These New England AirBnBs are straight out of a fairy tale

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You don’t have to visit Ireland to sleep in a castle or travel into the depths of Norway for a chance to explore a storybook cabin. These nine AirBnBs appear to be ripped right from the pages of your favorite fairy tales, and they’re all available for rent in New England.

Connecticut Storybook Castle

Connecticut castle. —AirBnB

If you’re a fairy tale traditionalist, you’ll love staying in this classic Connecticut castle that looks like it was plucked straight from the pages of Cinderella. The renovated castle was built in 1917 after a trip to England inspired a family to fulfill their dreams, according to The Hartford Courant. The three bedrooms, which are all themed, include a Romeo-Juliet room, and the inside porch is guarded by a medieval knight. The grounds are complete with gardens, a gazebo by a pond, and a fountain.

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The reviews say: “The castle blew us away – it was everything we had hoped for. Spacious, romantic, beautiful, and the decor was fabulous and immaculately detailed. The grounds were absolutely breathtaking when blanketed with snow, while we stayed warm and cozy inside. A short drive from many stores and restaurants, and yet still quiet and secluded.”

Cost per night: $500 for eight guests.

Distance from Boston: 1.5 hours.

Stone Cottage

Stone cottage. —AirBnB

If you’re a Little Red Riding Hood fan, make like the character and rush to nab to this cozy New Milford, Connecticut, cottage. The three-bedroom home is beautifully decorated with fieldstone walls, pine shiplap paneling, vaulted ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and period antiques.

The reviews say: “Loved this amazing place. Wonderful host who has taken great care with a comprehensive house manual which listed everything and ensures everything is okay. Felt like we had entered another world, it was a storybook cottage. Highly recommended.”

Cost per night: $199 for four guests; $50 for each additional guest up to six.

Distance from Boston: 2.5 hours.

New Hampshire Tree House

New Hampshire Treehouse —AirBnB

The tale of the Swiss Family Robinson claims that the family built their tree house on a desert island in the East Indies, but this Newbury, New Hampshire, tree house may convince you otherwise. The wooden cabin sleeps four and is ideal for adventurers who want to spend a night above ground, enjoying the solitude this one-of-a-kind home offers.

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The reviews say: “Magical! We came from NY to Tiffany Hall Treehouse for my daughter’s 18th birthday. The magic began when I started communicating with Carolyn. From the time we booked the place to getting here and showing us the ropes, Carolyn and Tiff were warm and welcoming. The treehouse is all that we three nature nuts who believe in fairy tales could ever dream of. It’s hard not to be blown over by the thought, love and attention to detail put in to this labor of love. I know that this warm abode in the trees and it’s wonderful hosts will bring many lovely memories to folks for years to come.”

Cost per night: $456 for four guests.

Distance from Boston: 1.5 hours.

Historic Rhode Island Home

Fully-stocked library. —AirBnB

This Tiverton, Rhode Island, historic home is like something straight out of the pages of Beauty and the Beast. The English Tudor is a three-bedroom with a large manor living room offering lofty ceilings, a chandelier, and a full library that rivals Belle’s in the Beast’s castle. When the cherry tree in the front yard blooms in the spring, the front yard becomes covered in pink petals.

The reviews say: “Patrick met us and welcomed us to the Stone House. We had a marvelous stay. The home and property are delightful, comfortable, peaceful and unique. I highly recommend this property and host.”

Cost per night: $399 for four guests.

Distance from Boston: 1 hour.

Vermont Cabin

Vermont cabin. —AirBnb

This Jamaica, Vermont, cabin is reminiscent of the one Hansel and Gretel might have stumbled across. Styled like a traditional “tiny house,” the colorful one-bedroom sleeps five on three beds and sits on a garden of lilacs that bloom in June—which you can enjoy from the porch decorated with fairy lights.

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The reviews say: “Great cottage for a weekend getaway! It’s very clean, warm, and has everything you need. There’s lots of great books for designing your own tiny house. It rained a lot so we didn’t get to try out the fire pit but we enjoyed the sound of the rain hitting the tin roof. I recommend this one fully!”

Cost per night: $192 for one guest; $10 for each additional guest up to five.

Distance from Boston: 2.5 hours.

Nantucket Yacht

Nantucket boat. —AirBnb

While this Nantucket yacht may be a little more luxurious than Captain Hook’s ship, you can still feel like you’re sailing the seven seas—while comfortably anchored on Nantucket Island, no planks present. Relax on the deck, go for a swim, or take in the sunset on the 1953 sailboat that sleeps two in the cabin.

The reviews say: “So much fun!! Chad thought of everything we could possibly want upon arrival and the boat was so charming, thoughtfully appointed with crisp sheets and good pillows and good coffee! We loved having our picnics on board and taking the launch to town for dinner. The stars were incredible at night…..A memorable, fun filled weekend!”

Cost per night: $300 for two guests.

Distance from Boston: 3.5 hours.

Massachusetts Lighthouse

Massachusetts lighthouse. —AirBnb
You’ll feel like Ariel from The Little Mermaid when you stay within feet of the Atlantic in this Pocasset lighthouse. Located on the tip of Wings Neck Point, this three-bedroom stay is attached to the historic Wings Neck lighthouse, which offers 360-degree views of the ocean from the lantern room. It tops Ariel’s Grotto any day of the week.
The reviews say: “I just returned from a perfect week at the lighthouse. The house itself was so nice and had everything we needed. The sunsets were absolutely incredible! We had several generations (ages 10-55) and everyone had the greatest time. We are already planning our next visit!”

Cost per night: $300 for eight guests.

Distance from Boston: 3.5 hours.

Historic Connecticut Mansion

Historic Norwich mansion. —AirBnB

Alice of Wonderland would be delighted by this historic mansion in Norwich, Connecticut. Located in the city’s “Millionaire Triangle,” each room in the home has a different theme, allowing for a stay of exploration and surprises. The Italianate Victorian home received some updates from the renowned architect Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Memorial, according to New England Today, and can sleep 16 in eight bedrooms.

The reviews say: “Legitimately the most amazing house I’ve ever stayed in. Stylish yet comfortable. Huge and cozy. A+”

Cost per night: $900 for 15 guests; $30 for each additional guest.

Distance from Boston: 2 hours.

Whimsical Rhode Island Cabin

Rhode Island cabin. —AirBnB

Snow White might have turned down the Prince’s rescue if she had had these Rhode Island digs. The rustic cabin is located on a pastoral property on a small island off of Jamestown, complete with a windmill, farm, and glassblowing studio. The home is ideal for a peaceful getaway, with sunset views over the fields and the sound of tree frogs to sing you goodnight.

The reviews say: “This was a magical little cabin! Great location and awesome views. The hot outdoor shower on a brisk fall morning and winding down the night with a campfire on the deck was amazing. Thank you!”

Cost per night: $190 for three guests.

Distance from Boston: 1 hour and 45 minutes.

 

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