20 of the World’s Most Enchanting Homes You Can Rent
From a castle fit for a fairy tale to a seaside villa with breathtaking views, you can live like royalty anywhere in the world—even if it’s just for a few days.
Westbury Castle, North Wales
You (and 37 of your nearest and dearest) can pretend you are the new royal family when you sleep in this grand castle built by the Mostyns, an historic Welsh family. The gorgeous, antiques-filled space features nine bedrooms with intricately carved four-poster beds, a billiards room, and even a knight in shining armor (literally). Check out more fairy tale accommodations you can spend the night in.
Beachfront Villa, Montego Bay, Jamaica
You won’t have to lift a finger if you stay at this gorgeous Jamaican villa, thanks to the full-time staff—chef, housekeeper, bartender/butler, and gardener—included in the price. The house sits on a swath of private beach with its own thatched-roof bar and in-ground pool.
Oceanfront Estate, Kennebunkport, Maine
Live like one of the presidential Bush clan when you stay at this grand estate with New England flair. Each of the five bedrooms boasts gorgeous ocean views, with your own private beach just steps away. The estate also features a heated pool and private tennis courts, just in case you ever grow bored taking in the view. Check out more incredible and unusual places where you can spend the night.
The Cove, Bali, Indonesia
Get a taste of life in Bali at this luxe villa, built from locally sourced teak, stone, and ironwood. The house includes the services of a private chef who will source local ingredients for all your meals, plus babysitters, masseuses, and yoga instructors, as needed. Amenities include a stone-built infinity pool, tennis court, and gorgeous ocean views from every bedroom.
Pavillon of the Château de Tocqueville, Tocqueville, France
Author Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th-century French diplomat and author of Democracy in America, once lived in this gorgeous chateau near the beaches of Normandy. You’ll have gorgeous ocean views, Old World splendor, and a chance to stroll around the English gardens that Alexis’ wife designed. Check out the best castles on Airbnb.
Villa Can Nico, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The owner personally greets you at the airport to whisk you off to this resort—the Villa Can Nico, nestled in the Punta Cana. You’ll be a short stroll from powder-soft sands at one of three private beaches, and have access to the services of a personal chef and housekeeper. The resort also offers several restaurants, a golf course, horseback riding, and other activities if you get bored.
Wine Country Escape, Sonoma, California
A brand new pool with a submerged hot tub is the perfect place to unwind after a day touring Sonoma’s wineries—and at this sleek new luxury home, you can do just that. In between tours, play ping-pong or bocce on their sets or check out the amazing mountain views, then dine under the stars at the teak wood table beneath a canopied gazebo (with plenty of good California wines, of course). You’ll want to avoid these vacation rental mistakes.
Bansha Castle, Tipperary, Ireland
Feel like living happily ever after? Get a look at Bansha, a 300-year-old fairy tale castle set in gorgeous English-style gardens against the backdrop of the Galtee Mountains. The owners of the estate can help you arrange golfing, hiking, or fishing nearby—and the billiards room is a perfect place to unwind if the weather’s not cooperating. You have plenty of fairy-tale like lodging to choose from on the Emerald Isle. Here are more Irish castles you can rent.
Casa Playa Vista, Quepos, Costa Rica
You’ll feel like you’re in a tree house at Casa Playa Vista, which features a dramatic floating bridge entrance and an infinity pool that rises above the trees. Stairways lead down to the private beach below—where monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds regularly make an appearance on the property—and from the wraparound deck, you’ll be able to sneak a peek.
Mauna Pua, Princeville, Hawaii
Wraparound lanais let you take in breathtaking views of the ocean and the valleys from Mauna Pua, a family-friendly home on Kauai’s North Shore. Gleaming wood floors cover the living spaces, including the gourmet kitchen. Use the included bicycles to pedal out to one of several white-sand beaches nearby, including the legendary Hanalei Bay. If you’ve had enough of taking in the island, you can retreat indoors to play a few games on the ping-pong table.