Inside a romantic apple orchard retreat, Airbnb has been named one of Airbnb’s three most beloved properties

A cabin in an “enchanting” apple orchard in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales attracts couples looking for a romantic getaway as Australia’s international border remains closed.

Tucked away in a sprawling estate near Blackheath, 112 kilometers west of Sydney, the Cozy Retreat is one of the top three properties on Airbnb for 2021 – and it’s not hard to see why.

Perched on a raised wooden platform overlooking a valley, the one-bedroom shed offers some of the most breathtaking views in the area, delighting guests with an outdoor stone tub that captures mountain views from a secluded patio .

But the perfect hideaway, which features a blazing log fire and twinkling ceiling lights that give a sense of the starry sky inside, comes at a steep price, with a nightly rate of $ 785 (AUD).

This ‘enchanting’ apple orchard hut in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales attracts couples looking for a romantic getaway as Australia’s international border remains closed

Guests can enjoy an outdoor stone bathtub that captures mountain views from a secluded terrace

Guests can enjoy an outdoor stone bathtub that captures mountain views from a secluded terrace

The cozy retreat contains a blazing log fire and sparkling ceiling lights that give a sense of the starry sky inside

The cozy retreat contains a blazing log fire and sparkling ceiling lights that give a sense of the starry sky inside

The cabin has been carefully positioned to take full advantage of the surrounding plot, which includes rows of apple trees, a chicken coop and spectacular panoramic views.

It has all the comforts you could possibly need for a weekend getaway, including air conditioning, WiFi, cable TV, and a fully functional kitchen, according to the Airbnb listing.

Unsurprisingly, the Orchard Escape is almost fully booked through December, with limited availability remaining for weekdays.

The hut has been carefully positioned to take full advantage of the surrounding plot, which includes rows of apple trees, a chicken coop and spectacular panoramic views.

The cabin has been carefully positioned to take full advantage of the surrounding plot, which includes rows of apple trees, a chicken coop and spectacular panoramic views.

It has all the comforts you could possibly need for a weekend getaway, including air conditioning, Wi-Fi and cable TV.

It has all the comforts you could possibly need for a weekend getaway, including air conditioning, Wi-Fi and cable TV.

Inside is a bathroom with a freestanding bathtub

As well as a fully functional kitchen where visitors can prepare their meals

Inside is a bathroom with a freestanding tub (left) and a fully functional kitchen where visitors can cook their meals (right)

But the perfect hideaway comes at a steep price, with a nightly rate of $ 785 (AUD)

But the perfect hideaway comes at a steep price, with a nightly rate of $ 785 (AUD)

Guests have left rave reviews after their stay, giving the property an overall rating of 4.98 out of five stars online.

One man called it the “most incredible Airbnb” he has ever known.

Another said: “Words really don’t do it justice, and the photos don’t fully capture how magical this little orchard experience really is!”

Others have called it a “perfect wonderland” and “the most romantic getaway”.

The 10 most ‘favorite’ Australian stays on Airbnb for 2021

1. The Pod, Lewisham, TAS ($ 280 per night)

2. Alkira Eco-Glamping Hut, Emerald, VIC ($ 220 per night)

3. Apple Orchard Farm Stay, Blackheath, NSW ($ 785 per night)

4. Little Red Barn, Doonan, QLD ($ 310 per night)

5. Ryan’s Rest Tiny House, Pemberton, WA ($ 185 per night)

6. The Cube, Murray River, SA ($ 284 per night)

7. Bruny Island Hideaway, Bruny Island, TAS ($ 385 per night)

8. Retro Tram and Cottage, Lauriston, VIC ($ 320 per night)

9. Treehouse, Blue Mountains, NSW ($ 1,095 per night)

10. Clouds Safari, Beechmont, QLD ($ 288 per night)

Guests have left rave reviews after their stay, giving the property an overall rating of 4.98 out of five stars online.

Guests have left rave reviews after their stay, giving the property an overall rating of 4.98 out of five stars online.

The domain at the top of the mountain even has its own chicken coop (photo)

The domain at the top of the mountain even has its own chicken coop (photo)

Demand for quirky accommodation has skyrocketed since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, with Australian hosts of unique stays collectively earning $ 12.5 million (AUD) between March 2020 and April 2021.

According to the travel platform, a third of Australia’s 100 ‘most favorite’ Airbnb properties are ranked as unique stays, with a streetcar, treehouse and house floating on the ocean among the most popular.

Searches for unique stays have nearly doubled since the start of the Covid crisis, and it looks like interest is only growing.

In the first three months of 2021, Australian searches for yurts – portable round tents covered with skin or felt that are traditionally used as homes by nomadic groups in Central Asia – increased by 80% compared to the same period. Last year.

Inside Australia’s most popular Airbnb single stay

A wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on Tasmania’s rugged Southeast Coast is Australia’s unique stay on Airbnb for 2021.

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen who likes to think of her property as a ‘love letter’ to the famous island state. and picturesque of the country.

Suspended a few meters above a mossy hill, the 40m² one bedroom retreat is the perfect escape for couples, inspiring guests with its breathtaking views and quirky interior.

The Romantic Getaway, which features a freestanding outdoor soaking tub and ceiling-suspended fireplace, comes remarkably affordable, with a nightly rate of just $ 280 (AUD) for two.

Floor-to-ceiling windows frame a breathtaking view of the surrounding area, capturing a panorama that encompasses Frederick Henry Bay and the Southern Ocean to the east and Mount Wellington / kunanyi to the west.

It has a custom pine sofa and a kitchenette equipped with the latest appliances, according to the Airbnb listing, but you’ll need to be prepared to go off the network as the Pod doesn’t have WiFi.

This wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on Tasmania's rugged Southeast Coast is the unique stay

This wooden box on stilts overlooking the ocean on Tasmania’s rugged Southeast Coast is Australia’s ‘most desired’ unique stay on Airbnb for 2021

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen who likes to think of her property as a 'love letter' to the famous island state. and picturesque of the country.

The Pod, a box-like structure in Lewisham, 21 miles west of Hobart, is owned by travel writer Alice Hansen who likes to think of her property as a ‘love letter’ to the famous island state. and picturesque of the country.

Demand for mini-homes rose 76%, the platform reported, while searches for farm stays also climbed 66%.

Airbnb Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Susan Wheeldon, urged Australians with quirky properties to capitalize on the enthusiasm for domestic travel by becoming a host at the site.

“More than ever before, Australians see their own home as the destination – and that means homes that are a fun and original adventure in their own right,” said Ms Wheeldon.

She added, “The sky is really the limit when it comes to the types of spaces people can list on Airbnb.”

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