When you sign up to HomeExchange, you expect to see some beautiful homes. Places tucked in along the coast, apartments in ideal locations, and destination with plenty of space to explore. It usually isn’t until you’ve start to search through potential Exchange Partners that you discover that there’s a little magic hiding amongst the other homes. Special places that are so unique and unusual you have to see them for yourself.
Here are a few of our current favorite discoveries from around the world.
Danne-et-Quatre-Vents, France – If you’re looking for a corner, it’s going to to be hard to find in this incredible domed-round house. Eco-conscious, this home features plenty of room to enjoy plus a gorgeous terrace just waiting for you to gather for a meal. Made with red cedar, this is one exchange you’ll never forget.
Almere, The Netherlands – This is an exchange you’ll be diving to arrange. Let the river lull you to sleep after having a dinner fresh from the Italian pizza oven in the garden. Practice your musical skills on the piano, guitars, cello or ukelele and then take the canoe out off your personal dock. With so much to discover in the Netherlands, there will be no shortage of places to investigate.
Urfahr-Umgebung District, Austria – Feel like you are a part of the surrounding forest in this gorgeous home that was designed by an award-winning architect. Bright and full of light, you’ll have plenty of room to explore and play with a living area that can open out onto the extended terrace. Beautifully pulled together; this “tree house” is perfect for the whole family.
Province de Tinghir, Morocco – Blending a traditional earthen house with more modern conveniences isn’t easy, but the Rose House does just that. On the cusp of the deserts and ridges of Morocco, this home-away-from-home is the ideal base for adventures. Walk into town for groceries or dinner, trek into the mountains on a mule, or stay home and dine al fresco on the incredible roof terrace.
Toffia Province of Rieti, Italy – Tucked into the hills of Sabina, you can find yourself a world away from the bustle of Rome while still having reasonable access. This ancient tower is located in the center of Toffia and has been lovingly restored to showcase the views and maximize space. Live your Italian fairytale today!
Olancha, California, United States – This refuge feels like a revival of the good old days. With easy access to the base of Mount Whitney and the expanse of Death Valley, this wifi-free home is an ideal place to go to disconnect. If that’s not enough of a reason to visit, imagine looking up and seeing the Milky Way span the horizon. It’s enough to leave you breathless.
Heriot, Scotland, United Kingdom – Situated between the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and East Lothian, this is beautiful manor is waiting to for you to explore. Lose yourself in the gorgeous grounds, take a train into Edinburgh or relax and recharge in with a good book in the sitting room or garden. Escape the hustle and experience the beauty of Scotland.
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France – Many homes can be described as having an “open floor plan,” this farmhouse takes it to a whole other level. Updated and redesigned (and wheelchair accessible), it features an outdoor bathroom, a net over the dining area to relax, a projector for movies, and a swimming pool. This house is a home to you have to see to believe.
Mount Richon, Australia – Once you see this riverside retreat, you might want to make like one of the local kangaroos and “hop to!” Tucked away, about 45-minutes from Perth, this beautiful home is a world apart while still feeling connected. With views from almost every room, you will feel like you are a part of the surrounding forest no matter which way you look.
Maun, Botswana – Set yourself free of constricting things like doors and windows. Located in an extraordinary forest and the site of a working chili farm, home open to the elements while also being completely safe. If you’re looking to get in touch with nature, this is the place to do it. Easy access to the Okavango Delta, you can schedule a safari and come back to your magical retreat.
With all the different types of destinations, there is no shortage of variety when you use HomeExchange to plan your next holiday. Where will you go?