Finding a place to stay in Austin during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is easier said than done. Nightly rental rates spike by hundreds of dollars, and empty rooms get booked fast. HomeAway is looking to make planning a little easier for two groups of SXSW visitors this year. As inhabitat reports, the vacation rental site is offering four free nights in their giant birdhouse to a handful of contest winners.

The so-called "World’s Largest Human Birdhouse" is located at the company’s headquarters in downtown Austin, Texas. On the outside, guests will find a round window and a massive blue perch extending over the back patio. With help from West Elm, the interior has been renovated into a cozy, two-bedroom space. Two groups of up to six guests are eligible for the chance to stay. To be considered for the prize, contestants need to answer the question "Why do you want to stay in the Birdhouse during SXSW?" and specify whether they wish to stay from March 10 to March 12, or March 17 to March 19. HomeAway will also provide an additional two nights stay elsewhere in Austin to each of the winning groups.

Every March, tens of thousands of people flock to Texas’s capital for the film, music, and interactive media events of SXSW. Visitors looking to honor the city’s “Keep Austin Weird” philosophy can enter to win the birdhouse vacation at HomeAway.com.




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All images courtesy of HomeAway.