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Bed and Breakfasts and Farmstays (Agriturismo) Abroad
Agriturismo Olivello in Tuscany

"Agriturismos in Italy, Gîtes in France, and Ferienwohnungen in Germany offer the chance to step away from the intensity of city life and into the earthy elegance of the countryside. These rural B & Bs—typically on working farms—provide a great home base, ideal for couples or families traveling by car.

Some agriturismos are simple and rustic, while others are downright luxurious, offering amenities such as swimming pools and riding stables. The quality of the rooms varies, but they are always clean and comfortable. Most places serve tasty homegrown food. Some are vegetarian or organic. Others are gourmet. You may sit down at the table with your host family or cook up your own dinner in your kitchenette. You’ll find agriturismos that offer cooking classes or horseback riding lessons and those that simply set you free on the surrounding hiking trails. It’s up to you to sort out how much action you want and to find the place that suits your style.

Listings on the Web typically fall into three categories: catalog listings from established rental agencies, local or regional listings from cooperating property owners, and individual owners listing single properties. Each source has merits. Established agencies often offer more choices. They check out the properties and provide ratings and reviews and often allow easier payment options such as credit cards. But if you deal directly with the owners you’ll probably pay less." —Rick Steves


 Articles on Bed and Breakfasts and Agriturismi (Farmstays) Abroad
Europe's B & B's, Rentals and Agriturismi by Rick Steves
Two Bed and Breakfasts in Italy by Diana Saluri Russo
Experience Italian Cultural Immersion at an Agriturismo by John Tennant
An Agriturismo in Italy by Diana Saluri Russo
Farmstays in the Spanish Countryside by Michele Peterson
The English Bed and Breakfast by Martee Fansher
A Gîte in Beaujolais: a Taste of Paradise by Anne Woodyard
Rent a Gîte in a Forgotten Region by Pierre Epstein
The Paradors of Spain by Mary Jo Blackwood
Convent Stays in Rome by Bob Wilson
German Farm Stays on a Budget by Ted Shoemaker
South American Eco-Lodges by Nathan Ward
Ecuador’s Authentic Hotels and Haciendas from North to South by Sandra Kennedy

 Directory of Bed and Breakfasts and Agriturismos Abroad

Black Sheep Inn: Internationally Acclaimed - Award Winning EcoLodge, www.blacksheepinn.com, PO Box 05-01-240, Chugchilán, Cotopaxi, Ecuador.

Black Sheep Inn aims to provide a comfortable, educational experience for guests, teaching them about the local area, local customs and Permaculture, while contributing to and improving the local community and the natural environment. The goal is to be a leader in environmental stability and ecotourism. Eco Permaculture Features include: solar panels, adobe construction, composting toilets, recycling, roof water collectors, gray water systems, organic gardens, community education and aid work, reforestation, erosion control and more.

Black Sheep Inn was awarded Top 50 Eco-Lodges 2009 by the editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine

Prices are US$25 per person for the shared bunkroom and up to US$50 per person for a private double with bath, which includes gourmet vegetarian breakfast and dinner, tea and coffee, and purified water all day long.

See Slow Tourism in Ecuador: Travel That Raises Awareness for a background article by the owners.

Favorite

Agrisport Agritourismo, www.agrisport.com/anglais.htm, has a comprehensive list of farmstays and rural B & B's in France.

Agriturismo.com, www.agriturismo.com/englisch.htm, A great way to experience Italy via its accommodations on hundreds of farms throughout Italy, many of them idyllic, and none of them commercial.

Agriturismo La Locanda Del Borgo, www.locandadelborgo.com, in Pietralunga, Umbria. We are in Italy's great heart, in Umbria, land of saints and pilgrims, just a few miles away from entering Tuscanian valleys, Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia. An ideal position for traveling in Italian history and countryside, along the wine and oil paths and in artistic towns, where nature and culture offer an overwhelming gift of marvels. Rooms and suites are wide, stylish and comfortable. All the rooms and suites are exclusively furnished with end-19th century or early 20th century furniture, offer the comfort and the facilities of an up-to-date hotel, with added plenty of charm and privacy. Three types of accommodation are offered: Double rooms with French beds, warm wooden floor and amazing view; suites, with their unique atmosphere, they are all panoramic and with private balconies; apartments with more room available, lounge with fully equipped cooking top. Our chef will be delighted to prepare for you the best specialties of regional and Italian cuisine. All products served in our restaurant, most of which are organic, come from local farms; their authenticity and quality are the expression of our experience and desire in proposing the best plates of Umbrian regional gastronomy.

Agriturismo Olivello, www.olivellomurlo.it, is a wonderful rustic lodging in the center of Tuscany where you live in a home away from home graced with your own kitchen and truly unusual hospitality (Web Editor's recommendation).

Agriturismo San Felicissimo, info@sanfelicissimo.net; www.sanfelicissimo.net. Umbria agriturismo San Felicissimo Perugia. Bed and breakfast with a swimming pool only 4 km from Perugia, with a panorama of Assisi. Ideal to visit the Umbrian cities of art.

AgriturismoSearch.com, www.agriturismosearch.com. The web guide to the Italian farm holidays.

Agriturist Farm Holidays. (Italy) 011-39-564-418051; www.agriturist.it. More farm holiday choices.

Agro Ecotourism Croatia, www.seoski-turizam.net, features Croatian agro and ecotourist destinations, with links to web pages with agro and ecotourist resorts, find places for eco vacations in all parts of Croatia.

Alandaluz. Contact Marcelo Vinueza: 011-593-2-2440-790; www.alandaluz.com, info@alandaluzhosteria.com.

Amble-Inn B&B in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, www.amble-inn.com, is one of Canada's secrets in the heart of the Rockies in Canmore, only 5 min.away from world famous Banff National Park.

Arden St House Bed and Breakfast and Homestay in England, www.ardenstreethouse.co.nz, is a woman friendly B&B and Homestay in Dunedin central. Character full quirky warm home, themed bedrooms. Good parking, piano, open fire. Social evening meals, great conversation, Views.

Art Suite Principe Umberto, www.artsuitebbnapoli.it, is situated in the historic centre of Naples, with rooms which are decorated in its own individual style and has all the modern amenities that can be found in a luxury hotel (breakfast included). From its balconies one can admire San Martino, Reale Albergo dei Poveri, Piazza Garibaldi, port Beverello and the island of Capri. Situated just minutes walk from the main monuments, churches and museums, our perfect location combined with the magnificent interior and attentive service will make your stay at Art Suite Principe Umberto truly unforgettable.

B&B Tra i Frutti, www.traifrutti.it, is a big country house with swimming pool that lies between the hills and the sea, set amid olive trees, citrus groves and vineyards, a unique place where you can relish the fragrance of almond flowers, at 15 minutes by car to the Valley of the temples. We welcome you amid the fruit and to the countryside, where the weary traveller can rest and unwind after a sunlit day spent discovering beaches, hamlets perched beneath imposing towers, timeworn churches, winding country roads and mountain pathways.There is a choice of five rooms, all with private bathroom, TV and air conditioning, and you are free to select one which best suits your personal taste in accordance with their colour, fragrance, and your favourite fruit.

B&B Villa I Due Padroni, www.duepadroni.it/UK-bed-and-breakfast-italy/UK-bed-breakfast-italy.html, lies in the hills of the Oltrepò Pavese, the wine region of Lombardy, Italy.

B&B.net, www.uk-expo.com, provides listings across the U.K.

The Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome, www.b-b.rm.it, offers accommodations in over 100 bed and breakfasts and apartments located in the historic center of Rome, as well as other desirable areas of the city.

Bed and Breakfast in Europe, www.bedandbreakfastineurope.com, lists bed and breakfast establishments in Europe.

Bed and Breakfast in Casale, Montefalco, Perugia, Italy. Our bed & breakfast is located in a small village near Montefalco. From here you can reach the most beautiful cities in Italy such as Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto, Todi and Orvieto. Come visit us for a peaceful and relaxing vacancy in the green heart of Umbria! Contact: info@bebincasale.it; www.bebincasale.it.

Bed and Breakfast Planner.com, www.bedandbreakfastplanner.com, lists bed and breakfasts in Europe.

Bed and Breakfasts Inns Online, www.bbonline.com, lists bed and breakfast inns worldwide, with a section on Europe.

Bed and Breakfast Nationwide, www.bedandbreakfastnationwide.com, offers selected listings of B&B's across the U.K. and Ireland.

BedandBreakfast.com, www.bedandbreakfast.com, is a search engine which provides names and telephone numbers of B&B's worldwide.

Casa Mojanda (Apartado 160, Otavalo, Ecuador; Tel./fax 011-593-9-731737; mojanda@uio.telconet.net, www.casamojanda.com) an ecologically oriented inn located three miles from Otavalo in the Andes of northern Ecuador overlooking the sacred father and mother mountains, Imbabura and Cotacachi. Guests stay in adobe cottages with spectacular mountain views. The owners, who built the inn and moved from New York to run it two years ago, are exploring ways for environmentally and socially aware travelers to interact with local communities in positive ways. Volunteers are needed to assist in environmental protection and community development projects.

Farm Holidays, www.it-farmholidays.it. Rooms and apartments at 300 farms in Tuscany, Umbria, and elsewhere in Italy.

Fédération des Gîtes de Wallonie. (Belgium) 011-32-81-311-800; www.gitesdewallonie.net. Belgium also has gîtes. You can check details and prices in English online for about 500 furnished rental homes and 250 bed & breakfast lodgings in the French- speaking part of Belgium.

Gîtes de France, www.gites-de-france.fr. Gîtes de France offers a real alternative to traditional holidays and breaks. The aim is to afford holiday makers the freedom and choice that ordinary travel cannot provide. Quite apart from being an art of holiday-making, Gîtes de France offers what money can't buy: authenticity, hospitality, friendship, and the chance to experience the joys and pleasures of the French way of life first hand. It is the ideal way to explore France and its rich and varied scenery, and get to know its people.

Gite Les Roches, www.gite-les-roches.com is a luxury French vacation rental in a Dordogne farmhouse renovation offering a heated saltwater swimming pool, sauna, excellent facilities, fabulous golf nearby.

Guide for European Bed and Breakfast, www.bbeurope.net, has listings for Europe.

Holidays Farms in Tuscany, www.lamiatoscana.info. Several holiday farms in Tuscany offering wine and food trips, tuscan cultural tours, Italian language and culture courses, trekking excursions, relaxation and golf programs. See the website for a photo gallery, information about travel packages, lodges, prices, terms and conditions.

il Fae', www.ilfae.com, offers a gourmet vacation while learning Prosecco wine production. It is a B&B and vacation rental in the splendid wine country near Venice Venetian which offers cooking classes, wine tasting, and winery tours.

In Italy Online, www.initaly.com. Agriturismos and other listings.

Italy Farm Holiday, www.italyfarmholidays.com, offers farmstays across Italy.

Karen Brown's Guides, www.karenbrown.com, publishes guidebooks to accommodations in a dozen European countries. The website lists selected Inns and Bed & Breakfasts.

La Choza del Manglar in Costa Rica, www.manglares.com, is located just a few kilometers from Corcovado National Park (one of the world's most biologically diverse locations).

Monasteries of Italy, www.monasteriesofitaly.com, provides a listing of lodgings at beautiful and historical monasteries across Italy.

Pamela Lanier's Bed and Breakfast Online, www.lanierbb.com, provides a list of over 45,000 B&B's worldwide.

Quinta do Bento Novo, www.QuintaBentoNovo.pt, is a farm on a hill amidst the beauty of its surrounding lands. It is a very special rural tourism complex with well-preserved ancient architecture from the North of Portugal and beautiful gardens outside. It is located in the Green Coast of Portugal, a rural space near the mountains and the beach, in a region of luxurious green and streams.

Quinta do Rio Touro, www.quinta-riotouro.com. Guests may pick their own oranges straight from the trees or try the produce from the ground or off the vine. An excellent stay for a quiet weekend or an entire season awaits the discerning traveler. The Quinta do Rio Touro is part of Sintra/Cascais Natural Park, which is classified as a World Heritage Site.

RainforestInn.com. A family estate house in the middle of the rainforest being renovated; bill@rainforestinn.com, www.rainforestinn.com.

Rancho Leona: Explore, Experience, Learn in Costa Rica. Learn Spanish, volunteer and study Costa Rican culture at a beautiful relaxed lodge setting on the Sarapiqui river. Contact: feslick@sbcglobal.net, www.rancholeona.com.

San Felicissimo, www.sanfelicissimo.net/eng/index.htm, is farmhouse in Italy which serves as an agriturismo bed and breakfast in Umbria near Perugia.

San Jorge Eco-Lodge and Botanical Reserve
Encompassing 200 acres of protected cloud forest, rainforest, high plains and Andean valleys, the botanical reserve are a place for in-depth exploration, relaxation, or adventure. Choose from a variety of tours including mountain biking, horseback riding, trekking, waterfalls and medicinal plant hikes. Formerly owned by Ecuadorian President Eloy Alfaro, our Hosteria features a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere amidst beautiful gardens and courtyards, rich with Spanish architecture. Each guestroom’s traditional décor includes fresh flower arrangements, private bath with hot shower and rustic stone fireplace. The facility itself also features game rooms, conference rooms, indoor tempered swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath and Jacuzzi. Explore Ecuador and the Amazon. Contact: info@eco-lodgesanjorge.com, www.eco-lodgesanjorge.com.

San Siro Bed and Breakfast in Italy, www.sansiroaccommodation.com. Comfortable and luxurious apartments offering first class services. All rooms and are fully furnished & equipped, we also offer studio flats of high standards including your own private Balcony, garden and full air conditioning With an independent entrance so you can spend your time in Milan without any interference with the life of the other guests giving you full privacy. This is a real family-run bed and breakfast in Milan where you will find a warm and quiet atmosphere.

Sani Lodge. Contact: Tom Quesenberry: 011-593-2-255-8881; www.sanilodge.com, info@sanilodge.com.

Santa Lucia Cloud Forest Lodge. Contact: info@santaluciaecuador.com, www.santaluciaecuador.com.

Siena Agriturismo, www.sienaturismo.it. Excellent list of agriturismos in the Siena region of Italy.

Tierra del Volcán: english.tierradelvolcan.com/english/haciendas/, are haciendas in some of the most beautiful areas of Ecuador.

The Internet Guide to Scotland, www.scotland-inverness.co.uk/accommodation.htm, has a listing of Bed and Breakfasts.

Toscana Agriturismo, www.agriturismo.net/it/toscana/. Apartments and houses in Tuscany—both country and city locations. Website in English and Italian.

Tuscany Bed and Breakfast, Casa Portagioia, www.tuscanbreaks.com, is a small estate in Castiglion Fiorentino near Cortona Tuscany with 5 independent guest bedrooms for bed and breakfast – all with luxury bathrooms and 2 apartments which can accommodate 2 – 4 guests. Offering excellent privacy, a heated swimming pool and gorgeous scenery, it is perfect for a peaceful break in the countryside or to explore the delights of Tuscany and Umbria.

Tutamanda Bed & Breakfast, www.tutamandahostel.com, is a good, cheap and cheerful accommodation. You will be personally attended like a King by your hosts Jose and Boris, who will be pleased to receive you on arrival and to help you with the best of advice to make your stay and studies of the Spanish language in Ecuador a memorable experience.

Vacans, www.vacans.com. Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and apartments in Italy. Book on-line for your lodging in Italy.

Vento di Rosa is a restored country house near the town of Monterubbiano in the Marches, Italy with views views of medieval hilltop towns.

Villa Pollio Bed and Breakfast Sorrento, www.villapollio.it. Our family will be pleased to welcome you to Meta in Sorrento in own residence, a beautiful structure nearby Sorrento and only few kilometers from more affirmed destinations of the international and cultural tourism, as Capri, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Pompeii, Ercolano, Ischia, Procida, Naples and the Vesuvius.

Yachana Lodge, Ancrade Marín 188 y Diego de Almagro, Quito, Ecuador; (011) 593-2-543-851, fax 220-362; www.yachana.com. The lodge provides a beautiful and comfortable setting for visitors to experience the Amazon and learn about the endangered ecosystem.

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