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These Novel-Inspired Airbnbs Are Perfect for Your Next Vacation

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by Eben Diskin Apr 23, 2019

Stepping into your favorite novel used to be a feat of the imagination, but now you can actually stay in homes inspired by some of the world’s greatest literary works. Airbnb is renting several homes that look like they’re straight out of a piece of literature. In honor of World Book Day, the homes were being rented for just $17 — the average price of a book — per night for select dates throughout May, June, July, and on April 23. Unfortunately, given the popularity of the promotion, these dates are all booked up. The good news is that you can still reserve a stay for a future vacation — it’ll just cost you a bit more than $17. Here’s the full list of literary-inspired homes, along with Airbnb’s cheeky descriptions, in case you’re struggling to see the connection to the source material. You can book any of these houses on Airbnb’s website.

The Great Gatsby — Bridgehampton, New York

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“It’s a beautiful day for a dip, old sport. This Long Island estate with its heated salt water pool, manicured lawn and luxurious interiors will whisk you away to another time. Whether spending the weekend mulling over past loves or staring out at the ocean that’s less than a mile away, you will do so in the lap of luxury. Don’t spend too much time forlorn, as there’s plenty to do in this Bridgehampton neighborhood.”

Big Little Lies — Palm Beach, Australia

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“Things are not always what they seem. However in the case of this stunning home located in Palm Beach, Australia, what you see is what you get. With spectacular views of the beach and iconic Barrenjoey lighthouse, get a taste for how the other half lives without having to stress about school drop-offs or one-upmanship.”

Pippi Longstocking — Älmeshult, Sweden

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“Your own sunny home in Småland, the very same province that inspired these tales of adventure. There’s no room for serious adulting here. Lighthearted fun is on the menu, with a lake and pier nearby. If you’re not up for an imaginary journey on the high seas, you’re less than an hour away from extraordinary nature at the Astrid Lindgren Park.”

The Notebook — New Bern, North Carolina

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“Is a storybook weekend right by the river in North Carolina what you want? This Antebellum home is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with a nearby dock that offers an easy jumping off point for a romantic boat ride for two. There’s no need to sit and wait, hoping and praying for your long lost vacation to show up; it’s here!”

Pride and Prejudice — Chawton, England

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“Fond of walking? You’ll have plenty of room to do so in the charming village of Chawton, the very birthplace of this novel. In fact, the author was a nearby neighbor and is said to have visited this home socially. Keep an open mind for any chance encounters, take some time to mingle with the locals, and don’t judge a book by its cover!”

Charlotte’s Web — Cherryfield, Maine

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“Set on a picturesque orchard, this historic barn house turned summer guest house is the perfect spot for weekend life on the farm. Enjoy nearby apple picking, scenic hikes, or a swim in the lake. Befriend the local deer or wild turkey, or even the orchard critters — no friend is too small.”

Interview With the Vampire — New Orleans, Louisiana

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“This historic home, which has lived for more than 160 years, has been remarkably preserved in an elegant state of decay, featuring original fireplaces, a mahogany staircase and 14-foot ceilings with medallions. Should you wish to avoid daylight hours and roam the streets at night, it’s also conveniently located within walking distance of the French Quarter. No stranger to the limelight, this house has appeared on television and in magazines.”

The Handmaid’s Tale — Newton, Massachusetts

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“This classic New England home is fit for a commander. Take a stroll into town or ride the train into Boston to enjoy all the city has to offer – just watch out for the secret police. Lucky for you, you can enjoy this picturesque home on a gorgeous tree lined street without stressing about dystopian horrors.”

Outlander — Edinburgh, Scotland

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“Get swept back in time as you enter this home located in Edinburgh. Famous for its turrets and spires, which overlook Water of Leith, the historic building features a romantic one-bedroom hideaway. Without skimping on some modern touches, the apartment is tastefully designed to evoke romance and adventure from days gone by so guests can live the ultimate dream during their stay in this picturesque town.”

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