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The best secluded Airbnbs near Los Angeles

Find peace, quiet, and plenty of open space at these secluded Airbnbs within three hours of L.A.

Written by
Michael Juliano
Ed Cunningham
Georgia Evans
Alex Floyd-Douglass

Ok, so you’ve decided, for whatever reason, that you really, really want to get away from Los Angeles for a while. We’re talking a ‘jump in the car, pick up some groceries and get as far away from other people as poss’ kinda getaway. But sometimes, for these kinds of trips, conventional vacation rentals simply won’t do – so where should you go?

Well, luckily Airbnb is packed full of secluded rentals perfect for getting away from it all. We’ve scoured everything within a three-hour radius of L.A. for the region’s finest Airbnbs, all of which offer a bucketload of space, acres of clean air, and, vitally, a whole load of peace and quiet. Read on for the best places to go to get outta town.

Just a quick note: We’ve included a couple of guest houses in our list, but all of them offer separate entry and private amenities.

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Secluded Airbnbs near L.A.

The peacock haven in Nipomo
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1. The peacock haven in Nipomo

3hr from L.A.

Situated on the southern edge of San Luis Obispo County, this two-bedroom guest house is like something out of a dream. A really, really lovely dream. We’re talking rolling hills, free-roaming peacocks, a hammock, and a sizable spa. You can even roam the 50-acre property and pick some fruit. And why wouldn’t you?

The geodesic dome in Palm Springs
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2. The geodesic dome in Palm Springs

2hr from L.A.

Feel like a Bond villain or a jet-setting hermit in this glassy geodesic dome just outside of Palm Springs. You’ll find the three-bedroom home at the end of a dirt road, with wind turbines, mountains, and mostly open desert as a backdrop from the main 26-foot-tall living area.

The jackrabbit cabin in Wonder Valley
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3. The jackrabbit cabin in Wonder Valley

2hr 45min from L.A.

Rugged mountains, a huge expanse of sky with twinkling stars come nightfall, incredible sunsets... this is your little slice of secluded desert heaven. Sure it’s not super luxe but really, you’re here for the isolation, right? And by the way, those views are best enjoyed from the cowboy pool, outside on the sand.

The romantic birdhouse in Topanga
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4. The romantic birdhouse in Topanga

45min from Downtown L.A.

Topanga is full of charming hideaways, but we think this 1923 cottage, dubbed 'the Birdhouse,' makes for a particularly enticing retreat. The interior is bright but cozy, with floor-to-ceiling views of the hillside from the bedroom plus a wraparound deck. You’ll even find a private trailhead on the property.

The quaint glass cottage near Santa Barbara
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5. The quaint glass cottage near Santa Barbara

1hr 30min from L.A.

Be careful not to unwittingly walk into the walls of this Airbnb, which has been cleverly blended into the surrounding forest with a mirrored façade. Plonked in the middle of three acres of space and surrounded by oaks and sycamores, the rental includes not just the "glass cottage" itself but an outside lounge, kitchen, shower, and bathhouse, as well as a hot tub. If you’re looking to hang up yer boots, sink into a hammock and reconnect with nature, there are few places better.

The orchard escape in Ojai
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6. The orchard escape in Ojai

1hr 30min from L.A.

This one-bedroom guest cottage doesn’t sit too far from the property’s main house, but we think you’ll barely notice it. The leafy patio overlooks a gorgeous orchard and jaw-dropping mountain view at the end of a private road.

The architectural gem in Santa Ynez
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7. The architectural gem in Santa Ynez

2hr 5min from L.A.

When you think of secluded getaways, it’s usually rustic cabins or grand ol’ country houses that come to mind – not spectacularly modern architectural gems like this Airbnb in Santa Ynez. Called the Shunem Bread House, guests get the entire upper floor (ie. that bit that looks like a wooden cabin on stilts), which is completely separate from the rest of the ranch. The rental’s enormous rooftop patio (and its monumental mountain views) is also exclusively reserved for guests. 

The stone cottage near Solvang
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8. The stone cottage near Solvang

1hr 45min from L.A.

This adorable studio south of Solvang sits on the same sprawling piece of property as the main house, but, well, that’s basically the only other thing around. Being on a 20-acre vineyard has its perks, too; you can roam the property, have a dip in the pool, and cook pizza in an outdoor oven all in one day.

The sprawling dome retreat in Yucca Valley
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9. The sprawling dome retreat in Yucca Valley

2hr 30min from L.A.

You’ll see nothing but mountains and sandy hillsides in every direction if you stay at this desert dome, even though you’re only minutes from the highway. It’s as well-appointed as it is seemingly isolated: a bright, beautiful midcentury-inspired interior with wood accents overflows into a patio with an outdoor fireplace that overlooks the 112-acre property. Now, this is peace and quiet. 

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