Originally Published at Architectural Digest |

After a long day spent strolling down local trails or a playing a few rounds of golf, there’s perhaps no better way to unwind on a quintessential country escape than retreating to an elegant farmhouse-inspired haven. Drawing inspiration from humble country inns, these sophisticated hotels are as luxurious as they are unpretentious. From airy cottages with colorful floral bouquets and quirky woodwork to storied ranch retreats with antique grandfather clocks and locally crafted furniture, these destinations will teleport you to a calmer state of being. But there will be no Buddha statues or reflection ponds in sight—this vacation will be effortless, subtle, and unassuming in a way that only a farmhouse’s rustic charm could conjure.

Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

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You’ll have a hard time prying yourself away from the 20 cottages that dot the picturesque wooded landscape at Twin Farms. Each whimsical lodge strikes the perfect balance of elegant yet laid-back, with features like wood-burning fireplaces, sunken bathtubs, and even a patio tucked away in the treetops. From $1,500/night (includes meals and alcohol); twinfarms.com

Washington School House, Park City, Utah

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At this stylish 12-room sanctuary spilling into the mountains, guests marvel at the original 1889 exterior and 16-foot ceilings throughout. The lobby welcomes you with understated elegance, thanks in part to a ten-foot antique mirror from France and an antler chandelier coated in white lacquer and crystals. From $325/night; washingtonschoolhouse.com

Mayflower Grace, Washington, Connecticut

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This Relais & Châteaux property in the refined town of Washington is a testament to the interior design prowess of firm McIver Morgan. Sophisticated touches imbue the boutique hotel with a signature New England aura. From $675/night; gracehotels.com

The Aurora Inn, Aurora, New York

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This Finger Lakes gem dates from the 19th century and offers ten sumptuous guest rooms with fireplaces, private balconies (some with swings), yoga sets, and more. The real standout, though, is its location on the stunning Cayuga Lake. Bid farewell to the day at the lakeside fire pit or in your own private whirlpool. From $175/night; innsofaurora.com

Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, U.K.

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This 18th-century farmhouse and cottage (with seven and four bedrooms, respectively) make for exquisite vacation experiences on bucolic grounds that are also home to 40 lakeside cabins. The car-free farm sources 30 percent of its furnishings from flea markets, antique fairs, and eBay. Our favorite bespoke design element? The delightfully pastoral and refurbished milk delivery trucks that have been turned into mobile fry stations and bars. From $440/night (for nonmembers); sohofarmhouse.com