Airbnb has revolutionised the way we book accommodation. Forget the standard hotel room, the popularity in unique and quirky venues has grown. We’ve put together our top ten favourite Airbnb’s out there, that you need to stay in. From a windmill in Holland, a plane in France to a giant wooden beagle in Idaho, your options are endless!
A 15th-century castle in Ireland – £156 per night
Be the king of your own castle in Ireland. Yes, you heard me, a whole castle and it won’t break the bank! Live out your ultimate Game of Throne fantasy and spend the weekend in a castle from the 1400s. It has been lovingly restored and comes with all the modern essentials. Set in Galway, when you’re not lounging about feeling like royalty there is plenty of sights to see locally from the nearby Cliffs of Moher to Galway town.
A 12th Century Abbey in England – £900 per night
Stay in an outstanding place of history. This 12th-century abbey in Suffolk was originally an Augustinian monastery. Inside you can expect grand fireplaces, huge bedrooms, high ceilings and fine stonework. After taking in the history of your accommodation explore the neighbouring countryside. You have eight acres of private land to explore. The accommodation also doubles as a venue for weddings! If you want an exceptional medieval backdrop to your big day, this is the place to be!
A Windmill in Holland – From £169 per night
I mean, Holland is renowned for its windmills, so what not do the country justice and stay in one! Located a few miles from Amsterdam, the windmill goes back to 1874 and offers three bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room and the option to rent bikes. This is a perfect place to relax and unwind after a few days of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. Spend your day cycling around the countryside, having a swim in the nearby river and exploring the nearby town of Abcoude.
Atlanta Treehouse – £280 per night
This magical accommodation has been voted the number one stay on Airbnb, booking in advance is highly recommended and it is currently booked out for 2020! This idyllic fairy-tale setting is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing in Atlanta, you would never guess it is located minutes away from downtown! Kick back, relax and unwind on the balcony, enjoy a romantic dinner with the twinkling string lights and fine craftmanship setting the scene. This is a major upgrade from the treehouses of your childhood, you might never want to leave!
Your own Riad in Morocco – £371 per night
Indulge in the ultimate Moroccan experience by staying in your own Riad in Marrakech. Located in the Medina, this colourful, quirky accommodation has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. It boasts an eclectic indoor and outdoor living quarter, including a spectacular mosaic-tiled swimming pool so you can cool down in the hot midday sun. Spend your days’ haggling for bargains in the souk and then while away your evenings watching the sunset from the rooftop. This spot is Instagram gold.
A bubble dome in Mexico – £203 per night
Grab a taste of the future in this state-of-the-art bubble dome in Mexico. The silver set up will make you feel like you are staying in your very own spaceship! Situated in Valle de Guadalupe, each dome includes a double bed, luxury facilities and your own bathroom. With views over Mexico’s vineyards during the day, you can marvel at the stars at night. Sit back with a good vino and try your hand at stargazing. Nearby activities include wine tasting tours or snorkelling trips off the coast of Baja California.
Bamboo eco-house in Bali – £39 per night
Find yourself at the secluded Bamboo eco-house in Bali. This retreat is located close to Ubud and is set amongst rice fields. It is made entirely of woven bamboo. The rooms are open-air and feature modern amenities such as a bathroom and luxurious outdoor living area. However, it is important to note there is no air-conditioning. This is somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bali and relax and unwind in, you switch off here. It is an experience like no other as the rooms are open to the elements, step out of your comfort zone and fall asleep listening to the crickets and under the stars.
The Hobbit Inn, Washington State, USA – £300 per night
Journey to middle earth at the Hobbit Inn in Washington State. Built into the green hillside, this real-life hobbit house will make you feel like you have been transported to the shire. Complete with oval door and plenty of hobbit features, your imagination will be left to run wild. Located in a rural location over 160 miles from Seattle, you can relax and unwind whilst taking in the views of the hillside and wildlife.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA – £100 per night
The perfect place for all dog lovers, why not stay in a giant beagle in Idaho? Yes, you heard me correctly. This accommodation is a giant beagle shaped home that has been created by owners Dennis and Frances. Set in the rural prairies of Idaho your views take in grain fields, views of the surrounding mountains and spectacular nighttime stargazing. When you’re not admiring the doghouse, explore the famous Hells Canyon Gorge or spend some time learning about the native history and culture of the Nez Perce.
A plane in France – £75 a night for a family of 4
Stay on a plane in France! Yes, you read that correctly, a plane! The converted plane is located in Le Haut village and can accommodate up to four guests. Gaze through the portholes and enjoy breakfast on the patio, this is one quirky stay you won’t forget! When you’re not enjoying the shared swimming pool, you have easy access to the shore, with the beaches of Tharon, Pornic and Saint Brevin, only a two minutes’ walk away. This is the perfect place to stir up children’s imagination and enjoy a wholesome family holiday.
Written by Sarah McCann, Head Content Writer and travel enthusiast at MyBaggage.com.