The most beautiful art and design destinations in Europe
Words by Ollie Horne, Roadbook.
These remote islands, vineyards and coastal retreats combine gorgeous settings with world class art and architecture
Although some of the finest art collections in the world can certainly be found in the grand museums of Florence, Paris, , and Venice, there are unique art destinations to be found outside the confines of urban centres too. From galleries embedded in remote Balearic islands and traditional to artist studios in quiet fishing villages and sculpture parks on the grounds of French vineyards, here are Europe’s most unmissable art destinations to be visited at least once in your lifetime – and where to stay when you get there.
Stay at the University Arms
The University Arms started out as a 15-room Victorian coaching inn, and now extends across 189 rooms and six floors. The Regency exterior of the hotel was restored by classical architect John Simpson, who is known for the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, as well as several courtyard buildings for Oxbridge colleges, while the interior was handled by Martin Brudnizki, the London-based Swedish designer behind many of the British capital’s most immersive haunts, including Annabel’s members’ club. Each suite is named after a different Cambridge alumni, such as Alan Turing, with a bespoke book collection relating to each character. There’s also a book-filled library downstairs, suiting the studious atmosphere of the town perfectly. Rooms from 204 GBP per night.