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13 magical Airbnb rentals for families

Skip the hotel and plan your family’s next adventure around one of these Airbnb rentals. From castles to a gingerbread house, your kids won’t even care about sightseeing when they’re sleeping in these fairytale escapes.

By Simone Olivero

13 magical Airbnb rentals for families

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Hobbit home, Orondo, Washington, USA

Calling all Hobbits! Transport your family to The Shire with a stay in this unique hillside home in Washington. From the circular door to the driftwood sink to the stone fireplace made from oversized pebbles, every nook and cranny has been designed to capture the imagination of your little Frodo. Oh, and that view of Middle Washington will blow your mind. Starting at $269 per night, sleeps two guests, airbnb.ca

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A circular door behind a bed leads outsidePhoto: Airbnb

Bamboo hideout, Selat, Bali, Indonesia

Give your kids a real getaway, like away from everything—there’s no TV, AC or even locks on the doors! The perfect opportunity to reconnect as a family, this secluded hideaway will open your little one’s eyes to the day-to-day life of a Balinese villager. This is an unforgettable experience. Starting at $224 per night, sleeps two guests, airbnb.ca

A triangular roof room with the floor, ceiling, and windo frames made from bambooPhoto: Airbnb

Fairy tale gingerbread house, Geyserville, California, USA

While you can’t take a bite out of this playful gingerbread house (sorry!), your kids will love the whimsical details of this one-room rental. Located at the quirky Isis Oasis Retreat Center next to a Hobbit hut (which you can also rent), this gingerbread house gives its guests access to a wood-fired oven, pool, sauna and hot tub. Starting at $129 per night, sleeps two guests, airbnb.ca

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Mirror house, Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

Expose your kids to some world-renowned architecture with a stay in this incredible mirrored home, which literally vanishes into the picturesque landscape. In the summer months, guests have access to a shared pool, but, really, you can expect your kids to spend most of their time gazing at themselves in the reflective walls. Starting at $311 per night, sleeps four guests, airbnb.ca

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Tiled palace, Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Safi, Morocco

Get up close and personal with the intricate tiles that make Marrakesh famous with a stay in this stunning palace—yes, you can be royalty for a night. Bonus: The in-house restaurant service offers authentic Moroccan cuisine, so they can get a taste of the region’s traditional dishes. Starting at $85 per night, sleeps four guests, airbnb.ca

A four poster bed in a old and tiled roomPhoto: Airbnb

Shell house, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Don’t waste your time digging for shells on the beach. This house is shaped like a massive conch shell, with a picture-perfect pool overlooking the ocean. Need we say more? Starting at $438 per night, sleeps four guests, airbnb.ca

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A white house built in the shape of shellsPhoto: Airbnb

Houseboat, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Ahoy, mateys! Welcome aboard your own private houseboat. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, this quiet marina will let your little pirates live out their shipwrecked dreams. Starting at $746 per night, sleeps six guests, airbnb.ca

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A couch and chairs aboard a boatPhoto: Airbnb

Castle, Galway, Ireland

Let your little princes and princesses live out their royal fantasies in a real-life castle from the 1400s. Sure, there are some cobwebs and a little dust, but you’ll find all the castle necessities, from the winding staircase to the surrounding fields of sheep and cows. Starting at $243 per night, sleeps four guests, airbnb.ca

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Tile house, Twentynine Palms, California, USA

Get ready for an explosion of colour! Mesmerize your tiny travellers with a stay in this charming rental, where the walls are coated in a vibrant array of Mexican tile, smalti, handmade ceramics, fused and stained glass, found objects and ceramic bric-a-brac. It’s a roadside attraction, museum, gallery and magic hideaway all in one. Starting at $371 per night, sleeps four guests, airbnb.ca

Light curtains by a very colourful bedPhoto: Airbnb

Castle views, Prague, Czech Republic

Forget Disney; your little Cinderella’s dreams will come true with an incredible view of the magical Church of Our Lady before Týn, which looks just like a castle. This is, literally, the stuff of fairy tales. Starting at $208 per night, sleeps two guests, airbnb.ca

A hotel room overlooking a churchPhoto: Airbnb

Garden paradise, Melbourne, Australia

Escape to this secret garden! The perfect getaway from the beating pulse of downtown Melbourne, this paradise’s lush rainforest walls and swinging wicker chair will fill their dreams with adventure and excitement. Starting at $192 per night, sleeps two guests, airbnb.ca

A jungle-themed garden roomPhoto: Airbnb

Brandy bus, Nairobi, Kenya

Take your wee ones on a wild ride with a stay in this eccentric double-decker bus, which comes equipped with two single beds and an outdoor fireplace. It’s the perfect family road trip without the hassle of driving. Starting at $162 per night, sleeps six guests, airbnb.ca

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A patio in front of a green and white two decker busPhoto: Airbnb

Norfolk Caboose Car House, Virginia, United States

All aboard! Mark this refurbished caboose car as your family’s next destination! Located in Virginia, this cabin is surrounded by greenery. Starting at $236 per night, sleeps four guests, airbnb.ca

13 magical Airbnb rentals for familiesPhoto: Airbnb

UFO Cabin, Redberth, United Kingdom

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a UFO! Have you and your family a whimsical and Sci-Fi adventure in this Sci-Fi cabin! Starting at $293 per night, sleeps four guests, airbnb.ca

13 magical Airbnb rentals for familiesPhoto: Airbnb

Airship Cabin, Scotland, United Kingdom

Retreat to the deck of this airship cabin getaway and gaze at the twinkling constellations under a cozy tartan blanket. Starting at $256 per night, sleeps two guests, airbnb.ca

13 magical Airbnb rentals for familiesPhoto: Airbnb

Casa Acantilado, Andalucía, Spain

Have a relaxing family trip in Spain while staying at this astounding luxurious holiday home. Starting at $634 per night for seven nights, sleeps six guests, airbnb.ca

13 magical Airbnb rentals for familiesPhoto: Airbnb

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This article was originally published on Mar 01, 2020
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