Have you ever wanted to live in a unique home? You don’t need to pay an architect an exorbitant fee to create the awesome home of your dreams — just rent a vacation home and live the dream for a week or two. With millions of properties available, there are many funny, wacky, creative properties for rent across the globe. Whether you want to live in a seashell or a castle, you can find a vacation rental to fulfill your dreams. Check out these 10 awesome vacation rental options.
1. The Shell House in Isla Mujeres
The Shell house is exactly what it sounds like — a vacation rental that took inspiration from the shapes of shells. The whimsical house allows you to live inside a seashell and take a bath under a shell fountain. Other perks on the property include incredible ocean views and a private pool. Be sure to bring your digital camera; you will want to take pictures at this crazy property.
2. Former Mill in Chichester, England
History buffs will love to stay in properties like this former mill. Dating back to the 17th century, this rental has lovely gardens and an outdoor barbecue area. If you’re looking for a vacation rental full of character, this historic property in England is a perfect choice.
3. Gothic Castle in New Hampshire
You no longer have to be born into royalty to live in a castle. Choose this gothic castle in New Hampshire and you will be living in a property fit for a king. This castle is set on a 500-acre estate and offers a private lake for swimming in the summer. Winter activities include cross country skiing right on the property.
4. Medieval Hamlet in Tuscany
Make the most of your trip to Tuscany by renting this medieval hamlet. Take a step back in time in this lovely property near Lucca, featuring a breathtaking terrace and pool with great views. This stone house was originally the private guest house of a local sculptor, adding to its mystique.
5. Treehouse in Hawaii
If you’re going to travel all the way to Hawaii, why not stay in a rental you’ll never forget? One great example is this exotic treehouse near the Kilauea Volcano in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. This rental is complete with an outdoor Jacuzzi, hammock in the forest, and lovely terrace for outdoor dining. Fulfill your childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse with this unusual Hawaiian property.
6. Houseboat in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a city known for its canals. So why not take this concept one step further, and call a houseboat home during your visit? This romantic houseboat has a fully equipped kitchen and balcony for taking in the view. It also occupies a very central location in Amsterdam that is convenient for sightseeing, shopping, and restaurants.
7. Log Cabin in South Dakota
Many adults have dreamed of staying in a log cabin since they were kids. This cabin in South Dakota is the real deal — a one-of-a-kind hand-hewn log cabin with incredible views. Wood dominates the décor and a wrap around veranda and separate fire pit provide excellent private outdoor space.
8. Old Monastery in Venice
Venice is a city rich with history, but you would never know in some of the modern hotels. Experience the ancient side of Venice by staying in an apartment in a former monastery. This 16th century building is on a small canal in the old Castello district, in the heart of Venice, and is in walking distance of many of the top attractions in the city.
9. Castle in Breckenridge
Get together for a ski vacation or just to play hide and seek with 25 of your closest friends at this massive Colorado castle which features 7 bathroom, 2 kitchens, a hot tub and incredible mountain views.
10. Lighthouse in Washington
Some of the most interesting vacation rentals have historic significance. In Olympia, Washington, this lighthouse bungalow features a beautiful sunroom, gas fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, and great views. Why not experience Washington from the perspective of a lighthouse keeper?
With so many awesome vacation rentals to choose from, you can easily live the dream…if only for a few nights. Which one is your favorite?
About the Author
Laura Hoot has been writing professionally since 2004 and currently manages HomeAway’s Travel Ideas site. She also manages a household of three dogs, a cat, two chickens and a baby boy with her husband. She’s written for USA Today’s travel site, GirlsGetaway.com , Cheapo Air, Travels.com, Trails.com, eFilmCritic.com, The Budget Fashionista, Travellogged.com and many more sites.