European Manor-House Hotels
Play lord for a day at one of these new European manor-house hotels: On the outskirts of Oslo, the 20-room Herregårdshuset Bed & Breakfast Hotel (Dal, Mogreina; 47-6/398-0868, fax 47-6/394-6899; doubles from $67) brings fresh style to a 17th-century residence for high-ranking officers. • Scandinavian nobility and royalty met in the 1800's for hunting expeditions at Norway's Losby Gods (270 Losbyveien, Finstadjordet; 47-6/792-3300, fax 47-6/792-3301; doubles from $130). Today, guests at the revamped 70-room marble-and-maple mansion can golf, play tennis, and go mountain biking. • The gardens in the Cotswolds' Cowley Manor (Cowley; 44-1242/870-900, fax 44-1242/870-901; doubles from $290) were the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's classic Wonderland tales. The soon-to-open 30-room Italianate estate has been given a minimalist update. • True decadents can rent the nine-room Château de Tourreau (Sarrians; 917/362-4444; www.chateaudetourreau.com; from $14,200 for three days for 18 people). The 18th-century Provence property—which comes with two maids, two butlers, and a chef—commands 17 acres of wooded parkland, formal gardens, and lemon groves.