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5 historical places to stay in Europe this autumn

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Planning to get away this Autumn? Need some inspiration? These five historical places in Europe are just waiting to be explored.

This remarkable collection boasts some of the world’s most beautiful buildings, from an ancient castle in the Tuscan hills to an opulent palace in Hungary’s bustling capital city, each with its own story to tell.

Luxury Link, the award-winning luxury travel group, has selected their top five historical getaways in Europe – and here they are:

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Piedmont, Italy

Set in the heart of Italy’s Piedmont region on the banks of Lake Orta, Villa Crespi is an ornately designed and meticulously preserved hotel. Built originally as a home in 1879, Villa Crespi has since impressed visiting royalty and world business leaders with its grandeur.

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Porto, Portugal

Housed in a former palace built in 1742 and now dedicated as a national monument, the luxurious Pousada do Porto, Palácio do Freixo hotel is the perfect address from which to explore the rich culture and charm of the city centre; a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

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Catalonia, Spain

A secluded retreat nestled amidst the Pyrenees and on the banks of the Segre River, Torre del Remei is a converted palace built in 1905 by local Spanish architect, Freixa. With only 11 guest rooms, each re-creating the feeling of another age with its refined style, the hotel boasts an intimate ambiance and old world charm.

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Budapest, Hungary

Klotild Palace, the first building in Hungary to have an elevator, has boasted a colourful history since its establishment in 1899. In its latest incarnation as the Buddha-Bar Hotel, the property blends French excellence and Asian well-being, wisdom and hospitality in one of Hungary’s most iconic boutique hotels.

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Tuscany, Italy

This 11th-century castle, located in the rolling hills of Montalcino, offers a sleek modern spa getaway perched on a Tuscan winery. Over many years of restoration this ancient military fortress has maintained its original structure and style.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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September 17, 2014 | Travel Western Europe | View comments

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