Last Updated April 5, 2022 4/5/2022

25 Quirkiest Airbnb Rentals in Europe

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You could just check into an everyday, run-of-the-mill Airbnb for your next vacation in Europe. Or, you could step things up a notch by sleeping in an airplane, waking up inside a windmill, or starting each morning gazing at the clouds from an AirShip. You thought that Europe as a continent had variety — just wait until you’ve seen the types of places you can call a temporary home here. Read on for some of the coolest, quirkiest, most unusual and all-round incredible Airbnbs across Europe.

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Unusual Home a Livable Sculpture - Rome, Italy
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White, hole-filled interior of Rome Airbnb

Unusual Home a Livable Sculpture - Rome, Italy

“See the art, be the art” is a phrase that comes to life, literally, inside this Rome-based Airbnb in the heart of Italy. Set on the roof of the owner’s villa, it’s a bright, white airy rental, complete with a private bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and a large terrace. The Airbnb is also set inside a large garden, which is accessible for soaking up the sun throughout your stay. It has one bedroom suitable for two guests, with vibrant bedding and colorful touches dotted throughout the entire place. Expect to wake up feeling creative every single morning you stay here.

Sleep in a True Plane - Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef, France
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Sleep in a True Plane - Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef, France

Sleeping on an airplane gets an upgrade at this converted Airbnb in west France. Say goodbye to those tiny blankets, upright seats and turbulence — this is airplane sleeping, upgraded version. Located just outside Nantes by the sea, it’s a modern rental that lets you wake up in the morning looking out of those little curved windows, but with the added comfort of doing so from a double bed. This airplane Airbnb still retains some of its features from its days in the sky — think airplane doors, a pilot’s cabin and a living area complete with mini table and seat belts. It’s also home to a kitchen, bathroom and beds suitable for up to four people.

Windmill Close To Amsterdam - Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Entrance to the windmill

Windmill Close To Amsterdam - Utrecht, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is known for its picturesque windmills but, mostly, they’re reserved for day trips. With the exception of this Utrecht-based Airbnb, with three bedrooms and space for up to six guests. The whole windmill is up for grabs here, overlooking beautiful views of wide green fields and a meandering river. There’s a kitchen, living area, two toilets and a separate bathroom. You can also rent bikes or a kayak, if you fancy a change from experiencing the lifestyle of a miller. Rustic interiors with a little Dutch charm sprinkled throughout is the final touch to this charming spot.

The Open Book, a Bookshop Holiday- Wigtown, Scotland
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Endless books to read at The Open Book

The Open Book, a Bookshop Holiday- Wigtown, Scotland

Book lovers, assemble! You’ll need to take a trip to the quaint town of Wigtown in Scotland to check into The Open Book, a bookshop holiday with free reign of its library throughout your stay. A brilliant location especially when the weather’s bad, this Airbnb has books from top to bottom as well as cozy corners to make yourself comfortable in, before you spend a good few hours of getting lost in another world. The Airbnb is actually technically above the bookshop itself, but comes complete with all of the essentials for your trip. It’s got one bedroom with a double bed and a single bed, as well as a kitchen and bathroom.

A Beautiful Cottage Close to Geysir - Laugarvatn, Iceland
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Exterior shot of Icelandic cottage

A Beautiful Cottage Close to Geysir - Laugarvatn, Iceland

Take a trip to the middle of the famous Golden Circle Route in Iceland and you’ll stumble upon a beautiful cottage. The perfect getaway for up to six guests, this triangular Airbnb was built to reflect traditional Icelandic style and is surrounded by breathtaking nature. Geothermal water runs through pipes in the floor keeping it warm and comfortable year-round, and electricity in the house comes generated by geothermal energy from a nearby power station. There are queen-size beds in the bedrooms and a full kitchen downstairs for cooking up a feast. The only thing this Airbnb doesn’t come with is Wi-Fi, but it can be included via a local third-party for an extra cost.

Medieval Castle For 16 People - Llaés, Spain
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Exterior shot of Spanish castle

Medieval Castle For 16 People - Llaés, Spain

Live out all your medieval dreams at this 10th century castle in Llaés, Spain. With room for up to 16 people and set between rivers, valleys and mountains, it’s a wonderful getaway for extended family or friend trips. While the castle itself dates back centuries, the interior has been fully renovated for modern day living. Eight bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen, four bathrooms, a garden and a grassy terrace means there’s plenty of room for all to enjoy. Chandeliers, gold-edged mirrors, gently crumbling walls and traditional bed frames ensure you never forget exactly where you’re staying.

Koe in de Kost: Earth House - Heeten, The Netherlands
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Blue skies outside the Earth House

Koe in de Kost: Earth House - Heeten, The Netherlands

Get up close and personal with nature at the Earth House. Rather than sleeping in anything as dull as a house or apartment, nights here are spent inside a special Grondulow. This unique and understated Airbnb is based in Heeten, The Netherlands, and sits in the middle of a cow farm. While you’re staying here, you’re also more than welcomed to get involved with farming life: milking the cows, chilling on the tractor or playing with the other animals. Every Grondulow comes with its own living room facing the cows, bedrooms, a bathroom and a private toilet. They come in a few different sizes, with space for up to eight people across three bedrooms.

Saxon Wine Cellar with Central Studio & Parking - Brașov, Romania
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Bedroom of Saxon Wine Cellar

Saxon Wine Cellar with Central Studio & Parking - Brașov, Romania

Cozy and intimate, this Romania-based wine cellar is a must-visit for anyone with a love of history. Based in the old city fortress of Brașov, it’s almost entirely underground and filled with authentic Saxon charm. This one bedroom Airbnb has space for two guests inside a historic setting, with a comfortable double bed, a dining table and an original, antique Biedermeier-style workspace. There’s also a huge TV, fully equipped kitchen and underfloor heating to keep you suitably fed, watered and heated. Expect rich local history in every room of this converted wine cellar, including antique furniture, select art pieces and stone walls. Complete your stay with a bottle of your favorite wine.

Private Trullo Suite Martodda - Locorotondo, Italy
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Entrance to Trulli

Private Trullo Suite Martodda - Locorotondo, Italy

This whitewashed Italian trulli (or, “traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof” to the rest of us) was built in 1714 and has kept many of its original features. Staying here is a little like taking a trip back in time in the best way possible, with its arched, stone walkways, traditional wooden doors and stunning exterior. Of course, it’s also home to all of the typical Airbnb features: a king-size bed, bathroom with a shower and a full kitchen. Outside, you’ll spot the blazing sunshine from every angle, reflecting off of the white stone walls and onto the brilliant Italian landscapes around you.

The Geo-Dome: Private, Cozy, Natural Getaway - Andalusia, Spain
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Bedroom at Geo-Dome

The Geo-Dome: Private, Cozy, Natural Getaway - Andalusia, Spain

Set among fields of flowers and rivers and lakes, you’ll find the Geo-Dome. A place that brings together the remote and picturesque sides of camping with the facilities and amenities of a more traditional Airbnb, this one-bedroom natural dome sits in Andalusia, Spain. The dome is actually part of a wider network of Airbnbs and facilities that are shared throughout. As well as the bedroom, inside the geometrically-decorated dome, there’s access to a kitchen, a bathroom with hot water and spacious gardens all around. While this Airbnb might be equipped with modern amenities, guests here are encouraged to leave electronic devices behind. There’s free Wi-Fi in the admin offices only, as the Dome itself is meant for bird-watching and relaxing with nature.

Hector Cave House - Santorini, Greece
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Outside views from the Cave House

Hector Cave House - Santorini, Greece

Head to Santorini in Greece to stay in perhaps the most modern, luxurious and stylish cave in the world. Hector Cave House was carved into the unique caldera cliff more than 250 years ago and originally started its life as a wine cellar. Its smooth, white walls were then given a facelift to become one of the most prestigious Airbnbs in the area. The Cave House has space for up to five guests with four beds spread across one bedroom and the living room. There’s a private veranda for enjoying a morning coffee made in the espresso machine, as well as an outdoor pool for a spot of sunbathing or swimming.

Wild Atlantic Bus at Aishling Cottage - Oughterard, Ireland
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The Wild Atlantic Bus

Wild Atlantic Bus at Aishling Cottage - Oughterard, Ireland

All aboard the Wild Atlantic Bus, a converted double-decker bus sat in the heart of Ireland that’s been converted into a bottle green hideaway for six guests. Charming and quintessentially Irish, this ex-public bus has three double beds with views across the biggest coastal route in Europe. You’ll also find a full kitchen and a wood-burning stove inside. The rest of the facilities are outside, including a luxurious outdoor shower with exceptional views over the surrounding landscape and a beautiful fire pit, for evenings spent chatting away. This unique Airbnb promises to take you on a memorable trip into the countryside.

Santa Marta de Portuzelo Castle - Santa Marta, Portugal
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Incredible overview of castle with swimming pool

Santa Marta de Portuzelo Castle - Santa Marta, Portugal

The stunning setting of this Santa Marta de Portuzelo Castle is akin to something out of a fairy tale, with its endless grounds, authentic crumbling walkways and picturesque views. In true, traditional Portuguese style, it’s covered with colorful tiles and huge, scenic windows. This castle is well equipped with space for up to 16 guests with nine bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms. It’s got elements from the 12th to the 19th centuries like stone stairways, beautiful fireplaces and even a chapel. Three living rooms, two dining rooms and a huge kitchen means there’s plenty of space to make yourself at home for a large family holiday in the heart of Portugal. The garden is where this castle Airbnb really shines: come and explore the 4.2 acres of land, home to a manuelino-style watchtower, the dovecote, a 16th century fountain and a tunnel.

Unique & Secluded AirShip with Breathtaking Highland Views - Dremnin, Scotland
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Outside views of the AirShip

Unique & Secluded AirShip with Breathtaking Highland Views - Dremnin, Scotland

This tiny house in rural Scotland looks a little like it spontaneously appeared from the future. Seriously modern with beautiful views, it’s perched on the edge of a moody lake and comes filled with Scottish charm. This Airship Airbnb is actually an insulated aluminum pod, complete with tartan blankets and monochrome design. It’s got space for two guests in one bedroom, as well as a living room with floor-to-ceiling views outside, a kitchen with a log fire and a full bathroom. While it might be one of the smaller Airbnbs you’ll find, it’s still home to a queen-size bed and some especially cozy chairs for pouring a hot drink and admiring the stars in the evenings.

The Crane by YAYS - Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Interior of crane overlooking the water

The Crane by YAYS - Amsterdam, Netherlands

The coolest thing about this Airbnb? You’ll be able to spot it from miles away, making it a great option for anyone who struggles with their sense of direction. This crate juts high into the sky with a blocky blue exterior and a seriously sleek interior. Definitely a one-of-a-kind stay, it’s designed to fit two guests in one bedroom with gorgeous views over the city and surrounding waters. From the spectacular views over the IJ river to the luxury bathroom and kitchen, it’s the perfect hideout to escape the buzz of the city. Its high-up location makes this crane Airbnb look even more spacious, with large glass windows ensuring natural light flows through the entire place. You’ll also get a little guidebook when you check in here, so you can start planning your itinerary immediately.

Breathtaking Mountain Views in Cozy Bird Box - Bygstad, Norway
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Futuristic looking orange rectangle reflecting snow all around

Breathtaking Mountain Views in Cozy Bird Box - Bygstad, Norway

It’s fair to say this bird box looks a little out of place when you compare it against its snowy backdrop. Perched in the depths of beautiful Norway, it’s a tiny house designed for two guests in a seriously unique location that you’ll remember long after you’ve checked out. From the outside, you’ll see a modern, square building. But from the inside, you’ll be able to gaze out of circular windows to the stunning landscapes outside. You can wake up to the mountains and forest views from the cozy double bed, or enjoy a meal in the living space as the snowdrops all around. Situated only 15 minutes by car from Førde, this Airbnb is relaxed and comfortable with plenty to see and do outdoors. Put on your skis and have a breathtaking journey around the nearby trails or hike down to Langelandsvatnet in the summer and enjoy swimming in energizing water.

Moon Conker, A Unique Riverside Tree Pod With Fire - Llanafan-fawr, United Kingdom
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The Moon Conker by night

Moon Conker, A Unique Riverside Tree Pod With Fire - Llanafan-fawr, United Kingdom

Take a trip to Wales in the United Kingdom to check into the “Moon Conker” for a few days. This unique riverside tree pod looks a little like a giant disco ball and is set in the middle of a forest. It’s a place you’ll love both day and night, with pure silence all around except for the occasional sounds of birds flying past. A top spot for a romantic date night with your other half, the Moon Conker brings out all of your outdoor instincts with a comfortable bed to return back to at the end of the day. If you want to swing axes, build fires, and create your own Moon Bathing experience, this is the place for you. Staying here gives you unlimited access to gazing at the starry night skies through the observatory portholes above you. The best part? Moon Bathing in the two hot and cold Scandi-style baths, filled with water from the nearby stream.

The original Spice Bus From 1997 Movie Spice World - Binfield, United Kingdom
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The Spice Bus surrounded by nature

The original Spice Bus From 1997 Movie Spice World - Binfield, United Kingdom

Know of the movie Spice World? Now’s your chance to stay in the actual original Spice Bus used in the movie. This might just be one of the most famous unique Airbnbs thanks to its unique history and staying here comes with the opportunity to relive it all over again. This incredible bus has room for three guests in total, with one bedroom, a day bed and a separate dressing room area. While there aren’t any bathroom facilities inside the actual bus, there’s a facilities block just a few steps away with a toilet, sink and shower room, as well as toiletries and towels. This is also where you’ll find the kitchen. The bus also has the bonus of being situated in a stunning location overlooking Island Harbor Marina, with plenty of nearby shops and restaurants.

Floating IGLU Romance - Elbe-Parey, Germany
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Floating wooden igloos reflecting on the water

Floating IGLU Romance - Elbe-Parey, Germany

You’ll love these German IGLUs most during the warmer months when you’ll be able to wake up and admire the river views from your bedroom before stepping outside and enjoying a morning coffee on the wooden terrace. But they’re pretty impressive year-round, with individual IGLUs designed for two people, making this a brilliant surprise vacation for you and your other half if you’re looking to go all out. Each IGLU comes with all the essentials: a double bed, WIFI, a bathroom and a mini kitchen. There’s also a shared sauna on the property which you’re free to use. Interiors are cozy and modern: made almost entirely of white wood with a homely appeal. There’s plenty of natural light and also a TV, which you’ll love during cute movie nights when you’ve headed home for the evening.

Houseboat By The Sea And Alkyona Beach - Pieria, Greece
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Blue and white boat sat on the grass

Houseboat By The Sea And Alkyona Beach - Pieria, Greece

You’ll notice something a little different about this Greek houseboat: namely that it doesn’t sit in the water but on a soft green patch of grass. Nonetheless, it’s a boat you’ll remember for a while, with beautifully converted interiors with magnificent views. While it’s not on the water, it’s located very close to the beach, so you’re never too far from dipping your toes or going for a swim first thing in the morning. With large panoramic windows and a particularly comfortable lower deck, it’s a real experience that’s definitely ideal for families, couples or groups. There’s also a bathroom and a small kitchen to use during your stay. With three bedrooms and space for up to six people, it’s a wonderful getaway in a quaint, picturesque setting.

Private Yurt Villa In The Drahan Hillside - Kořenec, Czechia
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Overview of the domes

Private Yurt Villa In The Drahan Hillside - Kořenec, Czechia

Think of a private yurt, located in the picturesque Drahan hillside… and then think of the complete opposite. And that’s what you’ll find at this sleek, classy, stylish unique Airbnb. It might call itself a yurt but, complete with shiny glass walls, a dark stone exterior and a bed of manicured grass below, it definitely redefines the term. Each of these yurts is designed with families in mind, with three bedrooms and space for six guests. Inside, you’ll find a Swedish-esque appeal, with a large wooden sauna and steam room, a fully white, modern style of decor and minimalist design. It might be based in the Czech Republic but it’s definitely got a more Scandinavian theme running throughout. For an additional fee, you can also order breakfast to your villa in the mornings or a full body massage, if you’re looking to go all out with relaxation.

Kalle's Inn Glasshouses
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Snowy glasshouses with sunset backdrop

Kalle's Inn Glasshouses

Kalle’s Inn Glasshouses are best visited during the summer months when 24 hours of sunlight ensures a totally one-of-a-kind experience. If you don’t happen to visit in the middle of summer, you’ll be able to witness something just as special: those spectacular sunsets and sunrises which beam a rainbow of colors across the sky. The benefit of these glasshouses is that you’ll be able to admire those colors from every direction, no matter whether you’re lying back in one of the two comfortable beds or getting ready for the day before you head out to explore. Each prism-shaped glasshouse comes with a fantastic view over The Gulf of Bothnia and the motorized luxury beds are designed for watching the seals, stars, and birds. While they’re completely soundproof, there’s a hatch you can open to listening to the birdsong.

Arctic Hideaway, Lower Fat Pod With Double Bed - Nordland, Nordland, Norway
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Arctic Hideaway, Lower Fat Pod With Double Bed

Arctic Hideaway, Lower Fat Pod With Double Bed - Nordland, Nordland, Norway

This Arctic Hideaway looks more than a little intimidating from afar, something that would fit in pretty well into a thriller movie or a superhero comic. But, get a little closer and you’ll see it’s not quite as scary as it looks and actually somewhere you’d love to spend a couple of nights. As its name suggests, The Arctic Hideaway sits high up in northern Norway, on a remote island with only a few permanent habitants. Sure, it’s remote – your stay has to be organized around the local ferry schedule – but it’s well worth the effort. This tiny hotel is an experience unlike any other, with beautiful views of the Norwegian sea, nearby islands, birds, seals, sunrises and sunsets, the northern lights, the midnight sun and so much more. As well as the room with its double bed, you’ve got access to a shared kitchen, studio, bathhouse, and sauna.

Amboise Troglodyte - Nazelles-Négron, France
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Cream-walled bathroom inside cave with claw foot bathtub

Amboise Troglodyte - Nazelles-Négron, France

Check into this unique French Airbnb and you’ll wake up feeling like you’ve been transported to another era. Known locally as “Amboise Troglodyte”, this incredible spot exists inside a cave with a traditional, classic design that fuses seamlessly from room to room. One of the most impressive parts of this Airbnb is its location, set in a lovely town in the center of the Loire valley. It’s easy to be charmed by this authentic place and beautiful landscapes all around, with multiple castles to explore and endless wine tasting opportunities. The region is also famous for its cuisine, with lots of restaurants focused on charcuterie and goat’s cheese. Inside this quiet spot is one bedroom designed for two people and a small kitchen. There’s a classical bathroom complete with a large bath and a terrace offering a magnificent 180-degree view over the town.

Modern Apartment With Amazing Views - Akureyri, Iceland
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Unique mirrored Airbnb with decking outside

Modern Apartment With Amazing Views - Akureyri, Iceland

This one-of-a-kind Icelandic Airbnb calls itself a “modern apartment”. It’s actually more of a standalone tiny house, with a mirrored exterior that makes the already impressive surroundings look even more spectacular. A place filled with peace and tranquility, it’s set in Vaðlaheiði near Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. During the winter, you’ll be able to enjoy the Aurora Borealis and, in the summer, the midnight sun. Inside, you’ll find a living area with a sofa, TV, a dining table and a fully equipped kitchen. Head upstairs to the loft for a cozy bedroom complete with a double bed. There’s also a separate sleeping area, which means you’ll fit up to four guests throughout the two bedrooms while you’re staying here. The inside is stylish but the outside is incredible and, with easy access to Akureyri, you can enjoy restaurants, galleries, shops and live concerts during your stay.

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