Best Summer House Tours: Around the World

One of the things I love about the Internet is its ability to link people together who live thousands of miles apart. We have over 70 bloggers working for Apartment Therapy, some of them as far away as Japan and Australia, and they send in some really incredible house tours from their travels. And, of course, we post loads of great tours from the US as well. I was recently surfing through some of my old favorites and I realized that we have a ton of tours from across the globe that capture all types of summer style, from a surf shack in California to a windswept cottage in Kenya. Enjoy!

>> Shaker Brick House

Name: Shaker Brick House
Location: Tiny Shaker village
Type: 1800s brick house
Years Lived In: The same family has owned this house since the 1800s

>> Pete and Sandy's Minimal Farmhouse

Name: Pete and Sandy
Location: East Washington, New Hampshire
Size: 1660 square feet (includes porch)
Years lived in: 36 Years, Fully Restored 2006-2008

>> Tereasa's Modest Cottage

Name: Tereasa and David
Location: Elkhorn, Wisconsin, on the grounds of Tereasa and David's summer camp
Size: 10 x 10 square feet
Type: Half-sawn log cabin from a prohibition-era motor cabin court
Years lived in: Guest cottage on our summer camp for 3 years

>> Layla and Kevin's Country Coastal Cottage

Name: Layla and Kevin Palmer
Location: Prattville, Alabama
Size: 1,910 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years

>> Mike and Angela's Weekend Escape

Name: Mike and Angela Barnhill
Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC
Size: 1,124 square feet
Years lived in: Weekends since 2007

>> Mason and Serena's Sunset Beach Bungalow

Name: Mason St. Peter and Serena Mitnik-Miller
Location: Outer Sunset, San Francisco, CA
Size: 400 sq. ft.
Years lived in: Mason: Since July 2007, Serena: Since July 2008

>> Shawn and Amy's Laurel Canyon Retreat

Name: Shawn Gold and Amy Neunsinger
Location: Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles
Size: 5,500 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years since remodel, 8 years total

>> Tina's Port Douglas Cottage

Name: Tina, Matthew & Pablo
Location: Port Douglas, QLD, Australia
Size: 98 square meters [1060 square feet]
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

>> Martina and Manfred's Country Dream

Name: Manfred & Martina aka Wohnkultur
Occupation: Scandinavian Furniture Dealers
Location: In the countryside, South of Hamburg, Germany
Type: Old German Farmhouse
Size: 6000 sq.ft.
Years lived in: Many!

>> Helen and Frazer's Solar Powered Beach Shack

Name: Helen & Frazer Cunningham
Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK
Type: Beach Shack
Size: Dolls House!
Years lived in: Owned for 4 years

>> Karina's Countryside Creation

Name: Karina's Parents — Marianne and Bent
Location: Holbaek (2 hours northwest of Copenhagen, on a fjord)
Size: 1,000 square feet, 1 bedroom vacation home
Years lived in: 3 years worth of summers/holidays

>> Tamsin's Windswept Dune Cottage

Name: Tamsin Corcoran-Brennan
Location: Tana River Delta, Kenya
Size: Several hundred square feet
Years lived in: Two years

>> Flo's Cape Cod Retreat

Name: Florence Masson
Occupation: Retired from Interior Design. Now a part-time artist painter.
Location: Yzerfontein, West Coast, South Africa
Type: Cape Cod Style House
Size: 3,200 square feet
Years lived in: 3

>> Oliver's Moroccan Riad

Name: Olivier Van Reeth
Occupation: M.D. specializing in Sleeping Disorders
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Size: 3000 sq.ft.
Years lived in: 8, owned. This is his holiday home, he usually spends his time between Brussels and Rome.

>> Becke and Lee's Vintage Cabin

Name: Becke, Lee, Pierre and three geriatric cats (Badooda, Magiggles and Einar)
Location: Lakeport, Ontario, Canada
Size: 1800 square feet
Years lived in: 1

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.