Do you love books? Do you take at least one book with you to travel? Then you probably also love bookstores, in-home libraries, or cities who love books too. All of the above, right? If this sounds like you, why not combine your love of all-things-books by playing house in the coziest library-boasting Airbnbs on the planet?
From floor to ceiling walls of literature to in-home libraries fit for a king, we highly advise you bookmark at least one of these wordsmithy and well-crafted dream rentals on Airbnb.
The Exotic, Eclectic Oasis in Victoria, Australia
In Dandenong Ranges, Ttekceba Villa is a dreamy plant-filled retreat ideal for those who love greenery and antiques just as much as literature. The in-home library is one of this bohemian escape’s most magical selling points, but the eye-catching trinkets from the owners’ worldwide travels tell stories of their own. The hosts say there’s “greenery inside and out, mirrors and glass, confusing the boundaries in this deliberately sensory space.” On top of offering “a sensory experience”, it boasts a Roman-style tub you’ve gotta see to believe, a Chinese-style bedroom, a lush courtyard, a pool, and cozy spots all over. You’ll also likely be visited by local owls, cockatoos, ducks, deer, and Shetland ponies.
A 17th-Century Château in Brittany, France
In the mood for something grand? Perhaps you should book this 17th-century French château in the South of France. Located in the heart of Brittany, this Airbnb-friendly castle opens its Regency-era library (and the entire property) to its guests. As the hosts promise, “you are the only lords of the domain for the time of your stay.” Explore the sculpted Baroque-style gardens and the majestic halls adorned with old paintings. Take a dip in the pool or a soak in the jacuzzi. Take an afternoon nap while reading a book in your canopy bed overlooking the castle grounds. What more could you want?
A Bright and Chic Studio in Valletta, Malta
Not much beats an in-home library with a view. This Valletta Vintage one-bedroom apartment in Malta was built in the early 1700s allows you to feel conveniently close to all the action while still secluded. Whether you’re enjoying one of the library’s contemporary art books or just soaking in the city, there’s a ton of natural light beaming through. Step onto the terrace for breathtaking views of Malta and the nearby harbor. Or hide away from the world in this minimalistic, yet elegant rental.
A Masterfully Decorated Flat in Istanbul in Turkey
You’ll find an eclectic array of stories and subjects in this stylishly decorated Instanbul flat. It’s frequently featured in Turkish design magazines thanks to its owners’ exquisite taste, artistic eye, and numerous libraries with custom-built bookcases. “The library spans Mediterranean/Middle East/North Africa/Central Asia-specific literature, philosophy, travel writing, and current affairs,” say the hosts. There’s also an Airbnb discount for architects and writers.
An Airy and Artistic Hacienda in Santa Fe, New Mexico
In the heart of Sante Fe, you’ll find this stunning home boasting a super-stocked library. There are also plenty of inspiring details everywhere you look to get those creative juices flowing. Other perks include “a renovated kitchen equipped for, and stocked by, a foodie,” the 3 kiva fireplaces, and great books all over the place. Considering reading in front of a fireplace is almost always the right move, you’ll have no shortage of options for both.
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A Sunny and Swanky Apartment in Warsaw, Poland
While it’s not Poland’s most well-known city, Warsaw has its fair share of literary flair. You just have to know where to look. We highly advise starting with this fourth flour literature lover’s apartment. Overflowing with books, it boasts reading corners, cozy armchairs, a swing seat, and a sofa perfect for sprawling out. There’s also a stunning view of the Palace of Culture and Science.
This Charming Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland
About two hours from Glasgow, you’ll find this book lover’s dream within a dream in Wigtown. During your stay at this quaint indie bookshop, you’ll get schooled on how to run a bookshop of your own for a week or two. It’s the perfect chance to play out that dream of owning your own bookshop then relaxing in your private apartment above. Not to mention, Scotland’s National Book Town draws locals and tourists looking to immerse themselves in literary culture, so you’ll be in good company.
A Funky Castle in the Czech Republic
An hour from Prague, Château Třebešice sits pristinely in the Central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic. The hosts invite you to “discover the unique magic of a place where past meets present, history meets future, and nature and culture are bound together.” And the jaw-dropping library with over 1,000 books is definitely worth writing home about. This Renaissance-era castle also comes with its own farm, moat, and flower-filled gardens, to name a few other special touches.
This Scholar’s Exquisite Flat in Milan, Italy
This spectacular 19th-century Milano apartment offers plenty of eye-catching details, but it’s the library with a ladder that’s the real must-see. Then, when you sit at the desk reading or writing, you’ll be looking into the flowery terrace through the windows. Not too shabby! Ready to be inspired by the city? Go for a walk. You’re only a few minutes away from Sforzesco Castle and Parco Sempione.
The Parks-Bowman Mansion in New Orleans
In the swoon-worthy Garden District of New Orleans sits the Parks-Bowman Mansion. Owned by novelist and screenwriter Adrienne Parks-Bowman, this incredible Airbnb features a music room, a bar room, and a library room. Those ready to sleep beside a wall of great books, beneath an antique chandelier should book it. You’re also welcome to stay in the haunted bedroom, if ghost stories are your thing.