11 Mountain Rentals That Will Have You Heading for the Hills
Want to get away? We mean really get away — to a secluded place surrounded by mountains with spectacular views in every direction from your one-of-a-kind vacation home.
Even if that’s just a lovely thought at this point, the recently published book “Mountain View” will transport you, at least in spirit, to some of the most beautiful homes in the world. They’re all available to rent, so browsing through the photos of these unique homes is more than just an exercise in daydreaming.
Travel writer, photographer, and blogger Sebastiaan Bedaux assembled this collection of thirty stunning homes around the world along with details on how to arrange rentals. “I love cool vacation rentals,” he told Travel + Leisure. “I also write about interior design and architecture. When I was asked by Lannoo Publishers to do this book, it was the perfect blend.”
Searching for out of the way homes isn’t Bedaux’s only travel activity, so he knows his way around the world. “I’ve done cruises in South America, safaris in Africa, and island-hopping in Melanisia,” he said. “I’ve done city trips in Europe and road trips in North America. I go wherever my editors want me to go, although I really only say yes to a trip if it tickles my fancy.”
“If you want a vacation home with a mountain view, take a look at this book,” said Bedaux. “I spent a long time searching for the right properties in the mountains, and they’re not that easy to find.”
Mirror Palace in the Dolomites
Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy
This vacation home boasts breathtaking views of the Dolomites. Its unique mirrored exterior reflects its beautiful surroundings.
Akasha Mountain Retreat
Heidelberg, South Africa
This three-bedroom retreat with views of the Langeberg Mountains is set on nearly 300 acres along a river in the southern part of South Africa.
Matugama, Sri Lanka
This three-bedroom A-frame is set in the rolling hills of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve above views of jungle and rain forest.
Saddle Peak House
Topanga, California, U.S.
Views of the Pacific Ocean from its setting atop the Santa Monica Mountains provide the perfect location for this secluded home.
Wanaka, New Zealand
This architectural masterpiece, with its cedar wood exterior, blends into the landscape of its lakeside setting, with Mount Aspiring adding to the view.
Joshua Tree, California, U.S.
Surrounded by the Colorado Desert and Mojave Desert near the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park, this mid-century modern home offers seclusion and views in every direction.
Southern Highlands, Australia
This modern masterpiece offers expansive viewing decks, gardens, open fireplaces, and swimming pool from its setting on the edge of a rugged escarpment.
The Wooden Rabbit Hole
Mountains, fjords, and breathtaking landscapes surround this unusual and cleverly designed wooden home.
Calitzdorp, South Africa
Luxurious interior design, pool, barbecue, and panoramic view of the Swartberg Mountains make this beautiful and energy-efficient home a great find.>
Near the border of Catalonia and Valencia, these homes offer incredible views of the Puertos de Natural Park.
Scrubby Bay House
Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
Views of the rolling hills and bays of the peninsula give this secluded home the perfect setting. A swimming pool and private chef enhance the experience.