Common options for holiday home rentals include picturesque cottages and villas with pools. But there is a new trend for unique holiday experiences, involving specific themes and décor.
You can now choose all sorts of properties for your holiday. Here are just a few:
Gingerbread House, Geyserville, California, USA: £84 per night
The Gingerbread House at the Isis Oasis Retreat Center is designed to be cosy and comfortable inside. Sleeping two downstairs and one in the loft, the house has stained glass windows with LED lights inside.
Around the cabin are trees encasing it. Outside is a wood-fired oven and picnic table. Guests can enjoy a pool, sauna and hot tub.
Cluedo house, Aviemore, Scottish Highlands: £315 per night
Inshriach House boasts an incredibly similar layout to a Cluedo board. Guests can explore the property, which has ten bedrooms, and look out over stunning views.
The house and estate are often used for films and photoshoots, meaning that it is expensive to stay there.
In the Cairngorms National Park, this Edwardian house is an ideal holiday spot. It is also one of the greenest historic holiday homes in Scotland, heated by biomass and fuelled by solar panel electrics.
The house is in the heart of a 200-acre estate and is five miles from Aviemore.
Inside you can expect dark panelling, Persian rugs and roll-top baths.
The Mirror House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA: £116 per night
The Mirror House is in a quiet suburb near Fox Chapel and is an artist’s home and studio. The exterior of the property is covered in mirrors and the interior continues this theme, including original artwork and furnishings.
Guests can enjoy a bedroom with a 42-inch plasma TV, free Wi-Fi, a sunken bathtub and walk-in shower.
Additionally, guests have access to the whole house, which includes a home cinema.
Nature Observatorio Treehouse, Costa Rica: £144 per night
This holiday home is for the outdoorsy type, who will enjoy the 1.5-mile walk through the forest to the Nature Observatorio Treehouse. Guests are taught a short climbing lesson, and then begin their ascent to their retreat.
There are two bedrooms upstairs and a living area with ecologic bathroom downstairs. The water supplied to the property is collected rainwater and the toilet is compost-making.
Meals are delivered to you by a pulley system and you can enjoy monkeys, toucans and others waking you up in the morning.
Hobbit House Saffir, Ceredigion, Wales: £50 per night
The Hobbit House is situated in an organic farm in west Wales and is the perfect rural getaway. The open plan property is designed around an octagonal theme and boasts high quality furnishings.
A king size bed offers prime comfort for adults and there are handmade birch bunk beds for children and teenagers. Outside is a garden area and barbecue.
Cave house, Santorini, Greece: £145 per night
White Pearl Villas in Oia, Santorini are carved into the volcanic rocks of Theran. The Superior Pearl Villa sleeps two and has a view across the Caldera cliffs and blue Aegean Sea.
A modern interior with minimal décor, the property is beautifully luxurious. Found in the village of Oia, the cave house is 11 miles from the Athinios port, ten miles from the airport and six miles from the town of Fira.