Based on a working farm in Norfolk, these barns have been transformed from brick, flint and pantile agricultural buildings into a series of light, spacious holiday homes under the direction of the renowned architect Carl Turner.

The barn interiors make use of reclaimed materials including floorboards, fencing, museum and school furniture, steel beams and agricultural items, giving each one a unique feel. The barns give access to hundreds of acres of the beautiful surrounding farmland and offer views of rolling countryside. Each barn includes use of the The Sheep Dip, the indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and steam room.

The series of self-contained holiday homes can be let individually or together, and sleep between 2 and 20. For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.


This stunning modern house is located metres from Pego Beach, on the Alentejo coastline. The single-storey luxury villa, which rises from the sand dunes, has a private heated pool, sunny terrace, landscaped gardens and breathtaking views. It is located in Comporta, one of Portugal’s most exclusive coastal areas; Pego Beach has been named Portugal’s best beach for its clear waters and clean silky sand.

On top of the house is a pinewood terrace with a stunning private pool area, with lounge chairs and lounge beds. The house is built in a nature reserve and has landscaped gardens, sculpted to resemble the surrounding sand dunes.

The property sleeps 6. For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.


Just moments away from the sea, Camps Bay is a perfect base for visiting Cape Town. Originally built in the 1960s, the house has been tastefully and extensively renovated with mid-century modern furniture. With 360-degree sea and mountain views, it is ideal for family holidays and for living and entertaining in style.

The spacious open-plan living area has a vaulted, exposed ceiling, lending a beach-house feel. The living area flows directly to a sheltered outdoor terrace with built-in sofas and a BBQ. The garden features a large, private swimming pool with diving board and a removable child-proof safety fence. Two entertainment areas lead off the garden, one with a pool table, bar and widescreen television.

The property sleeps 10. For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.


Vista Point is a large Grade II-listed house with extensive gardens leading directly to the beach, located on a private estate in West Sussex. Designed in the late 1960s by Patrick Gwynne, one of the most important and remarkable British architects of the 20th century, it is a rare example of a significant Modern house beside the sea.

Vista Point is in outstanding original condition and benefits from five bedrooms and a large living room with a balcony, as well as a swimming pool and pool complex, also designed by Gwynne. The house is designed around an impressive central wood-panelled spiral staircase with a glass-domed roof. Throughout the house there are examples of Gwynne’s renowned attention to interior detail.

Vista Point sleeps eight people. For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.

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The Modern Houseboat offers a unique opportunity to discover the adventure of life on water while unwinding and taking in the natural surroundings of the city of Berlin.

Located on Lake Rummelsburg, a small bay in the river Spree, there is hardly a more unique place to stay in Berlin: the entire front facing the bay opens up through huge windows with views of the city and the landmark TV tower on the horizon. You feel completely removed from the bustle of the city yet it only takes 15 minutes to the centre of Berlin.

The boat features a contemporary and minimal interior so as not to distract the eye from the amazing view through the floor-to-ceiling windows covering the entire front of the boat. Much of the furniture including the sofas and the beds are custom-made.

The houseboat sleeps two plus two children. For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.





Situated on the stunning island of Favignana, four miles west of the coast of Sicily, Contrada Favignana is a modernist retreat offering both luxury and a sense of wildness.

Designed by Ncbarchitettura – a practice owned by architects Riccardo Emanuele and Samuel Balasso Milan – and completed in 2011, the house is made up of two independent apartments with a central terrace that unites the two areas.

Externally, there are extensive areas of wild garden, as well as a BBQ area, beautiful swimming pool, parking area, and two roof terraces. The property is not overlooked and has wonderful views of the sea, which is approximately 200m away, and the surrounding countryside.

The property sleeps six (plus sofa bed). For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.







Renovated in 2008 by acclaimed Mexican architect Diego Villaseñor, Casa La Ceiba is a dramatic yet private and tranquil holiday property sitting 50m atop a seaside cliff over the Pacific Ocean.

Originally built in 1983, the villa is organised around two open communal spaces providing luxurious modern accommodation for a large number of people. There are six bedrooms and one studio. La Ceiba can host up to 22 guests, with 18 in beds and an additional four in sofa beds.

Externally, Casa La Ceiba has three outdoor living areas, two rooftop terraces with 360-degree views, an infinity swimming pool, a tennis court, and a separate yoga studio.

The aesthetic throughout is minimal, and the white interiors sit well next to the earthy tones of the exterior spaces. The view of the Pacific Ocean and the horizon is best seen from the infinity pool.

For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.

Sleeps: 2 (+ 2 in the sofa bed of the living room)





Built in around 1900, this small but perfectly formed Sicilian apartment was refurbished by Italian architect Francesco Moncada in 2009 and offers a stylish and comfortable city retreat.

Situated on the small island of Ortigia, the property is in the heart of the historic centre, an area full of old-world charm and natural beauty.

Despite the conservative legal restrictions concerning the refurbishment in the historical centre protected by UNESCO, the architect has succeeded in giving modernist character throughout the apartment.

Split over three levels, the flat is spacious and light. There is a concrete living-room floor and an orange rubber kitchen floor. On the top floor, there is a 30 sq m terrace with a wooden deck and a canopy, where guests can enjoy meals with stunning views.

For more information, including prices and details of how to book, visit The Modern House.


Sleeps: 8 plus cot




Cob Barn designed by Feilden Fowles

Cob Barn designed by Feilden Fowles

The Red Barn, deisgned by David Allen

The Red Barn, deisgned by David Allen

Cob Barn is a conversion located on a seven-acre farm four miles from Bude in Devon, on the same estate as its sister holiday property The Red Barn. The restoration and remodelling was completed by the London-based practice Feilden Fowles in 2012 and uses traditional building materials and rhythms in such a way to create a modern and refreshing aesthetic. It offers luxurious yet family-friendly accommodation in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The property easily sleeps eight people in four bedrooms and has a very large, light-filled, open-plan reception room, plus a kitchen-diner equipped with all mod cons. While many of the rooms on the ground floor open onto terraces and green outdoor space to be used by guests, upstairs the barn overlooks open countryside and encourages wildlife watching. There are also wooded areas with dens for children, large grassy areas, a vegetable plot and formal gardens.

The Cob is located four miles from Bude, a town with some of the country’s best beaches, including Northcott Mouth, Summerleaze, Widemouth Bay and Crackington Haven. The beaches are perfect for rock-pooling and surfing, and the coastal path is particularly stunning for walkers.

There are extensive opportunities for sailing, rowing and golf, and of course the Tate Gallery in St Ives. This area’s restaurants include Rick Stein’s restaurant in Padstow and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in Watergate Bay.

For more information, visit: The Modern House

For its sister property which sleeps 4 and has been designed by David Allen, visit: The Modern House The Red  Barn


Sleeps: 8






This villa was originally completed by Nick Purchase for his own occupation in 2008. The property is located in Lusignac, a pretty medieval hilltop village in the north-west of the Dordogne region in France, and is situated in an oak-wood clearing with fabulous views across beautiful rolling countryside. The house features four bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, an open-plan reception room that opens up to the outside, two kitchens, a balcony study and a rooftop solarium. Outside there is a 12 metre lap pool, as well terraces on many levels. Its arrangement of a double-height living space with accompanying covered terrace on one corner of house is strongly reminiscent of the Mario Botta’s 1973 house designed at Riva San Vitale featured previously on The Modern House Blog.

Lusignac is renowned for its fortified chateau, Romanesque church and stunning views. The house is within walking distance of the village centre (which has an excellent bar / restaurant).

For more information, visit: The Modern House


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