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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
How to Know You are Staying in an Authentic Italian Agriturismo by Linda Weinberger
An Agriturismo in Italy by Diana Saluri Russo
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

 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 offers a big choice to stay in apartments, houses, and B&Bs in Tuscany since 1998—both country and city locations.

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.

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

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.

Monasteries Stays provides a listing of lodgings at beautiful and historical monasteries across Italy. is a search engine which provides names and telephone numbers of B&B's worldwide.

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