Country Hotels

Serene stays in Scotland, Santa Barbara and Quebec 

Auberge Du Vieux Moulin 

A luxurious manor in Scotland, a log chalet in Quebec and a retro-cool trailer park in Santa Barbara—stay at one of these three spots for guaranteed comfort in the great outdoors.

Cameron House, Loch Lomond, Scotland

Set in the Scottish highlands on the shore of stunning Loch Lomond, just 40 minutes from Glasgow, this family estate-turned-luxury hotel has 134 guest rooms, four restaurants, a full-service spa and the famed Carrick golf course.

Rooms are fit for royalty, with sumptuous bedding, monsoon showerheads, flat-screen TVs and traditional Scottish touches like tartan-patterned pillows.

Spend the day cruising the loch by boat or exploring nearby hiking trails. Or give archery, falconry or clay-pigeon shooting a try. 

After a day outdoors, enjoy the six-course tasting menu at the Michelin-rated Martin Wishart restaurant. Then retire to the Great Scots Bar for a 21-year-old single malt or a peaty cocktail. Rates from £180. —Lisa Kadane

AutoCamp, Santa Barbara

Call it the other American dream: spending a night in an Airstream trailer. Santa Barbara AutoCamp makes it a reality. Here, five mirrored cylinders of vintage Americana, meticulously redesigned by local father-and-son architects, sit snug in an oasis of fruit trees, succulents and bamboo.

The AutoCamp is a cross between boutique motel and humble camper. It has all the glamorous accoutrements—memory foam mattress, duvet, cotton shower robes, free Wi-Fi, indoor plumbing and deluxe soaps. 

Choose the model of your liking (26 feet and up sleeps four) and settle in for the night. Your Airstream abode comes complete with an outdoor grill and two single-gear beach cruisers to pedal over to downtown’s shops, five minutes away. Rates from US$144. —Peter Worden

Auberge du Vieux Moulin, Quebec 

Tucked among the trees where Lake Goyer and the Black River meet in Quebec’s Lanaudière region, the Auberge du Vieux Moulin is all about nature and renewal. Check in to this lovely inn and hit the lake for a swim or paddle, soak in the riverside hot tubs, or wave hello to resident elk, Beau and Belle. The 21-room log building, 75 minutes from Montreal, is run by Kevin Fournier and his parents, Sylvie Vivier and Yves Marcoux, who built the inn themselves, starting with four rooms in 1995, and added on as demand grew. 

Today, the property includes an indoor pool, spa, luxury suites, two cabins and a sugar shack where Fournier makes the maple butter that guests slather on home-baked bread each morning. Grilled pulled deer is a dining room must. Rates from $125. —Shelley Cameron McCarron