From working farms to wineries to converted B&Bs, farm stays encourage taking it slow—all the better to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings and the bounty of locavore products. They promise romance with a rustic touch, though rustic doesn’t necessarily mean rural. The 14th-century Fattoria Settemerli; is the Tuscan farmhouse of daydreams, with wood beams and antiques. It’s surrounded by olive groves and rolling hills—yet also on the outskirts of Florence, with easy access to the city’s Renaissance masterpieces. A bus from the property drops guests at the Santa Maria Novella Station in the historic core in about 15 minutes.
De Zeekoe Guest Farm, a restored colonial homestead located in South Africa, has an equally enviable location. It’s situated along the R62 wine route between Cape Town and Mossel Bay. The property features a saltwater pool and opportunities for hiking, fishing, and canoeing within the expansive farm grounds.