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Getting the chance to stay at a luxury hotel anywhere in the world is always a treat. But what if you could take over the full property? Well, that's exactly what some small hotels are letting guests do, creating a unique experience of using an entire property as a temporary home. From luxury ranches and castle estates to quaint cottages, these are 13 hotels that you can rent out.
The Inn at Dos Brisas in Washington, Texas
The incredible 9-room Relais & Châteaux property located halfway between Houston and Austin is a luxury ranch estate ideal for the ultimate friends getaway. You and 17 friends get access to 313-acres of meadows and pastures as well as an immersive Texas ranch with trail riding, horseback riding, clay target shooting, and fishing. Not to mention, you'll be treated to farm-to-table dining at the only Forbes Five Star restaurant in all of Texas.
Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont
While the 20 unique whimsy accommodations are perfect at this American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property for the ultimate all-inclusive luxury buyout, there is a special four-suite cottage called the Farmhouse at Copper Hill that is perfect for groups of friends or couples. The private farmhouse was designed by the famed architect Peter Bohlin and is situated overlooking the lake with an outdoor private hot tub. Each of the private suites is connected by a communal lounge area/library fitted with a wood-burning fireplace, museum-quality art, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the panoramic meadows.
Cliveden House in Berkshire, United Kingdom
Live like royalty (if only for a night!) at this American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property and take over the 350-acre castle estate owned by the National Trust. Once owned by the Astor family, Nancy Astor used to throw lavish socialite parties that rivaled any gala. Visited by virtually every British monarch, guests can live like royalty at the lavish estate and take over the entire castle granting guests private access to the perfectly manicured grounds, new spa, restaurant, and more.
Château de la Treyne in Dordogne Valley, France
Perched high above the Dordogne River, the president of Relais & Châteaux's actual chateaux is perfect for a buyout. An incredible castle (in the land of 1,000 castles), Chateau de la Treyne houses 17 rooms, all individually designed and rich in history. Start the day having breakfast overlooking the French gardens, take your friends over to the river for kayaking or fishing, and end the day with a sunset Michelin-star dinner with your family and friends overlooking the river.
Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland
The Rose and Lavender cottages at this stunning Irish castle will make you feel as if you're stepping into a storybook. There are two three-bedroom cottages available for one party to take over complete with kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms while only being a three-minute walk from the main manor.
The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland
It can be hard to find a property to take over in the heart of a city. But that's precisely what you get at The Ivy Baltimore—an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property. The 18-room gilded mansion is in the middle of Baltimore and can be rented out entirely. That means you can pick a book from the library, read it in the garden, dine at the city's best restaurant, Magdalena, indulge in a spa treatment, and play a round of pool with just your friends in tow.
Royal Belize in Belize
Why settle on just renting out a hotel when you can take over an entire island? That's what you can do at Royal Belize, a private island located off the coast of Belize. The 7.5-acre private resort is a luxury all-inclusive experience offered only to one party at a time. Families have access to a dedicated team (fully staffed with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio)—including an adventure ambassador, private chef, boat captain, private concierge, and housekeeping—throughout the entire stay. Accommodations include three separate villas, each with its own bath and private entrance, with room up to 10 guests.
Palazzo Daniele in Puglia, Italy
Enjoy the rare opportunity to spend the night in a part hotel, part museum. This nine-suite luxury hotel is situated in a 158-year-old family palazzo complete with original frescoes, vaulted ceilings, and mosaic flooring. You and your friends can spend time lounging in the living room, sunbathing in the open-air courtyard, or taking a dip in the pool. All of that plus Palazzo Daniele's team (including the cook) is available to help with all guests' needs.
Belleview Inn in Belleair, Florida
Perfect for intimate group gatherings and quaint weddings, the restored 35-room historic property can be rented out entirely. Originally built in 1897, it reopened in December 2018 with many preserved features as well as modern-day technology and amenities. Guests can take their time admiring the specially commissioned Tiffany stained glass or play a round of gold at Belleair Country Club, which guests have exclusive access to.
Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana
Live out your Wild West fantasies with family and friends. Located in the heart of the breathtaking Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies, the Relais & Châteaux property has 25 cabins available for taking over. Up to 60 people can enjoy the ranch life as all activities can be curated for the group. Spend your time going on trail rides with picnic lunches prepared by chef Jacob Leatherman or partake in wine tastings with wine and spirits director Angela Gargano. Special request meal arrangements in a remote location can also be arranged. The whole ranch is yours.
Villa Lena in Tuscany, Italy
Art, food, and luxury can all be yours at this unique agriturismo hotel in Tuscany. The property is available for full book-outs for events and weddings with accommodations for up to 74 people, including breakfast. So, you and your guests can relax away from the world among 500 hectares of woodland, vineyards, olive groves, and organic vegetable gardens or in the 19th-century villa that sits at the heart of the property.
andBeyond Phinda Homestead in South Africa
Going on safari is a bucket list item for many. But imagine having it all to yourself? Reopened in 2018 in KwaZulu-Natal following a large-scale renovation, this standalone safari lodge allows families a completely private safari experience. There are no sharing safari vehicles, you get total control over the day's schedule, and complete access to the villa complete with a gym, massage room, outdoor deck with an island bar, outdoor kitchen with an herb garden, and a library.
Hacienda Barrigona in Costa Rica
Nature-lovers rejoice. Ten-room Hacienda Barrigona is a breathtaking 500-acre playground located 30 minutes from the town of Nosara. The property sleeps 20 people and can be fully rented out for events, retreats, and weddings. You'll get total seclusion as the property is surrounded by lush jungle where you can hike and has access to the private Barrigona Beach where you can surf. Plus, you'll have full run of the spacious common areas like the pool, open-air studios for yoga and meditation, and communal open-air dining space where three family-style meals are provided daily.