COMPILED BY Lindi Brownell Meiring
From houses inspired by seashells and Airstream trailers to A-Frame cabins and revamped windmills, Airbnbs across the globe come in all shapes and forms. We took a browse through the site to find some of the most interesting spots to stay in, whether it’s off-the-grid in California or on the seafront in Brazil.
Location: Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Host Description: My dear friends Raquel and Eduardo Ocampo designed and built the Seashell House and for many years no one knew it was possible to stay here and fewer knew how to arrange a stay. I decided it was too special to keep to myself and I invited the world via Airbnb.
Rate: R4 008 per night
Location: Malibu, California, USA
Host Description: There really is no other airstream like this one. Stripped down and past its aluminium studs, it’s been redesigned into a large studio with three large frameless glass panels that slide open to a huge cantilevered deck with unrivalled views of County Line beach, the Channel islands, Catalina and Deer creek canyon.
Rate: R7 373 per night
Location: Benenden, United Kingdom
Host Description: The Old Smock Mill is a gorgeous four-storey building (three floors for the holiday let) that has carefully been restored to a very high level. With eighteen inch brick walls and white weather boarded tower it stands out on the landscape. The oak exterior staircase leads up onto the beautiful staging where you enter into the Mill. Massive beams span each floor carrying the original upright shaft giant spur wheel and sack hoist. It is a very unusual, romantic and memorable place to stay.
Rate: R3 083 per night
Location: Abiansemal, Bali, Indonesia
Host Description: Set on the sacred Ayung river valley, this all bamboo house is unique. First established in 2010, it is part of a master-planned community of luxurious bamboo villas with distinctive blonde roofs. Entering the house is a feast for the eyes and a showcase at how black and white bamboo can be combined in all shapes and patterns to create a stunning collection of luxurious floors, walls, ceiling, stairs and railings.
Rate: R4 357 per night
Location: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Host Description: Our unique bio-architecture two-storey dome with upstairs bedroom is situated in an operating rice field, utilising the latest in technology (touch panel lighting, local Wi-Fi) and focusing on a small footprint with composting toilet and local water capture.
Rate: R878 per night
Location: Cazadero, California, USA
Host Description: This little A-frame cabin would make a productive retreat for an artist, writer, musician or a romantic getaway. Surrounded by redwoods on a private road in Cazadero, my cabin is an hour and forty-five minutes north of San Francisco.
Rate: R2 346 per night
Location: Pioneertown, California, USA
Host Description: The Off-grid itHouse brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of the California high desert. The Off-grid itHouse is an architecturally significant house, recently noted by Dwell as one of the “Best Homes in America” and in the Los Angeles Times as one of the best houses of all time in Southern California.
Rate: R5 094 per night
Location: Akureyri, Northeast, Iceland
Host Description: The villa is located in the exclusive residence area of Akureyri. This location offers you a quiet atmosphere and a touch of nature. You will have a view over the bay and Akureyri. In the winter time you can enjoy the Aurora Borealis and in the summer time the midnight sun.
Rate: R2 601 per night
Location: Mayne Island, British Colombia, Canada
Host Description: Appearing in numerous books on natural building, our cottage is a welcoming and cozy retreat hand sculpted of local, sustainable natural materials located on a lovely acreage with sheep, gardens and orchards.
Rate: R1 729 per night
Location: Governador Celso Ramos, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Host Description: The house has a panoramic sea view and direct access to the main beach of the property. Access to the garden and the sea are immediate. The house is comfortable, modern, bright and has a large terrace.
Rate: R2 134 per night
*Rates per night are approximate, as rates are date and season specific