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Homes Designed by Famous Architects That You Can Actually Stay In

The people behind these homes are a great reflection of those within them

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The Glamper, Plum Guide home in California, USA

If it’s homes you’re looking for, Plum Guide has you covered. We’re not gloating: we simply have a lot of homes. But if we do start to gloat – which we might – it’ll be by subtly mentioning some of the homes we have available to rent that were designed by famous architects. Whether you’ve heard of some of these probably depends on your knowledge of architecture, so if you want to impress your other half or friends, perhaps it's best to look up and memorise the names of these designers. Get to grips with their styles, and look at where you’d improve each home so you can tell everyone while lodging there. We’ll take you through some of our best homes in the US and the UK, and you can decide where you’d like to stay on a holiday to remember. Here at Plum Guide, we accept nothing but the best, so book one of these homes designed by famous architects for a luxury trip to remember.

Admire the architecture of The Hangar

Collection of photos of The Hangar, Plum Guide home in Tuscany, Italy

The Hangar, Plum Guide home in Tuscany, Italy

Austrian artist Reinhold Traxl got his mittens on this Tuscan masterpiece. Converted from a warehouse, it retains some of the rustic elements, with lovely modern touches. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Castello Montelifré, as you rummage through the sculpture garden just half a mile from Siena.

Enjoy the design of Apples to Oranges

Collection of photos of Apples to Oranges, Plum Guide home in the Cotswolds, UK

Apples to Oranges, Plum Guide home in the Cotswolds, UK

Award-winning architect Henning Stummel renovated this Cheltenham house, which dates back to the end of the 18th century. Part of the Cotswolds, you’ll be in dream land in this old stone barn. Admire the bright orange touches, which juxtapose nicely with the exposed brick, mixing old with new in the midst of a working farm.

Tread new ground in Desert Saga

Collection of photos of Desert Saga, Plum Guide home in California, US

Desert Saga, Plum Guide home in California, US

When architect, Malek Alqadi combined astute environmentalism with his exquisite taste, he didn't just create this home, he sparked a revolution in sustainable tourism. Set on the edge of the Joshua Tree National Park, guests take the lead in operating this clean yet luxurious off-grid space. Think serious stargazing sessions through a telescope, showering by a boulder, and falling asleep under the desert sky with a crackling fireplace at your feet - the second bedroom is open to the elements, with no walls or ceiling.

Marvel at the glamour of The Lew House

Collection of photos of The Lew House, Plum Guide home in Los Angeles

The Lew House, Plum Guide home in Los Angeles

This one is all about a modern kind of LA glamour. Hidden in the Hollywood Hills, this home blends authentic mid-century furnishings with perfect views of the city. Splash about with friends (preferably your own) in the pool and think about how this was designed by one of the most famous architects of all time: Richard Neutra. We’re certainly not feeling ‘Neutra(l)' about this home.

Fall in love with the style of The Alexander

Collection of photos of The Alexander, Plum Guide home in Palm Springs, USA

The Alexander, Plum Guide home in Palm Springs, USA

Twin palm trees sway and hover over the pool of this mid-century classic home. It is quintessential Palm Springs in every sense, given it was made by the Alexander Construction Company that gave the area its modern and minimalist look. Relax in the water in this desert oasis, and enjoy the views of the mountains on the horizon. You can even rent a bike to explore the area.

Admire iconic architecture at The Meiselman

Collection of photos of The Meiselman, Plum Guide home in Palm Springs, USA

The Meiselman, Plum Guide home in Palm Springs, USA

Named after its iconic architect Jack Meiselman, this Palm Springs home is another mid-century masterpiece. Tuck into a meal with friends beneath the covered terrace, before going for a swim (give it ten minutes after a meal) in the salt water swimming pool. Then, relax with a few drinks by the fireplace.

Enjoy the beauty of The Jet Set

Collection of photos of The Jet Set, Plum Guide home in Palm Springs, USA

The Jet Set, Plum Guide home in Palm Springs, USA

Another beautiful home by the Alexander Construction Company, The Jet Set is the epitome of Palm Springs. Swim laps in the large pool, watching the palm trees sway in the breeze above you, and admire the 1950s interior of the home.

Wonder at the elegance of The Glamper

Collection of Photos of The Glamper, Plum Guide home in California, USA

The Glamper, Plum Guide home in California, USA

Perched atop a cliff in Topanga lies The Glamper, designed by acclaimed architect Michael Sant. It looks like something out of a movie, with its floor to ceiling windows providing incredible views of the water. Sunbathe on the glorious wooden terrace, which is accessible right from the master bedroom.

Prepare to be amazed by Ritz Rose

Collection of photos of Ritz Rose, Plum Guide home in California, US

Ritz Rose, Plum Guide home in California, US

This mid-century icon was designed by world-renowned architect William Krisel and is part of a development where all homes wrap around a shared crystal-clear pool surrounded by elegantly landscaped gardens, creating a sense of community. After a dip and tanning session by the pool, you can retire to the private patio that's perfectly equipped for hosting meals and stargazing at night by the fire pit. Inside, this home is generously sized and on a single level, so if you're looking to avoid stairs this one's for you.

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