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The best Airbnbs in Texas

From contemporary abodes to huge homes, the Lone Star State has its fair share of incredible accommodation – and you need to stay in them

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Katherine Lovage
Paula Akpan
Rhys Thomas

The largest of the lower 48, Texas has a fascinating history. Once governed by Spain, formerly part of Mexico and then ran as an independent state before joining the USA, there’s a great deal more to learn about this larger-than-life territory. There's way more to it than cowboys, barbeques and rodeos, though these are also pretty important.

Headed to Texas but need a little help with where to stay? Well then, you've struck oil. We’ve got guides on the best things to do and even the best beaches. Need somewhere to bed down before you start exploring? No worries. We've found the best Airbnbs in Texas and put them in a handy list, just for you. They're a great option for getting the true Texas living experience, whether it's a luxury one bed or a big old cabin in the sticks. It makes for a holiday like no other. 

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An off-grid home in the desert

Sure it may look like something from Star Wars, but this incredible earth house is very much a real Airbnb option not so far, far, away. As you might expect, it’s pretty cozy, but it sleeps three, is powered by solar and is situated near to the Big Bend National Park. If Star Wars and all that is your thing though, you might enjoy star gazing in the evening and there can't be many better places for it. Oh, and we know he’s in the picture, but the dog is not included. Sorry. Still, it'll be a holiday you will not forget. 

A retro airstream in Wimberley

This one-bed spot is quaint, quirky, and a great example of how great conversions can be. You'd be sleeping in a real retro airstream trailer/campervan, in a remote part of Texas Hill countryside. At the airstream, there’s an outdoor shower and hot tub, a hammock and a fire pit, so that you can feel more at one with nature. When you want to be among other people, you can take a short trip to Wimberley, or a slightly further one to the nice little city of San Marcos. 

A cozy wooden cabin near Deep Ellum

A cozy wooden cabin near Deep Ellum

If you go down to the woods today (specifically, a woodland about 15 minutes from Downtown Urbandale) you’ll uncover a picturesque cabin, and it is an absolute hidden gem. It's a unique and handy place to be staying, containing everything you need, plus a massive fire pit, all nestled into the woodlands. Some real nature living, right outside a great Iowa city.

A tiny house in Waco

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, but that’s not so true for this tiny home. Frankly we wouldn’t want it any other way: This innovative space has everything you need for a nice little visit to Waco. It's close to the Brazos River, which feeds into the nearby Lake Waco. At the one-bed you have modern furnishings and a real masterclass on creating space in a small place. They've also utilised the roof to make a superb deck that you can chill on and enjoy the golden sunset.

A log cabin on Smith Creek

Looking for romance? Sure you can’t force anything, but it’s hard not to feel at least a little more love at this sweet cabin. Surrounded by Smith Creek, which meanders through 10 acres of woodlands, it’s just as scenic as you’d hope. Flowers, rivers, fire pits, and greenery everywhere. Throw a log on the fire and snuggle up. Or just jump in the hot tub, if that's more your thing. Should you leave the big (for two) lovely wooden cabin at all, you're pretty close to the nice village of Wimberley.

An urban loft in Deep Ellum

This spot is custom-built, which you can tell just from a glance. It's a smart and contemporary design, boasting optimal storage, monochrome features, and chic urban touches including concrete and walnut floors. Sure, it looks a little unassuming from the outside, but you should absolutely not let that hinder you to this great spot. It's also a stones-throw from the Deep Ellum warehouse district – which has a great arts scene, music scene and more. 

A luxurious retreat in Travis Heights, Austin

Not every Airbnb comes with a heated pool, but here you'd best dig out your swimwear and get ready to relax. Beyond that, get ready for a luxurious stay – as well as access to a beautifully renovated kitchen, bathroom and two double bedrooms. Plus, forget schlepping around in a huge petrol-guzzler, because you’ll only be a short distance from the South Congress shops and scenic bike trails. That's if you decide to really leave the pad at all, we wouldn't blame you if you didn't.

A treehouse with incredible views

Stay in this split-level space, and you’ll be surrounded by jaw-dropping custom woodwork, vaulted pine ceilings and floods of light. There’s also handy access to outside space for if you fancy a BBQ (or two). It sleeps four and has plenty of space to do so, which would make for a very good value accomodation too. You're not too far from Austin either, just off Martin Luther King road actually.  

A wooden cabin with nature trail

Dubbed Coyote Creek, this nature-tastic cabin is perfect for those who would prefer deer, squirrels, and birds to human neighbors. It may only technically have one bedroom, but this wood-side spot has space enough to sleep five – and from just $110, that’s a pretty sweet saving compared to a hotel. A great place for a unique family getaway, or unforgettable trip with your mates. Away from just about everything. Wanna Venmo us now, or later?

A bright cabin on a farm

Bright, airy and spacious, Sycamore Cabin at HoneyTree Farm is architecturally inspired by a tree-house – but it’s a little more grown-up than you might first think. It boasts gorgeous A-frames, a wall of glass windows and luxury furnishings. There's also a deck with beautiful views. Ideal for sunset. It's located only eight minutes from the center of Fredericksburg, yet has ten acres of land to roam and enjoy. 

High-style home near Bishop Arts

Created to mirror the owner’s personal home (which was featured in the book ‘Homebody’ by Joanna Gaines), this blissful property has a private deck and heated pool which lights up by night – referred to as an oasis. We like the sound of that, wbu? And your friends? It sleeps four, after all. When you venture beyond the house, you'll find yourself in prime Dallas. 


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