Inside the Little Red Barn, Australia’s fourth most-wanted unique stay on Airbnb for 2021

This quaint red farmhouse has an outdoor pool, heated spa pool and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside

  • A farm in rural Queensland attracts crowds of travelers seeking quirky ‘staycations’
  • The ‘Little Red Barn’ in Doonan, Noosa Hinterland, is Airbnb’s fourth ‘most wished-for’ property for 2021
  • The three bedroom retreat has a freestanding outdoor pool and heated spa bath sunken into the grass
  • Vaulted ceilings soar over expansive living areas and a chef’s kitchen where guests can congregate at night
  • And with a reasonable nightly rate of $310, the house is the perfect place for families or groups of friends

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A quaint farm in the Queensland countryside draws crowds of travelers seeking quirky ‘staycations’ while Australia’s international border remains closed.

Tucked away on a secluded plot in semi-rural Doonan, 15 minutes’ drive from Noosa, the ‘Little Red Barn’ is the fourth most wished-for home on Airbnb for 2021 – and it’s not hard to see why.

The three-bedroom retreat is perched on a raised wooden platform overlooking a forest and features a wrap-around porch with a free-standing outdoor pool leading to a heated spa pool sunken into the grass.

Vaulted ceilings soar above elegant living areas and a large chef’s kitchen where guests can gather in the evenings.

And with a reasonable nightly rate of just $310 per booking, the charming mansion is the perfect place for families or groups of friends to escape the hectic pace of big city life, at least for a few days.

This quaint farm in rural Queensland draws crowds of travelers seeking quirky ‘staycations’ while Australia’s international border remains closed

The three-bedroom retreat features a wrap-around porch with a free-standing outdoor pool

The three-bedroom retreat features a wrap-around porch with a free-standing outdoor pool

The elevated platform leads to a heated spa pool sunk into the grass

The elevated platform leads to a heated spa pool sunk into the grass

Australia’s top 10 ‘most wished-for’ stays on Airbnb for 2021

1. The Pod, Lewisham, TAS ($280 per night)

2. Alkira Eco-Glamping Hut, Emerald, VIC ($220 per night)

3. Apple Orchard Farm Stay, Blackheath, NSW ($785 per night)

4. Little Red Barn, Doonan, QLD ($310 per night)

5. Ryan’s Rest Tiny House, Pemberton, WA ($185 per night)

6. The Cube, Murray River, SA ($284 per night)

7. Bruny Island Hideaway, Bruny Island, BAG ($385 per night)

8. Retro Tram and Cottage, Lauriston, VIC ($320 per night)

9. Treehouse, Blue Mountains, NSW ($1,095 per night)

10. Clouds Safari, Beechmont, QLD ($288 per night)

Those lucky enough to stay in the master bedroom can walk straight out to the veranda via the ensuite to enjoy spectacular views and a dip in the pool every morning.

Guests have left hundreds of glowing reviews, giving the property an overall rating of 4.95 out of 5 stars online.

‘Can’t recommend this place enough! Absolutely stunning. The heated pool and outdoor pool were a great way to spend the day,” wrote one woman who stayed at the house in July.

A second said, “This place is a little piece of heaven in the countryside.”

Others called the house “absolutely perfect” and the “ultimate way” to spend a week in the Noosa Hinterland.

One man said he can’t wait to book again.

Demand for quirky accommodation has skyrocketed since the pandemic began in early 2020, with Australian hosts of unique stays earning $12.5 million (AUD) collectively between March 2020 and April 2021.

A third of Australia’s 100 ‘most wished-for’ Airbnb properties have been classified as unique places, according to the travel platform, with a tram, tree house and ocean-floating house being the most popular.

Searches for unique lodgings have nearly doubled since the outbreak of the Covid crisis and it seems interest is only growing.

In the first three months of 2021, Australian searches for yurts – portable, round tents covered in hides or felts traditionally used as homes by nomadic groups in Central Asia – rose by 80 percent compared to the same period last year.

Demand for tiny houses jumped 76 percent, the platform reported, while searches for farm houses also skyrocketed 66 percent.

Vaulted ceilings soar above elegant living spaces (pictured)

And a large chef's kitchen (pictured) where guests can gather in the evening

Vaulted ceilings soar above elegant living areas (left) and a large chef’s kitchen (right) where guests can gather at night

With a reasonable nightly rate of just $310 per booking, the charming mansion is the perfect place for families or groups of friends to escape the hectic pace of big city life for at least a few days.

With a reasonable nightly rate of just $310 per booking, the charming mansion is the perfect place for families or groups of friends to escape the hectic pace of big city life for at least a few days.

There are three bedrooms (one in the picture), including a master with an ensuite that opens directly onto the terrace

Guests have left hundreds of glowing reviews, giving the property an overall 4.95 out of 5 stars online

There are three bedrooms (one on the left), including a master with an ensuite that opens directly onto the terrace

The barn is tucked away on a secluded plot in semi rural Doonan, 15 minutes drive from Noosa

The barn is tucked away on a secluded plot in semi rural Doonan, 15 minutes drive from Noosa

Inside Australia’s most popular unique Airbnb stay

A wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on the wild coast of South East Tasmania is Australia’s ‘highest wished’ unique residence for 2021.

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen, who likes to think of her property as a ‘love letter’ to the country’s famously picturesque island nation.

Hanging meters above a mossy hill, the 40m² one bedroom retreat is the perfect getaway for couples and inspires guests with its breathtaking views and quirky interior.

The romantic getaway, with a free-standing outdoor pool and fireplace hanging from the ceiling, comes at a remarkably affordable price, with a nightly rate of just $280 (AUD) for two.

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the surrounding area and offer a panorama that includes Frederick Henry Bay and the Southern Ocean to the east and Mount Wellington/kunanyi to the west.

It has a custom pine couch and kitchenette equipped with the latest appliances, according to the Airbnb listing, but you have to be prepared to go off-grid as the Pod doesn’t have Wi-Fi.

This wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on the wild coast of southeastern Tasmania is Australia's 'highest wish list' unique Airbnb stay for 2021

This wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on the wild coast of southeastern Tasmania is Australia’s ‘highest wish list’ unique Airbnb stay for 2021

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen, who likes to think of her property as a 'love letter' to the country's famously picturesque island nation.

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen, who likes to think of her property as a ‘love letter’ to the country’s famously picturesque island nation.

Airbnb’s country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Susan Wheeldon, urged Aussies with quirky properties to capitalize on the enthusiasm for domestic travel by hosting the site.

“More than ever, Aussies consider their lodging itself the destination – and that means homes that are a fun, quirky adventure in their own right,” Ms Wheeldon said.

She added, “The sky really is the limit when it comes to the kind of spaces people can put on Airbnb.”

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