Coolest vacation rentals in Europe to book this summer

 Vacationers are increasingly opting to stay in private homes instead of hotels. These unique vacation rentals in Europe will tell you the reason why.

This summer, travellers are choosing comfort and luxury over everything else. But if you wish to truly reinvent your holiday experience, while keeping from cliché hotels, their done-to-death services, and sky-high tariffs, pick a vacation rental this time! Take a peek into the most unique homestays and vacation rentals in Europe, but better move quickly — the calendars of these highly-rated accommodations are filling up fast.

5 vacation rentals in Europe perfect for this summer

La Grotta Petrella Guidi, Italy

The medieval-style la grotta castle.
The medieval-style La Grotta castle. Image: Courtesy Airbnb.

With its roots dating back to the medieval times, La Grotta of Petrella Guidi is part of an ancient castle handed down through generations. The property was carefully renovated in 2013, while still maintaining its authentic character. Located at the top of a hill, in a rock face near the valleys of Montefeltro and San Marino, this elegant apartment is ideal for a couple looking for some peace and quiet. Pick fruits for your breakfast from a nearby orchard, take in panoramic views from the Old Tower (the highest point of Petrella), learn how to make tagliatelle and tortellini, and spend your evenings enjoying BBQ in the garden. What’s more? The place is pet-friendly so you can bring along your furry baby for the ‘pawfect’ staycation together!

The Farver Mill, Black Forest, Germany

The former mill has been transformed into a cosy holiday home.
The former mill has been transformed into a cosy holiday home. Image: Courtesy Airbnb.

Enthroned in the middle of a blooming rapeseed field for over 200 years, this mill was converted into a holiday home in the 1970s. To this day, The Farver Mill has been listed as a relic of the traditional East Holstein manor culture. From opening up the door with a hand-forged key to taking a tour to understand the historic mill technology, each experience at this magical place makes time stand still. At one of the most unique vacation rentals in Europe, you get to admire its contemporary decor paired with classic features, enjoy the country life, unwind on the wooden terrace, and take bike tours along the stunning old mansions.

Domaines Chevaliers, Salgesch, Switzerland

The verdurous winery of domaines chevaliers.
The verdurous winery of Domaines Chevaliers. Image: Courtesy Airbnb.

If you’re looking for a property in the middle of vineyards to savour a variety of wines along with a luxury stay, get to the top floor of the emblematic cellar Domaines Chevaliers. This property will not only let you take strolls through the lush vineyards, discover the spicy notes or the velvety softness of the vinos, explore the daily work in the cellar along with tasting sessions of excellent wines and tasteful Valais platters, but also allows you to spend a night or two amid absolute serenity. Located in the scenic Alpine region and blessed with the Mediterranean climate, these Valaisan vineyards also guarantee breathtaking views and cosy comfort at the two-bedroom apartment.

Luxury villa in Noordwijk, Netherlands

A villa in the wilds! | vacation rentals in europe
A villa in the wilds! Image: Courtesy Belvilla,

Built in the Dutch dune area, this one offers pristine views, peace, and serenity in the lap of nature. Expect a natural pond with fresh dune water to swim in, a mini beach perfect for morning strolls, and a verdant garden that is flocked by deer who come looking for a good graze every evening. The villa in Noordwijk is fully-equipped with a sustainable and energy neutral technical system along with an ecological water filter set-up to maintain the sanctity of the space and remain one with nature. There’s also sauna and a bubble bath, offering you plenty of options to relax and unwind on a hot summer day.

MDD4 Health Experience Hotel, Sevilla, Spain

The elegant, chic room at mdd4. | vacation rentals in europe
The elegant, chic room at MDD4. Image: Courtesy Airbnb.

If you’re looking for a place that offers spectacular Sevillian views along with some holistic wellness treatments on offer, then MDD4 Health Experience Hotel is just the right fit for you. This property has a terrace offering magnificent views of Giralda and that lets you enjoy the Sevillian climate while relaxing. It is equipped with seasonal pools, an indoor gym, and expert wellness staff that offers their guests the best physical conditioning experience to stay healthier and happier even away from home.

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