Plum Guide, founded in 2016 by British entrepreneur Doron Meyassed, claims to offer the best vacation rentals in the world, in fact the top three percent. And judging by the exceptional listings, that seems like a fair claim. Plum Guide represents properties in over 500 locations in 29 countries and counting. Each time a new destination is added to the guide, a database of all available homes is created, coming from 25 different rental sites. Then each home is carefully screened to create a shortlist of great design homes, reviews and locations. Plum Guide’s house reviewers visit thousands of potential vacation rentals and spend at least two hours reviewing each, checking every detail from WiFi speed to bedroom decibel levels. Here are seven of the most interesting and luxurious offers in the Plum Guide.
1.Duomo Dream, Florence offers views of the famous Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral (Duomo) and the city’s rooftops from its pretty, sunny rooftop terrace. The chic, art-filled apartment features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a spacious living room with super high ceilings. The well-equipped, modern kitchen has everything you need to cook at home. Apart from the stylish interior design, the location is certainly a top selling point of this property. It is in the heart of the St. Mark’s Square area with many bars and restaurants and many of the main cultural attractions. Nearby, the Accademia Gallery houses Michelangelo’s original David and many of the famous Italian painters who were members of the Florence Academy of Fine Arts.
2.Queen of the Cotswolds, a quaint cottage in Painswick, Gloucestershire, is the quintessential Cotswold hideaway. Roses and honeysuckle cling to the typically Cotswolds golden limestone walls, while inside the exposed stonework and wooden beams have been carefully preserved. Chic mid-century furniture, rattan rugs, and a classic freestanding bath in the master bedroom add to its charm. Nearby is the pretty village of Painswick with a rococo garden, a lovely place to stroll around complete with a maze, blooming flowers and 18th century architecture.
3.Crete Dreams, perched high on a cliff overlooking the coast, offers sweeping views and glorious sunsets. The infinity pool overlooks the bay below, where yachts pass and small fishing boats bobble in the distance. The poolside terrace offers plenty of seating and the pergola provides shade over the outdoor dining table. There is a BBQ and an outdoor kitchen for cooking. There are many beaches in the immediate vicinity of the villa. Drive six minutes to Koutalas for a quiet day on the sand or a more action packed beach outing, Almyrida is only eight minutes away.
4. The invisible house in the desert near Joshua Tree, California has walls made entirely of glass. The ultra-modern 5,600-square-foot home features three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a 100-foot indoor pool.
5.Second Sunset in Los Angeles, designed by renowned American architect Paul McClean, is a modernist masterpiece just minutes from the Sunset Strip. The three bedroom, four bathroom home boasts unobstructed views that stretch from the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Ocean. The design is stunning with high ceilings, a gloss black walk-in closet, marble kitchen and home cinema. Outside you’ll find a pool table, fitness equipment, as well as a huge outdoor entertainment area with a beer tap, infinity pool, and whirlpool.
6. One bedroom flight 251 in Rome resembles the interior of an airplane. If it weren’t for the old, exposed stone walls, you’d think you’d stepped into an adults-only Wendy House in this one-of-a-kind apartment. Eccentric touches include airplane seats (complete with seat belts and the inside of a fuselage) in front of the projection screen and the small, quirky touches like rainbow-colored tableware, fire-engine red cabinets, and giant paperclips on the walls. The color of the bedroom is a bit more subtle, but no less extravagant. A cathedral-style vaulted ceiling and optical illusion arched doorways on the wardrobes give the feeling of being in an ancient chapel. Located in an ancient park where the she-wolf is said to have found Romulus and Remus, you are a short walk from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The surrounding streets are lined with trattorias and gelato shops, and there’s a historical monument almost everywhere you turn, including within the grounds of this apartment.
7. The Guardian Lions in Paris is a six-bedroom villa with a striking conservatory. This imposing ‘Hôtel Particulier’ is packed with historic charm and modern comfort on more than 7,000 square meters. Behind an immaculate lawn and a stunning neoclassical facade you will find multiple living areas and six stylish bedrooms.