13 Gorgeous Homes You Can Airbnb This Summer
Raise your hand if you’re itching to escape on a summer getaway right now. For a truly epic vacation, you need to not just pick the best spot but also find the poshest rooms to stay in. After all, your accommodations can break or make your trip, helping you feel more at home, or conversely, more like a local. If you’d rather forego the traditional hotel route, look no further than architecturally stunning Airbnb homes that are a serious upgrade from your own abode.
Want to get a group together for a weekend in a Palm Springs hacienda? Or, is an Australian lighthouse keeper’s house more your speed? Whatever your traveling style, we’ve got you covered. Book your summer vacay now; you won’t find better homes on Airbnb.
This lovely 1930s Palm Springs hacienda accommodates eight, but it has poolside seating for 30. The pool area is lush with abundant citrus trees and bougainvillea, and is equipped with a ping-pong table, a wood-burning fireplace, and a fully stocked cantina with a wet bar. Let the girls’ weekend begin!
The Price Tag: $675/night
Weird angles not your thing? You may prefer a luxe room in a spectacular 18th-century villa that's just a short drive away from Naples, Italy. The meticulously maintained Villa San Gennariello features Murano chandeliers, dramatically ornate vaulted ceilings, and stunning marble floors. Use this palatial pied-à-terre as a stepping stone to visit Pompeii, Sorrento, or Capri.
The Price Tag: $70/night (for a private room)
You love the idea of camping, but in actuality, you’d rather have a fully functioning bathroom and kitchen. We have the perfect place for you: Nestled in the California desert, this off-the-grid house was recently named one of Dwell’s Best Homes in America. The house has a minimal carbon footprint (it’s powered by solar panels), and is intentionally listed without Wi-Fi or a TV. Get ready to unplug.
The Price Tag: $380/night
Are you traveling with 60 of your closest friends? A private preparatory school located 45 minutes from Dublin might be what you're after.Throw a party in the ballroom, which accommodates up to 120 people, with Downton Abbey–esque flair, take walks around the manicured gardens, or play a friendly game of tennis at this stunning estate. The house can come with catering as an extra option—we secretly hope that Mr. Carson is there to greet us on arrival.
The Price Tag: $1397/night
Japan is notoriously expensive, but if you’re a light packer, we found the perfect place for you. The Nakagin Capsule Tower was designed in 1972 by Kisho Kurokawa, and it remains one of the rare buildings from Japan’s postwar cultural resurgence movement.
The Price Tag: $141/night
Jet to Japan
This enchanting farmyard in the middle of Italy's Vitria Valley looks straight out of Mamma Mia. The traditional stone compound was lovingly restored keeping in line with the history of the house. The surrounding bucolic landscape is sprawling with olive groves, manor farms, and vineyards. Rent this house with a few friends who share a passion for delicious food and wine.
The Price Tag: $92/night
If staying in a 19th-century clock tower overlooking lively London’s King Cross tickles your curious fancy, a room in St Pancras International Station’s tower is what you need. While the tower does not ring, the buzzing of the trains and pedestrians below might bother some travelers, the owner advises. The spot is perfect, however, for people itching to explore London’s sights. Light sleepers need not apply.
The Price Tag: $222/night
If being a lighthouse keeper is something that is strangely appealing to you, we suggest the heritage listed Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse on Australia's East Coast. Located approximately three hours north of Sydney, have your choice of three heritage cottages, and spend a week trailing the nearby sights, snorkeling, surfing, beach-combing, or relaxing in the hidden rock pools.
The Price Tag: $313/night
Grecian holidays seem to be all the rage these days, but just think of how much you’ll win at Instagram with this poolside home built into a picturesque white-washed windmill reflecting the light of some of the best sunsets in the world. Get some friends together and step into this dreamy getaway where time essentially ceases to exist. After all, they had us at “breakfast pergola.”
The Price Tag: $325/night
Coast Through Greece
Get your two favorite guy friends together, and recreate the popular TV comedy New Girl in this quintessential Los Angeles artist's loft. This quirky space is perfect for a game of True American, or to explore the hustle and bustle of downtown L.A. As long as you’re comfortable sharing the space with other travelers and residents, we think this place could be quite fun.
The Price Tag: $50/night
Have you always dreamed of having a tree house, but with all the modern comforts? Take a look at this modern glass house nestled high in the trees of a quiet Atlanta suburb. The house is an architectural dream, with glass panels covering all walls and ceiling. Rent this tree house with a few friends for the weekend, bring some board games, and take a trip back in time to childhood.
The Price Tag: $500/night
If balmy summer destinations aren’t your thing, maybe you’d like to give the breathtaking landscapes of northern Iceland a try? Enjoy the midnight sun, and summer festivals in the nearby villages, take a hike, walk along the fjords, or enjoy the naturally heated swimming pools. Or do none of those things, and simply sit with a glass of wine, and enjoy the stunning views from the terrace of your contemporary cottage.
The Price Tag: $113/night