When it comes to Airbnbs, anything goes and that’s what makes them so remarkable. From low-key to ostentatiously lush and altogether unique, incredible accommodations are all up for grabs across the world — including in the Lone Star State.
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Unleash your inner voyeur and peer into these peculiar, one-of-a-kind Texas abodes where you can actually spend the night in a real-life treehouse, a totally off-the-grid manse, glam tents, glitzy barns, a nest-inspired cabin and even a gritty school bus.
It’s safe to say that these places are some of the coolest kids on our state’s Airbnb block and they might leave you thinking that things aren’t just bigger in Texas, they’re also more bizarre.
Neighborhood: Glen Rose, TX
Price (per night): $257
Why You Should Go: You can escape to the Texas hill country and stay in this stunning part-treehouse, part-bungalow cabin, complete with a giant nest outside. Animal lovers will be in heaven, as visitors can expect to see plenty of birds, deer, jackrabbits, horses and cows. The homey accommodation comes with hot water, air conditioning/heating, a small refrigerator, a coffee maker, an induction cooktop and a microwave, so you'll be well equipped. There's also no WiFi so it's the perfect spot to totally unplug.
The Silo House
Neighborhood: Troy, TX
Price (per night): $200+
Why You Should Go: This barn-inspired silo may look rustic on the outside, but the accommodations inside are modern and chic. It's a charming, artistically-designed loft with a full kitchen and bathroom. There's also an outdoor shower so you can have a relaxing rinse under the stars. The silo is located on a working llama farm, so you'll have plenty of animal-filled fun.
Neighborhood: Dallas, TX
Price (per night): $300+
Why You Should Go: Escape the city without actually leaving at this exquisite, handcrafted home that meshes Bauhaus contemporary style with a cozy rustic feel in a totally secluded setting. Hidden in the heart of Little Forest Hills, the wood-paneled property is gloriously perched among countless Japanese maple trees. Gravel footpaths wind through a forested canopy that gives off major fairytale vibes. It’s nothing short of magical.
Off-Grid Adobe Dome
Neighborhood: Terlingua, TX
Price (per night): $133+
Why You Should Go: Stargazers will be awe-struck at the sight of this solar-powered dome located in a remote and one-of-a-kind space in the desert near Big Bend National Park. The dome is situated in one of the few remaining territories under a dark sky ordinance, offering rare and remarkable views of the night sky and majestic sunrises and sunsets. Its awesome factor was cemented with a feature on HGTV’s Mighty Tiny Houses. Though the dome is isolated, Big Bend National Park and the historic Terlingua ghost town are about a 25-minute drive away.
Neighborhood: Dripping Springs, TX
Price (per night): $189+
Why You Should Go: This place may be considered a tiny home, but the farmhouse-modern cabin is big on style (and lots of amenities) and can sleep up to four guests with a queen bed, double bed and sofa bed. The huge windows that flood the place with light, as well as the spacious porches, make the space feel much bigger and provide the best views of the surrounding scenic ranch in the heart of the Hill Country.
Modern Solar Home
Neighborhood: Marfa, TX
Price (per night): $610
Why You Should Go: You can venture off the grid in the most stunning way with this dreamy destination. It may actually seem like a mirage in the desert with its surreal, sleek style and picturesque views. Desert living meets luxury here with a full cook’s kitchen, modern decor and bedrooms adorned in French linen with fully-tiled private bathrooms.
There is no need for an indoor bath when you can shower under the stars. Naturally, the stargazing is exceptional here and so is the wildlife — think mule, deer, elk, javelina, aoudad, bighorn sheep, and birds of prey. The middle-of-nowhere location means that it’s about 80 minutes south of Marfa and 20 minutes from Chinati Hot Springs. Keep in mind that there is no cell phone service at this retreat in the wilderness, but there is a landline and WiFi.
Neighborhood: Red Rock, TX
Price (per night): $268
Why You Should Go: Become one with nature in this butterfly-inspired, biophilic cottage that was designed in collaboration with the environment. The pristine natural setting is situated on Ardor Wood Farm, a private property with 67 acres where you can reap the benefits of several miles of walking trails, a pond, farm animals and even a Chartres-style Medieval labyrinth. If you want to leave your butterfly cocoon for a while, you’re only 20 miles from the best Texas barbecue in Lockhart and the charming town of Bastrop.
Neighborhood: Boerne, TX
Price (per night): $216
Why You Should Go: Enchanting is one way to describe this geodesic dome that’s nestled in a peaceful, fairytale-esque forest and a short walk away from the Guadalupe River. You’ll understand the magic when you wake up to deer and birds outside the dome and fall asleep to the constellations glimpsed through the “star” roof window inside. You can also enjoy breakfast is served at the main house.
Neighborhood: Terlingua, TX
Price (per night): $75
Why You Should Go: Yes, you really can stay in this 1952 baby blue school bus. It’s even experienced the limelight on National Geographic’s Badlands, Texas documentary. It’s a bit primitive and bare-bones, but it's super trendy and vintage. The Tin Valley setting is quite serene and picturesque with 90 private desert acres set against the mountains. If you’re into the kitsch style and camping grit, this place is for you.
These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.