Ever dreamt of sleeping in a hobbit hole, an airship, treehouse cabin, or an aeroplane? Airbnb offers some unique places to sleep that will indulge your imagination.
Here is a selection of 10 quirky listings from around the world:
1. Mushroom Dome Cabin, California
The cosy cabin features a loft under a geodesic dome and sits on a 4-hectare plot of land where guests can be fully immersed in nature among the woods, hummingbirds and even goats. Host of one of the most popular Airbnbs in the world, Kitty says to book for a full weekend, one typically has to book 9-11 months in advance.
Book your stay: contact Kitty
2. Sleep in a True Plane, France
For those looking to take their travels to new heights, you can book your own private plane in the heart of western France. This listing comes complete with a double bed and a living room in the cabin, and everyone gets a chance to sit in the cockpit, which has been converted into a bathroom with a view.
Book your stay: contact Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef
3. Underground Hygge, Washington
Nestled in a hillside along the Columbia River Gorge is Kristie’s one-of-a-kind hobbit hole home, a listing that would inspire anyone to take off for their next incredible journey. Every nook and cranny of the dwelling was built out of sustainable materials so that guests can enjoy warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer.
Book your stay: contact Kayte
4. Treehouse for 5, Germany
This rustic and cozy tree cottage is perched outside host Martin’s home in Murnau, and it’s perfect for those with an unconventional way of traveling, including cyclists, backpackers and adventure-seekers. Complete with a cozy bedroom, sofa and library of the classics. Guests frequently report that the only thing more charming than the listing is Martin and his family.
Book your stay: contact Martin
5. Amboise Troglodyte, France
With spacious rooms, romantic lighting and beautiful touches, Alexis and Lotte’s cave home centred in France’s Loire Valley provides space and quietness to guests from around the world. Just steps away from a castle, this home is the finest way to enjoy a traditional troglodyte (cave) home. Located just two miles from Amboise, where Leonardo Da Vinci lived and which is famous for its history and castles, guests will be charmed by the beautiful landscape as well as the unique home.
Book your stay: contact Alexis and Lotte
6. Here Be Dragons, United Kingdom
For this home in the English countryside, it’s all in the name. Perched on top of this award-winning home’s chimney sits a larger than life dragon sculpture greeting you as you come up the drive. Host Jo says the listing’s name “Here Be Dragons” has become shorthand for that which is fascinating and unexplored – and her eclectic, colourful home is the exact uncharted territory you’ll want to discover.
Book your stay: contact Jo
7. Unique Cobb Cottage, Canada
This petite, hand-sculpted cottage home is made of entirely natural, earthen materials and provides a welcome and warm retreat surrounded by gardens, sheep and orchards. Mindful of the environment, and to save guests from having to rent a car, host Alexis also goes out of her way to provide transportation for her guests during their trip.
Book your stay: contact Alexis
8. Traditional House: Tatami Room, Japan
Built by host Mariko’s grandparents more than 70 years ago, this traditional, multi-generational Japanese home provides a time capsule experience for guests to enjoy and savor. Mariko provides thoughtful touches for her guests to enjoy, from little snacks and small gifts for guests throughout their stay, to maps, local suggestions and bicycles to ride.
Book your stay: contact Mariko
9. Couple Getaway Private Chalet, Brazil
Situated on a hill, surrounded by nature and just steps from two beaches, Marco Polo’s small chalet home is set in the midst of forested beauty. Whether you’re surfing, sightseeing or wanting to experience the customs of the local people, travellers can discover Floripa why is called the “Island of Magic” in their own way.
Book your stay: contact Marco Polo
10. AirShip 002, United Kingdom
Situated a stone’s throw away from the waters of the Sound of Mull, host Amanda’s aluminium pod features all the amenities of a full home. With stunning views from throughout the work of art, including for stargazing at night, guests at the AirShip experience a truly unique environment in which to relax and unwind.
Book your stay: contact Amanda
This article was first published by Getaway on 17 August 2018.