Ever wished you could sleep in a treehouse like the Swiss Family Robinson, or live in a shoe like that old woman from the nursery rhyme?
There’s probably a rental out there to make your dreams come true.
Realtors and booking sites are leasing gypsy wagons, train cars and windmills that have been refurbished into one-of-a-kind overnight experiences that aren’t as expensive as you might think. A Texas home shaped like a cowboy boot that’s getting buzz this week runs just $1,200 a month. You can even rent your own private island for two in Belize for under $500 a night.
“You might never live in a converted barn or treehouse in the rainforest, but you can book one for your next vacation,” said Laurel Greatrix, a TripAdvisor Rentals spokesperson. “These types of stays really feel like you’re getting away from it all, and are highly shareable for travelers who like to post about their trips.”
Here’s some of the craziest rentals around the world.
Bow Top Gypsy Wagon
$97 per night
Camp out in this cozy gypsy caravan from Outlandish Holidays in Cornwall, which was built on an original Romany horse cart three years ago. It features an original “Queenie” stove used by the Romany people for heating and cooking, and there’s a charcoal fire pit outside. There is a bathroom, electricity and running water, so you won’t be roughing it too much. You’ll have to shower in a nearby converted horse van, however,but it’s all part of what makes the experience magical, right? Book here. The same owner also rents out a fairy tale Jack Sparrow House and a Tree Sparrow House for $130 a night (plus $31 per child).
Fully Restored 1920s Sheep Wagon
$125 per night
Live out your “Little House on the Prairie” dreams with this rustic Wyoming sheep wagon, which was actually used on the host family’s ranch from the 1920s into the early 1970s. It’s been remodeled to include a full-sized bed for two inside, as well as an add-in bed that can room two more guests, plus a pull-out table for eating or playing cards, and a working wood-burning cook stove/oven. There’s an outhouse that serves as the restroom; hey, you’re roughing it a bit here. The property owners will also give a tour of their surrounding 30,000-acre ranch for an additional $50. Book here.
From $297 a night
Stay in one of three luxury windmills – yes, luxury windmills – on the Greek island of Santorini. Each comes with its own private pool, jacuzzi tubes, terrace and flower garden, plus panoramic views of the vineyards and the Aegean Sea, and can accommodate up to five people. They also boast modern amenities like dishwashers, satellite TV and internet access beside quaint details like curving staircases, built-in cupboards and crescent-shaped bedrooms. Book here.
Secluded Intown Treehouse
$375 a night (10% weekly discount, or 20%monthly discount)
Branch out with this southern gem, which perches three furnished rooms connected by rope bridges in a couple of Georgia pines. In fact, treehouses topped all Airbnb Wish Lists last year, with this lofty Atlanta spot taking the top spot as the Most Wished-For Listing Worldwide. The love nest features a bedroom for two, a living room and a deck, and guests use the bathroom in the basement of the owners’ house nearby. There’s free parking and wifi, but pets and children under 16 are not allowed. Book here.
Dog Bark Park Inn B&B
$124 per night
Come! Sit! Stay! This beagle-shaped B&B in Cottonwood, Idaho between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks opened in 2003, and co-owner Frances Conklin says the two-bedroom doghouse fills up every summer because, “travelers seek memorable experiences when they travel” and “the big dog inn is the only dog-shaped hotel in the world.” Dog-lovers will roll over for fetching details like the 26 carved dogs on the queen headboard, and canine-shaped cookies left on the pillows. There’s also a second-story deck to soak up views of the surrounding prairie. Book here.
Cowboy Boot House
$1,200 a month
This kickin’ two-bedroom Texas home designed by artist/builder Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion is a cowboy or girl’s dream home on the range. The two-story boot portion features the living area, kitchen and red spiral staircase that climbs up the leg and opens up to the rooftop deck. The more traditionally house-shaped annex features a loft, bedrooms, bathroom, as well as a covered porch and deck space to put up your feet. Plus, the floors and bathroom are outfitted with mosaic tile. Book here.
The Seashell House
$308 per night
Mexico’s famous Casa Caracol is a private manse modeled after snail-shaped seashells on Isla Mujeres, an island off the coast from Cancun – and away from the crowds of that spring break capital. The gated property includes a private pool and barbecue grill, and the shell-shaped buildings house two bedrooms with king-sized beds, 2.5 bathrooms, a kitchenette and a balcony overlooking the pool. The Caribbean is just across the street. Plus, the owners/architects live right next door in case you have any questions. Book here.
Buffalo Ranch Caboose
From $135 a night
Get yourself a home where the buffalo roam. This restored 1960s train caboose is tucked away on 65 acres of ranchland in Clyde, North Carolina. All aboard for sipping a cup of joe while watching the sun rise over the Smokey Mountains in the morning as herds of buffalo graze past! The caboose features two double beds, a living room area, kitchenette and dining area. Book here.
$495 per night
You don’t have to be super rich or super famous to rent your own island. This beautiful Belize atoll starts at under $500 a night for two, and that includes transportation to and from your private island paradise.The small island is surrounded by a protective coral reef, so you can swim and snorkel the calm cerulean sea, or explore the neighboring atolls with the two included kayaks. The house also features a sundeck, lookout tower, barbecue grill and wifi. And there’s a kitchen stocked with condiments, though it’s BYO booze, meats and veggies. Book here.