From treehouses in Mayo to castles in Clare.
Sites like Airbnb have revolutionised how we holiday, making five-star accommodation accessible on a one-star budget.
Ireland is full of stunning cottages, cabins, castles and treehouses just waiting for you to stay in, and we’ve rounded up some that are definitely on our staycation list.
Some of these are budget-friendly and sleep two, while others are pricier but sleep eight, ten or even fifteen, meaning you can split the cost if you have a big group. Do note though that while the prices below are per night, some of these properties require a two or three night minimum stay.
Get planning and who knows, you could be waking up in a forest treehouse or a country castle next weekend….
Cuckoo Wood Hexagon, Westport, Co Mayo
Tucked away in orchard woodland around 5km from Westport is this stunning treehouse, which sleeps two. Imagine waking up here!
Total cost: €82 per night, or €41 per person sharing
Google HQ Penthouse, Dublin
The views from this penthouse, perched atop Google’s Irish HQ at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock are second to none. Plus, it sleeps 7 so is perfect if you’re planning to bring a group.
Sleeps: 7 (3 bedrooms)
Total cost: €411 per night, or €58 per person sharing
Ballyportry Castle, Co. Clare
Yup, a 500-year-old castle, or a medieval Gaelic tower house to be exact.
Sleeps: 8 (4 bedrooms)
Total cost: €823 a night, or €102 per person sharing
Interior Designed Townhouse, Leeson St, Dublin
Live like you’re literally inside a Pinterest post with this Insta-worthy six-bedroom townhouse. Those paint colours. We die.
Sleeps: 11 comfortably
Total cost: €514 per night, or €46 per person (and cheaper again if you use the two double sofa beds too).
Lismacue House, Bansha, Co Tipperary
Queen of the manor! Pretend you’re in Downton Abbey in this beautifully restored Georgian house, which sits on 200 acres of grassland.
Total cost: €1288 per night, or €128 per person sharing
Cosy Cabin, Glenveagh, Co Donegal
Retreat to the mountains for a weekend and spend your days cosying up by the fire in this gorgeous wooden cabin. Those views!
Total cost: €57 per night, or €28.50 per person sharing
James Joyce’s Childhood Home, Blackrock, Co Dublin
This mews house in Blackrock is a literary landmark, as it was the childhood home of our own James Joyce. Budding writers will feel right at home here.
Total cost: €115 per night, or €57.50 per person sharing
Skelligs Rest Cottage, Co Kerry
The Star Wars film crew may have left The Skelligs, but you can still enjoy the views. This cottage overlooks Ballinskelligs Bay and the Skelligs rocks… can you just imagine sitting out on that deck with a glass of bubbly?
Total cost: €102 per night, or €20.40 per person sharing
All images via Airbnb