The world's most interesting homestay hosts

Homestays are all the rage for 2016. Booking someone's villa or apartment for your holiday was very 2015 and this year's trend is staying there while they're home so you can get the full local experience. To make your next trip even more interesting, we've found the quirkiest, most unusual hosts around the world who are opening up their homes to like-minded people and creating unforgettable memories for travellers in search of a unique holiday.

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Whether you're a budding actor, looking for inner peace or feel like rubbing mingling with royalty, you'll love these fascinating hosts as much as their homes.

Fancy some excitement and intrigue on your weekend in Rome? Flavio is a magician and has an apartment filled with posters of shows, decks of cards, flying bottles and plenty of other 'magical' elements. If you want to leave your staycation in Devon with serious interiors inspiration, Peet and Carl's house is the place for you as the couple are textile and furniture makers. Want an unforgettable trip to Canada? Romi is a puppeteer with over 100 marionettes and loves to entertain her guests with puppet shows.

Enter the world of unusual homestay hosts, from the big shot music exec in Tuscany to the former Buddhist monk in Mae Wang.

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