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Locanda al Colle in Tuscany, 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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Asciano, Tuscany, Italy
18 - 22 people

Ferranesi is a villa rental near Siena in Tuscany, with 360° spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, lots of privacy and private chef on request.

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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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Il Tuffo

Ostuni, Puglia, Italy
2 - 5 people

This villa is the perfect place if you are looking for peace, nature, sophistication and authentic architecture perfectly located to explore all that Puglia has to offer.

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House in Florence

Florence, Tuscany, Italy
6 people

House in Florence is a modernised, 12th-century hamlet overlooking olive groves, just outside the centre of Florence.

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1477 Reichhalter

2 - 3 people

1477 Reichhalter is an authentic, historic boutique hotel in the centre of Lana, South Tyrol, that served as a hub of social life for centuries.

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Villa Arnica

2 people

Villa Arnica is a vintage-styled retreat set within picturesque gardens that brings together the nostalgia of the Slim Aarons era with the concept of “Dolce Vita”.

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Il Palazzo

Muro Leccese, Puglia, Italy
14 - 18 people

Il Palazzo is a one of a kind villa characterised by rustic charm & luxurious authenticity. An oasis of style and relaxation enhanced by lush landscapes and historical architecture.

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Greek Island Home

Skalochori, Lesbos, Greece
2 - 3 people

Greek Island Home is an authentic Greek village house with lots of space, beautiful light and a calming atmosphere.

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Casa Chafariz

2 - 6 people

Casa Chafariz is a historical building in the Santos neighbourhood within easy walking distance of the Tagus River and all that Lisbon has to offer.

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