Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Hillsborough, North Carolina - Updated 2021

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If you happen to be in North Carolina and are looking for the perfect place to retreat, relax, and rejuvenate in the midst of the blissful nature, then you should visit Hillsborough. Located along the sublime Eno River, Hillsborough is the county seat of Orange County. This historic town is strategically tucked in the center of North Carolina, where out-of-towners can get very easy access to the Triad and other Triangle cities. One of the closest cities is Durham, which is lauded for its scholarly institutions and high-tech companies. But if you want to escape the buzzing city life, there are places where you can hear only the sounds of birds and rustling leaves. Read on to see our list of top Airbnb vacation rentals in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

1. Quaint-looking cottage with porch (from USD 99)

Whether you wish to curl up with a good book on the beautiful porch or spend some quality time in the green shade of the property, this quaint-looking cottage is second-to-none. From its white-washed interior to its contemporary design, every bit of this place exudes a relaxing feeling. Ideal for romantics, the cottage consists of a gorgeous bedroom, a kitchen that is fully equipped, and a sleek living room where you can watch your favorite movie with your partner. The best part is that you can relax right outside while you admire the views of Eno River.

Relocated 1915 Cottage in Historic Downtown Hillsborough
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
112 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
perfect quaint and comfortable cottage in downtown hillsborough
it’s the perfect size for 1-2 people and such thoughtful touches like chocolates and breakfast bars
we had a great experience at the cottage it’s beautifully decorated and cozy
the 1915 cottage was beautiful it was immaculate comfortable and thoughtfully restored
it was very clean
the house was very clean and we'll equipped
the place was extremely clean and the property was quiet and peaceful
what we might have loved most? the smell something between woodsy and rustic and freshly cleaned linens
the cottage interior is so clean and well decorated
the hosts were very responsive to any requests
host was very nice and helpful
the hosts were super sweet and were unobtrusive
nancy is a wonderful host
nancy was a great host and very helpful with any questions i had
downtown hillsborough is very cute and just a short walk away
this little gem is perfectly situated near hillsborough's town center only a short walk away
great location being walking distance from a handful of nice restaurants and walking trails
beautiful home and amazing location
fantastic little place great location
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2. Opulent cabin surrounded by lush green trees (from USD 99)

Escape the daily grind and hole up in this opulent cabin tucked away in a lush forest located close to downtown Hillsborough. Relax and enjoy the chirping of the birds and the sound of the rustling leaves in the morning, or relish an al fresco dinner on the back deck. Those who love reading books and magazines will find the back porch a great place, especially with its cozy hanging chairs. The interior consists of a spacious bedroom and an open-concept living room. There is also a well-equipped kitchen and an immaculate bathroom. Additionally, you can enjoy the lovely outdoor fire pit with your loved ones.

The Willow
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
88 reviews
Entire cabin 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we had a very comfortable stay all around
very clean and well-stocked
peaceful clean comfortable
stylish clean and tranquil
a very nice and clean house
a clean charming cabin in a private setting
the host was excellent
anna was super accommodating and responsive to all of my questions
anna was so kind and communicative before and during my stay
anna was super responsive and was accommodating in every way possible
she answered every question with lightning speed and was super warm and helpful
great stay if you’re looking to be in a quiet area but close to durham
we highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an ideal getaway
it felt like we had a private getaway and were still close to all the things we needed
the place is ideal for up too 3 people
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3. Charming cottage with a lovely deck (from USD 125)

Touted as a writer’s retreat, this charming cottage serves as the best hideaway for creative minds who wish to immerse themselves in solitude and a peaceful environment. Located close to downtown Hillsborough, guests can experience both the tranquil setting of this accommodation and the easy access to downtown facilities at the same time. And to top it off, this wonderful sanctuary is pet-friendly, which means you can bring your pet with you on this retreat. The property has a resplendent bedroom, a bathroom, and a living room.

The Store in Hobo, a reader/writer’s retreat.
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
73 reviews
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
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comfortable apartment great reading material and excellent coffee
this is a great space it’s incredibly charming and cozy
john has taken a cool old structure and made it a very comfortable cottage
quiet and clean retreat in hillsborough
everything was immaculately clean
it is neat clean and cozy
the space was very clean and stylishly decorated and communication with john was very quick and easy
thanks so much john great communicator and a super clean and cozy space
this however was certainly not the hosts fault
john was a great host and made check-in and out a breeze
john is great host he is quick to respond and very accommodating
this was such a sweet space we loved everything about our stay and john was a great host
wonderful lodging and attentive host very convenient to all the boro has to offer
great stay close to everything in hillsborough
place is located in the very cute town of hillsborough
what a cute little place downtown hillsborough is really cute and john’s place is within walking distance
short walk to bbq frozen custard and cute local tavern
such a cute and stylish little house in a cool town gold park is close by and is amazing
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4. Three-bedroom bungalow with an enchanting garden (from USD 120)

Tucked away in the middle of trees and flowers, this three-bedroom bungalow beckons families to spend a relaxing weekend getaway in the tranquil side of Hillsborough. Not far from Duke University and Chapel Hill, guests will be able to take advantage of both the downtown facilities and the peaceful setting of the bungalow. The property has a wonderful porch area to unwind. There is a fully stocked kitchen as well as a comfortable living room you can spend a quiet afternoon in.

The Parsonage Bungalow: Walk to Everything
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
8 reviews
Entire bungalow 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
clean clean clean
the host rachel was a sweetheart always available to quickly reply to a miscellaneous question
we loved our morning walk along the eno river on the riverwalk
our favorite part of our stay was walking from the house to the river walk and into town
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5. Brick bungalow near downtown Hillsborough (from USD 75)

For a quiet weekend near downtown Hillsborough, check out this beautiful brick bungalow with a lovely front deck. A great place to relax is in the sumptuous living room with brown leather sofas and a fireplace. The property consists of two snug bedrooms where you can ensconce comfortably. There is a common bathroom with generous bathing amenities. The place also features a full kitchen that comes with kitchenware and furniture.

Beautiful Bungalow near Downtown Hillsborough
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
8 reviews
Entire bungalow 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
great place if you're not familiar with hillsborough this is a pretty good location
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6. Romantic getaway in the midst of nature (from USD 50)

Enjoy a romantic getaway in the midst of nature in this lovely property. Wake up every day to the sound of birdsongs before relishing a hot cup of tea on your private deck. This place is perfect for couples looking to relax in an intimate setting. With a decent bedroom, a minimalist living room, and a kitchen, this property is affordable, convenient, and sleek.

Cuddled in the Woods
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
40 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apt is simple small and a good value which was exactly what i was looking for
it was very comfortable sleeping there
our stay at judith's apartment was perfect for us
inexpensive clean and just ok
the space is clean and inviting
judith’s place was clean quiet and the perfect size for two people
everything worked perfectly and the apartment was spotless and the bed was comfortable
a very nice clean place in neighborhood inhabited by beautiful deer
judith was an excellent host and very responsive to any questions
lovely little apartment with an incredibly gracious and accommodating host
judith was a considerate host
judith is a great host and easy to communicate with
judith was very attentive and a gracious host
perfect place to stay and a lovely location and accomodation
this is a quiet and comfortable space within a very short distance from downtown hillsborough
the neighborhood was lovely and the place was fine to sleep to visit family
lovely host sweet location great price loved our stay at judith’s
the place is small but perfect for 2 for a weekend stay
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7. Sublime cottage close to a lake (from USD 99)

Retreating in this sublime cottage is the perfect reward for you and your loved ones. Spend some quality time surrounded by blissful nature. Just a few minutes away is a lovely lake where you can stroll along and appreciate the calm atmosphere. This rental is ideal for writers who want to take a break from the frenetic life. The property has a sleek hardwood floor, two well-appointed bedrooms, a common kitchen, and workstations. Additionally, there is a century-old barn that will not fail to charm you.

The Little Cottage in Historic Hillsborough, NC
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
6 reviews
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
the house was clean comfortable and stylish
excellent hosts and highly recommended
comfortable stylish and good location
a great place to stay while visiting hillsborough
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8. Family-friendly apartment with terrace (from USD 50)

Situated in the heart of downtown Hillsborough, this family-friendly apartment comes with a private terrace overlooking a verdant yard. Relax, chill, and rejuvenate while staying here with your family. Each unit of the apartment has been well-appointed. The property comes with two decent bedrooms, a common bathroom, a spacious living room, and a fully stocked kitchen to whip up some delicious dishes. Those who wish to try local dishes can hang out at the nearby restaurants in Durham, which is a 15-minute drive away.

Pin Oak Terrace
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
16 reviews
Private room in house 2 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were great and the provided fold-out cot worked like a comfortable trundle for our kiddos
everything is clean and well cared for
clean and great hospitality
the hosts were so sweet and friendly and the space was so clean and nicely laid out
it is a bit cool downstairs though so make sure you communicate your needs to the host
allison and steve are two exceptional people and two amazing hosts
great location within walking distance of lots of fun downtown hillsborough spots
it’s super close to downtown hillsborough
great location super friendly hostess
the bed was very comfortable and it is walking distance from some good restaurants would definitely recommend
allison’s is a wonderful place to stay
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9. Swanky cottage near downtown Hillsborough (from USD 128)

This swanky cottage ticks all the boxes of a relaxing retreat. Though located within walking distance from downtown Hillsborough, the property can appeal to anyone who cares for a taste of opulent interior decor. It can easily sleep up to three guests, thanks to its spacious bedroom and living room that comes with cozy sofas. One of the highlights of staying here is hands down the front porch which overlooks a lush green garden, where you can relax, rejuvenate and fill your lungs with crisp air. You can also find complimentary foodstuffs such as granola, coffee, seasonal fruit, homemade cake, and yogurt.

Spellbinding Historic Suite...Walk Everywhere!!!
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
15 reviews
Private room in bungalow 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the fireplace was so perfect for the cool season and cozy furnishings
linda’s home is more quaint cozy and charming than photos could capture
linda is a great host and we enjoyed staying at her home
linda's place is very comfortable in a beautiful neighborhood a short walk to downtown and the river
one block to riverwalk entrance two blocks to excellent barbq restaurant and outstanding ice cream shop
great location wonderful host and delicious breakfast treats
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10. Charming cottage near River Park

If you’re looking for a whimsical, creative, and decent accommodation near River Park in Hillsborough, then this property is your best bet. Studded with pastel colors, paintings, and quaint furniture, find yourself in an uplifting interior while staying in this property. Every little corner of this cottage has been meticulously decorated. Enjoy the airy spaces and relax after a tiring day exploring the neighborhoods.

Comfy yellow room in historic district
Hillsborough, North Carolina, United States
119 reviews
Private room in bungalow 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we quite stay tv and wifi worked great
bedroom was a bit warm in the evening but fan helped
the market is a fabulous place for breakfast coffee and anything you need
loved the music décor hardwood floors comfortable bed and bright bathroom
the room and house are as described and a great value
cleanliness - the home was super clean and fresh towels awaited us
room and bathroom were very clean and comfortable
the house was sparkling clean throughout
the room and bed were very clean and comfortable
the house is clean and the guest room is well organized
host is very responsive
sarah was also very kind and helpful
the host is very nice and accommodating
my hosts were welcoming and considerate
sara is a wonderful host
perfect place close to downtown
the location was perfect
super close to quaint downtown area
great location close to center of town
great location within minutes of downtown hillsborough
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Relax and rejuvenate in Hillsborough

Touted as a blissful sanctuary of creative minds, the historic Hillsborough is a lush green place to connect with nature. Relax and rejuvenate in the secluded setting of this wonderful hideaway located along the Eno River.

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