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The 7 Best Windmills You Can Rent on Airbnb

For once the most photogenic listings are also the most charming.

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Those still complaining about wind turbines over their perceived bad looks are morons. What, should we prefer this?

That said, it is true that today’s wind turbines are an aesthetic step back from their quaint, pastoral ancestors. Many of those structures remain today, and from smock mills in Germany (once used for drainage) to gristmills in England (once used to mill grain), they’re all postcard fodder of the highest degree. And as many are no longer used to generate power … you can actually stay in ’em.

To the guy in the back grumbling “now millennials are coming for our windmills?!” … the windmillcation is nothing new. Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller stayed in a handsome former gristmill in East Hampton in the late ’50s.

And we’re here to tell you that you should, too. This is the entire point of Airbnb. A lot of these properties are not close to major cities. They’re not packed with flat screens or talking fridges. Their rooms tend to be a bit circular. But they’re furnished well for a weekend or two away,  they offer an indelible link to erstwhile harvests and they make for quite a story at your next dinner party.

So below, we’ve selected seven of our favorites listed on Airbnb, from the English countryside to The Azores to the California coast. Get going, and mind the vanes.

Historic Windmill Silo House
Capitola, California

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Historic Windmill Silo House (Airbnb)
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Historic Windmill Silo House (Airbnb)

Book the Historic Windmill Silo House here.

Lilac Windmill Villa
Imerovigli, Greece

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Lilac Windmill Villa (Airbnb)
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Lilac Windmill Villa (Airbnb)

Book the Lilac Windmill Villa here.

Seven Storey Windmill
Stoke Ferry, England

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Seven Storey Windmill (Airbnb)
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Seven Storey Windmill (Airbnb)

Book the Seven Storey Windmill here.

Moinho das Feteiras
Ponta Delgada, The Azores

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Moinho das Feteiras (Airbnb)
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Moinho das Feteiras (Airbnb)

Book the Moinho das Feteiras here.

The Basse-Terre Mill
Pointe Noire, Guadeloupe

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The Basse-Terre Mill (Airbnb)
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The Basse-Terre Mill (Airbnb)

Book the The Basse-Terre Mill here.

Amsterdam Windmill
Abcoude, Netherlands 

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Amsterdam Windmill (Airbnb)
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Amsterdam Windmill (Airbnb)

Book the Amsterdam Windmill here.

Valley Heart of Moulin Loire
Monts, France

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Valley Heart of Moulin Loire (Airbnb)
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Valley Heart of Moulin Loire (Airbnb)

Book the Valley Heart of Moulin Loire here.

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