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Shop eccentric houses through AirBNB

By on Jan 20th

Husband and I have been happily hosting AirBNB guests for six months now, and it's an amazing place to find unusual housing types you might want to try out!

A Mayan-style complex near Chunkanan, Mexico

Deep in the heart of the land of the Mayas, this property offers you a rare opportunity to experience life in a Mayan village. 50 km southeast of Merida, Yucatan, in the village of Chunkanan, you will find Sac Nicte (Mayan for White Flower), your little corner of paradise.

Three typical Mayan houses with palapa roofs, rented together as a single unit, are set in private tropical gardens. Ideally suited for up to four guests sleeping in hammocks, two more hammocks can be provided, giving accommodation for up to six guests.

There is a large lap pool, whose pure water supply is pumped by windmill from a 14 meter well. Hammocks, linen, kitchen equipment, daily maid service and 24 hour offsite caretaker are included.

The facilities are both luxurious (!) with hot running water in the bathroom, electric light, a CD player, a refrigerator and indoor cooking facilities, and rustic — you sleep Mayan-style in hammocks (there are no beds), the bathroom is not ensuite, no A/C, and no TV. For the intrepid traveller, this is all part of the adventure!

LOVE IT. I want to stargaze there — they start at just $100 a night for five people! South American housing, here I home. Learn more about booking Sac Nicte.

Stay in a yurt (with Ariel's mama!) on an island retreat in Washington

Experience the magic of our little eco-retreat center and our beautiful Round House by staying in our Guest Yurt. The yurt has a double bed and a comfy couch that serves as a second bed, a table & chairs, is spacious, light, warm and cozy. The yurt does not have a private bathroom; it's located a few steps away just inside the entry to the nearby main house. Guests are also welcome to use our kitchen and living room in the main house, but there are small appliances and a sorta-kitchen in the yurt for those who want to keep to themselves.

Great Room--looking northwest

Sacred Groves is a ten acre forest sanctuary located on Bainbridge Island, in Washington state a half-hour ferry ride west of downtown Seattle. It is a place to deepen your relationship with Mother Earth, a place for feeling a sense of connection.

Our guest yurt from the West Porch

Book an airy yurt in the forest starting at $60 a night.

Four beds, three baths in Morocco from $391 a night

Bernard A. lists this beautiful blue house. He doesn't say much about it, but it's gorgeous.

Learn more about booking this house.

Hummingbird Haven in Georgia

AHHHHHHHHHHH I want to go to this place!

Hummingbird Haven is green- and white-striped and sits nestled in the woods overlooking a meadow. Many mornings as you sit on your covered veranda sipping your coffee, tea or hot chocolate you may see deer grazing. The inside of Hummingbird Haven is spacious and custom designed with traditional Indian block print ceiling in soft salmon, cream and green pin-striped. The tent has a private bath with an antique washstand sink from Eastern Europe, on demand hot shower and compost toilet. Robes are provided and the queen size bed has luxurious bedding. Sleeps 2.

Learn more about booking Hummingbird Haven.

My mind is buzzing with possibilities. For those of you who've AirBNB'd, what were your favorite spots? Did you get to try an unusual type of housing?

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.