The badlands are a surreal place, but living in a magical cottage straight out of a folktale takes it over the top. This Albertan mansion Airbnb doesn't come cheap on its own, but if you can wrangle together some friends, you'll all get an affordable stay. It's the perfect rest stop on a road trip out to Drumheller.

The Airbnb posting says they can take up to seven guests and is renting for $450 a night. That comes to just under $65 each.

Sitting beside the Red Deer River in the Albertan Badlands, this whimsical home might have housed a kindly witch in a past life. Now, it gladly provides shelter to your family and friends.

The spacious mansion is a five-layer-split — meaning five levels separated by staircases — with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

There's also a "clinician room" for massage and spa treatments, though it can be converted to a fourth bedroom.

And did we mention there's a full, multi-jetted jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, located just off the master bedroom?

This place is perfect for gatherings of close friends and family. The downstairs living room comes with an audio system that can blast music throughout the home.

Right outside, you'll find a massive, 750 square foot multilevel patio with barbeque and seating.

When you're not too busy discovering the wonders of the Badlands, spend some time discovering the house.

Every room is packed with beautiful antiques and furniture, especially the cozy-yet-enormous living room. Imagine nestling in a hand-carved chair, basking before the fire.

Few places have the magic and whimsy that this place carries — it's a steal to stay here for a relatively cheap price. Give it a shot on your next foray through the Badlands.

The Enchanted River Cottage

via AIRBNB

$450/night

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Neighbourhood: Drumheller, AB

Why You Need To Go: There's no better way to spend your wild, cross-province trip with friends than in an equally wild mansion.


Prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

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