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Annandale on South Island, New-Zealand
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Casas Caiadas in Alentejo, Portugal
Alemanys 5 in Girona, Italy
Follonico in Tuscany, Italy
Locanda al Colle in Tuscany, Italy
Les Terrasses de Comporta in Comporta, Portugal
Sublime Comporta in Comporta, Portugal
Masseria Moroseta in Puglia, Italy
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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Casa Oporto

4 - 6 people

A rare chance to rent a house designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura in the heart of Porto.

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Villa in Granada

6 people

Villa in Gran is a tropical oasis in the middle of the wildly colorful town of Granada. It’s somewhere beautiful where you can completely disconnect and relax, allowing the world outside to disappear.

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Duas Portas

2 - 18 people

Duas Portas is a perfect mix of three things — good architecture, caring service and a great location. The small boutique hotel is located only steps from the river and 10 mins from Porto city centre.

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Manoir Laurette

St Martin Petit, Gironde, France
2 - 3 people

Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields, Manoir Laurette is a small boutique hotel in the heart of France’s Bordeaux wine country – the perfect retreat for foodies and wine lovers.

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Dimora delle Balze

Palazzolo Acreide, Sicily, Italy
2 - 4 people

Dimora delle Balze is a 19th-century farm estate that’s been transformed into a small boutique hotel with 11 uniquely designed rooms, a swimming pool and a wellness area.

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Monsieur Didot

2 - 4 people

Monsieur Didot aspires to offer his guests a meaningful and memorable experience, one that is created and embodied with care, attention to detail and an emphasis on authenticity.

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Isshiki Retreat

Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan
4 - 6 people

Located only a few steps from the ocean, Isshiki Retreat is a beautifully designed beach house in the calm seaside town of Hayama, just outside Tokyo.

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