Famous Historical Homes You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation
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Famous Historical Homes You Can Rent for Your Next Vacation

Take a trip back in time. 

Travelers looking for a way to bring history into their next trip can choose from an array of historic homes currently up for rent on Airbnb and HomeAway.

From John Steinbeck’s former cottage in Pacific Grove, California, to accommodations in England’s Highclere Castle, a location “Downton Abbey” fans will recognize, here are four historic homes to check into on your next getaway.

19th Century Property on New Orleans’ Oldest Avenue

For an authentic taste of New Orleans, head to this sprawling six-bedroom home, which sits located on the oldest avenue of the city. Located just blocks away from the French Quarter, the home sits surrounded by famed eateries and historic residences.

Courtesy of Home Away

Inside, guests will find some 6,400 square feet of space, carved French doors, antique chandeliers, marble fireplace mantles, and 14-foot ceilings.

The Steinbeck Cottage

Get some literary inspiration at John Steinbeck’s former cottage, where the author lived during the 1940s.

With original architecture from the 1920s and renovations that showcase the time period when Steinbeck lived there, guests will feel like they’ve stepped back in time. The quaint space has tent cathedral ceilings, a fireplace surrounded with carvings of birds and flowers, a dining room with floor-to-ceiling views of the garden and bay outside, and a fully-stocked kitchen for making meals.

Starting in October, the area is filled with orange-and-black Monarch butterflies, who arrive there in the thousands to make for a colorful sight.

19th Century Cottage Surrounded by Crowd-free Beaches

For a private tropical escape, head to the Stone House restored cottage in Governor’s Harbour, where you’ll be just a short walk from French Leave Beach, known for its pink sands and lack of tourists.

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A short walk down the hill will lead you to the town, where you’ll find a collection of 19th century architecture blended with the backdrop of the historic harbor, while guests who plan to stay for four nights or more can even score a free flight from Nassau to Eleuthera.

The home includes oak floorings, high ceilings, shaded porches, and a garden filled with fruit trees, hibiscus, aloe, and coconut palms.

The London Lodge at Highclere Castle

“Downton Abbey” fans now can stay in the London Lodge of the Highclere Castle, which is featured in the show.

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The lodge, which was built by the first Earl of Carnarvon in 1793, has been restored by the current Earl and his wife over the last two years to create a luxurious escape for two.

Interiors include large windows with oak wooden shutters, a sitting room with a wood burner, a fully equipped kitchen, a double bedroom, and a bedroom lodge.

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