Is there anything more atmospheric than a barn? Weathered wood, nooks and crannies to hide in, hay lofts to jump from.
Recapture some of that rural romance with a night in one of these fabulous converted barns that are available for rent.
West Virginia barn loft
Stay in rustic comfort in a dreamy canopy bed surrounded by soft white twinkle lights. This barn loft includes a bedside chair, a dining table and chairs, and a chest of drawers. Although the bathroom is located in the main house, it’s definitely an upgrade from camping on the ground. Plus, breakfast is available on weekends for $8 a person. More info: www.airbnb.ca
Vineyard barn in Nova Scotia
Built as a barn in 1950, this spacious home offers a double room with a private ensuite, all nestled in a gorgeous vineyard. During your stay, explore the tidal village of Bear River, well known for its art galleries, tidal river, and restaurants. Once your explorations are done, relax in the hot tub, which is available during the summer. More info: www.airbnb.ca
Cape Breton riverside barn
500 yards off Cape Breton’s famed Cabot Trail, this four-bedroom converted barn is on 20 acres of property on the Margaree River. If hiking’s not your thing, check out the world-class Atlantic salmon fishing. Guiding and gear are available from the barn’s owners. In the evening, check out fine dining and traditional music at the Normaway Inn. More info: www.homeaway.com
Rustic-chic barn in New York
Sleeping up to eight people, this beautiful barn is perfect for a getaway among friends. This four-acre retreat is complete with a wood-burning stove, piano, furnished deck, outdoor shower and pond. With a huge property and the town of Tivoli only a short walk away, there's lots to explore outdoors, though once you get inside, you may never want to leave. More info: www.airbnb.ca
Cosy barn in Southern B.C.
Close to ski resorts and Kal and Okanagan lakes, this cosy two-bedroom barn is perfect for a weekend getaway in B.C.’s southern interior, just 10 minutes from Vernon. Complete with full kitchen and laundry facilities, the barn is a perfect home away from home. Farm animals graze nearby for an extra-authentic feel. More info: www.vrbo.com
Lake Superior barn
This enormous Wisconsin barn on the south shore of Lake Superior easily sleeps 20, making it perfect for a multi-family getaway. Located on a sandy beach and surrounded by 320 acres of forest, yet still only 30 minutes from Duluth, Minnesota, means it's both wonderfully remote and reasonably convenient. More info: www.lakesuperiorbarn.com
Historic barn in Eastern Vermont
This newly renovated barn—complete with 12-foot ceilings and exposed beams—sleeps six to eight people and comes equipped with a full kitchen and a ton of natural light. In the summer, go horseback riding along miles of trails, and in the winter, check out some of Vermont’s fantastic skiing. More info: www.homeaway.com