Magical Escapes

Airbnb has hundreds of enchanted houses in its portfolio that will make you feel as though you've stepped into a magical novel, for those times when staying in a standard holiday rental simply won't do. These are the top Airbnb finds that might help you make your daydreams come true, from opulent castles and turreted villas to hobbit dwellings, thatched cottages, and remote treehouses.

Elizabethan House in East Sussex, England, UK

At this renovated Grade I-listed home in East Sussex with a tennis court and swimming pool, visitors will be treated like royalty. In addition to a hundred-acre park and five acres of gardens, there are seven bedrooms available for use at this magnificent country home. While the kitchen has been updated to fit any occasion, the finely designed rooms within exude an air of old-world grandeur.

Medieval Towerhouse in Cuffe Grange, Ireland

16th Century Medieval Towerhouse - Castles for Rent in Cuffesgrange,  Kilkenny, Ireland - Airbnb

This 16th-century towerhouse from the Middle Ages, meticulously rebuilt over a 25-year period, sits on lovely, private gardens and is only five minutes' drive from Kilkenny town. For those who want to truly escape the bustle of the city, there is a four-bedroom tower with no TV or Wi-Fi where visitors can take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Cottage in British Columbia, Canada

The curving windows, wooden balcony, and undulating roof of this charming home give it a fairy tale-like appearance. The property is encircled by orchards where sheep are grazing and is manually carved from natural materials. The interior is as beautiful, including stone flooring, a wood-burning stove, and a bedroom covered in wood paneling.

Hobbit Home in Washington, USA

This hobbit house, inspired by the Lord of the Rings, whisks visitors to the legendary Middle-earth. The one-bedroom house is tucked away in a mountaintop in central Washington and features a circular entryway that leads to breathtaking mountain views with just the local fauna, such as grouse, deer, and rabbits, for company.

Old Windmill in Kent, UK

This historic windmill has been tastefully renovated and is located in the picturesque Kent countryside in the south of England. The apartment has a cozy living area with a gas wood-burning fire, a fully furnished kitchen, and one bedroom with a king-sized bed. It's simple to succumb to the allure of the place and take leisurely strolls before dining at one of the quaint country pubs. Because of its isolated location, this place offers breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.

Arabic Villa in Marrakech, Morocco

Mahal Villa, Marrakech, Morocco - Holiday at Mahal Villa near Marrakech,  Morocco - The Real Estate Conversation

This magnificent Moroccan home in Marrakech is adorned with lots of North African and Arabic characteristics and has five bedrooms, making it look like something out of a real-life Arabian fantasy. Constructed around a covered courtyard in the riad architecture, it's an excellent place to get away from the bustle of the city. During the visit, there's also the option to hire a private driver.

Nkala Safari Lodge in Pilanesberg, South Africa

Situated on the periphery of Pilanesberg National Park, this opulent safari lodge defies description. The Nkala Safari Lodge is situated on a black rhino game reserve and is three hours' drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg. From the lodge's own patio or via its floor to ceiling windows, guests may observe an abundance of wild animals. A kitchen, a swimming pool, and an observation terrace with views of the surrounding nature are all included.

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Cabin in the Woods in Ohio, USA

In this distinctive A-frame cottage in the Ohio woods, visitors may live à la Hansel and Gretel (sans the witch). There are little patios on two levels, exposed beams throughout, and a wood-burning stove. There are several local food stores in the charming community of West Farmington, which is nearby. The surrounding area is also a great place for leisurely nature hikes.

Traditional Finca in Mallorca, Spain

A Luxury Finca Estate in Mallorca — Francis York

A family holiday in a traditional Mallorcan finca, or Spanish country hamlet, is perfect. This quaint stone home features a huge gas grill on an ivy-covered patio, three bedrooms, a kitchen that is completely furnished, and a swimming pool. The island's capital, Palma de Mallorca, is less than an hour away, and the neighboring Port of Pollença is fantastic for dining, shopping, and the beach in the summer.

Fairy Tale Farm in Vaga, Norway

One of the oldest sheep farms in the Gudbrandsdalen valley, this quaint Norwegian farm has been owned by the Blossom family since the 17th century. During summer, visitors may observe sheep grazing on the undulating green hills, and during winter, they can curl up by the wood-paneled house's stone fireplace. It's a place to unwind, calm down, and take in the enchanted surroundings.

Cave House in Santorini, Greece

The private plunge pool at Hector Cave House offers visitors a magnificent view of the Santorini caldera. Carved into the rock face almost 250 years ago, the home was once a wine cellar. Five people may sleep in the chic design, which also features two bathrooms and a flatscreen TV in the sitting area.