21 Quirky Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Iowa - Updated 2023


Boasting an expansive rural and unpolluted countryside, the serene state of Iowa gives city dwellers a rare opportunity to explore mother nature’s beauty. The charming towns and cities in The Hawkeye State also have fascinating histories and quirky attractions. Check out the World’s Largest Strawberry, which stands at an impressive 15 feet (4.6 meters), and Grotto of the Redemption, a religious shrine with 4 million dollars worth of precious stones, minerals, and rocks.

To complement your stay in this unique and peaceful state, here are some equally quirky Airbnb vacation rentals in Iowa that ensure a comfortable stay with true Iowan hospitality.

1. Luxurious retreat in a lavishly decorated Spanish Bungalow (from USD 144)

My personal favourite on the list, this host promises a stylish retreat in their centrally located Spanish Bungalow in Des Moines. A short distance from supermarkets, restaurants, parks, trails and downtown Des Moines; convenience is the key word when renting out this Airbnb. Humble looking with its traditional Spanish facade, its interior is brimming with personality; the host has taken a great effort to ensure a luxurious feel living in her lodging; decorating the living space with vibrant furnishings and arts from both local and regional artists. Flooded with natural lighting, inspired by its flourishing surrounding nature, the home is complemented by loads of thriving green plants. Guest would sleep comfortably in one of two equally tastefully decorated bedrooms offered; one with a luxury, memory foam queen and the other with a plush twin bed. An extensive list of amenities is available at this Airbnb, from a coffee maker, piano and full basement with an extra bathroom, shower, laundry, treadmill and pool table.

Unique Spanish Bungalow!
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
267 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire bungalow 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
bed is comfy and air conditioner worked great
very comfortable with good ac - it 100 degrees when we stayed there
comfortable beds and lots of extra special amenities we haven't seen at other airbnbs
everything was comfortable and we loved morning coffee in the shaded backyard
heather's spanish style bungalow is truly a home full of original artwork great style and cozy details
clean inspiring and cozy
clean and lots of fun decorations
clean neat and so many great touches
it was sparkling clean and very stylish
wonderful peaceful clean and stylish
she has truly earned the designation of super host
heather was a great host
heather is a wonderful host who is responsive and kind
heather was very prompt and helpful with responses to questions and needs
heather is such a kind and friendly host
location is great close to downtown
location was great for food delivery and runs to walmart and grocery store
it’s close to the grocery store and to many of des moines’ other attractions
heather’s place is very cute and cozy
the location was ideal as everything we wanted to see and do was within 10 minutes
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2. Chic one-bedroom loft for four just minutes from dowtown Omaha (from USD 58)

Located in the historic city center of Downtown Haymarket District of Council Bluffs, and just nearby Downtown Omaha, Nebraska, this chic and spacious one-bedroom loft is the deal to take when visiting Iowa. Tammy’s place can sleep four guests on two queen-sized beds. Access to basic amenities like Wifi, indoor fireplace, free parking, air conditioning, and hot water are available to guests. There is also a big kitchen with granite countertops and is fully decked with cooking appliances and cookware for those who would rather cook meals than eat outdoors every night. The beautifully furnished space also has an indoor fireplace for cold nights out, and a cozy night in. Look no further and book Tammy’s loft for a long weekend or two in downtown Iowa.

Historic Haymarket Loft Minutes to Downtown Omaha.
Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
470 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire loft 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
nice living room area with sectional couch tv free wifi nice dining area
great views from the living room and back patio
the living room is massive with a great view into downtown council bluffs
kitchen was huge and the living room had great views
there's plenty of room to spread out and relax
very clean and spacious
comfy beds and clean space
everything is very clean and tidy
it was amazingly clean incredibly spacious and very comfortable
clean home the bed is very comfortable
tammy was a great host
tammy was a great host
and i was very satisfied with the host was quick response
tammy was a great host and provided many amenities
this is the kind of place i would love to live in
location is in a very good location and close to downtown
great location and 2 nice restaurants for breakfast within walking distance
great place near downtown council bluffs
the location is quaint and cool
large apartment in a great location
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3. The Miles Barn in Des Moines (from USD 94)

If open-concept and industrial aesthetics is your style, The Miles Barn is a cozy abode that will surely delight you. This gorgeous loft rental in Des Moines, Iowa has a spacious and bright ambiance, thanks to its high ceiling and several windows. You’ll find the living room with a 65-inch flat-screen TV and comfortable seating perfect for catching up on your favorite shows. The kitchen comes with superb appliances for your skillful cooking and the bathroom is dressed luxuriously to pamper you even more. Up in the loft, two king-size beds and a 65-inch TV make the space extra inviting.

The property’s location is easily accessible from I-80 and I-235. Not only that, the great dining and entertainment options of Des Moines and the surrounding area are under a 25-minute drive away, so exploring the town is quite easy as well.

“The Miles Barn” Gorgeous Industrial Loft
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
145 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Barn 1 Bed 4 Guests

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great decor large screen tvs and very comfortable beds
the beds were also super comfortable
beautiful clean modern & cozy
clean comfortable and with urban style
what a cool spot clean and comfy
this place is amazing and so clean
jason’s place was wonderful clean and put together
our host jason was direct and friendly
the owners are very responsive and communicative
jason check-in with us make sure all was well great host
great price great place great host
very communicative and kind
the location was great
this place is a great location with easy access to the interstates
the location is convenient will definitely be back
very close to interstate so easy access to des moines and surrounding area
wonderful place and great location you’ll love this place
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4. The Henhouse Retreat in Baxton (from USD 139)

You’ll be spoiled with breathtaking country views when you stay at The Henhouse Retreat in Baxton, Iowa. If you fancy, you can explore the semi-working farm at your discretion and embark on enjoyable activities such as fishing, hiking, and biking. A private driveway with parking is right next to the home so you can settle in easily.

This converted home comes with two bedrooms but can comfortably fit up to seven guests. Do check out the bathtub for a relaxing soak before hitting the sack. Your viewing and browsing needs will be well-covered by the 47-inch smart HDTV and Wifi. When it’s time for whipping up delectable meals, just make your way into the equipped kitchen or fire up the gas grill. An outdoor fire pit is also made available for nightly smores and cozying up.

The Henhouse Retreat
Baxter, Iowa, United States
63 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Farm stay 4 Beds 7 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cast iron upright soaker tub was delightful and the kitchen was minimally but smartly equipped
had a wonderful weekend in this cozy warm space
super cozy quiet nice and sunny
incredibly clean (like spotless) and exactly as seen in the photos
the henhouse was perfectly clean and decorated beautifully
the bed was extremely comfortable and the bathroom is so spacious including a deep soaking tub
the hen house is beautifully decorated and soooo clean
she was very communicative and helpful
jillynn and her husband were great hosts
we could not have asked for better hosts
fabulous retreat and hosts we rented for five women for a leadership retreat
a great location not far from newton ankeny and dsm
what a cute place to stay in the country
this is a must stay location nice and quiet
walking into the hen house felt like walking into an interior design magazine
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5. Cozy waterfront dwelling in Otley (from USD 139)

You can bet on a restful getaway at this waterfront dwelling facing Lake Red Rock in Otley, Iowa. This lower-level apartment provides a secluded location and a picturesque atmosphere with fantastic views of the sweeping lake. Hanging out on the private deck will be a rewarding activity while watching the eagles and sunset during your stay. You’ll equally love relaxing in style on the upper deck’s hot tub and by the crackling fire pit at night.

This lakehouse comes with a private living room equipped with a wood-burning fireplace and flat-screen TV. To help you prepare home-cooked meals, it features a fully equipped private kitchen with complimentary breakfast supplies. Wifi is available in the unit but isn’t suitable for streaming as the location is in a rural area.

Otley, Iowa, United States
342 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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Amenities & Room:
quiet and cozy great views and fun watching birds on a big porch with a chill cat
the stay inside was as comfortable as the last time
the hosts are extremely nice and have an exceptionally clean house
the apartment itself was cozy comfortable and clean
the unit was private very clean and everything you could think of is provided
we really enjoyed this wonderful getaway the view was exceptional the space was clean and nicely decorated
overall it is a very nice and clean place close to pella and knoxville
len & sharon are wonderful hosts charming decor
len and sharon were so kind and welcoming
len and sharon are such wonderfully gracious hosts and the space they have cultivated was so relaxing
great place to stay len and sharon ate very accommodating
the hosts were very helpful with things to do great place to stay
a close drive to pella for restaurants museums and fun
this a very pretty and relaxing location
this location is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the area
great place for a couple's get away
we loved staying at the red rock lake house for a quiet weekend away as a couple
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6. River's Edge Cabin in Keosauqua (from USD 109)

The name of this cabin says it all — River’s Edge Cabin. Situated a few miles west of Keosauqua, this refuge is in a 1.5-acre (0.6-hectare) riverfront land in all its glory. The expansive place is just the perfect spot to enjoy outdoor adventures including hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching. You’ll also be able to unwind in a relaxing outdoor area with a picnic table and fire ring.

In the cabin itself, the modern conveniences of Wifi, cable TV, and air-conditioning are at your disposal. It has a space suitable for six guests in the two bedrooms with three snug double-size beds combined. For your other needs, just head over to the gas stations and restaurants a few miles away. Note that the mobile reception in this pet-friendly cabin is spotty and 4-wheel drives are advisable during the winter months.

River's Edge Cabin-Riverfront Acres/DISH/WiFi
Keosauqua, Iowa, United States
121 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire cabin 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cabin has an ac unit that kept the temp and humidity at comfortable levels
beautiful view we enjoyed the screened in porch with large table to watch the water and eat a meal
cozy wonderful cabin very responsive host very affordable and close by amazing nature you can access with ease
beds were comfortable and had plenty of room for a family
there is satellite tv for those that desire a tv fix
super clean and super quiet
peaceful clean has all you need for your stay
kellie was a great host and very accommodating
the hosts go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your trip do it
kellie responds immediately and very helpful
a great area for nature lovers host was helpful and responsive
10 star atmosphere and view host was pkeasant and helpful
great location on the river
cute little cabin great location to explore van buren county
great location near to keosaqua and right by the river
close to the local sites and easy to get to
the cabin is a cute snug place right along the river in pittsburg iowa
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7. Stunning loft with park views in Williamsburg (from USD 94)

This stunning loft in Williamsburg has the right blend of old historic charm and modern urban flair. The plenty of natural sunlight showering its open layout interior adds to the relaxing ambiance. Its living room overlooks the town square’s park and is appointed with multiple seating options and smart TV. Just log in to your personal streaming access and you’ll be able to binge-watch in no time. The bedroom, boasting a plush queen-size mattress, also has a smart TV for days that you only want to say in bed. Wifi is provided to keep you online.

Moreover, the property is located above a small-town bustling coffee shop. Imagine savoring a delicious cup of coffee at the start of each day. Should you wish to have an extended reservation, feel free to ask the host as this rental allows long-term stays.

Brickhouse Loft- East Side
Williamsburg, Iowa, United States
126 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire loft 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed and sofa were wonderful for sleeping and bedding was extremely comfortable
very cozy and nice place to stay for work trip the coffee in the morning was a plus
have no complaints super comfortable
the beds were comfortable and the space was charming
clean quiet and comfortable
it was a clean and beautifully designed apartment
beautiful place very clean and nice
the unit is quiet and we found it spotlessly clean
amazing place to stay super clean nice neat and rustic
great place to stay hosts very attentive to any requests
the owner is accessible and responsive
host were great and very accommodating
amazing loft in a perfect location right in the middle of many shops
a great location and loft in williamsburg
plenty of places to eat and location wise great
this is a great spot close to everything
great location conveniently close to the expressway but far enough to not hear the traffic
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8. The Milk House in Iowa City (from USD 158)

Offering the comforts of modern amenities with reminders of its past, The Milk House is a newly converted barn uniquely found in Iowa City. The vacation rental is within a 20-acre (8.1-hectare) working farm and perfectly embodies rural living, with a pond, sandy beach, and dock to explore. You’ll surely be convinced to partake in outdoor activities such as catch-and-release fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, and hiking the half-mile trail on the property. Comes the evening, relax by the fire pit with complimentary firewood and roasting sticks.

The house is fitted with a 40-inch smart TV, Wifi, central air-conditioning, security cameras, and a well-equipped kitchen so you’re not completely detached from contemporary comforts. With two gorgeous bedrooms with queen-size beds, the unit is idyllic for small families or groups of friends.

The Milk House at Lucky Star Farm
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
247 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Farm stay 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
kitchen was fully prepped with good pots pans utensils etc
the beds were comfortable and the kitchen nicely equipped
it had everything one would need for a comfortable stay
the milk house is clean and comfortable
a wonderful stay incredibly clean peaceful and just as advertised
susan’s place was very lovely and clean
the house was well set up and clean
it is very clean and cozy ~ you can tell it is lovingly cared for
the host were great at respondingto questions and recommendations
the farm is beautiful and hosts are gracious
susan is a great host
the youngs are wonderful hosts; they've thought of everything
susan was a wonderful host who was always responsive and very accommodating
great location being just between iowa city and kalona
a great getaway close to iowa city - quiet peaceful and comfortable
the location is close to some fun shops make your way towards kalona
this unique milk house on the farm will provide a nice cozy and tranquil place to stay
great place to relax for the weekend with the kiddo
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9. Cozy & warm stay in a Manor built in the 1800s (from USD 70)

Nestled in a quiet corner of the warm, friendly of town of Clermont, this gracious Airbnb host, Becky, promises a comfortable stay in the master suite of her historical 1860s brick manor. While vintage in the charms of its facade, guests would find the remodelled interior cosy and homely, with its earthy colour palette and elegant wooden furnishings. After a tiring day exploring the rich history of the ‘Brick City’ or doing one of its many outdoor activities; canoeing down the river or taking a bike ride to the nearby Elgin, you can look forward to a pleasant respite in the spacious suite, reading a good book or catching up on your favourite Netflix series (plus points), while snuggling up on a cosy 4-poster queen bed. OR you could treat your tired muscles to a nice long soak in the claw foot bathtub of your private bathroom.

A little footnote about the host. As praised by multiple guests, Becky is gracious and a great conversationalist. You would be well impressed by her hospitality and on how clean and cosy she keeps her home. You would also be very pleased with the scrumptious breakfast spread she cooks in the morning. If you’re interested in the rich history of the town, Becky is more than willing to fill you in about her town over a nice cuppa joe!

Brick Manor Bed & Breakfast - Suite
Clermont, Iowa, United States
140 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
breakfast and coffee were delicious
cool 1800's house with all the newest amenities including central a/c and a very comfortable queen size bed
rebecca served me a delicious egg bake fruit and fancy coffee for breakfast
the bedroom was so comfortable
she also prepares wonderful egg dishes for breakfast along with fruit toast and coffee/tea
very clean and rebecca was very welcoming
the rooms were very clean and large
very clean home with everything you need for rest and relaxation
i was worried and for no reason place was super clean and nice and comfortable
the room was comfortable and clean and the breakfast was ample and delicious
she is a wonderful host
she is a fantastic host
rebecca was a wonderful host
rebecca is an amazing host
becky was a great host - very responsive to questions when i booked
very nice quiet and private location
great place to stay comfy bed and a terrific location
great location—-close to many small towns in northeast iowa
spent 2 nights there and was delighted to find a restful place with a comfortable bed
easy walk to pizza parlor and restaurant in a charming historic town
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10. Get the best of both worlds in a 1900s Home (45 USD)

Conveniently situated a 2-minute drive from Downtown and West Des Moines, this Airbnb offers their guests a balance of both the modern and historical side of Iowa, in their 1916 home. Perfect for a mid-sized family, the host ensures guests a nice and quite stay, with the privacy of the whole third floor, consisting of 2 spacious bedrooms (one queen bed, one twin bed) with an interconnected full bathroom.

The house itself is comfortable with wooden floors and rustic furnishing. Antiquer’s would especially be charmed by the historical home as many of the original fixtures are still intact and in use. After a day out about town, guests could enjoy a relaxing evening by the warm fireplace in the living room or on the patio in their peaceful garden. But beware, their charming dog Bruce might just persuade you to a friendly game of fetch! You are also welcomed to the full use of the kitchen and fridge, saving you money on food, while guests with extended stays have the convenience of using the laundry in the basement.

Private Floor in Historic Home

Address: Des Moines, IA, United States (see map)

Price: 45 USD

Number of Guests: 3

11. Calming respite in a Cottage in the woods (from USD 139)

Immerse yourself in nature in this private cabin. Take a romantic walk with your significant other in the solitude of 140 acres of beautiful forests. Wake up in this elegantly decorated cottage and feel at ease sipping your morning coffee on the porch while listening to the serene sound of nature. Breathe in fresh oxygen snuggling up in the evening by the fire pit, sippin’ on a cold tall glass of sweet tea. Whatever tickles your fancy, what’s certain is that you’ll find yourself totally relax and at peace during your stay at Honeybee Cottage!

Honeybee Cottage at Star's Hollow
241 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Farm stay 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the cottage amenities were wonderful and the cottage itself inviting and comfortable
the cottage was perfect: a fully functioning kitchen bathroom and window air conditioning
fyi you will probably not have wifi in the cottage
the sofa is not a sofa bed so allow extra time to inflate/deflate
the honey bee cottage was very comfortable and quiet
so clean and and well decorated
cabin is adorable clean and homey
beautiful cabin next to a clean oasis
the communication was excellent the cleanliness and the special touches in the cottage were great
everything was so clean and tidy which we appreciated
wonderful hospitality from these super hosts
penny is a great host and super responsive
penny hosts an amazing airbnb
penny and dan are the best hosts
great hosts and great property
it is a beautiful location for a nice relaxing getaway
it’s away from city noise and it’s a great place to disconnect
perfect place to relax and rewind
it's also a great place to just relax for a weekend which is what i used it for
the pond was nice and we especially enjoyed the walking trails
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12. Unique stay at a Silo On The Ridge (from USD 79)

Ensure yourself a unique stay in Iowa in this one of a kind Airbnb! How many people do you know that can say they’ve stayed in a beautifully restored silo in Decorah? This is a quirky way to enjoy Decorah, where the host would happily give you a horse drawn carriage ride through town. Located just outside of beautiful Decorah, Iowa where you can float the Upper Iowa River, bring your bike and ride the new 11-mile trail, sit and watch the world famous Eagles Nest, take a shooting lesson from a world class local gunsmith, or visit their award-winning local breweries. There is so much to be done! The silo is surrounded by some of the best fishing and hunting in the country.

Silo on the Ridge
Decorah, Iowa, United States
222 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Barn 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the bed was very comfortable and the air conditioning worked well
interior is tiny main floor has a fold up kitchen table fridge/microwave love seat and cupboard
this is such a cool place to stay loved the views beds were super
the shower was good and i appreciated the shampoo and shower gel
it was an adventure peaceful quiet quaint and cozy
the bed was very comfortable and everything was neat and clean
it’s all very clean and well cared for
really enjoyed it beds were comfortable place was really clean
the silo was clean and has lots of amenities
very clean and great location in the country
jim was the perfect host
jim is a great host
jim was available if needed and a great host
he was friendly and a good host
jim is a wonderful host
great location in the country
it is a unique place to stay cute and rustic
jim's place is cute and cozy
i had a wonderful few days tucked away in this little creative and peaceful location
the location is perfect and just a short drive to the beautiful little town of decorah
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13. Chicken Coop tiny house (from USD 113)

A tiny house located in a beautiful area in Fayette, Iowa, this Airbnb can comfortably accommodate two people. It is cozy and guests will surely love it. Check out the property’s vineyard and see where Heaven Boutique Winery’s delicious wines originate. You can even visit the winery and enjoy live music every Friday night during the summer. If you feel like having a quiet afternoon, bike to the nearby Volga River State Lake Recreation Area.

Chicken Coop Tiny House
Fayette, Iowa, United States
26 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
the place was clean and the service impeccable
just enough great location for seeing state parks in ne iowa
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14. An eccentric stay in a Church Art studio (from USD 130)

For the creative minds and art enthusiasts looking for some solace, this 140-year-old Church converted art studio would definitely peak your interest. Decorated with the artist’s original oil paintings, you’d basically have an eccentric stay in a private art gallery in the rural town of Malvern. Embrace complete solitude in the comfort of a warm studio apartment in the downstairs of the church. Complete with living amenities & surround sound system, staying here would feel at home. There are 2 queen size beds in the bedroom and a full-size futon in the studio living room. If you want to be inspired by nature, the Wabash Nature trail is two blocks away from the church, offering 63 miles (101km) of groomed path, perfect for biking and hiking. Though rural in its nature, the humble town has a lot to offer from delicious eateries, a bar, a grocery store, library, pharmacy, gift shop, and even an art gallery! If you want to explore beyond the borders, Downtown Omaha’s Old Market is a short drive away. You could also take a slow cruise, admiring The Loess Hills Scenic Byway. This is a perfect lodge for a small town getaway!

Art Church Iowa
Malvern, Iowa, United States
275 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire place 2 Beds 5 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

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Amenities & Room:
full kitchen comfy bed and even a fan for background noise
usually i'm not a big art fan but this stuff is interesting
the art-lined bedroom is huge with two queen beds and an adjoining powder room
we easily found all we could possibly need to make a simple supper and breakfast including coffee
we couldn't have been more impressed with the apartment from it's size to it's eclectic decor
very clean well stocked with all your needs
clean interesting eclectic and soulful
the place was very clean
super stylish and clean welcoming space
this place was unique and very clean
he was a great host
also a great host
zach is a wonderful host
zack was a most kind and down to earth host who made us feel at home
this is an amazing place and a wonderful host
loved that it was close to a bike trail
great place to stay location is great
the location is located in a charming small town
very good location in a great little town
this type of unique location is why i love airbnb
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15. Cozy CR Station train caboose (from USD 147)

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to sleep in a train car? Now you don’t have to! This charming, two-bedroom caboose has been arranged for your comfort and pleasure. All the amenities you will find and need in a normal house setting will be available to you. If you like to cook, there is a fully equipped kitchen ready to use. You can even make your own cocktails with the bar equipment provided. Watch the amazing sunset over the horse pasture while enjoying the cocktails you’ve made yourself. This unique experience will definitely make your vacation in Iowa a lot more interesting.

CR Station Train Caboose
Decorah, Iowa, United States
404 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Train 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

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Amenities & Room:
the couch is extremely comfortable
kids loved playing in the lifted bed feeding the horses and playing with the stuffed animal doggies
my tall husband didn’t think he could fit in the 2 person bed in the loft
the bed was comfortable and we enjoyed watching the sunset from the deck
the shower only has a two-minute heater but the pressure is outstanding
the location was convenient the place was clean and the horses were fun to watch from the deck
neat clean and a great host
jim was a wonderful host
jim is a very gracious host
jim is an excellent host
jim is an excellent host
jim was very hospitable and welcoming
the location was perfect
beautiful location and a fun space
fun place to stay and close to town
great location and host
unique stay in a great location relaxing while watching the sunset and stars was great
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16. A writer's retreat in the countryside (from USD 200)

If you’re a writer, looking for a quiet little place that’ll inspire you to write, or if you’re a group of girls looking for a place to host your girls next retreat, congratulations, you’ve both found it!

Situated in the rural town of Fertile; by the Winnebago river, guests can expect an ideal place for relaxation and self-reflection. The host offers his spacious upstairs area of his converted creamery, that consists of 1 big bed room, another smaller bedroom. Both bedrooms you’ll find are tastefully decorated with a mix of modern minimalism with a twist of country charm; the bigger room has comfortably sized queen bed while the other a decently sized twin bed.

You would have access to the entire creamery and the surrounding peaceful countryside during your stay; which includes a large working kitchen, 3 living rooms downstairs, complete with the hosts library of eclectic books & the large yard with a beautiful setting of the countryside.

The surrounding area you’ll find is peaceful and serene, with Clear Lake being a short 10-minute drive away. You could have a bonfire in the yard, have a picnic by the riverbed across the creamery, take a hike in the nature trails nearby or just wander in the beautiful picturesque countryside. This place offers visitors a chance to enjoy a simple life.

Old Creamery in Iowa
Fertile, Iowa, United States
322 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire home 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is a great kitchen space too which is rare in an air bnb
everything about it was charming artsy cozy
it’s clean charming and uniquely relaxing
amazing space clean welcoming eclectic
it was also very clean and the check in process what a breeze
clean stylish remote and perfect for us
enchanting intriquing unexpected clean and a great escape
the host was very considerate and helpful
nathaniel was an awesome host
nathaniel was a great host
nathaniel was a great host and his home was quite comfortable
nathaniel is a great host and staying at his home is always pleasure
just a cute place with cute design ideas inside the place
fertile is a cute little walkable iowa town
it is set in such a beautiful place right next to a river
beautiful place all instructions from nathaniel were easy and clear
very unique place it was great for a little getaway
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17. Spacious luxury condo in the heart of dowtown Des Moines

Grab the chance to stay at a luxury condo when in Des Moines. Just ten floors high, this luxury condo complex is a much better deal than another hotel room. Jennifer’s spacious luxury flat is big enough to accommodate four people and has all the amenities you could ask for. Some of these include a king-sized bed, Wifi access, TV, heating, air conditioning, hot water, dryer, and washer among others. The building also has a sauna and gym where guests can work out and relax after long days of exploring downtown Des Moines. Guests can also make the most out of their stay with access to Netflix and Roku for a superb staycation away from home.

The Downtown Luxury Condo 10 Floors High!
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
428 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire loft 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very stylish apartment plus jennifer is an excellent communicator
very clean and in a fantastic central location the view makes the room even cozier at night
it's a studio apt so if you bring a friend just be aware that it's wide open
jennifer had been super accommodating when it came to some last minute room changes during my stay
the bed was really comfortable the bath/shower was great and the full kitchen was functional
spotlessly clean and attractive
it was clean and well equipped
jennifer's place was super clean and comfortable
space is clean and surprisingly quiet from street noise
plenty of crisp white clean towels
our host was great she thoroughly communicated with us
jen was a fantastic host
jennifer was a great host that responds in a very quick manner
jennifer was a great host
we loved the accommodations and the host
the location is outstanding
great location in downtown des moines
great location for downtown des moines
great location in the kirkwood hotel
amazing location walking distance to many great restaurants and very unique space
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18. The perfect group getaway stay with mother nature

One mile from the beautiful Mississippi River, on the outskirts of McGregor, this cute, quaint and clean A-shaped loft is the perfect place for your group weekend getaway with mother nature. You’ll enjoy full privacy of the loft in the woods, located above the host’s detached garage, complete with a 2-bedrooms, a comfortably sized living space, a big deck to admire the lush green surroundings, a kitchen and a bathroom. Guests would also have the modern comfort of free Wi-Fi, a big screen TV and Netflix to catch up on your binge watching! This little place is tucked neatly in a quiet little area close to the beautiful Pike Peak State Park, where guest can go on a long scenic hiking trail, have a BBQ and be awed by the most spectacular view of the mighty Mississippi River!

A-Frame Loft in the Quiet Woods
McGregor, Iowa, United States
202 reviews
Entire loft 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
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Amenities & Room:
wifi and internet access allowed us to be entertained as the sun descended
we loved it plenty of room and a balcony to grill and relax on
this is a cozy space with a great view out into the woods from the bedroom window
beds are comfortable and the kitchen is well stocked and there's space to relax and enjoy nature
the a frame is in a secluded area very relaxing & comfortable
very clean and comfortable
very clean and welcoming
great place that was clean and cozy
great accommodation clean and well maintained
everything was sparkling clean and comfortable
sandy was an outstanding host
sandy was a great host and is very welcoming
great host and an outstanding facility
sandy and john were friendly and helpful
the hosts were welcoming informative and personable
very close to many fun things
beautiful location and a well kept house
amazing spot close to town but secluded
what a great place to stay excellent location private “in the woods” location and excellent hosts
we would definitely come back to this place
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19. An ideal family Retreat in Keosauqua

Planning a family retreat in the outdoors for a large family can be costly, but luckily for you, this remodelled church offers a great deal on affordability and outdoor activities ideal for a family of 10! The host has beautifully restored this 160-year-old church for the comfort of its visitors. Keeping a home-away-from-home feel in mind, the interior is warmly decorated with soft furnishings, multiple plump chairs and a full kitchen with a breakfast bar. It has an outdoor patio for warm, quality time around the fire. Children would be entertained by the many outdoor activities offered like basketball, corn hole game, croquet set and more!

Perfect for a big family retreat, this rental can host up to a clan of 10 with its spacious rooms and living quarters. Suggestions on the interesting places could be recommended by the host, who conveniently lives across the street. Activities such as horseback riding, swimming, nature walks and bicycle rides are readily available in this rural town. As a plus point, the host, owning a few establishments in town, would also give a generous 15% off for all guest renting of Kayaks, Canoes and Bicycles!

The Methodist Church Retreat
Keosauqua, Iowa, United States
13 reviews
Entire place 8 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
sandy was very hospitable and the place was large clean and well-supplied with everything we needed
place was very interesting
my whole family loved this place
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20. A picturesque countryside Church wedding

The last Airbnb on our list can double as a great countryside retreat and also a picturesque wedding venue. Newly remodelled, this 1860’s church promises you the perfect vintage spring countryside wedding, with its rustic white wooden facade and its expanse landscape, lush with farmlands and untouched greenery. The interior of this charming chapel is also warmly decorated with hardwood floors, a spacious common area and a kitchen with full amenities, you could definitely host an intimate private dinner with your closest friends and family!

Surrounded by lush cornfields and untouched woodlands by the Burr Oak Creek, visitors could catch a magnificent view of the sunrise, while woodland creatures of deer, foxes and songbirds would surely delight you with their presence in the morning. You’d be amazed at how much the host, Sarah and her mother Jane, would make your stay, providing guests with a spacious bedroom with a queen sized bed, fresh soft towels, basic living amenities (sans internet connection for a complete immersion in nature) and the promise of complete silence in the night. If you want to get away from everything, this place is for you! Being 7 miles (11km) from the nearest town, traffic noise would be non-existent; you would be left in your own solitude. Maybe you would like to take the rough trail access to the river for hiking or horseback riding, or if you have your IA fishing license, you could go for a serene fishing trip down the Burr Oak Creek, as it is a registered ‘put’ n’ 'take’ trout stream.

Elliott's Burr Oak Church (Closed/CV19)
Osage, Iowa, United States
67 reviews
Farm stay 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
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Amenities & Room:
beautiful interior of a restored church/guest house that has provisions for a very comfortable stay
this was the perfect space i loved the kitchen and the many places to sit and relax
met us with farm fresh eggs for breakfast for the next morning
very spacious incredibly comfortable and as peaceful as it gets
it was very clean and comfortable
clean well stocked and charming
we found everything to be clean and orderly inside
it was clean and very well kept
the place was very clean and comfortable and you have to experience this unique place
sarah was a very gracious host
sarah was a great host the property was phenomenal
sarah was an excellent host--very welcoming and friendly
i enjoyed meeting my hosts jane and sarah
they were very nice and friendly
a great great quiet location
it was a great time away in a beautiful little place
great place and i plan to stay again this summer for a couple of nights
there are so many unique places to sit relax rest eat and just ponder
the place was very interesting and we had plenty of quiet time during our anniversary weekend
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21. Glamping at Camp Kelly

Forget about city life for a while and unwind at Camp Kelly. Go off-grid and enjoy glamping in the peaceful scenery of Monticello, Iowa. The tent has a cozy queen bed that can easily sleep two guests. If you want to spend the afternoon reading, feel free to lay in the hammock with your book in hand. There is also a grill available if you want to prepare your own meals. Experience the true meaning of glamping by enjoying the comfort that the Lotus Belle tent has to offer!

Glamping at Camp Kelly
Monticello, Iowa, United States
9 reviews
Tent 1 Bed 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
loved the seasonal decor easy to reach the owners with quick response
the hosts brennen and nick were above and beyond accommodating ensuring that our stay was peaceful and relaxing
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A retreat away from everything

Step away from the stresses of a 9 to 5 office job and the perpetually loud noises in the city, and take time off to rest and rejuvenate amidst nature. With these Airbnb vacations rentals, Iowa is giving you the perfect chance to do just that. Book any of these accommodations on your next trip to The Hawkeye State.

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