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Sumptuous apartments and luxurious villas are all well and good - but how many are truly memorable? Admittedly, the accommodation’s not the only incentive to go on holiday; hopefully the scenic beauty and array of attractions will also have some bearing on your decision. What if it was possible, however, to book a holiday rental that was every bit as exciting as the destination? A place to stay that was cosy, quirky and full of charm?
HomeAway, amongst its full selection of holiday rentals, boasts more than one that are a little out of the ordinary. From Grecian olive mills to French chateaux, and from Italian trulli to English lighthouses; our alternative accommodation is the starting point for a unique holiday – one devoid of cliches and rich in adventure.
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These traditional Moroccan dwellings feature an interior garden or courtyard (the word riad comes from the Arabian word for garden, ‘ryad’). Designed to allow privacy and protection from the searing Moroccan sunshine, a traditionally-decorated riad makes for an amazing holiday experience. In Marrakech and Essaouira in particular riads are in vogue, with vast numbers having been fully restored to their former glory.
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Who wouldn’t want to be king of their own castle - if only for a week? For most of us, purchasing a French chateaux is little more than a pipe dream. Holidaying in one costs less than you might think however. If you’ve a large family or ar holidaying with a group of friends, a chateaux provides a sumptuous base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, villages and towns. When you return to your castle, prepare to serve up a feast in the grand dining hall and uncork a bottle of red.
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A finca refers to a piece of agricultural land with a farmhouse or cottage attached to it. Rent a finca in Spain these days and you won’t be expected to help out with the harvest. Many of the fincas to be found across Spain and the Balearics are up to 300 years old, but have been fully renovated to offer modern comforts in a rustic setting. Fincas are historic, unusual and brimming with character.
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Comprising a stone hut with a conical roof, trulli are truly unique. These distinctive dwellings, formed out of traditional Apulian dry stone, were once used as temporary field shelters or storehouses. That was a couple of centuries ago however; today Italian trulli are more synonymous with cosy accommodation in the heart of Puglia. If you’re looking for a romantic break, a trullo fits the bill perfectly, providing comfort and cosiness in equal measure.
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If your perfect holiday involves getting away from it all - and getting as close to nature as possible - a yurt might just be the solution you’re seeking. Traditionally used by Mongolian nomads, yurts typically feature latticed walls rising to a crown roof. This simple concept has since spread around the world, with eco yurts now to be found in countries ranging from England to France, to name but two. In spite of their humble origins, modern yurts are warm, watertight and at one with nature. When you holiday in a Yurt, you'll find the great outdoors lying - litrerally - just outside your front door.
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This fairytale medieval castle is situated in a superb position with panoramic views across Lake Trasimeno and the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside beyond. In 1993 it was renovated and opened its doors to guests so they could enjoy this unique exper...
For those in search of a enchanting castle retreat, Castello Gubbio is the perfect choice!
It was built in the middle ages to defend the town of Gubbio against Perugia. The castle has retained it defensive character from the outside, but four yea...
This is a 1420 castle very close to the capital, Dublin. You can have a thoroughly country experience yet be in the City in 40 mins. Its a family house so you will enjoy an intimate atmosphere that you can make your own for the stay.
There are lo...
Rose Tower was built in 1829 by Henry Tredcroft - a wealthy property owner in the Horsham area who created parks, gardens and pleasure grounds from the original Street Farm and other small farms.
The estate passed to Sir John Henry Pell...
Situated amidst majestic trees in the tranquil countryside on the County Meath and Cavan border, the castle commands magnificent views of Lough Sheelin, a 4500 acre lake famous for it's brown trout and liberally stocked perch and large p...