There are lots of fantastic Airbnbs throughout Ireland – no matter where you’re planning to stay you’re bound to find some good options. But if you’re looking for something a little more offbeat, it can be hard to sort through the countless listings. As a big fan of more unique stays that can enhance any trip, we present you these Airbnb stays that include everything from floating homes to the world’s first self-catering pub.
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The title gives it away – this Airbnb is a pub that was converted into a very unique accommodation in a little village in County Tipperary. Conroy’s Old Bar is said to be the very first self-catering pub, and while it’s totally dry of alcohol now, you’re welcome to bring your own. Enjoy a slice of Irish history, complete with lots of charm, character and an open fire. It includes the original mahogany bar and bar pumps, a full kitchen, dartboard and a large beer garden with chickens that provide guests with fresh eggs.
Located in a small village in the hills of Donegal, The Wonderly Wagon is a traditional bow top gypsy caravan set that enjoys a woodland setting, providing a very unique, cozy stay on a farm that produces vegetables and herbs. It sleeps up to a family for four, two adults and two children, with two double beds and includes an electric heater, running water, cooker, refrigerator, kettle and toaster. Although there isn’t a bathroom inside, a shower and toilets are just a few steps away.
Enjoy a tranquil stay in this unique seaside Wicklow retreat that’s just an hour south of Dublin. You’ll have your own lighthouse, complete with six octagonal rooms that include a bathroom and two bedrooms, sleeping up to four. The kitchen sits on the top floor, accessed by climbing over 100 steps. Of course, there are gorgeous views galore, including the Irish Sea that you can gaze out at from arched windows that are set into the walls.
Enjoy a peaceful stay in a traditional Irish byre – these were homes that many people in Ireland once shared with their cattle, accommodating as many as four cows and a large family. This one is a charming, more than 400-year-old dairy that sits within a restored old stone buyer on a horse farm, surrounded by serene countryside. It includes a stove, heater, toaster and kettle along with a television monitor for playing the supplied DVDs. Hot showers can be enjoyed in the main cottage, and there’s a toilet adjacent to the same building. Guests can also use complimentary bikes for exploring.
The Ark is a floating apartment in Boyle which sites the foot of the Curlew Mountains in County Roscommon. It features two double en-suite bedrooms, a living room/dining area and kitchen, along with a forward deck, rooftop garden and a floating boardwalk. Bright and colorful, there are large ﬂoor to ceiling sliding glass doors and the bedrooms have picture windows showcasing mountain, water and wildlife views. Look forward to waking up to the peaceful sounds of the river and the birds while taking advantage of the many things to do in the surrounding area – your friendly and welcoming host Paddy will provide all the tips you need to enjoy it.
Located less than 40 minutes from Dublin in the Boyne Valley, this self-catering Airbnb apartment offers something that’s very hard to find – a view of Newgrange. Older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza, it was constructed around 3200 BC and is one of the most fascinating sites in the country. The one-bedroom apartment with its original stone walls and exposed roof beams sit on sheep, cattle, bee and hand-crafts farm that’s been in the same family for five generations, known especially for its flock of prize-winning Jacob sheep, with their wool processed right on site in the farm’s craft center.
This former Irish fishing trawler was transformed into a two-person floating hideaway in June of 2019. She offers a comfortable, luxurious stay with a studio apartment-style until below deck that has a fully fitted galley, TEAC sound system and turntable, as well as a bathroom with a shower and central heating throughout. The wheelhouse doubles as a heated morning room that provides a 360-degree view over Galway Bay and the Long Walk and there’s a fully enclosed glazed private aft deck for dining in rain or shine.
Nanny Murphy’s Cottage is one of the most popular Airbnbs in Ireland, having been featured in the Irish Times and Independent among other publications. Located in Longford, about 90 minutes northwest of Dublin and an hour from Sligo, it’s also a very unique property for experiencing authentic, traditional Irish culture and heritage. The thatched cottage was renovated using century-old techniques with the 24″ walls made from wall and straw while the thatched room is made from Irish reed. There’s an open fireplace using Irish turf blocks that are supplied, although it also offers some modern comforts like Wi-Fi. It includes three bedrooms, sleeping up to six guests in five beds.
What must be one of the most unique Airbnb experiences anywhere in the world, guests stay in an early medieval ringfort that dates back over 1,500 years. You’ll stay in a farmer’s house with a thatched room, stone walls and central hearth inside the ringfort. You can even dress up in the authentic costumes that are provided and cook on an open fire. This is about the closest you’ll probably ever get to going back to the time of the Druids and St. Patrick. The ringfort is located on the grounds of the Irish National Heritage Park and includes full access to the park during your stay. After it closes to the public, you’ll be able to enjoy it all to yourself.
This unique and authentic 15th-century Irish tower house in County Kilkenny will make you feel as if you’re royalty. Step back in time while enjoying plenty of luxuries like a four-poster bed, deep soaking tub and a rain shower. There’s a fireplace for cozying up to the warmth of a roaring fire, a fully-stocked kitchen and grand oak banqueting table. From the large, original window seats with velvet cushions, you can enjoy the picturesque forest views.