Top 10 Airbnb Homes in Ireland

The Irish Store
Jun 30, 2016 · 7 min read

As the experts in everything Irish here at, we have put together a list of the Top 10 Airbnb homes in Ireland.

Ireland boasts some of the most incredible homes in the world and we are lucky enough to be given the opportunity to stay in them now with the emergence of Airbnb.

Our list includes thatched cottages, a lake house, a converted barns on a farm and even a castle. We hope you enjoy our list of the ten best houses in Ireland on Airbnb

In no particular order here they are:

1. Cottage Retreat — Co. Galway

A beautiful traditional Irish thatch cottage hidden in the countryside.

Only 15 minutes from the amazing artistic and musical Galway city, you can mix the tranquility of the cottage with the vibrant city during your stay.

There is a 9 hole golf course nearby which will satisfy the needs of those looking to experience a local course and there is a horse riding stables just across the road.

The owners proudly do not offer Wi-Fi or TV for their guests meaning you will have plenty of peaceful time for reflection.

This cottage is ideal for tourists looking to break away from the world for a few days and recharge their batteries.

2. Mount Coggill — Kilkenny

This contemporary 4 bed home is truly outstanding, situated on a 30 acre site giving the guests the optimal way to experience the county of Kilkenny.

There are 18 acres of forest for the explorer to enjoy without being disturbed.

Located only 25 minutes from Kilkenny city yet a world away in terms of tranquility.

Please note the owners make a point that due to the design of the home it is not suitable for families with young children as there are balconies and the staircase is open.

The owners live on a cottage on the grounds so are close by to assist with any needs the guests may have and can provide expert advice on the locality.

3. The Thatch Cottage — Cork

This is another beautiful thatched home which means it is truly distinctive. The cottage dates back to the 19th century making it over 120 years old, giving it tons of character.

Despite its age the house offers WiFi and Sky TV meaning you can enjoy all the comforts of the current day and make your friends incredibly jealous by posting pictures of you lounging in this unique building.

It is close to Coolagown, a Gold medal winning village and only 30 minutes from Cork city.

There are 2 bedrooms and it can accommodate up to 6 people.

4. Period Home — Dublin

Based in Rathgar, a quaint suburb of Dublin, this 5 bed home dates back to the 1840s.

The AGA cooker in the kitchen provides warmth throughout the house and completes the look of the home.

There is a Jacuzzi in the main bathroom making it the perfect way to unwind after seeing the sights of Dublin city which is only 3Km away.

Rathgar is a stylish neighborhood with every amenity you would need to socialise and dine out if you don’t fancy cooking on the AGA mentioned previously!

5. Dingle Bay — Kerry

Overlooking the breathtaking Dingle Bay you are immersed in the quintessential Irish setting here.

The area has been in the news worldwide in recent months due to the filming of the latest Star Wars film on the Dunmore head, which can be viewed from the comfort of this home.

The 5 bed house sleeps 10 people with ease making it perfect for large groups or families.

Make sure to take in all the surroundings here including the Blasket islands and Dingle itself.

If the weather is favorable you can make use of the large patio area to soak up the sun. There is even a beach within half a mile of the home!

6. Secluded Burren Lodge — Clare

This is probably this writer’s personal favorite. It has such character and is everything you would want for a truly Irish experience.

The location is tremendous, less than an hour from the Cliffs of Moher, Galway City, the Shannon river and Shannon Airport (perfect if flying in from the United States).

The finish is high end but traditional in appearance, the relaxed decor makes it perfect to wrap up and enjoy your book or watch the sunset across the Burren (a UNESCO park).

There are 5 bedrooms and it is based on a 300 acre organic estate, really what more could you ask for?

It even has a pool table for those not so friendly games between your family!

7. Mews House — Cork City

Literally overlooking Cork city, this trendy home is made for those who want the comforts of a high end home but in the middle of the bustling city of Cork.

With over 70 reviews you know you can book this house with confidence, one of the reviews states “This is the Ritz Carlton, four seasons of Airbnb”.

Suitable for up to 4 people, boasting two large bedrooms and the view of the city from your own private balcony.

There are all the amenities you would ever need here to unwind in the evening with fibre optic broadband, cable television and Netflix.

Make sure to visit the English market while visiting, it is a must see if you are visiting Cork and is steeped in tradition and history.

8. Kilcolgan Castle — Galway

Firstly, how many times have you stayed in a castle? I would imagine the answer to that is zero, hence why we have included the wonderful Kilcolgan Castle in Galway.

Our American visitors love the castles that Ireland has to offer due to their lack of existence in North America and here is your chance to call one your home, even if it is only for a few nights!

Even better is that the castle is very well located with Connemara, the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher all within 1 hour roughly.

There is 9 acres to roam and there is even a dog which you can make friends with if you wish!

Even if it is only for one night we would think this is a once in a lifetime experience and highly recommend staying here.

9. Converted Barn on a Farm — Kildare

Located near Kilcock, Co. Kildare, this converted barn is only 30 minutes from Dublin city and Dublin Airport.

Perfect for those looking for a rural base that is well located to the capital for sightseeing before returning to peace and quiet in the evening.

The house is based on a working farm and you can see that from the picture above of Willie the pony grazing casually outside.

Boasting 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms you can be assured of your space here, making it exactly what is required for a large family gathering on that once in a lifetime trip to Ireland.

There is even WiFi for those that need to stay connected to the world and check emails (even though we know you will use it to share photos of your feet up in front of the open fire!).

10. Lake house — Monaghan

To finish of our list of the Top 10 Irish Airbnb Houses we have this splendid lake house in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan.

The spacious, newly finished home has 5 bedrooms allowing up to 10 guests to enjoy the view of Emy lake which is a stones throw away.

Situated only 10 minutes from the iconic Castle Leslie, a popular wedding destination.

Many people stay here that prefer the comforts of a home when attending nuptials in Castle Leslie than a hotel room.

If you are feeling brave you can even go for a quick (very quick likely!) swim in the lake.

The iconic poet Patrick Kavanagh was born and raised in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan which is only 45 minutes drive away from the lake house.

There are numerous golf clubs in the vicinity if that is more your thing either.

That is our Top 10 Airbnb Homes in Ireland, let us know what you think in the comments below and make sure to subscribe if you wish to be informed of new posts like this. If you are looking to keep warm while visiting Ireland then make sure to purchase an Aran Sweater.

Originally published at on June 30, 2016.

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