Are you looking for an outdoor getaway, stunning seaside stay or maybe a good old-fashioned jaunt around a college town? New England's got the lot. The six states that make up the region (that's right, it's huge!) - Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts - have a wonderful mixture of historic cities, small towns and natural landscapes, from the striking shores of the Atlantic coastline to the rugged terrain of the Appalachian mountains, with a boat-load of forest in between. If you're looking to hike, chug on IPA breweries and bulkie rolls, see the Red Sox in action or just chow down on clam chowder for a week, then you'll definitely need an ace place to stay. And where better than one of the region's best Airbnbs? We've rounded up a bunch of the area's top rental spots.
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Whole four-storey mill overlooking a waterfall
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.
Sip some 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. 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.
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 centre, while the local neighbourhood boasts tasty local eateries. Complete with parking, kitchen and washing facilities, this spacious pad has characterful interiors. What's more, furry friends are welcome too. Woof!
Adorned with summery colour schemes and a nautical theme, this recently built but traditional looking riverside cottage (check out the roof!) 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. It can sleep up to five, perfect for families or groups of seafaring pals.
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 then there's a telly and microwave.
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 kingsize 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? Wander to the wharf-side for the famous Five Island Lobster Company, located nearby.
Soak up New Hampshire history in this gawp-worthy red abode, originally built in 1755. With period charm in spades - check out the brick fireplace - these impressive digs have also been recently renovated, so the kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms are all comfortably modern. 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.
If you fancy kicking it among some fantastic foliage rather than taking city break selfies, then this cosy rural retreat in northeastern Vermont could be for you. It sleeps up to six and has all mod cons - including central heating, wifi and washing machine - so you won't be going full-on Bear Grylls. Still, it's a place to retreat from the hustle and bustle that we spend so much time in, set aside the smartphone (there isn't much signal!) and roast a marshmallow or two. You can stargaze in the hammock, take a hike through the surrounding woods or even saunter along the dirt tracks with your dog - pets are welcome! You'll need a car to get further afield to bars, restaurants, breweries and ski resorts, but the nearest general store is just a three-minute drive away in the little town of Groton.
Perfect for couples or a stay by yourself, this petite garden level pied-a-terre 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 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.
Striking architecture, floor to ceiling forest views and elegant mid-century furniture make this New Hampshire getaway a feast for the eyes (and Instagram)..it's even graced the cover of a lifestyle mag. This quiet nest is close to the hillside towns of Bethlehem and Littleton, so you can stock up on post-hike essentials, do a spot of antique shopping or hangout with a coffee.