When you’re planning a vacation, a common course of action is to book your rental spot or hotel room, then make a long list of all the must-see tourist attractions that you want to visit during your stay. But what if you could score a two-for-one deal? Well, thanks to some converted properties available for rent, it’s more than possible to hunker down in one of the coolest—and, TBH, most Instagram-worthy—attractions around, wherever you may be.
Vacation rental platform HomeAway features a number of converted, unique homes in destinations worldwide. There’s a converted windmill in Greece, complete with a lavish private pool and sea view; a home in Costa Rica, built inside an airplane, with the jungle just outside your window; and a train caboose in North Carolina, with a backyard full of buffalo to ogle. So the next time you’re looking for an unforgettable travel experience, it’s safe to say these are some of the best to start with.
Check out the converted vacation rentals that double as cool tourist attractions.
Back in the day when it functioned as a theater, this space hosted some pretty impressive visitors, including President McKinley, inventor Nikola Tesla, and mathematician Lord Kelvin, according to its listing. But now you can rent out the 7,700 square root playhouse that’s filled with fine art, two kitchens, seven sleeping areas, an in-house yoga studio, and tennis courts—not to mention lakefront access for some serious R & R.
Average rate: $843/night
You wouldn’t normally want to spend your entire vacay in an airplane, but this converted jet in Costa Rica is the exception to the rule. Nestled right beside the rainforest and ocean, it provides killer views, no matter which way you look. And with wingtop decks, a cozy and romantic Cockpit Cottage, and monkeys and sloths hangin’ right outside your window, you probably won’t ever want to leave. Bonus: extra legroom is no extra fee here.
Average rate: $525/night
Meet the most luxe windmill you’ll ever see. This rental, in Imerovigli, Greece, comes complete with a panoramic view of the surrounding vineyards, a private swimming pool overlooking the sea, and charming decor that will make you feel right at home—even though you’re on the other side of the world.
Average rate: $508/night
All aboard! (Sorry, had to.) This converted 1960s-era train caboose in North Carolina has everything you need for a relaxing time out in nature. You can wake up to the sun rising over the Smoky Mountains, go hiking, make s’mores in the firepit, and watch a herd of buffalo roam right in the backyard. No need to leave your pup at home, either—the space is totally dog-friendly.
Average rate: $147/night
Located right on Lake Superior, this converted barn in Wisconsin sleeps up to 20 people and provides access to a secluded, sandy beach, as well as 320 acres of forest with hiking trails, wild strawberries and raspberries you can pick. Then, when you’re ready to get your hygge on, there are plenty of games you can play by the home’s stone fireplace.
Average rate: $875/night
Get ready to uncork a dreamy vacay, vino lovers, because this rental is for you. The converted winery farmhouse located Sicily, Italy, showcases modern decor, but it provides a taste of history with the wine press still visible in the living area. Then when it comes time to explore, enjoy a quick walk to plenty of restaurants and shops—AKA all sorts of amazing Italian food.
Average rate: $95/night
Sure, staying in an authentic, historic firehouse might not have been on your travel bucket list—but that could change after seeing this space. The rental, which used to house Engine 24 of the New Orleans Fire Department, neighbors the lively French Quarter and features two private living areas, a courtyard with a fountain, grills, and plenty of room for up to 14 people to sleep. Basically, it’s a great place to plan an adventure with friends.
Average rate: $1,179/night
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