural light flood in - giving visitors the feeling they are sleeping in the great outdoors

Perched in the mountains of Cretas in Spain are 'Solo Houses' that are truly secluded. They run off solar energy and have no wifi. The properties are currently being used as resorts to house habitable art works but according to the book are also becoming attractions for fans of architecture


It contains eye-catching photos of over two dozen amazing houses, curated by travel journalist and blogger Sebastiaan Bedaux, who has been globetrotting for 10 years. On his travels he has found stunning properties that are all elegant hidden gems surrounded by nature, from thick woodland to mountain landscapes. And incredible pictures of the grandly designed homes form part of Mountain View: The Perfect Holiday Homes.[ Daily Mail]
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