ThirdHome was originally conceived as a members’ property exchange site for second homeowners, with a robust global portfolio of over 10,000 luxury properties – from a secluded villa in a private cay in the Bahamas, to an Umbrian palazzo or a chic pied-à-terre in Paris. But it quickly expanded beyond the home-swap model and now these properties are available as straightforward rentals too.
Highlights are too many to choose from, but those in the southern hemisphere include the state-of-the-art, four-bedroom, 350sq m Amangani villa (from $2,000 per night) in Australia’s Byron Bay, set on a high perch overlooking the spectacular Marine Parade beach. Or for those more interested in living like a king in a European castle, Château de Lalande (from €1,030 per night) in France’s Crozon-sur-Vauvre is straight out of central casting, with its 13 bedrooms, slate-covered spires, 60 acres of forest and local highlights that include George Sand’s château in nearby Nohant, which once played host to Chopin and Balzac.
With properties in 93 countries and counting, ThirdHome is a distinguished new player in the sharing economy. But the site’s offerings don’t stop there… A third strand of the site involves adventures, from truffle hunting by bicycle in northern Italy to a women’s off-road rally across 2,000km of the Nevada and California desert – pulse-racing stuff that’s rewarded with Michelin-starred cuisine, in keeping with the site’s high values.