Moscow’s elite have long escaped the heat and hustle of city life by retreating to the surrounding regions. The quintessential aristocratic getaway is Prince Yusupov’s grand estate at Arkhangelskoe. On a more modest scale, Tchaikovsky, Chekhov and Pasternak all sought inspiration in the countryside around Moscow, not to mention the countless painters and sculptors who retreated to the artists’ colony at Abramtsevo. Even Lenin maintained a country estate on the outskirts of Moscow. These properties are all now house-museums to inspire the rest of us.