Discover our top picks for unusual homes guaranteed to make your next home exchange extraordinary.
Want to break the holiday mold without breaking the bank?
With more than 250,000 families around the world opening their homes and apartments for your enjoyment, there are countless options to make your next home exchange holiday truly extraordinary.
From traditional to totally off-the-wall, each home has a unique story and identity; perfect for your unique sense of style and adventure. From yurts and converted churches to treehouses and caves; the options are limited only by your imagination.
Are you looking for something different for your next home exchange holiday? Check out our top picks for unusual homes found only on GuesttoGuest.
A Tropical Garden in Bali
This beautiful villa is a mix of Balinese and modern style that surrounds you in a green, lush, setting. Miles from ordinary, this is undoubtedly the perfect retreat for those looking for more “zen” in their life.
“This house is beautiful. With it’s refined and personalized decor, Nathalie has created a magical atmosphere.”
Sleep in a Cave
Flora’s house will delight nature lovers looking for tranquility. Situated on the islands of Baléares, this cave is paradise on Earth. Flora explains, “The cave is very comfortable. Its layout and decorations are no frills, with only the base, but you will find your stay comfortable.” Don’t wait to take a little getaway to her house and the charming picturesque village of Ferreries and enjoy the most beautiful beaches on the islands.
Life’s a Private Beach
In the north of Peru, at Ecuadorian border, Piero offers his house on the sea situated on a private beach. You will find all the elements necessary to pass a fantastic vacation here: 3 rooms with a view of the sea, a hammock, proximity to the water to easily go for a dip, and a great sense of tranquility! Piero’s house along the sea fits perfectly into its environment, “The house is made of bamboo, wood, and other natural materials from the region in a tropical style.”
Life is Better in the Trees!
Did you know you can find France’s largest perched cabin on GuesttoGuest? Welcome to Patrice’s place located near the Pyrenees. High above the ground, this treehouse has beautiful 360-degree views of the forest which sustains the home. Christelle who was hosted by Patrice, says, “The commanding view of farms and pastures, horses, cows, and in the distance, the Pyrenees! This unique, authentic, robust, original cabin, awakens the curiosity of the young and the young-at-heart, making this stay an unforgettable experience.” Enjoy being in harmony with nature as you live high above the ground.
A Bird? A Plane? Or a Home Exchange!
Has a UFO just landed? No, but this saucer-shaped Gyreum in Castlebaldwin, Northern Ireland promises an amazing journey. Thanks to its clever layout, this home can actually hold more than 30 people; plenty of space for a supernaturally great stay with your friends. As Colum, the owner of this unique building says, “If you like wooden buildings on hills that look like UFOs, you’ll love the Gyreum!”
Truly Beautiful Trulli in Italy
Discover the Trulli ( a traditional Apulian dry stone hut with a conical roof) in the Apulia region of Southern Italy. Traditionally, this type of home was designed as temporary housing for agricultural workers, but through the ages, many have come to cherish their charm, as Giuseppe, the owner, and happy GuesttoGuest Member, admits. He also offers to be your local guide during your visit not just in Apulia but also to neighboring towns like Alberobello which is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
At Home on the Water
Imagine what it will be like to gently rock on the calm waters of the Moselle River and experience your vacation on a barge? Claire and Gabriel have re-envisioned this barge as a fully-functional 3 bedroom apartment. At 120 square meters, you will have everything you’ll need to enjoy the beautiful riverside near the historic center of Metz, France.
Rejuvenate in a Mongolian Yurt
In the Drôme, France, this atypical house invites you to live in harmony with nature in a Mongolian yurt. “It is a place of healing, ecological, and biological. To live in harmony with oneself and with Nature” says Christine, the proud owner of this unique lodging. With a large organic garden, orchard, and livestock, you holidays here is an ideal way to reconnect with what matters most!
“We discovered this ideal place for you to relax, a haven of peace, for our first meditation session, very good feeling we still talk about it.“
Spend your vacation in an ancient church
Go back in time and transport back to the 19th century. You will not be let down by Duncan’s house in Scotland! This home was previously a church that was constructed in 1803 and has since been converted into a cozy home that can welcome more than 20 people. You can enjoy the calm ambiance of this location in a historic and medieval environment and gather around the fireplace during long Scottish nights.
Harness the Power of Water at this Mill
There is nothing like letting the power of water refresh and energize you. This converted grain mill is a “magical place” on the Marne River which was refurbished into a family home and is the ideal place for nature lovers of boats, kayaks, fishing, hiking, etc.