Charming Parisian Houseboat
Eau-la-la! What could be more romantic than falling asleep on the gently rolling Seine? This lovely 100-year-old houseboat, docked at Port de Suffren, floats under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower and offers spectacular 360-degree views from its private deck. The split-level studio apartment is quite cozy, making it ideal for a couple looking for a chance to get really close. From $172 per night at Airbnb.
Enchanting Southern Treehouse
At this tree-menendous Atlanta accommodation, your neighbors will be birds, butterflies, and frogs. Seven trees, including a 150-year-old southern shortleaf pine, support the rustic suite. Rope bridges connect the retreat’s three rooms (bedroom, living room, and deck), which are furnished with antiques and natural artifacts. Don’t forget to pack the bug spray! From $350 per night at Airbnb.
Restored 12th-Century Italian Abbey
Rapunzel never had it so good! Imagine a posh apartment tucked into the tower of a restored medieval abbey near the town of Tuscania, an hour north of Rome. The digs include a kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms with baths, plus a panoramic terrace that overlooks the pristine valley of the river Marta. Just be sure to get in shape before you book: There are some serious stairs! From $160 per night at Airbnb.
Italian Villa Nestled Among Vineyards
Want to live like an Italian vintner, at least for a little while? Look no further than this bright, spacious apartment in the historic Villa Fiorita winery. You'll be able to enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living room as well as an expansive terrace where you can relax—with your choice of a red or white—and gaze out at 13 hectares of vineyards. From $125 per night at Airbnb.
Authentic Mongolian Yurt—in Spain!
The location may be the Andalusian countryside, but the accommodation is pure Mongolia. This tepee-like yurt—a type of tent traditionally used by Central Asian nomads—has found permanence in Spain’s Los Montes de Málaga Natural Park, surrounded by olive and almond groves. The yurt is crafted of yak hair and decorated with eclectic Asian and Moroccan furnishings, including a lushly appointed double bed that's just perfect for two people. From $63 per night at Airbnb.
Converted London Clock Tower
No one likes to punch the clock while on holiday, but who wouldn’t want to chill in this old-timey clock tower after a long day of London sightseeing? The Gothic Revival building that houses this little gem was erected in 1868 as a railway hotel. For the comfort of today's adventurous traveler, your host has nestled a tiny, tidy apartment inside the clock tower, complete with a bedroom, living area, kitchen/dining nook, and bathroom. No worries about being awoken early: The clock doesn’t make a sound! From $206 per night at Airbnb.
Geodesic Dome on New York Farmland
The brainchild of 20th-century visionary Buckminster Fuller, the geodesic dome is every geek’s dream home! This airy version, located in Sullivan County, offers a wood floor and screened windows—the rest is up to you! Although the accommodation is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bed, that is), you'll have full use of the outdoor kitchen, shower, and fire pit. Dogs are welcome, but they must be leashed and housed outside the dome; your hosts keep free-roaming critters, including Merino sheep and Angora rabbits. From $350 per night at Airbnb.
19th-Century Lighthouse in Croatia
Want to take things light this vacation? Do so (literally) in this converted lighthouse that dates back to 1889. Situated in a quaint fishing village on the rocky coast of Hvar, the longest Croatian island, famous for its mild climate and remarkable scenery, the lighthouse boasts four bedrooms and a kitchen. And if you don’t feel like cooking, you can engage a professional chef to prepare “light” cuisine for you. From $332 per night at Airbnb.
Converted Gothic-Style Church in Chicago
For a heavenly holiday in the Second City, book a stay in this divine duplex situated in a century-old church in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood. The sleek three-bedroom pad is outfitted with a modern kitchen and two bathrooms amid 35-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows, and warm, natural woodwork. From $525 per night at Airbnb.
Retro Airstream in the Andalusian Mountains
If you’re in search of a unique “glamping” experience, settle into a cozy, tricked-out camper modeled on an original 1930s Airstream trailer. This paean to retro relaxation is situated in the Sierra de las Nieves range in southern Spain, and it's outfitted with all the modern conveniences—including a top-notch entertainment center and a fully equipped kitchen. Take a few steps out the door and dive into an awesome natural plunge pool. From $126 per night at Airbnb.
Gypsy Caravan in Cornwall
Get your swag on in a wagon! This snug two-sleeper in the British countryside was built in the traditional Romany bow-top style, set on an original dray. Roast something yummy on the charcoal stove (the first bag of charcoal is included) and feast the night away as you get in touch with your hot-blooded side. From $100 per night at Airbnb.
Cool Cube House in the Netherlands
It’s hip to be square in this curious accommodation, an idiosyncratic structure in the center of Rotterdam. The two-bedroom, three-floor cube house offers all the expected modern conveniences, but perhaps its coolest feature is the multi-window chill room on the top floor with 360-degree views. From $105 per night at Airbnb.
Off-the-Grid Modernity in California
Respect the globe you’re trotting over by staying in these digs near Joshua Tree National Park. The off-grid itHouse melds raw industrial aesthetics with green design, smack dab in the middle of the sunbaked high desert. Fully solar-powered and true to the ideals of a smaller footprint, the single-bedroom glass house is nonetheless posh and comfortable. Just don’t throw any stones! From $380 per night at Airbnb.
Canadian Cottage on a Private Island
Be master of your domain on your very own island in Horseshoe Bay, near Ottawa. The rough-hewn three-bedroom lakeside cottage affords total privacy and spectacular water views all around. The only neighbors you’ll see are heron, muskrat, beavers, and other local fauna. Enjoy fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and boating, and when it's time to head indoors, kick back in the funky 100-year-old wilderness home. From $175 per night at Airbnb.
Wild West Ranch in the California Desert
Unleash your inner cowpoke in this rustic one-bedroom ranch, not far from Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park. Total serenity is on tap—as well as a complimentary beverage at the on-site saloon. Relax in the adult swing, play a game of horseshoes or pool, and enjoy interacting with a variety of super-social animals on the property; some are even available for hikes. Yee-haw! From $137 per night at Airbnb.
Luxe English Castle
Live happily ever after—for a few days, anyway!—in grand fairytale style. This castle, built in 1841 as a Victorian gentleman's folly, features turrets, oak paneling, stained glass, and gothic-style windows galore. It sits on 15 acres in rural Cumbria and boasts 15 lavish rooms, so you can book a stately single or the whole place for your royal retinue. From $192 per night at Airbnb.
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