Established by Sir John Smith as a building preservation charity, this organization restores and rents more than 190 landmark residences in Britain, France, and Italy. The buildings accommodate 1—16 guests, and are available for stays of up to three weeks. The company’s portfolio includes cottages, towers, castles, and medieval great halls, all of which are furnished and fully heated. Options range from Fort Clonque, a 19th-century granite fort off the coast of Alderney, to Woodsford Castle, a 14th-century countryside residence near Dorchester with landscaped gardens, an open fireplace, and views of the river Frome.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.