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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
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
,, 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.
Free Favorite,, 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 Olivello,, 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,; 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., The web guide to the Italian farm holidays.

Agriturist Farm Holidays. (Italy) More farm holiday choices.

Agro Ecotourism Croatia,, 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.

B&,, provides listings across the U.K.

The Bed & Breakfast Association of Rome,, 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,, lists bed and breakfast establishments in Europe.

Bed and Breakfast,, lists bed and breakfasts in Europe.

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

Bed and Breakfast Nationwide,, offers selected listings of B&B's across the U.K. and Ireland.,, is a search engine which provides names and telephone numbers of B&B's worldwide.

Fédération des Gîtes de Wallonie, 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, 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, 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,, has listings for Europe.

Holidays Farms in Tuscany, 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.

In Italy Online, Agriturismos and other listings.

Italy Farm Holiday,, offers farmstays across Italy.

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

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

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

The Internet Guide to Scotland,, has a listing of Bed and Breakfasts.

Toscana Agriturismo, Apartments and houses in Tuscany—both country and city locations. Website in English and Italian.

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