Comprising the westernmost part of Eurasia. Europe is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. To the east and southeast, Europe is generally considered as separated from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways of the Turkish Straits. The concept of Europe dates back to classical antiquity but its borders are arbitrary, determined in large part by conflict, history and culture.
Of Europe's approximately 50 countries, Russia is by far the largest by both area and population, taking up 40% of the continent (although the country has territory in both Europe and Asia), while Vatican City is the smallest. Europe is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with about 11% of the world's population.
Quintessential hosts are all rather special people, with beautiful and luxurious places to stay, be they luxury bed and breakfast, exclusive homestays, boutique restaurants with rooms or the ultimate in romantic and evocative wedding venues.
Our owners are distinguished not only by the welcome they provide but by their understanding of what constitutes Quintessential Europe. We are constantly looking for unique, interesting, stylish and inspirational properties to invite to join our luxury collection. If you own a luxury bed and breakfast, a boutique restaurant or pub with rooms, an exclusive homestay or the ultimate in romantic and evocative wedding venue, we would love to hear from you and to find out a little more about your property and what you offer.