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The 7 most popular special homes on Airbnb

Recently, Airbnb has made it possible to search for accommodations by category – the selection includes everything from castles to tree houses. We present the seven unusual homes that have been particularly popular over the past nine years.

August 17, 2022

From a tree house in the Costa Rican rainforest to a rural church in Germany, Airbnb has been offering homes of a special kind for years. The most popular seven, which made it onto most users' wish and booking lists between 2012 and 2021, are by no means the most luxurious, but they bewitch travelers with their innocuous charm. 

The Falstaff TRAVEL favorites deviate somewhat from this list and range from fantastic Tree houses in Indonesia and italian renaissance villas to traditional Japanese ryokans with a modern twist. 

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Whether it's a luxurious tree house in Indonesia or a traditional ryokan in Japan, Airbnb's many categories offer numerous exceptional places to stay around the world. © Airbnb

Special homes on Airbnb: These are the top 7

Redwood Treehouse Santa Cruz Mountains

Treehouse in den USA: Die beliebtesten besonderen Unterkünfte auf Airbnb

Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this adorable little treehouse is one of the most popular special accommodations on Airbnb. © Airbnb

Where? Watsonville, California, USA
What? Tree house

Host Mary Jane's rustic Redwood Treehouse is one of Airbnb's favorites. Located in the wildly beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, the accommodation is situated directly on an old living tree. Make yourself comfortable in the hot tub and let your gaze glide over the treetops.

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Trullo aroma green

Trullo Aromagrün

Thanks to Airbnb, you can stay in one of the iconic trulli in Puglia. © Airbnb

Where? Ostuni, Puglia, Italy
What? Trullo

If you've already been to Puglia, the trendy region in Italy, you've certainly made a detour to see the trulli. The charming domed stone houses don't just look charming, they're also popular on Airbnb, as host Isa's accommodation for four can attest to. The Aroma Green trullo is surrounded by numerous olive and mulberry trees, while its stylish interior will transport you back to times long past.

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Historic tower with lake view

historischer-Turm mit Seeblick auf Airbnb

Charming: The historic tower was furnished with antique furniture and is one of the most popular accommodations on the platform. © Airbnb

Where? Tuoro sul Trasimeno, Umbria, Italy
What? historical tower

A large pool, a round tower and views over Lake Trasimeno: Tuscany's historic tower overlooking the lake and countryside invites guests to spend peaceful days in nature. Climb the stairs of your private tower, cook spaghetti in the rustic kitchen or snuggle up in the canopy bed on the top floor.

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Luxury stone villa in Crete

Steinvilla auf Kreta

In Crete you sleep in a canopy bed inside the cave villa. © Airbnb

Where? Chania, Kriti, Greece
What? Stone villa

A villa? Glamorous. A villa built in a cave, carved in stone? Extraordinary. That is precisely why this luxurious stone villa in Crete is one of the most popular in the category of special homes. On sixty square meters you can enjoy a restful sleep inside the villa, which overlooks its own garden and the beach of the village Kaliviani.

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Rainforest Tree House with Hot Springs

Rainforest Tree House auf Airbnb in Costa Rica

On Airbnb you can book your own tree house with a view of the jungle and access to hot springs. © Airbnb

Where? San Carlos, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
What? Tree house

The tree house on stilts at Bio Thermales Nature Resort proudly overlooks Costa Rica's jungle – and the resort's ancient hot springs, which invite you to bathe around the clock.  The Tree House exudes typical Costa Rican flair. If you feel like it, stroll through the charming resort or hike along the trails of the rainforest.

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DreamCaught tree house

DreamCaught Baumhaus auf Airbnb

Jungle adventure: users love the tree house in the Thai rainforest. © Airbnb

Where? Mae Taeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand
What? Tree house

The windows all around the house open to the deep green of the exotic surrounding garden. A small stream runs directly in front of the door as the tropical birds sing their songs. At the DreamCaught tree house, you sleep a few meters above the jungle floor – an exotic hideaway that made it onto the top 7 list on Airbnb.

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Live like a king in this castle

Schloss mieten auf Airbnb

King of my castle: spend a night at this historic abode, ghost stories and knight's table included. © Airbnb

Where. Galway, Ireland
What? Castle

Extraordinary: in mystical Galway in Ireland stands the small castle of stonemason Peter, which you can book via Airbnb for one or more nights. The interior may not be the most modern, but the atmosphere alone speaks for itself.

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Vacation in a rustic rural church by the river

Dorfkirche buchen auf Airbnb

If you've always wanted to spend the night in a church, Germany is giving you the chance. © Airbnb

Where? Havelsee, Brandenburg, Germany
What? Church

Whether you want to stand in the gallery or simply have loud conversations in a church, the quaint rural church in Brandenburg is the place for that. Rather sparsely furnished, it exudes a charm all of its own with its high round-arched windows and the bed in the apse – especially in summer, when the light already penetrates through the stained glass windows early in the morning. 

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