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6 Unforgettably Unique Vacation Homes From FlipKey


Travelers planning their next vacation can truly get away from it all (including the status quo for vacations) by booking a one-of-a-kind rental home for their next trip.

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A picturesque Croatian lighthouse. An enchanting treehouse in Washington state. An eco-friendly private island in Belize. FlipKey has rounded up six most amazing unusual properties around the globe. Each of these accommodations offers something a little different from your everyday vacation home rental. These quirky spots guarantee an unforgettable trip, making them perfect for everything from a girls’ getaway to a proposal, honeymoon, or a special family retreat.

1. Forest House | Orca’s Island, Washington


1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3

This breathtaking treehouse is nestled in the woods in scenic Orcas Island, and includes cathedral ceilings, a round soaker tub, and a 12-sided living room with amazing views. Explore the great outdoors, or just relax in the home’s cozy interior. As one reviewer said, “We were able to completely ‘unplug’ and relax in a way we haven’t for years.”

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2. The Bus Stop | Gifford, East Lothian


2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

You’d be forgiven for thinking a bus would only come in useful for getting you to and from your vacation accommodation—but that’s not the case with this creative property in eastern Scotland. With a wood-burning stove, barbecue and hot tub, The Bus Stop offers a little more luxury than your morning commute.

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3. Lighthouse Villa | Pula, Croatia


3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

With views across the Istrian Peninsula from a lighthouse, this quirky home runs on solar power and collects rainwater in a tank for the ultimate green holiday.

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4. Barrett House: Boulder, Colorado

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

“One of the most amazing places we have ever stayed. The architecture and the interior details—right down to the sugar container—are perfect.”

Mid-century modern architect Charles Haertling designed more than 30 homes in and around Boulder, and Barrett House is a perfect example of his signature organic style. Nestled on a three-acre mountain peak at 7,000 feet, this stunning escape borders Roosevelt National Forest. Inside, modern updates complement eclectic furnishings, a nod to the home’s original decor. Soaring ceilings and airy skylights give the rental a treehouse vibe, and the master bedroom—complete with a view of the Continental Divide—doubles as a lookout tower.

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5. PurePod Cabin | South Island, New Zealand


1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

Can nature and comfort coexist? They certainly can with this state-of-the-art living capsule on New Zealand’s South Island. All-glass roofing, flooring, and walls give you the ultimate view of the wilderness.

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6. Exclusive Private Island | Stann Creek, Belize


5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14

Go off the grid at this private island in Belize—literally. The island is powered by a state of the art solar power system, for a truly green experience with all the comforts of home. Your group and the staff will be the only guests on the island, and your stay includes concierge service, a private chef, a private boat to take you to and from the village, and plenty of fun amenities on the island, like kayaking and paddle boarding.

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This post was originally published on the TripAdvisor Rentals blog. FlipKey is a subsidiary of TripAdvisor Rentals.