Our research is editorially independent but we may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
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.
YOU'RE ALL SET!
Look out for our newsletters in your inbox soon.
“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.
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.
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.
Middle Eastern charm fuses with Germanic traditions inside this original Afghani yurt. Set in Bavaria, it’s stunningly authentic — a place where you’ll expect to step outside to the desert, rather than the sidewalks and metro stations of Germany. Stay here if you’re a lover of culture and attention to detail. Everything about this yurt is uniquely designed, from the vibrant patterned throws covering all surfaces to the sweeping, white nets swathed around the double bed. All of the details here have been collected from the owner’s adventures across the world. While there’s a garden and swimming pool onsite, the yurt itself comes with only the bare essentials: no TV and no running water, except for a sink outside. But that just adds to its authenticity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll feel a little like something out of a fairytale as you wander through the forest to find this Airbnb treehouse in Galicia, Spain. Surrounded entirely by nothing but pure nature, it’s a cute and contained cabin in the woods on stilts, with all of the modern essentials and more. Traditional, wooden interiors go hand in hand with a flat screen TV above the double bed and a Jacuzzi on the balcony. This one bedroom spot has space for up to three guests as well as a kitchen, bathroom and living space. There’s also the option to book a breakfast basket delivered to the treehouse if you’re feeling fancy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.