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County Kilkenny is located in southeastern Ireland, about a 90-minute drive from Dublin. There are many reasons to visit – this is the home of spectacular Kilkenny City with its grand castle, there are multiple medieval monastic ruins dotted throughout the countryside and lots of outside pubs for enjoying great craic (fun and entertainment in Ireland). The question isn’t whether to go, but where to stay – these Airbnbs are all excellent options.
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Located 20 minutes from Kilkenny City, enjoy luxurious tranquility with a stay at this unique 15th-century tower house. Tubbrid Castle was beautifully restored but it’s managed to retain many original features for an authentic castle stay. It comes complete with a roaring log fire for cozying up to on a chilly evening and a deep soaking tub, ideal after a day of exploring. A super-king four-poster bed with a goose down duvet is sure to make for a peaceful night’s rest.
This charming two-bedroom period townhouse sits in the heart of Kilkenny, providing easy access to the city’s many delights. In fact, both John’s Quay and Kilkenny Castle can be reached in just one minute on foot. It dates back to 1832 and sleeps up to four, providing all the comforts of home, including a kitchen and lounge area. There’s also a small, secluded courtyard where you can enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
If you want to enjoy authentic pub life in Kilkenny, you can stay at one of its most popular pubs, the Pumphouse. Located in the center of it all, join in with the loyal, local crowd taking part in a lively atmosphere while enjoying a wide range of craft beers, friendly staff, and live music. Just be aware that if you hope to turn in early, the rooms are right above the pub and it can get noisy on the weekend. You’ll have your own private entrance, with each room featuring a double bed, towels and linens. The bathroom/shower room is shared with two other rooms.
Another unique space, this Airbnb was originally a stable. Transformed into an apartment that sleeps up to two guests with one bedroom, it’s located just outside the village of Bennettsbridge in the picturesque countryside. Guests are just a short drive from Kilkenny City for taking advantage of all the attractions while golf enthusiasts enjoy easy access to a number of courses nearby like Gowran Park and Kilkenny Golf Course. Afterward, look forward to returning to a peaceful retreat with a fully-equipped kitchen, complete with a dishwasher, microwave, stove, oven, hob, toaster and kettle, along with a well-equipped gym, sauna and an outdoor area with garden furniture.
Located in the historic village of Kells, just over a 10-minute drive from Kilkenny City, the Kellsborough Mill is a luxury self-catering studio that was converted from an early 19th-century corn mill. The mill is believed to have ground corn from the surrounding area in order to supply the troops during the Napoleonic war. It includes two individual studios, each of which has a fully-equipped kitchen, TV, Wi-Fi, bathroom with a shower and a king-sized double bed. While they comfortably sleep two, a fold-up bed or baby cot is available, making this Airbnb workable for a small family as well.
Ballymagill, a stone farm cottage, is an ideal place to de-stress among calm and tranquility among the lush rolling hills of South Kilkenny. Nestled in the trees in a restored Irish stone village, it’s part of The Yoga Retreat, set in what the host notes as an “almost secret location at the end of a tree-lined boreen.” You’ll be 20 miles from Kilkenny City, but the village of Listerlin is just a mile away with a local pub and shop. Golfing and the Dunbrody famine ship in New Ross and Woodstock Gardens are all nearby. The cottage sleeps up to five in two bedrooms and includes access to all facilities of the house like a courtyard, patio with a BBQ, garden table and seating. Guests can attend yoga classes in the “Yoga Barn” studio and even take advantage of babysitting services.
A 200-year-old country farmhouse, The Dairy sits across 45 acres of open, green land, providing a peaceful retreat for two near Knocktopher village, just over a 20-minute drive from Kilkenny Castle. An open-plan, loft-style apartment, there are two floors, with the downstairs living area featuring a small, fully-equipped kitchen, wood-burning stove, sofa bed and bathroom with a shower, while the spacious bedroom is upstairs and includes a king-size bed. If you like animals, you’ll appreciate being able to hang out with the two friendly family dogs and four cats that wander around with the free-range hens.
The Old School House Cottage was converted from an 1895 village school. Beautifully restored, it sleeps up to five guests, offering lots of character and charm. While it’s located closer to Waterford (7.5 miles) than Kilkenny (18 miles), those who want to enjoy exploring both cities will be ideally situated. Afterward, come back and relax in the terraced gardens with seating areas for soaking up the magnificent panoramic views. A kitchen, TV, Wi-Fi and an indoor fireplace are all included.
Alder Cabin is ideal for those who want to be immersed in nature while being close to the city. It’s tucked among trees right beside the River Nore, just a 5-minute drive or 25-minute walk to Kilkenny City. It sleeps up to two and includes free Wi-Fi, dining area and fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and washer/dryer, as well as a spacious double-height living area that has a picture window for enjoying the view. Complimentary tea and breakfast items are provided too.
For a luxury stay in the heart of the city, this self-catering three-bedroom townhouse was recently renovated and sits just a two-minute walk from Kilkenny Castle, restaurants, shops and pubs, nestled along a quiet street. It sleeps up to six and comes with everything you need, including beautiful furnishings, a fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, large dining table, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi and TV. There’s even a clawfoot tub for enjoying a hot bath.
Another luxury option, this two-bedroom penthouse sleeps up to four in the heart of Kilkenny City. Located on the third floor, while you’ll have to climb two stairways, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of most tourist attractions from the wrap-around balcony. You’ll be within walking distance of all the popular spots, along with shopping and nightlife. You can look forward to coming back to a comfortable space that includes all modern conveniences, like a fully-equipped kitchen, TV, Wi-Fi and washer/dryer. Lots of special extras are thrown in too, such as bottled water, milk, local bread and fresh butter.
Located just a couple of minutes from the center of Kilkenny City, this elegant Georgian house sleeps up to 10, making it ideal for a large family or group of friends. It dates back to the 1820s and was fully renovated providing a mix of traditional, mid-century and modern features. Among its three stories are five bedrooms and 3.5 baths, with an open-plan space on the ground floor that includes a kitchen, dining and living areas. There are Smart TVs with Netflix and streaming services, along with Amazon Echo with Spotify for enjoying music in the kitchen area.
If you’re looking for a dazzling view of the castle with space for up to 10 guests, this home is ideal, located in the original extended Gardens of Kilkenny Castle. You’ll be just a short walk from the castle and Design Center, along with the many shops, eateries and pubs in the city center. Clean and very spacious, it includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms along with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and drawing-room. It comes with free Wi-Fi, TV, a washer/dryer, fireplace and plenty of secure gated parking too.