9 Best & Most Unique Airbnb Rentals in Virginia

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Brittany Varano
November 01, 2020
Updated February 25, 2023

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You know what they say: Virginia is for lovers. And it’s hard not to fall in love with these unique Virginia Airbnbs and vacation rentals.

Steeped in American history and a tradition dating back to the first English settlers, Virginia has plenty to offer — it’s “the birthplace of a nation,” the site of Civil War Battles, and the original home of the Algonquian people. But there’s even more than that: it’s also home to some of America’s most stunning natural attractions, scenic drives, and picturesque vineyards. You could make a dozen trips to Virginia and see something new each time.

During your trip to Virginia, try to make time to visit Shenandoah National Park and take a hike or two along the Appalachian Mountains. Chesapeake Bay, the state’s national forests, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon are also attractions not to be missed.

If history is more your speed, plan to tour historic Jamestown or Colonial Williamsburg, where you can learn what life was like at the beginning of our nation’s history. And if you just like to have a good time, live it up at Busch Gardens theme park or hit the boardwalk at Virginia Beach.

Whether you’re a history buff, oenophile, or an avid hiker, these vacation rentals and Airbnbs will help you experience Virginia like a local.

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1. The Post Office

The Post Office airbnb rental
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Why you should stay: Historic building (possibly an old post office) lovingly restored into a charming Airbnb.

  • Nearest town: Spotsylvania Courthouse
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $175/night

Reminiscent of the old days, The Post Office is a historic one-bedroom cabin updated with modern amenities. Spend your days curled up next to the wood-burning fireplace or having a relaxing soak in the two-person tub. There’s a queen bed in the loft for two, but an additional two guests are welcome to sleep on the pull-out sofa bed for a small fee.

Guests are treated to daily maid service, complimentary firewood and toiletries, and the option of special add-on packages such as a basket of wine and chocolate or a local history tour of the surrounding area. Fur babies are also welcome, and the home is stocked with water bowls, a puppy blanket, and treats.

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2. Dream Rock Silo

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Why you should stay: Sleep in a renovated four-story silo with 360-degree views.

  • Nearest town: Independence
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $163/night

The Dream Rock Silo is a lovingly cared for suite on the top two floors of an old dairy farm silo. During your stay, you’ll experience the farm life as cats, dogs, and chickens roam free across the property. The front door takes you into the silo’s second story, where you’ll find a cozy sitting area with a T.V., fridge, and coffee maker. The bathroom is in an attached mini-silo and features a barrel vanity with a copper sink and circular tin shower.

The spiral staircase leads to the top floor, where you’ll find a plush, circular king size bed. Windows line the entirety of the silo’s round interior, allowing lots of natural light to shine in to showcase the fabulous valley landscape. With your booking, you’ll have access to the farm’s screened-in kitchen, which is shared with other Airbnbs on the property.

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3. All the Comforts of Home

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Why you should stay: Hob-knob with dragons, wizards, and elves at this magical, Hobbit-esque Airbnb.

  • Nearest town: Fairfield
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates from: $257/night

Experience your very own fairytale at All the Comforts of Home, an exceptionally rated vacation home that’s more of a fantasy adventure than just a place to sleep. As you wander through the circular entranceway strung with lights, look for mythical details like the dragon floor mosaic, exposed wooden beams, and round doorways. It literally feels like staying in a movie set. Middle earth, anyone?

Aside from the super cozy bedroom and the well-appointed kitchen with a Keurig, it’s the little extras that’ll have you raving. Available for booking in advance, the hosts put on special workshops themed to match the ambiance of the home. Have fun learning how to carve your own wizard staff or try your hand at being a blacksmith for a couple of hours, among other options.

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4. The Sanctuary

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Why you should stay: A rustic-meets-modern abode built from the remains of a historic 1800s cabin.

  • Nearest town: Vesuvius
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $275/night

Aptly named, The Sanctuary provides guests a peaceful destination to get away from it all. Located down winding gravel roads, this spacious wooden cabin is truly off-the-beaten-path thanks to its location on 60 acres. But it’s still convenient to the Wintergreen, where you can find plenty of shops and restaurants to occupy a weekend. Inside, vaulted ceilings, tall windows, and exposed beams make this two-bedroom home warm and inviting.

The living room’s fireplace is framed with the original stones of a historic cabin, and the walls are supported with the old logs. Other unique touches include an elevated deck with fantastic views, a gourmet kitchen with a stone sink, and a barrel vanity in the downstairs bathroom. The Sanctuary is an excellent option for families looking to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway or go skiing at family-friendly Wintergreen Resort.

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5. The Maury River Treehouse

Maury River Treehouse
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Why you should stay: For travelers who like to play hard all day and relax in luxury at night.

  • Nearest town: Rockbridge Baths
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $269/night

The Maury River Treehouse is an elevated and upscale cabin retreat. It boasts a high-end interior with luxury conveniences such as heated floors and defogging mirrors in the bathroom, electronic blackout blinds in the bedroom, and a stunning river-stone fireplace in the living room. The home also has a spacious screened-in porch with a plush sofa and T.V. as well as a large outdoor deck with a grill.

The Maury River is mere yards away from the front door, so you can expect lovely river views. Make the most of the riverside proximity and plan to fish, kayak, or stroll along the river’s banks. The property is a short five-minute drive to Goshen Pass or the vineyards and breweries around Rockbridge Baths.

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6. Nocturnal Gardens

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Why you should stay: An apartment artfully draped in gothic-glam decor.

  • Nearest town: Richmond
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $90/night

The Nocturnal Gardens exudes an old-world charm that’s equal parts moody and inviting. Throughout the apartment’s living spaces, jewel tones, velvet drapes, and vintage accents give the home a decidedly unique and indulgent feel. There are two full living rooms with ample seating, a work desk, and fast Wi-Fi to help foster productivity when needed.

You also have at your disposal a comprehensive selection of coffee and teas, and when it’s time for bed, you’ll appreciate the memory foam king mattress. The home is in the quiet neighborhood of North Highland Park, just 10 minutes away from the bustling downtown streets of Richmond. You’ll also be less than an hour from Williamsburg, if roller coasters and/or American history are more your thing.

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7. Riverfront Cabin

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Why you should stay: An idyllic cabin along the Appomattox River in a private forest.

  • Nearest town: Appomattox
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $199/night

This riverfront cabin is a picturesque 1800s-era home expertly decorated and updated with beautiful and modern decor. As a warm welcome to their home, the hosts provide thoughtful touches like guest robes and toiletries in the upscale bathroom, as well as welcome snacks and complimentary tea and coffee. The home also has a fire pit and a nice little deck surrounded by lush trees overlooking the passing river.

The cabin is set on 50 private acres, so you can hike to your hearts’ content on winding trails around the home. Virginia attractions like Holiday Lake, High Bridge Trail State Park, and the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park are all under 30 minutes away.

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8. The Bear Den

The Bear Den VA
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Why you should stay: Marvel at spectacular mountain views from this high-elevation cabin along the Shenandoah River.

  • Nearest town: Maurertown
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $175night

Nestled high above the valley on the border of a national forest, The Bear Den is a lovely off-the-grid escape with all you need to have a good time.

Along with the little things, the cabin’s wrap-around deck with panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley, wood-burning fireplace, and bonfire circle with tree-trunk seats are sure to make your stay in Virginia a time to remember. Expert mountain bikers will want to explore parts of the nearby Massanutten Circuit Trail, a single-track trail with fantastic views. Note that the driveway is very steep, so having a 4WD or AWD vehicle is non-negotiable.

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9. The Joshua Tree House

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Why you should stay: A luxurious (and popular) 16-foot-high treehouse next to the flowing North River.

  • Nearest town: Bridgewater
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates from: $199/night

One of the most popular Virginia Airbnbs is the The Joshua Tree House, a charming tiny home in the trees. As far as treehouses go it’s fairly luxurious, with a functional mini kitchen, a living room with a gas fireplace, and full bathroom. In the middle of the living room, a striking spiral staircase made of walnut leads the way to the lofted bedroom where a queen mattress, hanging wicker chair, and skylights offer a comfortable place to sleep in.

If that wasn’t enough, this stunning vacation rental also boasts a spacious balcony with two chairs and a bubbling hot tub. Guests can enjoy sitting beside the bonfire or relaxing on a riverside deck with a hammock at ground level. There are two kayaks and a canoe for when you feel like exploring the river.

For more treehouse options around the U.S., check out our favorite treehouse Airbnbs.

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