Immerse yourself in famous works of art with artist-inspired vacation rentals
There’s the appreciation of the art, and then there’s the immersion in environments that allow you to live, breathe, and sleep that art. If you prefer the latter, you might want to choose a vacation where you stay in a rental based on the works of artistic luminaries like Van Gogh, Monet, Kahlo and Michelangelo. Here are rentals around the world inspired by great works of art.
Immerse yourself in a Van Gogh painting in the south of France
You can visit Arles and walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh – the artist spent a year there creating some of his most famous works – but there is a place in the city where you can truly immerse yourself in the Van Gogh art. The Van Gogh bedroom is a bedroom for rent in a townhouse in Arles that has been decorated to look like his work, “The Bedroom in Arles”, down to having the same art on the bedroom walls that is depicted in the painting. There’s even an easel in the room, and access to a beautifully lit courtyard should inspiration strike. While you’re at it, take a walking tour of Van Gogh’s Arleswhere he created about 300 paintings in about 15 months, and the Vincent Van Gogh Arles Foundation.
Live a surreal Dalí experience in Florida
Dalí did not live in Saint Petersburg, but the Florida city is home to the Salvador Dali Museum, the largest collection of his paintings in the world. Inspired by the painter and his works, Hello Dali is a two-bedroom apartment dedicated to surrealism. The space is eclectic, with brightly colored textiles and mixed patterns, and custom mosaics made from broken plates on the kitchen walls. Prints of Dalí’s works fill the space, but there are other ironic touches of surrealism throughout the space, such as a Dalí-like candle and a sign reading “Hello Dalí.”
Live like Frida Kahlo in Mexico
Baja California Guadalupe Valley is widely considered one of the best wine regions in Mexico, teeming with vineyards and tasting cellars. In the valley, Frida House is an epicurean destination with wine and spirits tastings and three restaurants. On the property, there is a rental house dedicated to the property’s namesake, Frida Kahlo. A bright blue house filled with recreations of Kahlo’s art, Frida House fully immerses you in the Mexico that the artist loved and depicts in his works. The three-bedroom house features many of the artist’s self-portraits.
Sleep where Monet slept in Normandy
The blue house is not only located in Giverny, the Normandy village that Claude Monet called home – it actually belonged to the artist himself and became famous not just for its notable ownership, but because it was painted by Californian impressionist Guy Rose. With three bedrooms and expansive gardens that undoubtedly inspired Monet’s work, the historic Maison Bleue is in the busiest part of Giverny, but it’s still an oasis in the city, which has just 500 permanent residents. Even if you don’t want to sleep there, you can still explore the gardens and home that inspired some of the Impressionist’s most famous works.
Discover Georgia O’Keeffe’s Santa Fe
A two bedroom pueblo style home in downtown Santa Fe, the O’Keeffe Cottage isn’t just inspired by the artist – it actually shares land with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. This chalet, however, has a unique story of its own. The historic building was built in 1850 by Oliver Hovey, a Vermont printer who created New Mexico’s first English-language newspaper, and the adobe and plaster building is filled with artwork by the artist of Santa Fe, Anne Staveley.
Live like Michelangelo in Tuscany
Near Michelangelo’s birthplace in Caprese Michelangelo is a house inspired by Il Divino himself. This three bedroom house Sleeps 10, and is filled with recreations of Michelangelo’s art, including a four-panel version of “The Creation of Adam” hanging above the dining room table. Centrally located in Tuscany, Casa Michelangelo is close to Tuscan must-sees such as Montepulciano, Perugia, Cortona, Piave and the Tuscan hot springs, and about an hour from Siena and Florence.
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