I’m yet to decide if consciously saving beeeauitful places to stay in an Instagram folder is “good” for me or not. Lets just say my holiday budget hasn’t quite hit its targets yet BUT creating a bucket list collection of dreamy accommodation surely will encourage me…right?

Nonetheless, these places I share below clearly share my opinion that if you are going to pay to rest your head somewhere other than home – it needs to be ultra inspiring, boundary pushing, detail orientated and special (with a cherry on top.)

Below you can gain some ideas for your own off shore adventures OR your very own staycaytion nest.

And search out the 4 x New Zealand options listed…. a visit to them might come sooner than you think!!

Ju xo

{Image above is from the Woodhouse Lodge featured below}

Henrietta Hotel

Covent Garden – London
The perfect cocktail of curvy interiors and character.


Tack Rooms

Christchurch, New Zealand
Launched only last week, the Tack Rooms stand completely alone in what they offer visitors to Christchurch! A pair of army barracks, that went on to lead a long life as classrooms and art studio’s have been reborn with much love and respect. Standing side by side right in the heart of town, the rooms offer groups, singles and couples a refined, modern cottage experience with all the bells and whistles.

Halcyon House

Cabarita Beach, Australia
A place to indulge the sense all right! I imagine this boutique hotel smells as fragrant and decadent as it looks. they have mastered more is more!

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Polka dot perfection

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The Woodhouse Lodge

Catskills, New York, USA
My obsession with upstate New York is fueled even more by the moody but modern renovation of this lodge. In their own words ” shaker meets mid century modern”. Yes please!!!



Just outside Florence, Italy
This one I am bringing to you from personal experience!
T and I stayed here for 3 nights on our honey moon last year – and every second spent here fulfilled my dreams of rustic European living.
The hosts are AMAZING warm people with an incredible eye for detail. From this base we simply wandered down to the train station to zip into Florence, enjoyed true local cuisine in the village and set off in our car to explore the countryside of Chianti.
Please go here….


Riverbank 1965

Waikanae, New Zealand
An example of NZ’s own modernist architecture being rescued and restored in a really considered way!


The Island Houses

These are dangerous to look at as they ooze luxe, balmy escapism at its BEST! A collection of exceptional spaces around Bali.


Red Door

This is a one stop tropical sanctuary which I believe you likely wouldn’t venture from for your entire trip. A design lovers tropical kingdom.

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Zen Out

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Captains Rest

The most special, romantic cottage perched on the absolute waters edge. One day…one day I will get there!


The Wensley

Surf Coast hinterland, south of Melbourne, Australia
The modern/rustic slashy gold medal goes to…..

High Country Cabin

Ben Ohau, New Zealand
Another special getaway this time keeping you cosy while you stare down the barrel at the Southern Alps.


Raes on Wategos

Byron Bay, Australia
Come. On. !!!!!! Its a marvel that this isn’t deep in the Med somewhere!

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Today’s agenda…

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Tassie Design Shack

Tasmania, Australia
The product of SUPER creative; Frankie Ratford of The Design Kids, this little home was rescued then injected with personality by a scree of the whose who of illustration and design!


Cowshed 488

Totara Flat, West Coast, New Zealand
The beautiful result of a photographer bringing her European design sensibility to a rambling old villa on the wild west coast.

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Lionel. Meet Lionel the loo pig.

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Ross Farm

Meeniya, Victoria, Australia
A hugely inspiring work in progress transforming disused farm buildings into special places to stay.


Hotel Josephine

Paris, France
Think burlesque, theatre and max personality!

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