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Three hot Queensland holiday houses

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

With autumn kicking in down under, our top tip for a warm-weather staycation is Australia’s aptly named Sunshine State. Here, we bring you our pick of the best Queensland holiday houses… BEST FOR COASTAL COOL Alinghi, Great Barrier Reef Stay A contemporary cedar, glass and steel eco-eyrie set in 14 acres of bushland, this architect’s […]

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We’ve criss-crossed the globe this month to add to our hand-picked hotel collection. We’re thrilled to welcome the very first Smith hotels in the Bahamas and Peru, as well as some new hot stays in Cambodia, Fiji and Dorset. We’re also celebrating the debut of a stylish self-catering house in Goldfields, near Melbourne. First, we […]

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For an indulgent minibreak, a Daylesford escape in Victoria’s Spa Country delivers the goods: fabulous food, stress-melting mineral springs and a host of boutique holiday houses. FEAST A brisk walk up Wombat Hill, through Daylesford’s blissful Botanic Gardens, brings you to Wombat Hill House (pictured above), the latest venture from Alla Wolf-Tasker of Lake House […]

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Our New York team hotfooted it over the opposite end of Manhattan recently in search of new hipster-favoured hideaways for our Smith & Friends collection. The arty, urban style lurking in Harlem didn’t disappoint… Harlem Residence, Harlem – Big-for-the-city apartment in historic Harlem – Designer decor with vivid artwork and artifacts – Gracious, knowledgeable owner […]

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Call us greedy (well, we are) but we like our stylish self-catering properties to come with a few extras on the side. Take 42 rue Victor Hugo, which occupies a prime perch in historic Carcassonne. Not only does this two-apartment townhouse have city-slicker good looks (slate bathrooms, Farrow & Ball shades, Smeg-kitted mini-kitchen and elegant […]

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As one of Australia’s top interior stylists, vintage maven Lyn Gardener (right, with Jack) is kept on her toes running a gorgeous emporium in Albert Park, South Melbourne, a decorating business and a holiday home in our Smith & Friends collection. We asked Lyn to spare a few minutes to tell us about what’s brilliant […]

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With all the love in the air here in the UK lately, we’ve been on the hunt for some rural romance. Just as well, then, that the new recruits to our Smith & Friends collection are bucolic boltholes, perfect for isolated escapes à deux… THE HUNTING LODGE Dordogne With the Dronne river at the bottom […]

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Nothing says Easter like lashings of chocolate, but if you’re entertaining this weekend and want to pull out all the stops, then foil-wrapped eggs just ain’t going to cut it. We’ve hit up one of our favourite Mr & Mrs Smith tastemakers, Aussie celebrity chef Curtis Stone, to share a wicked dessert that’s sure to […]

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San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, a blissfully beautiful self-catering chalet in the glorious Dolomites, South Tyrol, is a property that made our eyes widen and our hearts skip a beat. The lodge’s wonderful owners, Stefano and Giorgia, both abandoned high-flying careers in the fashion industry to open up their dream home to discerning guests. The result […]

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We know a thing or two about getting away from it all, and if it’s total isolation you’re really after, look no further than these remote retreats new to our Smith & Friends collection… DOLLY COTTAGE County Donegal – This cosy cottage sits undisturbed on a seven-acre patch of romantic rural Ireland – It’s near […]

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