Top 10 unusual holiday homes from HomeAway Holiday-Rentals

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Windmills, caves, converted churches and more quirky properties available to rent on


For those in search of a one-of-a-kind experience, renting an unusual property guarantees a really memorable holiday and provides a break from the norm. Thanks to many people buying and renovating unique properties into dream holiday homes, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals, the UK’s largest holiday rentals website, now has a wealth of exceptional rentals on offer. From cave houses, to boats and converted churches, experience life from a whole new angle!


Whether you are looking for something luxurious and spacious, quaint and authentic or just something a little different, on you are bound to find a special retreat for you and your family. There is an amazing collection of quirky holiday homes available to rent in Europe and beyond and, so you can pick the best, HomeAway Holiday-Rentals has put together a Top 10 of the best most unusual ones. This is a great idea for a Timeshare Cure.


So if you want something out of the ordinary for your holiday, take a look at one of the properties below, ranging from a secluded watermill in Spain and a Dutch boat, to an Irish lighthouse cottage and a 15th century stone hamlet in Italy. Alternatively browse for more.


Prices quoted are per property per week, unless otherwise stated, and correct at the time of going to press.



Top 10 Unusual Holiday Homes on




Detached seven storey windmill with heated pool, UK

7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15. From £2,500 per week

Windmill, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


A totally unique holiday rental, this windmill has been completely renovated to provide a stunning holiday home. Standing imposingly within its large garden, the property offers 360 degree views stretching up to 20 miles. The windmill boasts much character - internal beams, oak floors, wood stove, open fires and the former workings of the old mill. The huge kitchen has French doors that lead to the garden, which features a heated pool and a large BBQ area.

Property #98330



A magical, secluded watermill set in its own valley in Andalucia, Spain

3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8. From £558 per week

Watermill, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


The mill is a truly unique property, a wonderful rural retreat set in its own private valley, surrounded by over a hectare of mature woodland and a constantly flowing river cascading down through the finca forming numerous natural pools. The mill house itself offers spacious accommodation over three levels and has been carefully restored over several years, retaining much of its rustic charm - the old mill workings and grinding stones are still there!

Property #71303



Luxury trullo with private pool, close to the sea in Puglia, Italy

2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6. From £1,150 per week

Italian Trullo, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


With restoration completed in April 2009, Trullo Bellissimo is ready to welcome guests to its unique blend of luxury and ethnic charm. The property, with two double bedrooms and each with its own en-suite bathroom will comfortably accommodate four people. Two daybeds offer additional flexibility, if required. Set in its own olive grove, with stunning terraces, gardens and a private swimming pool, Trullo Bellissimo offers the ideal location to explore and enjoy the culture, food and people of Puglia. Originally three separate buildings, the oldest 300 years old, Bellissimo has been sympathetically restored and joined to reveal original stone walls, arches and vaulted ceilings.

Property #421024



Cosy cave house with hammam, swimming pool and barbecue area, Spain

2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4. From £364 per week

Cave House, Spain, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


Located in a complex with Arabic Baths, the cave features a fully equipped kitchen, two double bedrooms, a spacious bathroom and an open fireplace. The property is accessible for disabled and the decoration is rustic and cosy. There is a garden, reception, parking, a picnic area with barbecues and a large outdoor swimming pool in the complex, for share use.

Property #425606



Classical Dutch houseboat within walking distance of Amsterdam city centre

1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4. £1,103 per week

Boat, Amsterdam, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


The Beagle is an old two storey house boat that offers spectacular views over the dock from the common room and the roof terrace and is surrounded by several historical and architecturally interesting buildings and museums. The spacious common room has large windows which offer an always changing view over the water. On the one side of the room there is a semi open-plan kitchen with all utensils and a small table for two. In the middle of the room there are two convenient couches and a hammock to chill out and enjoy the free tea and coffee.

Property #430256



Luxurious and spacious church conversion, Scottish Highlands, UK

3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7. From £595 per week

Converted Church, Scotland, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


This luxurious church conversion offers an unrivalled self-catering holiday in the coastal village of Lybster. Designed for practicality and comfort, offering a well-equipped kitchen, family-friendly layout, spacious and luxurious bedrooms with their own en-suite shower rooms and fabulous gallery lounge, this unique property offers the ultimate in luxury, warmth and charm. Appointed with quality fixtures and fittings, every effort has been taken to preserve the church walls, the deep window recesses, cathedral style windows and the retention of the original church beams.

Property #98755



Stunning lighthouse cottage with spectacular views, Ireland

3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5. From £620 per week

Lighthouse, Ireland, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


This is a luxurious detached lighthouse cottage located beside Roches Point Lighthouse. Offering spectacular views of both the Atlantic and the entrance to CorkHarbour, Roches Point Lighthouse guards the entrance to the second largest natural harbour in the world. The property is part of the Lighthouse complex and includes a secure gated entrance, as well as three bedrooms, a patio with amazing views of the harbour and an internal courtyard.

Property # 77024



Stylish riad with pool in Marrakech's historic Medina

5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11. £331 per night

Moroccan Riad, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


Stylish Riad Porte Royale is set in the spiritual heart of the Medina. Dating back to around 1750, the riad has five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Restored by master craftsmen, traditional finishes enhance the clean lines. In the luminous courtyard, the plunge pool mirrors the dramatic portico and the ancient 'porte royale’. Textiles, rugs, and art objects from the old caravan routes of Asia and Africa accent the white bedrooms. There are several corners to relax in the courtyard and on the roof terrace.

Property #411829



An old salt warehouse just over the sea in Galicia, Spain

1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3. From £347 per week

Salt Warehouse, Galicia, Spain, Homeaway Holiday Rentals 


Casa do Sal is a little cottage for two or three people right on the shore in the fishing town of Combarro in Galicia, Northern Spain. It was the old salt warehouse for the fishermen, now restored into a lovely holiday house. Enjoy the unforgettable views of the Pontevedra estuary, the sounds of the sea while you sleep, the property has such a good position you can feed the fish from the window!

Property #434585



15th century stone hamlet in Umbria, Italy

Stone Hamlet, Umbria, Italy, Homeaway Holiday Rentals

In a secluded valley, within a huge olive tree estate, Pianciano is a stone hamlet built in the 15th century. It is dominated by the magnificent villa Paradiso, built at the end of 1600. In the hamlet, three accurately restored and furnished cottages are perfect for a peaceful holiday. It is possible to rent from one 'room with a view' for a romantic holiday up to the all hamlet (max 20).

Prices range from £744 for a 3-bedroom cottage to a starting price of £992 for a 4-bedroom villa

Property #72133