Hotels are certainly convenient, but why not make your vacation more memorable by booking an unconventional stay? Cue: “champing”, our new favorite travel trend that allows guests to stay in some of the world’s most historic and picturesque refurbished churches. Consider it “glamping” for design fiends and history savants. Outside, you’ll find the classic architecture of a house of worship, but inside you’ll discover high-end design and luxury accommodations.
As you already know, Airbnb is at the forefront of unique lodging, so naturally they have an impressive selection of converted churches for rent. Take a look at 6 of our favorite contemporary church available for your next advenurous getaway. Situated in every corner of the globe, from Chicago to Australia, each one has its own fascinating past and eccentric design.
1. A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY
Known as the Chapel on the Hill, this converted Methodist Chapel is the perfect romantic getaway. Situated in the English countryside town of Forest-in-Teesdale, the Chapel has an extraordinary view of the surrounding areas and famous High Force Waterfall. Indoors you’ll find eccentric décor and sleek modern amenities.
2. GOING GOTHIC
In a quiet English village just 30 minutes from Bath and Bristol, this Gothic Church has been converted into a welcoming 6-bedroom home. The interiors are cozy and stylish while still celebrating the charm of the original structure. It sleeps 17 people and starts at $1,488 per night.
3. AN AUSSIE OASIS
At a glance, you would never expect this weathered former church in Fitzroy, Australia, to have gorgeous stunning interiors and an impressive collection of antique décor. The space has been lovingly restored, featuring stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, hand-carved wooden doors, and a very modern kitchen. Prices start at $304 per night.
4. HISTORIC CHICAGO
Built in 1888, this Logan Square church has been beautifully restored from the ground up. It now features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, a wood-burning fireplace, and a back patio—all within walking distance to great local bars and restaurants. Prices start at $600 per night.
5. ON THE VINEYARD
What could be more serene than a restored parsonage and church on Martha’s Vineyard? The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom luxurious stay is just minutes from Lambert’s Clove Beach. Starts at $985 per night.
6. CITY LIVING
If you need a good city fix, check out this Brooklyn apartment inside a converted church building. The space is adorned with tasteful contemporary decor, plus an extensive guitar collection for the musically-inclined. This 1-bedroom loft starts at $325 per night.