County rental properties offer getaways
Several Airbnb and VRBO properties — including a grain bin, shipping containers, a schoolhouse, and lake homes — are available for adventures or staycations in Marion County or as close by as Walton.
Airbnb and VRBO are websites that allow travelers to rent a home for the night, weekend, or week.
Prices fluctuate depending on the day of a stay, so your best bet is to check the websites for accurate prices. Most properties charge a cleaning fee, so the price you initially see may not be the total you will pay.
Here’s a synopsis of each based on Airbnb’s website as well as personal experience.
Cheerful lakeside home
This property at Marion County Park and Lake accommodates up to six guests and features five beds, two bedrooms and one bathroom, according to its listing on Airbnb.
Renting it for two people Sept. 18 to 23 would cost $178 per night plus $50 cleaning and $133 Airbnb fees for a total of $1,073 before taxes, according to the website.
Spacious house with dock access
This two-story home, also at the county lake, accommodates up to eight guests and offers three bedrooms, four beds and 2½ bathrooms.
It’s owned by Felix Ramirez, who also owns three shipping container Airbnb rentals in Hillsboro.
Renting it for two people Nov. 19 to 24 would cost $208 per night plus a $147 Airbnb fee for a total of $1,187 before taxes.
Shipping container rentals
Ramirez owns three shipping containers in Hillsboro that he rents through Airbnb.
All feature a small living area, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. Prices for the rentals vary from $59 to $66 per night.
Cleaning fees are $20, and Airbnb fees range from $45 to $49.
One of the rentals for two people would cost $377 before taxes for Oct. 2 to 7.
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, Hillsboro Hideout can accommodate up to eight guests.
To rent it Oct. 16 to 21 would cost $120 per night and cleaning and Airbnb fees of $40 and $90 for a total of $730 for two people.
Bungalow at reservoir
This three-bedroom, 1½-bathroom home at Marion Reservoir accommodates up to 10 guests.
It features a deck overlooking a vast backyard and offers a dog kennel and space for one RV. Electric hookup for an RV costs extra.
Cost for two people Sept. 18 to 22 would be $130 per night and cleaning and Airbnb fees of $20 and $76 for a total of $616 before taxes.
A farmhouse near Durham on a couple of acres accommodates up to eight people and offers four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Cost for two people Sept. 18 to 23 would be $125 per night with cleaning and Airbnb fees of $25 cleaning and $92. The total would be $742 before taxes.
Cabin at county lake
This cabin accommodates up to four people with one bedroom and one bathroom.
The cost for two people Oct. 23 to 28 would be $111 per night with cleaning and Airbnb fees of $75 and $89 for a total of $718 before taxes.
Cabin at French Creek Farm
This home accommodates up to four guests and has one bedroom and one bathroom,.
It is near Hillsboro and was converted from an old barn.
Cost for two guests Oct. 2 to 7 would be $155 per night with a $109 Airbnb fee for a total of $884 before taxes.
Back to School
A former school in Florence, this rental accommodates up to eight guests and offers four bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms.
The Arnold School dates to 1889.
Cost for two guests Sept. 18 to 23 would be $163 per night plus cleaning and Airbnb fees of $258 and $151 for a total of $1,224 before taxes.
Magnolia Dreams in Hillsboro
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, this rental listed on VRBO accommodates up to six guests.
The cost for two people to rent it Oct. 2 to 7 would be $80 per night with a $59 service fee and $25 host fee. With taxes, the total cost would be $538.
There also are nearby properties to rent, including:
Grace Hill Grain Bin
This rental in Walton was built from a 45-foot grain bin by the host’s father. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and features a pond where guests can fish.
It accommodates up to six people.
Cost for two people Sept. 18 to 23 would be $175 per night with a cleaning and Airbnb fees of $50 and $131 for a total of $1,056 before taxes.
Owl’s Nest Silo
A two-bedroom, 1½ bathroom rental, this property was converted from a silo. It is adjacent to the Paw Print Cabin in Elmdale and accommodates up to five guests.
The cost for two people from Oct. 2 to 7 would be $163 per night with a $75 cleaning fee and $67 sales tax for a total of $956.
Last modified Sept. 13, 2023