If the idea of staying in a chain hotel during your next vacation seems so bland and mismatched with your action-packed lifestyle that you won’t even consider it, don’t worry. There are tons of amazing vacation homes to rent that put you within easy reach of interesting, unforgettable activities, making it easy for you to live life to the fullest while away from home.
Letterfrack Farm Cottages
The next time you’ve got the urge to gather several of your closest friends and jet off to Ireland, think about staying in a cottage at Connemara’s Letterfrack Farm. Set on 11 acres, the cottages accommodate at least nine people.
They offer easy access to Diamond Mountain and Connemara National Park, and you’re only minutes away from the beach, too. When you’re in the mood for some creature comforts after several back-to-back hours spent in nature, pubs and restaurants are accessible within a short walk.
The New Dungeness Light Station
Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to have a career as a lighthouse’s keeper? A stay at Sequim, Washington’s New Dungeness Light Station makes it possible to at least live like someone who has that profession. It offers a week-long program that gives you the privilege of staying in the official keeper’s quarters at the edge of a wildlife refuge. In operation since 1857, the lighthouse was the first structure of its kind built in the Washington Territory.
In addition to three main bedrooms, this property has a fully equipped kitchen and two bathrooms, plus a recreation room. Every week, between four and six people stay in the facility, so you may be there with others unless individuals you’re traveling with fill it up. The scenic setting gives you easy access to miles of beaches, along with awesome opportunities to look for and photograph eagles.
Located in the Arfeuilles village in Central France, this elegant place to stay features surrounding gardens that are so spacious, you might think you mistakenly wandered into a neighboring park. The area’s terrain is naturally hilly and is an excellent retreat spot if you love challenging bike rides or hikes. Relax your sore muscles with a trip to Vichy, which is about 20 miles away and known for its hot springs.
The property includes a swimming pool in the garden, two kitchens, and six bedrooms. Additionally, there are many trees on the property, so if you’re visiting in hot weather and want to cool off without getting wet, the shade trees offer ample opportunities.
Lake Lodge Cabins
Open from early June through mid-September, these log cabins let you stay inside Yellowstone National Park. Built in the 1920s, the cabins are primitive and don’t include televisions or air conditioning. However, they have plenty of rugged charm and provide a comfy place to rest after days of exploring one of the most famous parks in the world. Even better, you can sit on the porch in a rocking chair and gaze out at Yellowstone Lake.
Maybe you’ve held onto a bucket-list goal of picking out a log cabin kit and building your own rustic structure. If you’ve got the land and the desire to get involved in a special project that’ll result in something to enjoy for the rest of your life, a stay in one of the Lake Lodge Cabins could give you that final push to make good on your dream.
Franschhoek, South Africa is known for its fine wines and gourmet foods. When you’re ready to sample the culture and treat your taste buds without feeling rushed, book a stay at Karob House. It’s a well-furnished, cozy home. Enjoy free street parking if you’ve rented a car during your South African vacation and appreciate being situated in a safe neighborhood within walking distance from town.
Complete your experience in the area by boarding the Franschhoek Wine Tram. It takes you near some of the most amazing wineries in the area and operates in a hop-on-hop-off fashion. This mode of transportation is an excellent way to learn more about a place characterized by several hundred years of history and feel like you can truly get immersed in your surroundings without worrying about looking at a map or following GPS system commands.
As this list illustrates, you have plenty of thrilling choices when it comes to staying somewhere on your next vacation that’s anything but ordinary. Even if you haven’t picked a date for your next getaway yet, this list will keep you inspired.