Famed for its sandy beaches, rustic landscapes and windswept dunes, the island of Texel lies off the northern coast of the Netherlands in a region known as the Wadden Sea. Ranging from private cabins surrounded by nature to more accessible retreats located in Texel’s largest villages, these are the best Airbnbs to stay in on the island.
Cosy up in this charming cottage
Summer cottage on the island of Texel | Courtesy of Lida / Airbnb
Thanks to its location in the centre of the island, this delightful cottage stands midway between many of Texel’s main sights. For instance, the Dunes of Texel National Park lies roughly four kilometres away from the Airbnb, as does the island’s famous Texel Brewery, where visitors can sample a variety of delicious craft beers, which are made from locally sourced water. There’s room for two guests inside the cottage, making it ideal for couples who are planning a romantic getaway on the island. The cottage interior is cosy and inviting, featuring all the essentials travellers will need during their time in Texel.
Unlike most other properties in Texel (or the Netherlands in general, for that matter), this lovely Airbnb features air conditioning. Aside from providing space for visitors to cool down while on the island of Texel, the listing, which stands on the second floor of a large house, contains a double bed, a kitchen and an en-suite bathroom. The apartment has an open-plan layout with plenty of room for sharing meals and relaxation. Though it is located in one of Texel’s larger settlements, De Koog, the apartment is well-suited for country getaways due to its proximity to the Dunes of Texel National Park and the many other rural sights found on the western side of the island.
Located in a rustic village called Oosterend, which is within eyeshot of Texel’s eastern coastline, this charming bungalow features three bedrooms with enough space for five guests. Couples, families or small groups of friends are welcome inside and have access to a kitchen, living room and spacious garden during their stay. There are many rural and seaside spots to explore nearby, making this listing perfect for visitors who want to discover Texel by bike or by foot. For a little extra cash, guests can rent two bicycles from the listing’s host Han – who was born and raised in Texel and will gladly share his knowledge of the island with visitors.
Private studio with sauna | Courtesy of Famile / Airbnb
This rural getaway has everything travellers will need to have a memorable stay in Texel – not to mention a private sauna. As the listing stands on the edge of the Dunes of Texel National Park, it is surrounded by country trails and bike paths, allowing guests to quickly access the island’s rugged western coastline. There’s space for cooking, dining and relaxing inside the studio, which is spread over one floor. Guests can also spend their downtime outside in the studio’s garden, which is equipped with outdoor seating.
Set inside a monumental residence that dates back to the 17th century, this charming listing lies in the centre of Texel’s largest village, Den Burg. Due to the listing’s excellent location, guests have almost immediate access to many local amenities, including bars, restaurants and stores, but are still within walking distance from Texel’s coast or rural heartland. As the listing contains three bedrooms, plus living area and kitchen, it is among the largest accommodation option of its type in Texel and can accommodate up to four people. Aside from the essentials, the listing also features several charming interior elements, such as an open fireplace and several well-stocked bookcases that add another welcome layer to its charm.
Cabin in Texel | Courtesy of Josine and Arjan / Airbnb
Surrounded by forests, dunes and farmlands, this country retreat will likely appeal to travellers searching for peaceful, rural lodgings on the island of Texel. As the cabin lies approximately four kilometres away from De Koog and Den Burg – two of the largest settlements on the island – it is easily accessible by car, bus or bike. Nonetheless, it is unlikely that guests at this Airbnb listing will encounter many other people during their stay, due to the cabin’s secluded location. Though it is small, the listings features all the essentials, plus an electric stove where guests can prepare meals before or after exploring the vast countryside that encircles the lodging.
Built inside a former barn that once sheltered livestock, this awesome two-bedroom listing matches perfectly with its rural surroundings. Though the property has been renovated in order to make it hospitable for guests, it still features many rustic elements, including its original wooden roof. There’s also a wood-burning fireplace inside the barn that keeps the property extra toasty during colder spells. Due to its large floor plan, there’s more than enough room inside the barn to accommodate four guests comfortably. What’s more, the barn stands less than a kilometre away from the sea and is located inside a stretch of land that is protected as a bird sanctuary.