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10 Coolest Converted Vacation Homes You Can Rent

Just as people with a history are often the most interesting, so it is with homes. These vacation rental homes are converted from spaces that used to be something completely different, offering the feeling of relaxation and adventure all at the same time. Sleep in a glass roof bus, soak in a hot tub atop a water tower, or enjoy scenic jungle views from your own plane!

1. Converted 727 plane : Sleep in the middle of the jungle, in a cockpit! ( Check Rates and Availability)

This unusual space, it may seem odd to arrive somewhere by plane only to sleep on a plane, but then again stranger things have happened. Handcrafted furnishings made from teak wood can be found throughout this airplane treehouse. There’s an intimate and cozy cockpit suite, access to 3 pools, and a deck resting atop the airplane’s wings perfect for taking in ocean and jungle views. Nearby there’s hiking, waterfalls, and prime sports fishing at Marina Pez Vela in Quepos. You’re also a quick jaunt from the beach as well as the shops and restaurants of Manuel Antonio.

2. Converted Tithe Barn. Fabulous 15th century converted barn with gorgeous modern features. ( Check Rates and Availability)

The Tithe Barn is a wonderful combination of 15th-century architecture and truly modern style and comfort. Located in an extensive private garden, the Barn has stunning views of the rolling countryside to the sea. The barn retains lots of original features, with exposed stone walls and period features throughout. The property has well proportioned and stylish interior space, with lots of room for a larger group. Outside, the garden is laid to lawn with flower beds in season and a range of young and mature trees. There is a choice of areas to dine and relax, all with lovely views. The barn is accessed along a private gravel drive, on the edge of the historic village of Whitekirk, just 3 miles from North Berwick and a mile a half from one of East Lothian's best beaches at Tyninghame.

3. Converted bus: Let the stars sing you to sleep through a glass roof ( Check Rates and Availability)

It’s not every day you find a bus sitting in the middle of a farm. Rarer still is a bus that’s been hand-crafted to accommodate adventurers looking for a unique getaway. This one features a private patio with a wood-fired hot tub. Inside the bus are modern furnishings; outside are breathtaking views of the East Lothian countryside. This one-of-a-kind stay feels peacefully secluded but is in fact only 40 minutes from Edinburgh.

4. Converted firehouse: Old school cool in a hip neighborhood (Check Rates and Availability)

One of New Orleans' most unique vacation lodging properties: the Engine 24 French Quarter Firehouse... one of the few VRBO properties that are licensed by the City of New Orleans for short-term rentals! (City license #137126) Stay in an authentic historic firehouse while enjoying the modern amenities of this renovated gem. Much of the furniture was updated recently, too!

Located in the heart of the Faubourg Marigny, considered by many travel magazines to be one of America's hot neighborhoods. Next door is the French Quarter, one of the most historic and charming areas anywhere. And to the other side is the hip, funky Bywater, a neighborhood which, like the Faubourg Marigny, features great local eateries and cool bars.

5. Converted water tower: It’s not easy coming down from a great height like this (Check Rates and Availability)

Once the tallest structure in Orange County, this 19th-century water tower makes for an unforgettable stay in Southern California. The living room provides stunning 360-degree views of the area and a custom-made viewfinder for zooming in on the Hollywood sign (LA is only 40 minutes from the tower). The deck features a hot tub and looks out onto the beach and Santa Catalina Island. When you feel like hitting the waves, stand up paddleboards, body boards, and beach cruisers are there for you.

6. Converted caboose: Tuck yourself up in the Smokies in a 1960’s train car ( Check Rates and Availability)

If you dream of being where the buffalo literally roam, this mountain getaway is for you. Located just 40 minutes from Asheville, this rental is the converted caboose of a 1960’s train car. Set on a railroad track, you’ll feel right at home among this rustic cabin-like interior. There’s an expansive back deck for watching the sunrise (or set) over the mountains. Around this renovated charmer you’ll find hiking trails and fishing, as well as local antique shops. This place is a great vacation spot for families and even pets!

7. Converted factory: Live the downtown movie star life ( Check Rates and Availability)

Experience luxury loft living downtown Los Angeles in the true industrial loft, with concrete floors, and ample of natural light. Close to subway line, centrally located, surrounded by cool restaurants, galleries, and shopping. Comfortably fits two.

8. Converted synagogue: A stunning modern penthouse with celebrity status ( Check Rates and Availablity)

A shout out in Architectural Recognition is just one of the bragging points for this upscale renovated synagogue located in the historic East Village. Exact replica windows make for a bright space, one even featuring the original Star of David in the dining room. Floors are made of Brazilian hardwood cherry, and the 22’ cathedral ceilings will remind you of this building’s original purpose. The outside terrace feels both private and luxurious, complete with an 8-person hot tub. This place gets frequent requests for movie shoots, so don’t wait around too long to book this one!

9. Converted winery: Your own Under the Tuscan Sun moment (or Sicilian?) (Check Rates and Availability)

The original wine press is still visible in this comfortably renovated winery. The wine pressing room, along with the restored farmhouse now make up the living space of this Sicilian delight. Constructed of grey lava stone with exposed wood beams throughout, this rental features open floor plans and modern kitchen equipment. A furnished courtyard outside the house offers shade for hot summer days and the perfect space to indulge in a glass of merlot. Mount Etna and Catania, an ancient port city on Sicily’s east coast, are not too far away, and from certain rooms, you can even catch a glimpse of this iconic landmark.

10. Converted Garage: Unique & Private Cosy Converted Garage ( Check Rates and Availability)

This is an amazing little-converted garage close to Princes Street, Botanic Garden, Omni Centre, Cannonmills and Broughton Street. You’ll love my place because it is truly beautiful, cozy, romantic and VERY unique! It is in a very secluded part of central Edinburgh, close to everything but tucked away in a secret lane. My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and small families (with one kid only; travel cot available).

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