With the festive season upon us, many people around the world are busy planning their next escape, whether it’s a snowy mountain getaway or a New Year retreat somewhere really special. With that in mind, Airbnb has unveiled a selection of unique properties that are available to rent and here are seven of the most intriguing.
This unique getaway sits on five acres of Montana woodland in Columbia Falls, surrounded by unspoilt scenery and wildlife. The artistically designed two-storey treehouse is 30 minutes away from Glacier National Park, and close to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. The property has a custom-made metal spiral staircase crafted around a Douglas fir tree, as well as two outside deck areas, a full kitchen, a stove and padded benches. The master suite has a queen-sized mattress and a private bathroom.
A modern Scandinavian-inspired barn built just ten minutes away from Le Massif de Charlevoix ski resort in Québec, this sleek and stylish villa boasts its own hot tub and wood-burning stove, as well as a number of cosy nooks where guests can relax with a book. Nestled amongst trees, it also has a porch swing and a fire pit for slightly warmer weather. The rental has four bedrooms with seven beds in total, and can accommodate up to 12 guests.
An unforgettable Lapland experience definitely not for the faint of heart, the interior of the snow igloo at Lucky Ranch Saloon is kept at a constant sub-zero temperature. Guests are provided with beds and warm sleeping bags, and are highly encouraged to bring their own thermal layers, as well as warm hats, socks and gloves. Located next to Lake Pyhäjärvi and Pyhä-Luosto National Park, the igloo is built every winter by the family that runs it. Have no fear though, there is a warm apartment on standby 24 hours, just in case you get cold feet.
Good news for wizards! The fictitious childhood home of Harry Potter is now available to rent on Airbnb. De Vere House is a former five-star bed and breakfast nestled in the medieval village of Lavenham. It served as the inspiration for Harry’s childhood home, and appeared as Godric’s Hollow in the films. Guests will have their own private sitting room with a log fire, as well as a beautiful courtyard garden.
A luxury mountain lodge in Chamonix, this modern offering has panoramic views of Mont Blanc, which can be enjoyed from a big veranda. It also boasts feature such as a home theatre, a floating fire place, a sauna and an outdoor hot tub. Offered by Airbnb Luxe, it has five bedrooms and comes with optional amenities such as airport transfer, car rental, and a dedicated chef.
If dramatic views of the sky, sea and surrounding snowscape are on the top of your list for a winter getaway, then this is the place for you. These unique prism-shaped glasshouses overlook the Gulf of Bothnia, and have heated glass panels that guarantees clear views in any weather. In the right conditions it is possible to see the Aurora Borealis, while seals, stars, rocky islands and birds can all be spotted from the accommodation. The soundproof buildings are equipped with a small hatch that you can open if you want to get even closer to nature.
This property gives guests the opportunity to stay in a newly-renovated historic schoolhouse overlooking a family-run organic farm. With views of the Green Mountains in every direction, the 270-acre property has a private deck, a hot tub and a barrel sauna. The house has vaulted ceilings, bright windows and two large deck chairs that look out on the spectacular views.