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Annandale on South Island, New-Zealand
Follonico in Tuscany, Italy
Locanda al Colle in Tuscany, Italy
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Sublime Comporta in Comporta, Portugal
Le Marche Villa, Italy

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Travel + Leisure: Best Villa Rental Agencies 2015

Best Villa Rental Agencies 2015

July 2016

This rental company is the brainchild of two brothers from Berlin, and is a testament to their passion for architecture and design. They hand pick every property, currently available in 38 countries around the world.

The New York Times

Hey, how did you find this place?

May 2012

Recently, I logged onto VRBO.com, only to find my head spinning at the length of its roster. Scrolling through Hotels.com and Airbnb.com, I almost gave up.

Welcome Beyond offers lodgings with personality: a six-bedroom, cliffside villa in Phuket, Thailand, goes for 1,338 euros per night (chef included), and a cozy forest hut in Sweden with no electricity costs 44 euros. Welcome Beyond is best for the adventurous traveler who can appreciate the unusual.

Spiegel Online: So finden Sie Ihre Traumunterkunft

So finden Sie Ihre Traumunterkunft

January 2017

Aus Berlin stammt das Konzept für Welcome Beyond. Oliver und Chris Laugsch sind mit ihrem Portal immer auf der Jagd nach ausgefallenen oder hippen Unterkünften für Individualisten – angefangen von hübschen Boutique-Hotels, Strandhäusern und Apartments bis zu ausgefallenen Schlafplätzen in einem Hausboot auf der Spree oder im Jurtenzelt in Patagonien.

The Wall Street Journal: For design-minded iconoclasts

For design-minded iconoclasts

June 2018

Founders Oliver and Chris Laugsch, Berlin-based brothers, curated a collection of unusual houses (and small hotels) in 41 countries that they say favor personality over pretension. That might mean a rustic 19th-century barn in Tivoli, N.Y., with curtains for walls or a fully staffed Swahili beach house built by native artisans on Kenya’s Lamu Island.

The Sunday Times: The Villas Handbook

The Villas Handbook

July 2016

Wow is what you’ll utter when you step into any one of Welcome Beyond’s properties, available in dozens of countries from Mexico to Germany. Personal touches (you actually know who the owners are) and design feature heavily in their preened pads — from mirror-clad houses in the wilds of Italy to California farmhouses — and while they do cater for that top end of the spectrum, there are plenty of flash places to be had at real-people prices, too.

The Guardian: The best travel websites ever

The best travel websites ever

July 2011

For a property to make it on to this site it needs to be architecturally interesting and something of an interior design delight. Choose, say, between a cave in Sicily or a rooftop apartment in Buenos Aires. You can search by location or interest, whether that be culture, nature or simply staring at the (beautifully decorated) walls.

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Uluwatu Retreat

Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
8 - 16 people

Uluwatu Estate is an eight suite property on the cliffs high above one of the most dramatic surf beaches on the island, overlooking the vast expanse of the Indian ocean.

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Wallis Heidenhaus

2 - 8 people

Wallis Heidenhaus is one of the oldest surviving houses in the Wallis. It’s been beautifully preserved and now comprises two apartments that combine atmospheric, original details with modern design.

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Casas Caiadas Open House

Arraiolos, Alentejo, Portugal
8 - 10 people

Casas Caiadas Open House is a home that combines discreet and minimal architecture with the authenticity of the Alentejo region.

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La Maison du Mûrier

La Beaume, Hautes-Alpes, France
2 - 12 people

La Maison du Mûrier is an architect-designed 17th-century stone farmhouse restored with contemporary features located in a rural hamlet in the Hautes-Alpes between the southern Alps and Provence.

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5 Columns

8 people

A beautifully restored 18th century home in the heart of Essaouira's ancient Medina, owned by an interior designer and her family. Magical, light filled and airy.

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TypeO Loft

Ystad, Skåne, Sweden
2 people

TypeO Loft is an open plan one-room bed and breakfast part of an 1842 farmstead. The carefully designed space offers unobstructed views of the surrounding rolling rural landscape.

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Highland Lodge

Aberfeldy, Scotland, United Kingdom
18 - 20 people

Highland Lodge is a design-led country estate within walking distance to Aberfeldy, a typical Highland town with a very artsy feel to it.

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Villa Abruzzo

Controguerra, Abruzzo, Italy
6 people

The mid-century villa is located in the far north of the Italian province of Abruzzo, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and in close proximity to the Adriatic coast.

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