You can now select 'historical homes' with interesting pasts on Airbnb

Looking for somewhere magical to stay on your next trip? Go historical.

That’s been made even easier now as Airbnb has launched a ‘historical homes’ category for those after unique accommodation.

Cultural tourism makes up 40% of all tourism worldwide, and there’s a growing demand for heritage-related travel.

In the UK, Airbnb bookings for places with historical significance increased by more than 80% in 2021, compared to 2019.

There’s also growing interest in remote rural homes.

Now, it’s easier to filter and find a historical home on Airbnb – with almost 4,000 heritage homes in the UK currently listed.

Of the options in the UK, there’s a converted chapel in County Durham and a 12th-century castle in Fife, as well as plenty more.

Currently the function is available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, with more countries due to be added soon.

Overall, the site hosts just under 20,000 properties with historical value, dating from the 19th century and earlier.

Amanda Cupples of Airbnb said: ‘The new category on Airbnb will not only allow travellers from all over the world to discover the richness of British cultural heritage, but it also opens up previously overlooked destinations and helps disperse tourism and its economic benefits in a more equitable way.’

The top trending UK destinations for historical stays in 2022 to date are:

  • Stratford-on-Avon
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Hastings
  • East Lindsey
  • Chichester
  • Leicester 
  • Peak District 
  • South Northamptonshire 
  • Oxford 

These are some of the most wish-listed homes currently listed.

Castle, Wiltshire, England

Former Abbey at Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, Boleskine and Abertarff, Scotland

Dairsie Castle, Fife, Scotland

Rustic Barn, Boscastle, Cornwall, England  

Unique Church Conversion, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland

7 Storey Grade II Windmill, Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, England

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