WHEN you're tired of hotels and you're looking for a place that's a little bit unusual the Central West is the place to visit.
The region is just brimming with unique places to stay, just think: historic getaways, former churches and schools or what about staying in an old water reservoir?
Airbnb has hundreds of listings right across the region, but we've done the hard work and found some of the most unusual for you.
The Reservoir, city's original water tank - Bathurst, $189 a night
Fancy a bit of history with your weekend away? This property has one amazing history and is just a stone's throw away from the CBD. Originally built in the 1880s, The Reservoir was once Bathurst's main water supply. By the 1950s, Bathurst had outgrown this water source and it was decommissioned. Around 1989, a local couple bought the property and began building whats now known by the locals as The Reservoir. This property can accommodate 14 guests, has seven bathrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a hot tub.
- Listing: www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/8747081
The Shearing Shed - Cowra, $150 a night
Oozing with charm this renovated shearing shed could be your home away from home for a night or two. Located just five kilometres from Cowra, this open plan property features exposed beams, large kitchen, modern bathroom, air conditioning and a cosy log fire. This property can accommodate two guests and there is one bedroom and bathroom.
- Listing: www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/18360553
Eulandool Cottage, digital detox on a genuine farm stay, Dubbo - $99 a night
Keen to really get away from it all, and we mean everything. Eulandool Cottage is located 25 kilometres from Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo and it's perfect for a family or couple who is looking for some peace and quiet. The two bedroom cottage is located on a historic working property and offers guests the chance to curl up by the slow combustion fire while you watch the kangaroos graze. Your hosts will even off your the chance for a digital detox and, upon request, can disconnect internet and mobile access prior to your arrival. This property can accommodate five guests in two bedrooms.
- Listing: www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/28671044
Creekside Farmhouse - Eugowra, $160 a night
Sweeping verandahs at this property will give you the perfect spot to take in the Waterhole Creek in this private setting. This home is located on a working farm but is completely separate to the owner's house. This Airbnb property is located 25 minutes drive from Parkes, 35mins from Forbes and an hour from Orange. Dog friendly, but your pooch must be declared and approved prior to arrival. There's room for eight guests in the four bedrooms.
- Listing: www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/15807411
Monkey Creek - Daragan, near Lithgow, $147 a night
Perched on top of the world, well almost. Monkey Creek is located on a high ridge with spectacular views of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This unique building has the environment at heart with double glazing, rainwater harvesting, extra insulation, worm farm and solar power. Why not grab a bottle of wine and get ready to take in the commanding views from this Airbnb. This self contained property sleeps two guests.
- Listing: www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/2770823
A Church, restored country church - Mudgee, $195 a night
Keen to stay in a church? What about one with a pool, tennis court and a chook yard to collect your own eggs? A Church in Mudgee was once one of the town's early outlying country churches and was built in 1939. This renovated property has loads of space and is just ready to accommodate your romantic getaway. There's room for two guests in this studio Airbnb.
- Listing: www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/22669417
The Old School - Oberon, $80 a night
Head back to school, well the original Hartley Vale Public School near Oberon. The c1878 beautifully appointed hidden away is open plan with a loft bedroom and surrounded by an acre of outdoor living. The once generous sized school room with a superb wood fire, the original blackboards and a loft bedroom where the super comfy queen sized bed sits in the morning sun. Tall casement windows catch views of the surrounding escarpment and bush. This property sleeps four guests.
- Listing: www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/13035070
Vineyard studio - Orange, $135 a night
Wine lovers! This is the place you've been looking for. This studio is positioned to overlook the Chardonnay block at Mortimer's Wines. Grab your special someone for a romantic country getaway not too far away from Orange. This property sleeps two people.
- Listing: www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/22945419
Wonga Homestead - Young, $650 a night
If size matters, Wonga Homestead may be just what you've been looking for. Grab your friends and family and head to Young to explore the surrounding wine and cherry regions and then when you're time come back for a refreshing dip in the pool. This property, which was built in 1912, is located minutes from Young. The Homestead has 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and comfortably accommodates groups of 12-18 people.
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