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Sometimes you need to step back to pivot away from hyper-modernism and appreciate how we got here. Sleeping in a barn is, by definition, a great way to do this. While the somewhat unique concept might sound a bit rough and ready, it’s far from it in these lovely redesigned properties that focus on comfort and seclusion, with a taste of life at a slower pace. Escape to rural life in one of Airbnb’s most wish-listed barns throughout the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

The barn guesthouse on Lookout Mountain — Rising Fawn, Georgia

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Rural Georgia is the ideal spot to rent a barn, and while many barns call the Georgian forests and fields home, none have views like this one. With tall windows offering a glimpse into the surrounding trees but modern and lux trimmings in the living space and kitchen, this barn is somewhere between nostalgic and hipster — the best of both worlds. It’s perfect for couples to escape the city heat of Atlanta or Charlotte for a weekend retreat.

Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $149 per night

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The barn at Old Morro — Atascadero, California

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This white barn (not all have to be red) is among the oak trees of central California. If you’re wine touring Paso Robles, there’s no better spot to have a country-fueled dance party upon returning home after the tasting rooms close. This barn also offers easy access to everything from hiking to biking to beach lounging, and if you’re road-tripping along the Pacific Coast Highway, Atascadero is a perfect stop for a night or two to recharge mid-route.

Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $140 per night

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Beautiful barn near Haslemere in a gorgeous setting — Haslemere, UK

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When a UK-based celebration of love, family, and friends is in order, this large barn, a quick jaunt from downtown Haslemere, is just the spot. It’s ideal for weddings, with a special area for brides to prepare for the big moment. The host has put together a special package that includes hairdressers, photographers, and other necessities. The host also allows for late checkout on wedding days so that you can drive straight to the ceremony.

Seven guests, two bedrooms
Price: $175 per night

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Cotswold Cottage — Great Rissington, UK

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The English take on barns is equally rustic yet somehow more aesthetically pleasing than many on the west side of the Atlantic. Perched atop a small hill with expansive views of the Windrush Valley, this property is a Georgian barn turned modern getaway perfect for exploring the honey-colored stone of Cotswolds’ traditional villages.

Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $126 per night

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Luxury new forest barn ideal for couples — Burley, UK

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Who knew a barn could be so thoroughly luxurious? This barn is just two hours from London, perfect for an overnight or extended escape and to bring a bit of romance into a trip to the big city. Miles of nearby forest trails wind through the lush forest, many of which involve a convenient finish at a traditional pub or tea room in the nearby village. Shopping, dining, and more pubs are a walk away from the barn itself.

Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $264 per night

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Retro 1790s Hudson Valley barnhouse — Warwick, New York

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It’s always surprising how much upstate New York feels like a world away from the big city — perhaps nowhere more so than this historic Barnhouse in Warwick. Within an hour’s drive from NYC, you’ll step back three centuries into a space that’s perfect for getaways with family and friends. A bbq and bonfire pit provide the entertainment, and with trails and lakes not far away, this is an ideal place to unwind for a weekend or longer in the semi-remote surrounds of Northeastern farm country.

Five guests, two bedrooms
Price: $199 per night

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Lost river barn — Matthias, West Virginia

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Adirondack chairs and fire pits go together like peas and carrots, especially in the mountains. Add an outdoor hot tub, and you’re in barndoor heaven in West Virginia, not too far of a commute from the big cities of the east coast. This barn also has fiber optic internet and a full kitchen, so you can be productive onsite while still taking advantage of the surrounding high-altitude amenities.

Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $249 per night

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The Old Stone Barn — County Galway, Ireland

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On the shores of Lough Corrib, this 110-year-old stone barn is as traditionally Irish as it gets. The rental comes with bikes, which you can use to ride to the nearby pubs and check out the natural wonders of western Ireland. Head into the town of Clonbur for pub food and music, or simply stock up on nosh and kick it at the barn. It’s not often you get to experience “the old life” in such a way, and as a bonus, Connemara National Park and its legendary hiking trails are just a couple of hours away.

Five guests, one bedroom
Price: $138 per night

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Escape to the New Forest in lovely character barn — Ringwood, UK

ringwood barn, most wish-listed barn

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This barn is old, but the trimmings are new here in rural England. The host promises the barn to be perfect for “glorious isolation,” whether that leads you to reading, writing, working, or staring out the window at the beautiful countryside. Surrounding Ringwood are quaint lakes, hiking and biking trails, and plenty of opportunities to paddleboard or simply get lost in the forest for a while.

Three guests, one bedroom
Price: $114 per night

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