When it comes to Airbnbs, anything goes. And, that’s what makes them so remarkable. From low-key to ostentatiously lush and altogether unique, it’s all up for grabs across the world — including the Lone Star State.
Indulge your inner voyeur and peer into these peculiar, one-of-a-kind Texas abodes where you can actually spend the night should you so desire — from a real-life treehouse to a totally off-the-grid manse, glam tents and a glitzy barn, and even a gritty school bus and a beehive for one.
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 more bizarre.
Glamping never looked so good. There will be no roughing it at this Texas Hill Country gem that is luxuriously decorated — and comes equipped with A/C and a private full bathroom with hot water shower. It’s perched on a custom deck for sweeping views of the beautiful surrounding country while you roast marshmallows for s’mores by the fire pit. For those who love room service, you’ll be treated to bedside coffee and specialty teas in the morning followed by a delicious breakfast in the main house. Did we mention you can also book spa treatments onsite including massage, facial, reiki, and essential oil therapy? Yes, you can. Tent life doesn’t get much better than this.
Price (per night): $190
Cleaning fee: $25
Escape the city without leaving the city at this exquisite, handcrafted home that blends Bauhaus contemporary style with warm rustic elegance in a totally secluded setting. Tucked away in the heart of Little Forest Hills, the wood-paneled property is gloriously perched among countless Japanese maple trees. Gravel foot paths wind through a forested canopy that leads to the foot bridge traversing Ash Creek and onto the Treehouse's entry. It’s nothing short of magical.
Price (per night): $230
Cleaning fee: $90
Stargazers will be salivating at the sight of this solar-powered dome that’s located in a very remote and unique space in the desert near Big Bend National Park. It rests in an isolated but accessible off-grid setting in one of the few remaining territories under a dark sky ordinance, offering unmatched views of the night sky not to mention a completely unobstructed view of a horizon for the most majestic sunrises and sunsets. It’s “cool” status was cemented with a feature on HGTV’s Mighty Tiny Houses. Though the dome is isolated, the entrance to Big Bend National Park is just a 25-minute drive away and so is the historic Terlingua ghost town.
Price (per night): $88
Cleaning fee: $30
Is it a 1977 Airstream Argosy or a modern-luxe hotel room? From some vantage points, it’s hard to tell, as the vintage space has been reinvented with clean lines, sleek woods, and custom furniture. But, this Austin backyard hideaway has even more charm up its sleeve with the addition of the 200-square-foot teepee-yurt affair that offers an additional bedroom space that’s brimming with outdoorsy romance. Talk about the best of both worlds.
Price (per night): $131
Cleaning fee: $25
This place may be considered a tiny home (all 525 square feet of it), but the farmhouse-modern cabin is big on style — and efficiency — and can actually sleep up to five, what with a queen bed, double bed, and sofa bed. The huge windows that flood the place with light as well as the spacious wraparound porch not only make it feel much bigger than it is, they provide the best views of the surrounding scenic ranch and hidden glen in the heart of the Hill Country.
Price (per night): $119
Cleaning fee: $29
You can go off the grid in the most stunning way with this dreamy destination that may actually seem like a mirage in the desert, so surreal is its sleek style and picturesque views. And, can we just talk about the desert luxury for a minute — the full cook’s kitchen with modern appliances is made for entertaining; and the bedrooms are adorned in French linen with fully tiled private bathrooms.
Of course, no need for an indoor bath when you can shower under the stars (which you can). Naturally, the stargazing is exceptional here and so is the wildlife — think mule deer, elk, javelina, aoudad, big horn sheep, and birds of prey. The middle-of-nowhere location means that it’s about 75 minutes south of Marfa proper, 30 minutes to Big Bend National Park, and 20 minutes from Chinati Hot Springs. Keep in mind: There’s no cell phone service at this retreat in the wilderness, but there is a landline and WiFi.
Price (per night): $350
Cleaning fee: $125
This place is ready for its close-up! See what the shipping container homes are all about with this delightful one in the artsy Cedars district, featuring rustic-elegant interiors and sleek white bath finishes. Don’t worry about this space feeling too cramped. The cozy master suite even has a queen bed, and there’s a second room that doubles as a loft bedroom and living room.
Price (per night): $59
Cleaning fee: $85
She’s called Ms. Lacey-Pearl, and she’s a beauty. Vintage charm meets mermaid’s lair in this RV that has been fully transformed with mother-of-pearl wall tile, copper fixtures, ceiling tiles, and Art Deco details. What makes the place even more special is the private “campground” outside with turf, comfy lounge furniture, firepit, and stringer lights. The owner even makes fresh scones and places them in your personal seafoam-green (yes, seafoam-green) refrigerator before you arrive.
Price (per night): $99
Cleaning fee: $15
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 — of which you can likewise reap the benefits, what with several miles of walking trails, a pond, farm animals (including the cutest Nigerian Dwarf goats!), and even a Chartres-style Medieval labyrinth. The owners are passionate about the self-healing nature of flora and fauna and work with the National Resource Conservation Service on projects to improve the land and wildlife. All that to say, if you want to leave your butterfly cocoon for awhile, you’re only 20 miles from the Circuit of the Americas race track, Texas barbecue in Lockhart, or the charming town of Bastrop.
Price (per night): $238
Cleaning fee: $45
Enchanting is one way to describe this geodesic dome that’s immersed in a peaceful, fairy-tale-like 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, while falling asleep to the constellations glimpsed through the “star” roof window inside. Breakfast is served at the main house, FYI.
Price (per night): $159
Cleaning fee: $20
Saving paper takes on all new meaning with this house, constructed entirely of papercrete and other recycled materials to showcase alternative building and design techniques. The artsy structure may be plenty quirky, but it’s also quite comfortable and full of trinkets, books, and other curiosities.
Price (per night): $80
Cleaning fee: $30
Made out of sand bags, recycled car parts, and cooking utensils by a British architecture student, this earth house is on the same property as The Goat Shed. It’s only eight feet long and five feet wide with a bed and very small table inside, so it’s meant to just be a place to lay your head. But, what a place to be Queen Bee.
Price (per night): $25
Cleaning fee: $5
Yes, you really can stay in this 1956 baby-blue school bus. It’s even had its time in the limelight on National Geographic’s Badlands, Texas show. It’s a bit primitive and bare bones, but the porta potty does have a mural. And, its Tin Valley setting is quite serene and picturesque with 90 private desert acres set against the mountains. If you’re into the kitsch factor and camping grit, then this place is for you.
Price (per night): $45
Cleaning fee: $20
Barn life never looked so good. This elegantly renovated property almost has a castle vibe with glowing chandeliers, ornate furnishings, and a Medieval-meets-wild-west vibe — with far-reaching views of the countryside. Don’t be fooled by the rough cedar structure’s exterior, as you clearly can’t judge a book by its cover.
Price (per night): $325
Cleaning fee: $0
Have a true #throwback moment in this retro-fabulous Argosy that’s parked in the safe, friendly Galindo neighborhood. The happy-go-lucky interior couldn’t be more well-suited to the vintage spirit while party lights outside make it all the more festive. There’s a lovely outdoor shower, if you’re so inclined. If not, the cute indoor bathroom is tiny but effective.
Price (per night): $75
Cleaning fee: $35