John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

These majestic properties offer guests refined luxury in breathtaking settings, combing exquisite dining, unique recreational opportunities and unparalleled history.

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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Approximately 48 miles northwest of London, renowned chef and OBE recipient Raymond Blanc has created an enchanting escape in a 15th-century manor. Each of the 32 rooms and suites has been inspired by his travels, while the surrounding gardens beckon for leisurely strolls or classes (they also supply Blanc’s two-Michelin-star restaurant).

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Borgo Finocchieto 
Buonconvento, Italy
Nestled on a Tuscan hillside, Borgo Finocchieto began as a tiny village dating back to 1318. More than 700 years later, the now restored buildings have become a private hotel ideal for weddings and other large parties. Borgo’s 22 bedrooms are situated around a piazza, while amenities include a 60-foot pool, Jacuzzi, tennis court and more.

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Fife Arms 
Not far from Balmoral Castle, this 46-room hotel at the foot of the Scottish Highlands blends Victorian history with contemporary artworks, thanks to husband-and-wife owners and leading gallerists Iwan and Manuela Wirth. Guests can soak up paintings and sculptures by modern masters while enjoying two restaurants, a spa and an Elsa Schiaparelli-themed bar.

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Heckfield Place 
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Jane Austen would have loved Heckfield Place, a Georgian manor that’s set amid 400 acres and dates back to 1790. From the untamed gardens and full-service Bothy Spa to Marle—a restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Skye Gyngell—the 45-room Heckfield Place will have you writing romance novels in no time.

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The Point
Saranac Lake, New York
William Avery Rockefeller II built The Point in the 1930s as an Adirondack retreat for friends with names like Astor, Vanderbilt and Roosevelt. At this five-star, adults-only resort, 11 bedrooms are spread across four log mansions, each with a stone fireplace and lake view. Book the stunning Boathouse, with its canopied bed and beamed ceiling.

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