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The best Airbnbs in New England

Experience the American northeast in style with our pick of the region’s best Airbnbs

Written by
Time Out editors
,
Paula Akpan
&
Rhys Thomas
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You name it, New England’s probably got it. Stunning seaside? Check. Gob-smacking nature? Obvs. Buzzing college towns? You bet. The six states that make up the region –  Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts – all boast historic urban centers, characterful towns and hugely varied natural landscapes. 

No matter where you’re headed in New England, however, you’ll need a place to stay. But where’s good? Well, luckily for you we’ve trawled through Airbnb to find the best places the rental site has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a rural cottage, city-center studio or something more, erm, unique, read on for the region’s top Airbnbs.

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Antique aficionados will have a ball at the nearly 100-foot tall Kingsley Grist Mill. Perched over river rapids, the vintage interiors of this unique property include an original corn cracking machine, a 1905 patchwork quilt, century-old fringed armchairs and all manner of fixtures and fittings in marble and brass. There's a sun deck where up to four guests can drink in the views, plus a separate wooden gazebo straddling a mini waterfall. It's next to a newly-established conservation park where you can swim, cycle or hike – and after all the outdoor activity, you can stay hydrated with supplies of fresh well water. As well as all the bits and pieces, inside you have mega cosy wooden walls and frames, and spacious rooms. The deck is accessible via the master bedroom too, so that's your morning coffee spot truly locked in. 

Recline with a glass of wine and take in stunning Atlantic sunsets on the spacious patio of this neat studio, which is kitted out with a 50 inch smart TV, a serious-looking barbecue, a shower featuring, not one, but three body jets and a remote-controlled gas fire for maximum cosiness. Ideal. You might not want to leave, but the restaurants of downtown Milford – which hosts an annual oyster festival – are a mere ten minutes away by car and the host has handily prepared a list of his top gastro picks. It's a one-bed, so makes a perfect solo trip or food-loving couple's getaway in a quaint little part of Florida, with seaside views. 

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Explore Boston like a boss with this 1200 square foot light-filled condo as your base. Located over two floors of a traditional brownstone building, it's a short hop from the subway so you can speed into the city with ease. However, the immediate neighbourhood of Jamaica Plain boasts tasty eateries should you not fancy the commute. Complete with parking, kitchen and washing facilities, this spacious pad also has characterful interiors making it a wonderful place to call your Bostonian home. What's more, furry friends are welcome too - it just doesn't get better than that. 

Adorned with summery colour schemes and a nautical theme, this recently built but traditional-looking gambrel-style riverside cottage is perfect for those who want to experience Cape Cod's watery delights in comfort. Grab a kayak and get paddling, take a dive with the host's snorkelling gear, drink in the nearby ocean views or simply enjoy the gorgeously pruned gardens. Or just spend the whole time snapping the local area and setting it to a backdrop of Vampire Weekend. It can sleep up to five, so it's perfect for families or groups of seafaring pals.

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Experience some rustic luxury in this roomy barn (previous guests have given a thumbs up to the Ralph Lauren bed sheets), which is situated close to the historic college town of Burlington, the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Though attached to the host's house, it's still entirely separate so you can enjoy some downtime in privacy and bask in floods of natural light from the cupola. Hiked far and wide? Step into the garden and have a tranquil moment by the pond, or if you feel like vegging out after all that fresh air, there's a telly and microwave. The barn itself has featured in Boston Magazine as a place to stay, and with its simple-yet-stunning interiors, location, and light-filled rooms, we're not surprised as to why. 

A treehouse for grownups? Yes please! With a nifty deck joining up two loftily located cabins, this unique getaway spot combines the spirit of aerial adventure with home comforts that you might not expect - heating, a king-size bed, a full bathroom and a screened-in porch. Oh and let's not forget - there's a wood-fired hot tub! The kitchen doesn't have an oven, but you can cook up a storm on the two-burner stove and hunker down with someone special among the pines. Hankering for seafood? Don't worry, you might be up in the trees with nothing but views of water and woodlands, but if you wander to the wharf-side you'll find plenty to eat and drink – not least the famous Five Island Lobster Company, located surprisingly nearby.

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Soak up New Hampshire history in this gawp-worthy red abode, originally built in 1755. With period charm in spades (note the old-school brick fireplace and massively wide floorboards) these impressive digs have also been recently renovated, so the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms are all very much modern. They don't compromise on charm, though. No need for 18th-century ablutions then! There's even a pool. Five minutes from the front door you can pick peaches and apples at the Hazelton orchards. Seeking less soft fruit and more city adventures? Take a trip to Boston, which is just an hour away. This massive space has gardens, deckings. a pool, and more, meaning that really you would do well to even leave the big red house at all. 

Get some mates together (up to five, in fact) and hunker down around the stove at this cosy retreat in northeast Vermont. Hidden away among the state’s famed luscious foliage, it’s also fitted with all the modern amenities you could really ask for, as well as added extras like a hammock and a proper barbeque.

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Perfect for couples or solo-trippers, this little garden level pied-a-terre in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, provides an ideal base for exploring everything the area has to offer. You can scamper down the bridle paths or get golfing at Goddard Park on the waterfront, while those upmarket East Greenwich eateries are only five minutes away. Want to sample the famous fanciness of Martha's Vineyard? Go full steam ahead, the ferries are close by too. When you’re done for the day, have a few moments in the garden, or just nestle up in your perfectly compact temporary home. 

Just look. At. That. This elegant A-frame is a freakin’ gorgeous work of design kitted out with homely mid-century furniture. Not far from the hillside towns of Bethlehem (not that one) and Littleton, hotspots for hikers and antique shopping, this place is ideal for either exploring the local nature or simply sitting back and watching the world go by through the chalet’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Simply stunning.

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