Working to revitalize a once nearly abandoned countryside in Albania, the founders of the Mrizi i Zanave Agroturizëm have created a striking vision that looks toward the future while maintaining the past. At the heart of the property is a modern glass farmhouse that cuts a sleek figure while also integrating into the surroundings. By serving astounding cuisine using locally sourced ingredients and providing designer accommodations, this farm stay will make you want to book a ticket to Albania immediately.
This mix of old and new was part of chef and founder Altin Prenga's vision when he began the project 8 years ago. Designed by Plis Atelier, the farmhouse plays on different natural textures. On the exterior, the traditional stone cladding is interrupted by a two-story picture window at the corner of the building. Not only does this flood the interior with light, but it also makes a statement that tradition can be maintained while also being updated.
Moving inside, the guest room is given a sense of warmth with the addition of wood. Thick beams across the ceiling are echoed in the furniture, as the bed is set on a base formed by wood logs. Even the small table and stools are fitted with the same wood material, giving the interior the feel of a chic, updated log cabin.
The restaurant follows a similar tone, with large picture windows to take in the vast expanse of land surrounding the farm. Here, small logs have been carved into simple, effective overhead lights and the wood-clad walls and ceiling make for a cozy ambiance conducive to an intimate meal with friends and family.
Incredibly, staying in this contemporary farmhouse isn't as expensive as one might think. Rooms start from about $50 per night, including breakfast.
This stunning modern, glass farmhouse sits in the Albanian countryside.
It includes several guest rooms with cozy interiors that give the vibe of a modern log cabin.
The property is a working farm that is part of Slow Food Albania.
The restaurant reflects the architecture in that it maintains local traditions, but with a modern twist.