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Renting a holiday home and getting away from your own base every now and then is something we all look forward to – so why settle for the mundane?
It is perfectly feasible, for example, to make for the Scottish Highlands and snooze in a converted bus with its own little touches of luxury, including a hot tub, for only £150 a night.
Or, head further afield and dig deep into your pockets for a £971-a-night five-bedroom rental in Orlando, Florida, which boasts themed kids’ rooms that include an indoor treehouse, a bed in a boat and a mini space station.
Alternatively, on New Zealand’s South Island, you can venture into the wilderness and stay with a partner in a ‘pod’ made entirely from glass, offering views of the stars like no other.
You can also hunker down in a Croatian lighthouse looking out across the Istrian Peninsula, a hobbit-like dome in Bali, or a 1600s house in Derbyshire with a nautical themed playhouse on the lawn.
Here are ten wacky abodes from around the world that you can temporarily call home, all available on TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals.
You’d be forgiven for thinking a bus would only come in useful for getting you to and from your holiday accommodation – but that’s not the case with this creative property in eastern Scotland.
With a wood-burning stove, barbeque and hot tub, The Bus Stop offers a little more luxury than your average morning commute.
This hand-crafted accommodation has glass ceilings and is set on a working farm with panoramic views of the Lammermuir Hills.
Two bedrooms (sleeps four) from £150 per night (three-night minimum stay).
Can nature and comfort coexist?
They can with this state-of-the-art living capsule on New Zealand’s South Island. A biofuel fire is combined with glass roofing, flooring and walls to give you the ultimate view of the wilderness.
The only downside: no curtains means it’s not ideal for long lie-ins.
One bedroom (sleeps two), from £311 per night.
You’d have to dig deep into your pockets to rent this £971-a-night five-bedroom house in Orlando, Florida, which boasts themed kid’s rooms including the one
A treehouse and nautical and astronautical-themed bedrooms make this property a kid’s dream.
Located in a resort only six miles from Disney World, this pad sleeps 18 people and has a pool with an adjoined hot tub.
Other quirks include a pool table designed to look like a New York taxi, and a private movie room decorated with plastic trees and grass.
Five bedrooms (sleeps 18), from £971 per night (three-night minimum stay).
With views across the Istrian Peninsula plus a lighthouse, this unusual home runs on solar power and collects rainwater in a tank.
Steeped in history, the first light here was ignited on August 8, 1883, and was operational until the 1970s.
While blissfully secluded, this three-bedroom hideout is easily reached by car via a small country road.
Three bedrooms (sleeps eight), from £160 per night (seven-night minimum stay).
The striking domed villas of this mini-village on the Indonesian island of Lombok offer peace, tranquillity and beautiful sea views.
Each bedroom dome is built on two floors and has king-sized round-shaped beds.
Boat transfers to Bali are available, while the world-famous Gili islands lie just five minutes away.
Two bedrooms (sleeps six), from £336 per night (four-night minimum stay)
The living area has a colourful stained-glass wall and the property is topped with a thatched roof.
Conveniently, both self-catering and full-board options are available.
Three bedrooms (sleeps six), from £314 per night (two-night minimum stay).
With two hot tubs and a large indoor swimming pool as well as a wealth of antiques, this lavish home in Chesterfield dates back to the 1600s.
The vast abode, set on an expansive green lawn, has two big living areas, a dining hall, and can sleep up to 18 people.
Also featuring a children’s play boat in the garden, Hag Hill Hall is the ultimate playcation.
Eight bedrooms (sleeps 18), from £685 per night (three-night minimum stay).
With a host of Hollywood stars residing on its shores, Lake Como has always attracted those with highly refined tastes.
This villa is a masterpiece of design, blending historical and modern themes to create a home as stunning as its location.
Highlights include a large wooden sauna and epic views from every room in the house.
Four bedrooms (sleeps eight), from £882 per night (three-night minimum stay).
Thanks both to the sand and rocks that surround the 20m long infinity pool sitting in front, and to the elegant interior design features, Mykonian Passion is a home truly in tune with its surroundings.
Colourful accents light up the otherwise white stone exterior, while winding steps and cave-like passageways give it a special charm.
Surrounding the property are gardens, olive trees and cacti plants scattered among the rocks, from which guests can enjoy splendid views across the Aegean sea.
Four bedrooms (sleeps eight), from £797 per night (five-night minimum stay).