The Most Unusual Airbnb Rentals Around the World

This treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia, is among the best offbeat Airbnb rentals in the world
This treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia, is among the best offbeat Airbnb rentals in the world | Courtesy of Katie and Peter / Airbnb
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24 September 2020

Along with generic guest rooms, sun-soaked villas and city apartments, Airbnb also offers more unusual spaces. Make your childhood fantasies come to life on your next trip with one of these offbeat Airbnb rentals – from a pirate-ship treehouse in New Zealand to a hobbit hut in California.

Secluded treehouse, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Short-term Rental, Treehouse
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This treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia, features three separate rooms connected by rope bridges don’t look down! and each room is furnished with antiques and natural artifacts. Enchanting fairy lights complete the charming decor. The bed in the second bedroom can be wheeled out onto a platform that overlooks the stream below. Here you can fall asleep to the steady sounds of the water and then wake to the sound of birdsong every morning in the treetops.

Shipping container, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Short-term Rental
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Courtesy of Balbina / Airbnb

For those who are always shipping off on their next adventure, now you can actually experience what it’s like to stay in a house constructed from container modules. Just minutes from the historic center of Palma, this innovative piece of modern architecture is big enough for all your precious cargo. It features its own terrace with a small swimming pool and barbecue.

Hobbit hut, Geyserville, California, USA

Lodge, Short-term Rental, Glamping
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This grass-roofed, earthen hobbit hut was built by sculptor Miguel Elliot of Living Earth Structures. The grass and herbs from the roof of this one-of-a-kind building are often used to make wheatgrass juice. The charming hut features stained-glass windows, a stove, an earthen floor and a whole lot of character. This makes for a truly eclectic glamping experience. Expect to share the property with emus, alpacas and a bobcat, as the grounds are also home to an exotic animal sanctuary.

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  • Lighthouse keeper's cottage, Isle of Mull, Scotland

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    Ever wondered what life as a lighthouse keeper would be like? Book a stay at this former lighthouse keeper’s cottage at the Rubha nan Gall lighthouse in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Built in 1857, the cottage has been completely renovated and now offers a comfortable home where up to six guests can enjoy the lighthouse’s spectacular coastal surroundings and wildlife. To add to the tranquillity of your stay, the cottage has no road access; you can only reach it by a footpath from Tobermory town (a 25-minute walk).

    Pirate-ship treehouse, Waimauku, New Zealand

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    A pirate ship in the trees is not something you see every day, and this is one you can actually stay in. Found at Tanglewood Retreat in Waimauku, a small locality in Auckland, New Zealand, the treehouse is surrounded by nature and the sound of native birds. Inside, it boasts a double bed in the cabin and a small entertaining area in the back of the ship.

    Private yacht in Cinque Terre, Italy

    Short-term Rental
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    Courtesy of Francescoo / Airbnb

    Rondine II is a 60ft (18m) classic yacht, built in 1948 and restored in 2012. Moored at Le Grazie in Porto Venere, the Rondine II sails around Italy‘s Cinque Terre, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Rich in history and character, this stunning sailboat will take you on a ride you’ll never forget.

    Additional reporting by Christina Collins

    These recommendations were updated on September 24, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.