Text by: Quartz Co. Editorial Team
If you aren’t flying to a swanky resort in Mexico or Jamaica to enjoy a much-deserved relaxing luxury break this winter, don't despair: you can unwind at one of these top Airbnb cabins for a getaway in British Columbia. They are perfect for unwinding and will get the nod of approval from even the most discerning design lovers.
Our first Airbnb pick is located on the Blaeberry river in the Canadian Rockies and offers a modern architectural take on the traditional winter cottage. Designed by boutique studio Form and Forest and nestled in the heart of the woods, the cabin boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that allow a 180 degree view of the surrounding wilderness. Dive into a good book in front of the wood-burning stove, host a seasonal dinner under the living space’s vaulted ceilings or hit the nearby town of Golden for skiing and entertainment. It's pretty much the perfect base from which to explore the five national parks nearby, whatever the season.
It's not hard to see why our second pick was featured on CTV as one of the top 10 stunning Canadian homes available on Airbnb. From its slick geometric black exterior to its elegant, bright interior full of modern Scandinavian furniture, you’ll realize as soon as you step past the threshold of this newly-built cabin in Britannia Beach that every little detail has been carefully thought of. It boasts heated floors throughout the house, a Sonos sound system and a fully-fitted kitchen complete with a Vitamix. Take in the views of the winter forest from the 1000sqft wooden patio deck or in front of the indoor wood burning stove, thanks to the large floor to ceiling windows overlooking Howe Sound.
Designed by Scott and Scott architects, this cedar-paneled winter cabin offers the perfect blend of contemporary luxury amenities and rustic charm in Tofino. Located a 3 minute walk from North Chesterman Beach, it's the perfect pad for design-inclined surf lovers in the summer and a fantastic cozy option for weekend getaways in the winter months. Inside, a wood-burning fireplace warms up the concrete and wood-paneled living spaces which feature floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside, the multi-tiered cedar decks include a private hot tub and a covered breezeway with an outdoor fireplace for cozy gatherings.
This is one for the architecture lovers who want the chance to stay in a home designed by one of the most influential figures of the early modern west coast architectural movement, Ned Pratt. Featured in a documentary on the modernist movement that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, this jewel of mid century modern style has been completely restored and updated to offer a stylish and comfortable stay. The chic open-plan living space boasts an original gold leaf wall, persian carpets, original artwork, a wood burning fireplace and a classic bar, so you can host a party, Mad Men style. Based just outside of Vancouver which you can reach in 10 minutes, this Airbnb is a great pick for a luxurious holiday or a quiet weekend between city and countryside.
This Mayne Island cottage is a whimsical modern interpretation of an earth house in the tradition of the Pacific Northwest Style cob buildings. A historical natural material made of subsoil, water, straw, sand and clay, cob construction has recently experienced a revival among sustainable-living communities. This quirky and whimsical cottage with whitewashed walls and wood accents has a unique organic feel, its curvy design features keeping things bright and cozy for a truly one-of-a-kind holiday experience.
No matter what cabin you choose to head to for your getaway, make sure you’re well equipped to enjoy your time there to the fullest. If you’re planning on a wintertime escape, make sure you have a warm winter coat, like the ones Canadian brand Quartz Co. offer.
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