Vacations are meant to be relaxing, and there’s no better way to find your zen than staying in a home actually constructed into the earth. When planning your next trip, channel Mother Nature by opting for vacation home rentals that use earth and stone as building materials.
Draw inspiration from these 12 HomeAway vacation rentals — fun and unique, accommodations range from humble cabins to luxurious mansions.
Click through to see what these romantic vacation rentals with a seriously earthy vibe cost to rent.
1. Bahia, Brazil — Artistic Stone Country House
Cost: $87 average per night
Surrounded by Chapada Diamantina — Brazil’s most famous national park — this 2,260 square foot rustic stone home was built on rocks. In fact, it sits on top of a 20-meter high rock, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the two rivers in front of this rental.
Up to eight guests are welcome at this vacation home, which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Ideal for hiking and meditating, this gorgeous rental also features a rock garden with national park vegetation and waterfall views. See one of the world’s most amazing underground wonders in Bahia.
2. Finikia, Greece — Cozy Cave Villa
Cost: $506 average per night
Carved into a mountain, this cave house offers sweeping views of the village of Oia, several islands and the beautiful Santorini sunset. This one bedroom, two bath villa sleeps up to four guests and features a private pool.
Consisting of two caves connected by a small tunnel, this 699 square foot villa is ideal for two couples or families with older children. A vacation rental by owner, the property manager is also the villa’s architect and designer, serving as an interesting touch.
3. Granada, Spain — Charming Cave House
Cost: $132 average per night
Located in Lopera, a city in the inland region of Andalucia, this cave house is a rural escape offering breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Constructed entirely by hand, the home was dug out of the rock more than 80 years ago via a technique no longer in use, giving it a touch of historic charm.
Naturally bioclimatic, this 753 square foot home maintains an indoor temperature of 64 F all year. It has two bedrooms and one bathroom and welcomes a maximum of five guests per stay.
4. Grand Junction, Colo. — Rustic Mountain Mansion
Cost: $235 average per night
Built on a sandstone slab, this 5,200 square foot Grand Junction mansion features rock and wood detail throughout the home. The Colorado National Monument serves as the backdrop to this vacation rental by owner, which offers stunning views from every room.
One of the larger vacation home rentals, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom property welcomes up to 12 guests per stay. Situated in the blissful serenity of nature, the home is located just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown area, offering the best of both worlds.
5. Moab, Utah — Iconic Rock House
Cost: $480 per night
One of the more high-profile vacation rentals, you might recognize The Rock House on Hauer Ranch from several movies, commercials and music videos. As the name suggests, this architectural masterpiece was built into a rock, and features a two-story picture window that overlooks the stunning desert landscape, including Fisher Towers and other stunning Castle Valley scenery.
The two-bedroom home has three bathrooms and sleeps up to four guests. Due to its secluded nature, cell phone service might be limited, so take this opportunity to truly disconnect and relax in the beautiful desert setting.
6. Nevsehir, Turkey — Restored Cave House
Cost: $74 average per night
A unique vacation rental, this stunning cave home is located in Ortahisar, an authentic Turkish village in the Cappadocia region. This stylish and modern cave has been fully restored with modern conveniences to make your stay a comfortable one.
In its entirety, the cave house consists of eight bedrooms and four bathrooms. Up to 10 guests are welcome when the home is rented in full, but solo travelers and smaller groups can also rent out individual separate rooms.
7. Parthenon, Ark. — Sleek Cavern Estate
Cost: $1,300 average per night
Situated inside a natural cavern, Beckham Cave is located on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Arkansas Valley. Live large in this completely remodeled 6,000 square foot Parthenon home, nestled on a private 260-acre resort.
A truly unique stay, each room is surrounded by stalactites and natural cave formations. Ideal for weddings, family reunions or a couples’ getaway, this luxurious four bedroom, four bathroom home sleeps up to 16 people.
8. Santa Barbara, Calif. — Mission Canyon Whale House
Cost: $853 average per night
An architectural wonder, The Whale House features walls made from Venetian plaster, river rock and massive wood columns and beams, constructed to resemble a whale. Built in 1978, this four-story home has a stunning pool, courtyard and an elevator.
Located in the whimsical wooded Mission Canyon neighborhood, this luxurious 3,000 square foot property is just minutes from top local attractions, including the Santa Barbara Mission and the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens. Up to nine guests per stay are welcome at this three bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home.
9. Tarragona, Spain — Sustainable Underground Dome
Cost: $118 average per night
Chances are, you’ve never stayed anywhere like this domed underground property in Tivenys, situated in the Catalonia regions. Marked by an ancient olive tree, the exterior of this sleek, sustainable home seems to disappear into the landscape.
Lose yourself in the quaint serenity of the surrounding mountains and if you get warm, find a swimming hole to cool off in. This two bedroom, one bathroom home sleeps up to four guests.
10. Trenton, Ga. — Hand-Carved Cave
Cost: $134 average per night
Certainly one of the most distinctive cottage rentals you’ll find, this hand-carved cave house offers picturesque views of Lookout Mountain. The home’s interior has plenty of earthy features, including wood ceilings, a huge stone center wall, a stone bathroom sink and a tile and stone shower.
This 700 square foot, one bedroom, one bathroom cave sleeps up to four people. Enjoy the quiet country setting, but if you want a taste of the city, downtown Chattanooga is just 17 miles away.
11. Trout Creek, Mont. — Underground Hobbit House
Cost: $345 average per night
Located entirely underground, the Shire is an adults-only bungalow inspired by the houses described in “The Hobbit.” This 1,000 square foot rental is located in a village that comes alive at dusk with a mystical display of lights, including the cavalcade of mushrooms along Hobbit Lane and a lighted mural of a whole Elven Village.
This two bedroom, one bathroom home sleeps up to three guests. Do note, there is no cell phone service, allowing you to fully disconnect from reality — it’s all part of a life-changing trip that is worth the cost.
12. Viterbo, Italy — Historic Cave Home
Cost: $730 average per night
Originally constructed in the 14th century and recently restored, this 3,000 square foot Italian vacation rental is truly exquisite. Part of the home contains caves and grottos that date back to Etruscan and Roman eras, which have been incorporated into its livable spaces.
This three bedroom, three bathroom home consists of three master suites, but can accommodate up to eight guests. Enjoy plenty of luxury features, including a pool with jacuzzi inside stunning caves, a wine cellar housed in a Roman water cistern, a private garden, a meditation room and an art gallery.
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