Lonely Planet Writer

Have a yabba dabba doo time when you stay in the Bay Area’s iconic Flintstone house

Near the U.S. epicentre of technology, Silicon Valley, in the town of Hillsborough, California, find a home reminiscent of the Stone Age and worthy of Fred Flintstone — if he worked at Apple and foot-powered a Tesla.

This house in California is worthy of Fred and Wilma.
This house in California is worthy of Fred and Wilma. Image by Airbnb

The Bay Area’s iconic Flintstone house, designed in 1976 and recently on the market for $3.2 million, is now available on Airbnb to rent nightly or monthly. (Rates are from $700/£563 a night, with a discount for monthly rentals.) Painted in muted shades of orange and purple, the organically-shaped house features several domes and has no corners, but does come with sweeping views of the Crystal Springs Reservoir and surrounding hills.

Live like a Flintstone in this Californian town.
Live like a Flintstone in this Californian town. Image by Airbnb

The home sleeps six, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms — one with a shower and bathtub that appear to be carved right into rocks for an authentically prehistoric, yet still totally luxurious experience.

Flintstone bathroom - not quite Stone Age.
Flintstone bathroom – not quite Stone Age. Image by Airbnb

Offbeat and whimsically creative touches abound, including a cactus garden, amorphous windows and bathroom mirrors, and the owner’s unique sense of design on display in rooms filled with modern paintings, colourful sculptures and other objects of art.

Flintstone house in California.
Flintstone house in California. Image by Airbnb

The kitchen features glass counter-tops and circular shelves built into the walls, while perhaps the most interesting room in the home centres around a “conversation pit.”

The centre-piece of the house
The centre-piece of the house Image by Airbnb

Under a soaring 30-foot ceiling, relax by the fireplace in the pillow-padded sunken seating area.

All mod cons in this Stone Age house
All mod cons in this Stone Age house Image by Airbnb

The posh town of Hillsborough is located 17 miles south of San Francisco and was notably home to some famous residents, among them crooner Bing Crosby and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. At the Flintstone house, Bay Area visitors can stay in Stone Age style without sacrificing an ounce of modern convenience.