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8 Incredible Rentable Homes Around the World

What do you get when you combine the ease of a luxury hotel, the independence and privacy of a vacation rental, and a big dose of high style? Jaw-dropping apartments and homes available to rent for your next vacation. Going above and beyond the typical sandy-floored beach rental, these spaces are design destinations in and of themselves.

Take a peek inside these eight swoon-inducing rentals all over the world.
1. Margaret River Beach House, Australia. This stunning beach house is located near the world-class Margaret River surfing area, and boasts 180-degree views of the sea from every room. With a pantry service, your own personal chef and housekeeping, you can enjoy the comforts of a real home with all the benefits of a luxury hotel.
The terrace and cantilevered balcony offer jaw-dropping views of the Indian Ocean and front-row seats for spectacular sunsets.
2. Dumbo Penthouse, Brooklyn, New York. This modern loft is an utterly glamorous home base from which to explore New York City. The smoky gray and blue color scheme and luxurious touches like hide rugs and original artwork set this space apart.
The lounge-friendly living spaces, full kitchen and laundry help guests feel at home, and kids of all ages are welcome.

Bonus: An iPhone is included with your stay, for getting oriented with maps and making local calls.
3. The Chromatic House, Portugal. This home in Torres Vedras, Portugal, is a visual confection with a different bright, bold hue in nearly every room. Designed by architect Pedro Gandanho, this townhouse could be the ultimate getaway for fans of ultramod design.
4. Artsy Primrose Hill Townhouse, London. From the lemon-yellow stripes on the ceiling to the oversize contemporary artwork gracing nearly every wall, this London home oozes style. And since it has four bedrooms, three baths and a private garden, you could fit your entire clan.
5. Modern Villa, Tuscany, Italy. This breathtaking villa seamlessly blends old and new, rustic and elegant. An infinity swimming pool beckons with gorgeous views of the Tuscan hills, and an onsite gourmet chef is available to prepare luscious meals with local ingredients.
With eight bedrooms and eight baths, multiple lounge areas and an outdoor pergola-covered eating area, the villa would make an unforgettable retreat for the entire extended family — or a big group of close friends.
The extra-large showers are stocked with cult-favorite Santa Maria Novella products, and posh extras like locally produced cashmere goodies await when you get out.
6. City Docks, London. This large, lofty space is decorated with chic, modern furnishings and contemporary art, and boasts a sauna room and cinema room. And if you spied only the inside, you would never guess you were staying ... on a houseboat!
Once used to carry coal along the Seine, this vessel has been converted into a spacious, modern home on the water. It's hard to imagine a more unusual place to stay — right in the heart of London.
7. Modern Family Loft, Manhattan. With a girl's room, boy's room and playroom (in addition to the master suite) this airy, modern loft in the Flatiron district has everything a hip traveling family could possibly want.
8. The Balancing Barn, England. Crafted by Dutch design firm MVRDV, this cantilevered house near the Suffolk coast is sure to send modern design lovers over the moon.
A stunning feat of architecture, the Balancing Barn appears to float above the surrounding landscape.