One of the biggest benefits of renting a vacation home rather than booking into a hotel is the ability to choose just what kind of vacation experience you and your guests really want to have. And if it’s real seclusion that you’re after, that just doesn’t come standard in a hotel room. Meanwhile, a vacation rental home of your own can provide space for everyone to mix, mingle, or just chill as they wish. The best ones usually also provide some killer views and a chance to indulge in as much outdoor “nature time” as you want.
Here are 6 of our favorite secluded rental homes.
Groups looking for true idyllic seclusion combined with easy access to resources from the outside world will fall in love with this gorgeous 4 bed/3 bath estate in the coveted gated community of Truckee, California. This 3,600 square-foot family-friendly home sleeps 14, and is an easy 10-minute drive from all the amenities of the North Lake Tahoe town—from ski resorts and nature trails to restaurants and shopping. But for guests who truly want to retreat from town life to revel in the home’s 20 acres and top-of-the-world view, there’s pizza and a handy grocery story just down the road in Glenshire. Stock up and then stay in—with 3 floors of luxe living space, including a game room, gourmet kitchen, and a spacious deck with grill and dining space for 8, there’s plenty of room to spread out.
This 4 bed/4 bath Sonoma Valley, California home sleeps 8 deep in the heart of a redwood forest. The newly constructed, modern-style property has got today’s luxe-living vibe totally figured out and as the light of both sun and moon pour into each open space in the house, guests truly unwind and unplug. Whether hiking the famed redwood trails, horseback riding, or touring the countryside by bike is your thing or splashing in the chic terrace-side pool seems like the way to go, either choice is available…and that’s before guests have hit the surrounding 400+ wineries.
This 4-bed/4-bath Sevierville, Tennessee vacation rental has it all: perfect privacy for up to 10 guests without a neighbor in sight, breathtaking mountain views from almost every angle, and an easy 25-minute ride to Gatlinburg. Vaulted ceilings, an entire glass wall, and 2 giant balconies each spanning its own floor of this 3-story rental make this airy eyrie an ideal hideaway home. And, although Gatlinburg has its own famed charms, a retreat with its own fire pit, dedicated game room, indoor and outdoor casual catch-up areas galore, hot tub and home theater might make it hard to leave this private paradise.
Welcome to beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado! This stunning 6-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom getaway sleeps 17, so it’s perfect for groups looking to catch up, while still easily sampling the delights of the charming mountain town only 10 minutes from the door. This 3-level home truly has it all: a chef’s kitchen, multiple master suites and living areas so everyone can spread out and do their thing, 2 fireplaces, and a game room. Surrounded by natural forest, the home’s outdoor areas are just as varied and charming as those in the property. In fact, with a hot tub, fire pit, and A+ mountain views from a sprawling deck, the biggest problem your large group might have is corralling everyone into one activity…although if all else fails, al fresco s’mores by the fire pit will usually do the trick!
Golf lovers and luxe-log-cabin-living enthusiasts alike rave about this gorgeous 3-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom vacation rental in Breckenridge, Colorado. The home, which comfortably sleeps 8, is located right on the world-famous Jack Nicklaus-designed 27-hole Breckenridge Golf Course, with its gorgeous views of Breckenridge Ski Resort, located just down the road. Inside, a true chef’s kitchen is a sunny oasis for groups to gather, while starry nights beckon the crowd to move the conversation to the living room, which offers a centerpiece fireplace, multiple seating areas, a game table, patio and hot tub access, and full wet bar.
Attention, wine enthusiasts! This Sonoma Valley, California 4-bedroom vacation rental with 3.5 bathrooms easily sleeps 8, with plenty to room for 2 extra kids—and the open, Cali-style home set on its own private 2 acres means that no one will ever feel crowded. This beautiful home is all about indoor-outdoor living and guests can take in the distinctive eucalyptus trees and vineyard view, or revel in the perfectly kept garden. It’s impossible to make a bad choice: every window opens into gardens, live oaks, or pinot noir grapes, while the pool and patio feature 6 chaises and 3 sun umbrellas and a large oak for shade and privacy. If you can bear to leave, San Francisco is only 50 minutes away—making this retreat not only gorgeous, but also easy to reach.