Renovated and repurposed barns have become the latest trend for vacation rentals in 2018. Whether you enjoy loft tucked away above an actual working barn, or stretching out in an open-floor plan with high, vaulted ceilings reaching two or three stories high, renovated barns represent a rustic-style accommodation worth looking into when you stay at your next home away from home. Discover 10 beautiful barns you can actually stay in during your travels. Take note: farm animals are optional.
Where: Herriman, UT
Sleep above a menagerie of cats, dogs, and horses at the Bardominium, which is around 35 miles from Salt Lake City. Enjoy views of the surrounding hills and mountains in this 800-square-foot loft that sleeps up to six people. During the day, take part in nature hikes, skiing, or horseback riding, and then come back to your air-conditioned barn loft to shower off and make dinner in the full kitchen. Gather your kids around the dining room table to eat supper, then play cards or board games for the rest of the evening. Despite the animals in the barn downstairs, this vacation rental is pretty quiet as it’s tucked away from city life. If you love animals, take an opportunity to pet a friendly barn cat, or feed apples to the on-site horses. Please do not bring additional pets.
Where: Bozeman, MT
The owners spent 10 years renovating this beautiful, historic barn that was originally built in 1915 as part of a homestead near Bozeman, Montana. This barn sits on 20 acres with a nearby creek, which is ideal for leisurely nature walks. You can even explore the old-fashioned creamery on site, with its thick walls and antique farm implements that were once part of a working dairy farm. Inside your spacious barn, there are soundproof materials surrounding the hay loft, so anything occurring upstairs will not bother anyone who happens to be downstairs. Five bedrooms sleep 10 or more people, ideal for large family gatherings, vacations, and celebrations. The barn’s 5,500-square-feet of space comes with a full kitchen, beautiful dining room, luxurious living room, and 5.5-bathrooms to give you all of the comforts of home. The garage door opens to a lovely view of the mountains in the distance, while WiFi keeps you connected to your devices. Please keep pets at home.
Where: Taconic, Salisbury, CT
Sleep up to six people in this breathtaking three-bedroom/2.5-bathroom vacation home in rural Salisbury, Connecticut. If seclusion and lovely views of the countryside are what you’re looking for, then this fully renovated bull barn is for you. Enjoy great natural lighting in this barn with the high-vault ceiling in the dining room, den, and kitchen. Nature enthusiasts will surely enjoy the nearby woodland trail that leads to a phenomenal waterfall and beloved swimming hole. Pets are welcome!
Where: Oak Knoll, Napa, CA
Spend some quality time with your sweetie in this gorgeous barn and cottage on two acres overseeing a working vineyard. The reclaimed wood in this renovated barn dates back to the 18th century from some of the first European settlers in Napa Valley. You can spend the night in one bedroom, perfect for two people — or spread out in three bedrooms for six people if you have friends tagging along. A full-size kitchen lets you cook dinner after a day of wine tasting, as well as a dining room table providing a great place to break open your newest vintage. Use this vacation rental as a base for your Napa Valley wine excursions. If you bring your pet with you, there’s a nonrefundable pet fee of $50.
Where: Kerhonkson, NY
Spend your vacation among the scenic Catskills in upstate New York at the two-bedroom/1.5-bathroom Blackberry Barn. Just minutes away from beautiful state parks, this vacation rental is close to small towns with a shopping plaza and local restaurants. Explore seven acres of lush, old-growth forest with your family. This barn sleeps up to six people, and includes a crib and bassinet for infants. A futon in the renovated hay loft offers a spacious bedroom for a couple of older kids. When you’re done exploring the surrounding countryside, cook your dinner in a full kitchen; sit back and watch TV; or get out some board games or books for activities that let you wind down before bed. The owners do consider pets on a case-by-case basis.
Where: Wolfeboro, NH
Up to six people can stay at this fantastic three-storied barn nestled in the beautiful landscape of rural New Hampshire. The attached lakefront dock gives you a chance to go fishing or swimming at Rust Pond, or you can bring your own canoe or kayak for a day on the water. A washer and dryer in the place lets you do laundry after a day of fun on the lake, while an outdoor grill allows you to show off your culinary skills at dinner time. If winter sports are your thing, this vacation rental sits minutes away from North Conway, one of the best ski towns in America. No pets, please.
Where: Durango, CO
This historic vacation rental in Durango, Colorado, lives the part. Antique furnishings from the Colonial to Civil War periods let you step back in time to truly have a unique experience on your family vacation. Six bedrooms accommodate up to 10 people, and modern amenities, such as full kitchen and a washer/dryer combination, offer all the comforts of home within easy reach. The living and dining rooms have a gorgeous, 30-foot ceiling that encompasses the beauty of the entire barn. Sit on the deck and patio to grill your dinner while enjoying scenic views of the Rocky Mountains. Nearby activities include horseback riding, scenic drives, and venturing into downtown Durango for fun and nightlife. Please leave your pets at home.
Where: Sea Ranch, CA
Sleep up to seven people in this three-bedroom/two-bathroom house nicknamed Barn Dance. Sit on your front porch in a couple of Adirondack chairs to gaze out at the deep blue ocean in the distance of California’s Sea Ranch. The open kitchen and dining area has a nice view, especially since this community is near historic Pebble Beach, home to the prestigious golf course. The hot tub on the deck is a wonderful touch if you want to relax after a fun day on the course. Please, no pets.
Where: Monticello, UT
Sleep up to four people, or go on a couple’s retreat, in this cozy 350-square-foot cabin-like barn. A TV and WiFi give you a connection to modernity, while a barbecue grill and campfire add a rustic vibe. Your room links to common areas downstairs when you need to cook food . Sit outside to take in the beautiful views of the Abajo Mountains as you’re 7,200 feet above sea level. Get your giddy-up on when you go on-site horseback riding. A kids’ playground gives little ones something to do to wind down after a long day of hiking or exploring. Bring your pets, on approval from the owners, at $30 per pet as a nonrefundable fee.
Where: Fredericksburg, TX
The Barn is a luxury guesthouse with its own private courtyard. This barn is just 1 mile from the fun activities of downtown Fredericksburg, Texas. The owners renovated this 80-year-old structure in 2013 to maintain its rustic vibe and update the interior. Reclaimed wood dominates the doors and ceilings to have a pastoral feel, while a hot tub, outdoor shower, television, and fire pit comprise the modern amenities in the private courtyard. Sleep up to four people in this two-bedroom/one-bathroom vacation rental. No pets, please.
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