Vacation Homes

These summer retreats are perfect for the whole family.

This Scottish Holiday Home Is Topped With Grass From the Surrounding Hillside
This Scottish Holiday Home Is Topped With Grass From the Surrounding Hillside
“The tussocks camouflage the house, melting it into the landscape,” says architect Kate Brown.
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This Coastal New Zealand A-Frame Looks Like a Floating Prism
The off-grid bach’s second level cantilevers out over the ground floor, giving it a sense of weightlessness.
A New Zealand Beach Home Waves Back at Its Surrounding Dunescape
Herbst Architects wrapped the “bach” in a rhythmic swooping rain screen that mirrors sand and sea.
A Concrete Home on the Coast of Argentina Uses Stone to Connect Land and Sea
A Concrete Home on the Coast of Argentina Uses Stone to Connect Land and Sea
An open living area on the second level features floor-to-ceiling windows at the front and rear, linking expansive views of the ocean and countryside.
260 Square Feet of Tree House Is All a Portuguese Family Needs for the Summer
It has handbuilt furniture, a roof deck, and a slide—and you’ll dream about it all winter.
A Refined Wine Country Renovation Feels Like It’s Floating in the Redwoods
In Sonoma County, Studio Plow turns a 1955 residence into a retreat with an open floor plan, luxe finishes, and skylights and picture windows that peer out into the treetops.
A Timeless East Hampton Home With 160 Feet of White Sandy Beachfront Lists for $39.5M
The shingle-clad classic also has a guest house, pool, and viewing deck.
A Cute Cabin Serves Up the Simple Life for a Couple Looking to Escape the City
The two-level square plan figures neatly into a nature preserve in the Czech Republic, granting the owners immediate access to its surrounding beauty.
This Desert Retreat Finds Harmony With Its Striking Natural Surroundings
Bringing crisp lines to the spectacularly vast landscape, this Yucca Valley getaway is a minimalist sanctuary.
The See-Through Roof of This Brick Home Doubles as a Viewing Deck
In suburbia you’d be a zoo animal, but out in the country, architect Sigurd Larsen’s transparent gable design is a refreshing alternative to a dusty attic.
An Alaskan Retreat Captures the Majesty of the Surrounding Wilderness
An Alaskan Retreat Captures the Majesty of the Surrounding Wilderness
Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects frames panoramic views of the Tongass National Forest with two soaring, glass-fronted volumes.
This Inspiring Retreat in Valle de Bravo Is Indoor/Outdoor Goals
Glass sliders running the length of the interior can close off the living space, or retract for a wide-open connection to the dining area, patio, and pool.
A Design CEO Breathes New Life Into the Home of a Renowned Danish Artist
Thomas Schlosser—founder of Klassik Copenhagen—updates the former home of painter Carl Locher with 20th-century furnishings and a sophisticated monochrome palette.
A 17th-Century Italian Farmstead Is Restored as an Idyllic Vacation Rental
Local firm Valari transforms a rustic masseria into an expansive holiday getaway overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
This Seaside Shack in New Zealand Mimics a Seagull’s Wings
Architect Conor Dolman gave the wood-clad cabin a folded roof to make it look like a bird in flight.
An Observatory for Sky, Light, and Wind Emerges 20 Miles From the U.S.-Canada Border
Sky House is a prefab, off-grid vacation home that is equal parts solitude and design.
A Low-Tech Holiday Home in Spain Maximizes Its Energy Efficiency
Bizna Estudio combines passive house principles with a few regional materials to keep one family cool while on vacation.
A T-Shaped Cabin Hugs a Forested Hillside in Chile
Its three arms stretch out to catch the best views of Ranco Lake and the Andes Mountains.
Choose Your Own (Holiday) Adventure: 10 Homes for Countryside Living or an Urban Retreat
From secluded, off-grid cabins, to impressive urban retreats, these ten design-led vacation rentals let you choose whether to get lost in the wilderness or make the most of city...
A Family’s Retreat Is a Natural Fit in England’s New Forest National Park
PAD Studio replaced a rundown cottage with a new gable-roofed timber design that looks as if it’d been there all along.
10 Vacation Homes That Bring Nature Inside
These rentals reimagine conventional notions of inside and out and celebrate the beauty of the natural world in unexpected ways.
A Massive Glass Front Slides Open at This Off-Grid Cabin in Australia
Every room features a view at the sustainable retreat, but hoisting the window provides an even deeper connection to its river setting.
Blue-Green Stone Walls Anchor a Family’s Serene Retreat in Vietnam
They enclose the home’s private spaces, where bedrooms open onto interior courtyards with outdoor showers.
A Cabin Perched on the Rugged, Remote Chilean Coast Is Equally Extreme
Architects Umberto Bonomo and Felipe Alarcón used a wedge-shaped wall to guard the concrete and glass home from the elements while still capturing ocean views.
This New Zealand Holiday Home Is as Cozy as a Cocoon
A tight plan, all-timber interiors, and moody lighting give one young family of five a snug escape.
This Holiday Home on the Chilean Coast Is Designed Like a Hunk of Coral Stone
The retreat by Croxatto & Opazo is all about openness with outdoor stairs connecting to roof terraces and ocean views.
3 Vacation Rentals We’d Love to Stay In
Our editors pick some of their favorite holiday getaways that architects and designers have uploaded to Dwell.com.
Local Sandstone and Plenty of Pine Keep This Mallorca Beach Home Light and Bright
Architect Pau Munar and his girlfriend, Victoria Rodriguez, design a luminous base for weekend surfing excursions on the Mediterranean island’s northern coast.
To Rebuild After a Fire, a California Family Turns to Prefab
A trifecta of buildings from Connect Homes—a main residence, a guesthouse, and a garage—form their new retreat in Sonoma.