These 50 Airbnb Houseboats Are Like Living in a Floating Tiny House
If you've ever wanted to take tiny-house living for a test drive, reserve one of these unique Airbnbs for your next vacation.
Houseboat Myrtle: Knysna, South Africa
If you’re charmed by the idea of living in a tiny house, but unsure how you’ll take to micro living, now you can take tiny-house living for a test drive, thanks to Airbnb. Here are 50 tiny houseboats that offer plenty of inspiration for the prospective tiny-home buyer. Take Houseboat Myrtle, for example. Permanently anchored in the Knysna Lagoon, just a two-minute dinghy ride from the Knysna waterfront in the Western Cape area of South Africa, she looks just like a little clapboard shed, floating on the water. Clever built-ins—like the dining room table that converts to an extra bed—maximize use of the small space. If you’re looking for something a little wilder, check out the wackiest places you can rent on Airbnb.
A Pirate’s Life: Charleston, South Carolina
Featured on Tiny House Hunters, A Pirate’s Life was recently gut renovated using reclaimed materials. The vaulted ceiling in the main cabin makes even tight quarters seem spacious and the wrap-around windows provide stunning views of Charleston Harbor—a must-see if you’re visiting South Carolina. Check out the coolest tiny houses in all 50 states.
The River Den: Gatineau River, Quebec
This tiny houseboat has a surprisingly roomy sitting room with a cozy wood stove, plus a second story sleeping loft. Custom built by the owner, the River Den features eight-foot patio doors and distinctive circular windows. Ready to take on a project of building a tiny house of your own? Check out the Build Your Own Tiny House course at Family Handyman DIY University.
Jette’s Houseboat: Copenhagen, Denmark
Prepare to fall in love with Jette’s houseboat, located in what was once a working industrial shipyard in the heart of Copenhagen. Upstairs is a living room, bright with big windows, with a view of the water and neighboring houseboats. A ladder takes you below deck, where there’s a bedroom, a bathroom, and a small but well-equipped kitchen.
Thames Houseboat: Central London
This Thames houseboat is just a stroll away from Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Tower of London, the National Theater, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, among other famous sights. It operates totally off the grid, with solar panels, yet has all the modern comforts, including hot water, a washing machine, and even a swimming pool.
Brand Eigenbau: Berlin
This tiny houseboat located in Heidesee outside Berlin is designed for summer fun, with lazy hammocks, a BBQ grill, and a sun deck that extends over half of the boat. The fireplace makes it an equally a cozy winter retreat if you’ve got the right fire-building skills. This is how much money you could earn renting out your house on Airbnb.
Louvre Barge: Paris
This tiny houseboat is in a historic Dutch barge, moored on the left bank of Paris, between the picturesque Pont Neuf and Pont Des Arts bridges. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck, or below deck at the gorgeous reclaimed wood bar in the fully equipped kitchen.
Friesland Houseboat: Grou, Netherlands
What you can see of this tiny Friesland houseboat is like the tip of the iceberg. Upstairs is one communal living/dining space and kitchen, but there’s more. Below deck, you’ll find two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a small laundry room. Smart floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in the communal area provides never-ending sunshine and a view of the water and passing boats.
Eiffel Tower Houseboat: Paris
This tiny houseboat is located across from the Eiffel Tower in the 16th arrondissement. The owner packs a lot into the 650 square feet of space, and the artful decor has that certain Parisian je ne sais quoi. These are the top Airbnb rentals under $100 in every state.
Glamping Loft: Braine-le-Comte, Belgium
There’s a lot of small-space inspiration in this ultra-modern houseboat. The communal living area offers uninterrupted views of the water and the beautiful Flemish countryside. But it’s the space-saving bathroom fixtures that will give tiny house lovers design inspiration. And check out that the glossy white mini-kitchen. What it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in form and function.
Converted Dutch Barge: Amsterdam
The owners of this 1903 Dutch barge rebuilt it from top to bottom and carved out a suite with its own entrance for guests. The private terrace overlooks the water, the city, and part of the old industrial harbor. But it’s the skylights that make the space work, making even the below-deck rooms feel bright, modern, and spacious.
The Calidris: Amsterdam
The Calidris offers guests the experience of waking up to a panoramic view of the historic harbor. a clever built-in bed turns this square room with a view into a luxury suite that meets the guest’s every need. The dining table and fridge are literally built into the bed. These are the secrets your Airbnb host will never tell you.
GiaMaria: Richmond, Virginia
Living in the 50-foot Chris Craft, GiaMaria is just like living in a tiny house—that happens to be moored in a yacht basin. The efficiency kitchen has a full-size range, fridge, and double sink. The main cabin provides kitchen/dining/living space, while the cozy master is tucked away on the lower level.
The Barge Jacoba: Nantes, France
Moored on the banks of the river Erdre, in the heart of Nantes, the barge Jacoba offers all the comforts of tiny-home living. The use of pocket doors is just one of the many space-saving tricks employed in this tiny houseboat. Watch out for these signs you’re about to fall for a bad Airbnb listing.
Hot-Tub Houseboat: Paris
This tiny floating flat in Paris is about a 15 to 20-minute walk from the 1 Metro line in Paris, so you have easy access to the city center and all its cultural offerings. After walking your feet off sightseeing, relax on the terrace in the private jacuzzi with views of the river Seine.
Péniche Studio: Paris
This Parisian péniche is located on the water in the tony Trocadero neighborhood of Paris, just a quick walk from the Eiffel Tower. The petite apartment is small on space but big on charm. Check out that micro kitchen, with sink, stove, and under-the-counter refrigerator all in one. Smart! Here are 13 more incredibly tiny kitchens.
Wheelhouse Studio: Amsterdam
This quaint captain’s quarters in a renovated cargo ship is a 20-minute train ride from the heart of Amsterdam but has stunning views of the water, a nature preserve, and even romantic Castle Muiderslot in the distance. Portholes give every room that nautical touch.
Boutique Houseboat: Cambridge, England
Situated on the historic river cam, a short walk from Cambridge city center, this wide beam houseboat has beautiful shiplap walls and hardwood floors. The arched, tongue-and-groove ceilings give the main cabin a lofty feel. If you’re thinking about renting out your own home, make sure you read this first.
Sleep Aboard: Providence, Rhode Island
The houseboat Sleep Aboard is the epitome of a tiny house, with a tiny white picket fence thrown in for good measure. The interior is kitted out like a small cottage that somehow fits in all the comforts of home. Don’t miss the clever pitched-roof sleep loft in the attic.
The Three Sailors: Avignon, France
The barge The Three Sailers is located on the banks of Piot Island, opposite the ramparts of the old town of Avignon with a breathtaking panorama of the Palais des Papes. There’s a generous deck that includes a swimming pool—something rarely seen in a home this tiny. These are the most popular Airbnbs in every state.
Room to Rent: Amsterdam
New-construction lovers will go crazy over this brand new houseboat with a multi-tiered deck for outdoor fun, located just outside Jordan in North Holland. The guest suite has its own en suite bathroom; the rest of the communal rooms are shared with the owner—and three friendly cats.
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Houseboat Studio: Paris
This ship’s pilot house and lodgings have been turned into a guest suite in this houseboat near Notre Dame Cathedral. It looks just exactly like a little wooden shed, floating on top of a barge. This is the difference between and Airbnb, VRBO, and Home Away listing.
Stella Rask: Amsterdam
Historic coaster Stella Rask was built in Denmark just after the war and was only recently converted into a stylish houseboat in 2016. Below deck is a private guest studio that offers a kingsize bed, sitting area, and kitchenette, plus a luxurious ensuite bath that makes the most of this tiny space.
Belafonte in Newport: Rhode Island
The Belafonte won “Best Room With a View” in Yankee magazine’s 2014 Editors’ Choice Awards, and given its spot in Newport Harbor, it’s easy to see why. If you’re the type who likes to put the glam in “glamping,” the hosts will set up cocktail parties, spa days, and more.
Harmony in Kemah: Texas
Take a break from the excitement of the amusement park rides on the Kemah, Texas, boardwalk and escape to the quiet retreat of the Harmony. The hosts provide everything you need for fishing, crabbing, and kayaking (including a waterproof phone case) for outdoorsy guests.
SS City of Seattle: Sausalito
This historic ferryboat is the oldest surviving ferryboat on the West Coast. This large houseboat is 2,500 square feet with a larger kitchen, a solarium, and three bedrooms. If you stay in one of the bedrooms on the lower deck, you might just see a seal pop by the window.
Boutique Houseboat: York
This floating house is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a relaxing weekend. It located in the quiet village of Bishopthorpe and has a private seating area overlooking the water. If you book during Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or New Years the host will leave you a few goodies to enjoy.
Jordaan Houseboat: Amsterdam
This houseboat is located in the Jordaan neighborhood, home of the Anne Frank House, as well as lots of bustling café’s, restaurants, shops, and art galleries. If you’re looking for a luxury vacation in the States, check out the most extravagant Airbnb listing in every state.
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