With Jack Frost nipping at our noses this time of year, we naturally turn to our homes to spark a little festive spirit and get us in the mood for the holidays. From a luxury chalet in the French Alps to an igloo in the middle of the Californian desert, these 12 unique Stays from around the world are guaranteed to banish your inner grinch and put the ho ho ho back in your holidays.
Old-fashioned holiday charm runs deep in the state of Vermont and what could be more festive than this historic schoolhouse overlooking a family-run organic farm. The Schoolhouse is bright and open and enjoys views of the Green Mountains in every direction.
What could be more festive than an igloo? This domed structure could be right out of the North Pole but it happens to be located in the middle of the desert, in Joshua Tree, California.
With its stunning mountain-view sauna, this spectacular chalet in the heart of Chamonix-Mont Blanc is a luxurious winter wonderland. It comes complete with daily housekeeping, complimentary shuttle service to the ski slopes and chef-prepared meals.
Pull up a chair and snuggle in a wool throw next to the stunning wood burning stove in this luxury mountain lodge in Chamonix, France. Panoramic views of Mont Blanc are enjoyed from a big veranda while the interior boasts such comforts as a home theater, spa room and chef’s kitchen.
Ten minutes away from Le Massif de Charlevoix ski resort, this scandinavian inspired modern barn in Charlevoix, Québec is startlingly sleek and modern. But with its hot tub, wood-burning stove and lots of cosy nooks, Villa Boreale is the perfect place to stay snug for the holidays.
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me – an apartment in a fair tree! With its towering steeply pitched roof and enchanting woodland setting this striking treehouse in Montana is full to the brim with festive charm.
If dramatic views of the sky, the sea and the surrounding snowscape is your thing this holiday season, then Kalle’s Inn gives you all this and more. These unique prism-shaped glasshouses with a fantastic outlook over the Gulf of Bothnia come with heated glass so you are guaranteed a clear view in any weather.
What could be more seasonal than a gingerbread house? This cute cabin in Geyserville California is truly magical. Hand sculpted tree patterns wrap themselves around the hut while twinkling LED lights set inside the stained glass windows enhance the fairytale atmosphere.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than sipping hot cocoa by the fireplace in the town of Santa’s home — the North Pole! Set in a private forest, this quaint cozy cabin comes with all the amenities needed for a winter stay in addition to plenty of outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing and ice fishing.
The holiday vibes from this Toybox Apartment in Victoria, Australia are strong. Located in an actual toy store, this delightful home set in the heart of beautiful Timboon operates as a pop up toy store in between hosting guests. Guests can also enjoy pre-arranged private viewings of the toy store during their stay.
Wizards rejoice! This fictitious childhood home of the boy with the scar, as featured in the movies, is now listed on Airbnb. So break out your wand to summon up a festive stay in this charming Lavenham, England, bed and breakfast.
This igloo in Pelkosenniemi, Finland is the real deal and not for the faint of heart. Although it comes equipped with proper beds and thermal sleeping bags, it’s always sub zero inside the snow igloo. But never fear! There are cozy cabins just a few feet away for anyone who gets cold feet mid stay.