10 Offbeat Airbnb Rentals, from Covered Wagons to Castles
In addition to your usual urban apartments, Airbnb offers some of the most interesting lodgings around the world. In fact, thanks to the February 2018 launch of new filtering options for "Unique Homes," you can actually search just for those oddball homes on the site now, with selections like houseboats, igloos, tipis, stone huts, and more all around the world. Select a combo of the new filters under the site's "More Filters" option when searching. Here's a look at a few of the strangest we'd actually spend the night in.
A Whimsical Treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia
This dreamy Atlanta treehouse looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale – or a child's overactive imagination. Swinging bridges connect the three beautifully decorated treehouses with a patio and hammock that are perfect for stargazing. No wonder the hand-built accommodation is the most wish-listed home on Airbnb.
A 22-Acre Castle in Central France
A stay at this castle in Beaulieu sur Loire, about two hours south of Paris, is about more than just the castle. It grants you free reign over the grounds, which include three homes (to sleep up to 28 people!), a swimming pool, gym, bowling alley, an on-site lake, and an optional cook, butler or maid. It's also perfect for intimate destination weddings. The downside? No A/C.
A Cozy Wagon in Rural England
There's a fine line between campers, wagons, and tiny homes within Airbnb's filters. You'll find most wagons under "Shepherd's Hut," like this one in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (a U.K. designation for conservation sites with striking landscapes) in Sussex. There's no Wi-Fi and you'll have to get your luggage to the wagon via wheelbarrow through the often damp grass, but the well-designed home has regular four-legged visitors, like deer and rabbits that stop by in the mornings.
An Open-Air Bamboo Hut in Bali
"Hut" seems a little harsh for this Balinese bamboo retreat, but the open-air structure will have you feeling at one with nature amid Ubud's rice patties. A part of the Firefly Eco-Lodge, the hut offers access to the saltwater pool and main lodge for meals. You'll also get a complimentary cell phone to get in touch with staff, if needed, and there are places to lock away valuables as the secluded spot has, well, no front door.
An Ultra-Modern Cave in Southern France
Every wanted to be a hermit – a really chic hermit? Live out that dream at this limestone quarry turned residence, about an hour north of Marseille in Bonnieux, France. The space offers a cave bedroom (which admittedly can get a little dark and has no cell service), glassed-in living room, and outdoor patio with a pretty impressive chandelier, as well as an infinity pool carved into the rock behind the home.
A Perfectly Tiny House Near Brisbane, Australia
Minutes from Sunshine Beach on Australia's eastern coast, this tiny home has everything you could need to enjoy your stay: a queen bed, Wi-Fi, a fully functional kitchenette, bathroom that fits at least two people, A/C, and heat. If you need to do laundry, you can head up to the host's main house, free of charge. (Note: Because it requires climbing a ladder to enter the sleeping loft, this Airbnb may not be suited for those with accessibility concerns.)
A Remote, Beachside Lighthouse in Croatia
Ideal for families, this nineteenth-century lighthouse in northern Croatia – the hamlet of Koromačno, specifically – sleeps eight and has its own private beach, with direct access to the Mediterranean's blue-green water. If you're renting a car for a road trip, make sure to get a 4x4, or borrow the hosts' Jeep for the last, bumpy leg to reach the remote lighthouse. Almost every single reviewer says the pictures (already stunning) don't do this place justice. Looks like you'll just have to see for yourself.
A Made-For-Instagram Airstream Outside Malibu
You won't be driving down Highway 1 dragging this camper along; instead, this refurbished, glass-sided silver Airstream is permanently based outside of Malibu with a stunning deck that's so pretty it even has its own Instagram: @malibudreamairstream. Its views overlooking the Santa Monica mountains and Pacific Ocean (especially at sunset), the boho vibe of the trailer, and its location away from the bustle of L.A. make it the perfect intersection of trendy and outdoorsy.
A Family-Sized Dome in New York
This dome on a farm in upstate New York is actually "BYOBed," so you can fit up to 16 people, depending on your air mattress Tetris skills. There are tiny houses, airstreams, and more on this farm community, so you'll have to share the communal kitchen and communal showers with other guests. (Oh, and by the way, there are also alpacas.)
A Louvre-Adjacent Houseboat in Paris
Permanently moored on the Siene River, across from the Louvre, this houseboat has remarkable views of Paris's landmarks. The bright, modern interior has two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a Nespresso machine, but the real perk is the patio, that has room for a table and four chairs. Come during summer months to take advantage of the outdoor space and watch other boats pass by.