Nothing can compare to the craftsmanship, detail and stories etched into glorious, one-off antiques. Our collection of historic hotels are filled with them. If you’re a second-hand stalker who loves trawling through jam-packed flea markets for bargains, you’ll find euphoria in the following places…
1. Ansbach: Germany
WHERE TO STAY: In an antique town, it seems only natural to stay in an antique house. Hotel Schwarzer Bock in Ansbach is just that – a time-turning property that brings Baroque style into the 21st century.
2. Arezzo: Italy
WHERE TO STAY: Castello di Gargonza in Arezzo is the real deal. A 13th-century castle that perches on the Tuscan hills like a magnificent wedding cake topper. Dante Alighieri was a guest in 1303 and he’d no doubt recognise the carefully restored hideaway if he visited today.
3. Vienna: Austria
WHERE TO STAY: History lovers flock to the soulful Hotel Stefanie, also the oldest hotel in Vienna. A cherished city icon with culture in riches, this 17th-century home-from-home has made guests feel well and truly pampered for thousands of years.
4. Brussels: Belgium
WHERE TO STAY: Get the most out of your Belgian break by hopping a quick train to Bruges, another gem for bric-à-brac delights and antique happenings. Stay in the heart of the city at Flanders Hotel, the ideal base for exploring historic sites. Inside is a former Gothic room which was once part of a Dominican Monastery dating from the year 1304.
5. Lisbon: Portugal
WHERE TO STAY: You’ll be tempted to ask your hosts at the romantic As Janelas Verdes if you can buy the furnishings here. Sadly, they’re not for sale, but the objects d’art, books and period furniture inside this 18th-century townhouse are like stepping into an old-world novel.