There’s no place like home for the holidays—or at least that’s the line we tell ourselves. But the truth? Unless you’re going home to an infinity pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or hopping away to an English cottage torn from the pages of a fairy tale, there might be no place like home but there’s certainly someplace even better. Take a look at a few bookings, from hotel villas to exclusive-use estates, that are luxurious and large enough for a larger-than-life family.
Twin Farms, Vermont
Couples have long run away to Twin Farms, a bucket list retreat in Barnard, Vt., set on the former estate of novelist Sinclair Lewis. The late Nobel Prize winner certainly had a stunning house, which dates back to around 1795. If you bring the whole family, book the not-so-humble Farmhouse at Copper Hill. The stand-alone four-suite booking was designed by architect Peter Bohlin, known for Apple’s glass cube on Fifth Avenue. His reimagined Vermont farmhouse is replete with massive soaking tubs, stone fireplaces and more than enough exposed timber to feel rustic without being remote. And while it’s lakeside, it’s likely your folks will write home about the private outdoor hot tub.