The summer season is upon us! Did the winter months have you dreaming of summer fun and exotic destinations? We have what you need!
Our community of more than 400,000 homes in 187 countries, consists of all types of homes available to exchange, but among the many apartments, condos, and suburban homes with their white picket fences, there are a few residences that offer a little something different. Each of these accommodations are made available by generous families much like yours, seeking the perfect home-base for the approaching summer vacation. Don’t get stuck paying hotel or rental fees this summer, swap homes in a reciprocal exchange or use your GuestPoints, and spend your vacation in one of these one-of-a-kind homes:
Prince Edward Island
Christine and David’s monolithic dome house sits on the north shore of Prince Edward Island and offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the ocean and countryside from its rooftop gazebo. This scenic escape is only 20 minutes from Summerside, the island’s second largest city, and can accommodate up to eight people with a spacious interior of over 185 m2.
Just a stone's throw from Lake Castor, Frédéric's Sugar Shack is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in a rustic cabin. Lounge out on the patio while overlooking the maple grove used to make homemade maple syrup! This unusual home can accommodate 16 people, the perfect retreat for enjoying the fresh air of nature and outdoor activities.
A contemporary gem just 40 minutes from Halifax, Valentine's "box house" is a peaceful residence at the end of a private road, on a little peninsula that stretches out into the bay. This home offers a respite from city life for all nature lovers. The house boasts private access to the bay and your own canoes for exploring. With four bedrooms, three bathrooms. and a swimming pool sheltered from the wind, this is a great place for any family to come and relax.
Marcie's treehouse was built by her husband Peter, a talented timber framer, artist and wildlife enthusiast. Heavily inspired by the fantasy world of Harry Potter, this masterpiece presents an original design with beautiful wood accents in every room. The cabin can accommodate up to 13 people with its four bedrooms, each with an independent entrance. Not far from Shuswap Lake, and only five minutes from a local winery, this cabin has something to entertain each member of the family!
Perched above Queen Charlotte, Donna and John's cedar house resembles a yurt and offers panoramic views of the harbor, ocean, and islands. The house has a chef's kitchen, an expansive terrace, a mezzanine bedroom, and a bathroom with a deep soaking bathtub. This beautiful and unique getaway can accommodate up to three people.
Robert’s Balinese-style home sits on over four acres of gardens and offers a private pool. The outdoor spaces are illuminated by handcrafted Balinese pendants and forged copper sconces, perfect for relaxation and meditation. Located on the east side of Hawaii’s Big Island, the home offers three bedrooms with an in suite shower room.
Stephen's Refuge is perched on a mesa in southern Utah, with mountains and rocky canyons in all directions. Located not far from Capitol Reef National Park, this house was built in 2003 with a focus on being integrated into the surrounding landscape. This magnificent property can accommodate up to 10 people and offers breathtaking views from its rooftop terrace.
Leslie’s sanctuary and private bungalow is near the center of Tulum. Named IKAL, meaning "Spirit" and KA'AN which means "Heaven", this home honors the land and the ancient Mayan culture. Very well equipped with three bedrooms and baths, this haven of peace and tranquility also offers a swimming pool and a yoga room. The perfect holiday to RELAX.
The private island of Claudia is located in Angra Dos Reis in Brazil about 150 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro airport. This little corner of paradise can accommodate up to 13 people in its four bedrooms. Other nearby islands are easily accessible with the canoes and paddle board provided! You won’t need a car, but don’t forget your diving equipment if you visit this paradise!
Michel's villa is close to the Colombian capital of Bogota, a 16th-century colonial city renowned for its rich heritage and sophisticated urban offerings. This colorful house is full of charm and can accommodate up to six people.
Julietta’s bright apartment is located in the traditional village of Artemonas, Sifnos, in the Cyclades. The breathtaking view of the island, the sea, and it's beautiful garden pairs perfectly with a morning coffee or a romantic dinner. The city center is within walking distance, as are many small cafes and restaurants. A perfect getaway for couples!
This beautiful stone country house with typical Riad architecture belongs to Sandra and Soufiane, and sits only 10 minutes from the charming city of Essaouira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The house has seven bedrooms and calls to mind Arabian Nights! This magnificent Moroccan Riad guarantees a change of scenery.
Located in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, come discover the peculiarities of this Trulli home and the surrounding stone buildings of Alberobello. The owner of this jewel, Giuseppe, describes his house as rustic and close to many sought after places to visit.
Wake up to the sound of waves at Olivia's hut in the Fakarava village on Tuamotu Island in French Polynesia. With the ocean just in front of you, it'll feel as if you have a private beach all to yourself!
Do you need an atypical house to be a part of the HomeExchange community?
Quick answer...NO! Unique homes are not a requirement, but they do expand our vacation options. Many members underestimate just how attractive their home could be. Size, location, availability, and amenities, are all important when choosing a home exchange, each criterion has a different value for each member. The sheer diversity of our HomeExchange community is what makes it so attractive and helps in increasing your chances of finding an exchange.
For example, Simone lives in a small condo in the center of Montréal and wants to find a spacious home in Costa Rica, with a pool, where she can stay with her family. Roberto and his wife Maria, are the owners of a villa in Costa Rica and are looking to explore a vibrant city in North America. Despite owning very different homes, Simone and Roberto are ideal candidates for organizing an exchange!More homes