Looking to break out of the (literal) box that is your run of the mill, square-walled vacation accommodation? In an attempt to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone, but still help you find a comfy place to stay, our travel experts here at FlipKey have compiled a list of the top 10 most extraordinary and unusual vacation rentals on the market today. These sometimes bizarre yet always incredible homes are just too impressive not to share.
Name: Lapa’s Nest Treehouse
Location: Puerto Jimenez, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
You’re sure to have some interesting visitors in this Costa Rican treehouse rental (just don’t expect them to share the rental costs). A winding staircase wrapped around the large trunk of its supporting tree makes this vacation home the ultimate nature-lover’s getaway. Fully equipped yet eco-friendly, bring yourself back to the days of childhood fantasy with a stay in this treetop rental.
Name: Unique Hilltop Windmill
Location: Odemira, Centro Region, Portugal
Sitting on top of a hill in Portugal, you may feel like you’re on top of the world in this unique windmill home. Overlooking the beautiful, rolling valleys, this accommodation is perfect for anyone looking to find a bit of peace and solitude. The curving rooms of this rental fit every amenity that you’ll need for a relaxing and recharging vacation.
Name: Pod Up North
Location: Woodruff, Wisconsin
Ever seen a space pod home? Luckily, the aliens that made this crash landing in Wisconsin left us with a fully equipped and simple accommodation perfect for a lakeside stay unlike any other! If it ends up being a rainy day on the lake, this rental appropriately comes complete with several sci-fi/fantasy films to enjoy. Children and adults alike are sure to delight in this one-of-a-kind way to vacation.
Name: 727 Fuselage Home
Location: Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Step off the plane in Costa Rica to this plane home! It may be precariously placed, but it sure does look comfortable. A stunning hardwood interior brings you to the balcony where you can enjoy faraway views of the ocean and surrounding terrain. It’s hard not to be impressed by this huge, recycled home!
Name: WagonStays Luxury Escape
Location: Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand
Just when you thought the words “wagon” and “luxurious” didn’t go together, this vacation rental in New Zealand wheeled into existence to prove you wrong! This rustic and authentic wagon home provides you with beautiful, intimate living quarters as well as complimentary breakfast! No need to live like an animal on this farm, your wagon stay comes complete with toilet, shower, and even a flat-screen TV.
Name: The Centennial Inn
Location: Livingston, Montana
In Montana, you can fool yourself into thinking it’s 1800-something in this exceptionally beautiful train car vacation rental. Lovely furnishings, an adjacent outdoor patio, and the nearby Yellowstone River make this a romantic and picturesque getaway for anyone looking to break out of the ordinary. Given its surrounding foliage, this rental would be perfect for an autumn visit.
Name: Free Spirits Spheres, Inc.
Location: Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Bird lover? Live amongst them in this spherical rental up high in the Canadian treetops. This one-of-a-kind home sleeps up to three individuals, but it is above all a great way to get cozy with a loved one. Come down from your one room abode to visit the neighboring sauna or to take in the smell of the surrounding forest. If you don’t mind a minimalist living space, this adventurous rental could be perfect for your next trip.
Name: Dog Park Inn
Location: Cottonwood, Idaho
You’d have to be “barking-mad” not to want to stay in this enormous beagle home. (Outside of vacation rentals, bad jokes are our specialty.) This rental in Cottonwood, Idaho is a lot more than just the biggest beagle in the world, it’s also a B&B! Surprise your dog loving friend or delight your children with a dog-themed vacation.
Name: The Onion House
Location: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Hawaii is home to this unusual and gorgeous onion-inspired home. Also featured on HGTV, this rental is part home and part work of art! Surrounded by a 70 ft. pool, this vacation home is a great group getaway and sleeps six individuals. The home’s size and natural setting offer lots of privacy and a great view of the nearby ocean.
Name: Bath Lodge Castle
Location: Bath, West Country, England
Nearly every child dreams of living in a castle, so why not give into that fantasy as an adult with this English castle vacation rental? This charming and unique home sleeps up to 16 individuals, so share the costs with some friends and host your own medieval party! Don’t worry about having to give into medieval amenities – this castle comes complete with wifi, high-definition TV, and even a security system, so feel free leave your weaponry behind.