If you’re looking for a unique Airbnb Cork has plenty (there’s also loads of great hotels in Cork, too!).
From luxury apartments in Cork City to gorgeous little cottages by the coast in West Cork, there’s something to tickle every fancy.
In the guide below, you’ll find a clatter of Airbnbs in Cork that fall into the unique category and that are perfect for those of you looking to spend a few days exploring some of the best things to do in Cork.
The most unique Airbnbs in Cork
So, to make this guide a little easier to browse through, we’ve split it up into two sections. The first looks at some of the best Airbnbs in Cork City while the second looks at places to stay throughout the wider county.
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Airbnbs in Cork City
Welcome to Cork City, the second-largest municipality in the Republic of Ireland, and one of the oldest, also.
Below, you’ll find everything from farm lodges and luxury apartments to treehouses and gorgeous little city hideaways that won’t break the bank.
1. Curragh Farm Lodge
This stylish farm lodge offers a unique place to stay in a contemporary one bedroom barn conversion complete with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.
Urban chic styling and a bedroom on the mezzanine provide a modern home-from-home with glorious rural views.
Pet the llamas, explore the famous Wild Atlantic Way and enjoy tasty Kinsale cuisine from this farm base in Riverstick on the south side of Cork City, which is 20 minutes away. Book a night or see more here.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Cork (from fine dining to cheap, tasty eats)
2. A newly renovated Airbnb in Cork City
If you’re in search of Airbnbs in Cork City that are a stone’s throw from many of the city’s top attractions, this place should be right up your street.
This luxury city high-rise apartment is superbly located just minutes from the riverside boardwalk and the City Quarter.
The high-quality finish and furnished balcony are an added bonus. Admire city and river views from this lofty eerie, particularly after dark.
There’s a double bedroom, a modern bathroom and overnight parking. Book a night or see more here.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best pubs in Cork (old-school, traditional pubs only)
3. Historic Hideaway in Cork City Centre
Marguerita Villas has an interesting history – it was converted from a former stable used in St. Finbarre’s Cathedral.
Beautifully restored while preserving relics of its past, this centrally located ground floor apartment has an open-plan living room with reclaimed wood floors, stained glass features, corner sofa and a neat kitchen with a washing machine.
Dine al fresco on the private patio with enviable views of St Finbarre’s Cathedral. Two bedrooms have double beds and the modern bathroom has a glass shower. From here, you’re close to all Cork’s main sights. Book a night or see more here.
4. A Victorian Quarter townhouse
This renovated family-sized Airbnb in Cork City can accommodate 7 guests and has 3 double bedrooms plus a sofa bed and 2 bathrooms.
Located in the heart of the city, it boasts two floors above the historic Shelbourne Bar and displays eclectic urban chic furnishings. The living room has a sofa and table adjoining the kitchen area.
Throw open the shutters and enjoy people-watching with your evening glass of wine before heading out to sample the nearby bars, restaurants and theatre. Book a night or see more here.
5. A beautifully restored victorian townhouse in Cork City
Live life to the full in this antique-filled 3-bedroom townhouse above the chic Brocade and Lime shop in the historic centre of Cork City.
Spread over 4 floors, the stylish vintage accommodation includes an attractive kitchen/diner for enjoying breakfast beneath a skylight and a comfy TV lounge with chandelier and woodburner.
More unexpectedly, guests have a billiards room with an iron spiral staircase feature, champagne bar and roof terrace with river views.
There are two queen-size bedrooms (one with a 4-poster), family room with queen bed and a single bed, plus 2.5 bathrooms for 7 guests. Book a night or see more here.
6. Urban Tranquilatree
For those with a yearning to sleep in a treehouse, this aerial glamping experience is 6 metres above the ground. It is located in the owner’s garden and accessed by a sloping timber walkway and staircase.
Fully insulated and screened by leafy branches, this fabulous double-decker treehouse includes a comfortable double bedroom with deck for enjoying panoramic city views. There’s a private bathroom/wet room with toilet on the lower level.
Cork city centre is a surprising 5-minute walk from this verdant hideaway making this one of the most central Airbnbs in Cork City.
Tea and coffee facilities are included and warm croissants for breakfast can be hoisted up in a basket. Book a night or see more here.
Airbnbs in Cork (Outside the City)
The next selection of Airbnbs in Cork are located outside of the city, throughout the wider county, with gorgeous homes in West Cork and beyond included.
If you’re the type of person that finds themselves falling victim to ‘home envy’, you may want to look away now!
7. A unique home by the sea
Driftwood waterfront studio apartment has its own private garden entrance, patio seating and furnished garden hut for enjoying stunning views across Kinsale Harbour.
Relax in plush surroundings with a velvet sofa, sheepskin rugs, cosy wood-pellet fireplace and wall of small-paned windows providing double-glazed warmth.
There’s a king-size bed with luxury linens, a modern shower room and cotton dressing gowns for the full boutique hotel service.
The new kitchen includes a Krups coffee maker and a full range of crockery along with a welcome pack of supplies. Located 5 minutes’ walk from Kinsale Town and about 30 minutes from Cork City. Book a night or see more here.
8. Abigail’s Lodge Kinsale
With sea views to provide a restful and relaxing experience, this tiny one-bedroom house is all about the view. It is an elevated POD providing superb views of Kinsale town, harbour and boats from its garden location.
Accommodation includes a table and chairs, spacious queen-size bedroom, galley kitchen for breakfast and a modern bathroom with shower.
Explore the delights of Kinsale on foot or bicycle and sample the menu at the famous Black Pig before returning to your secret self-contained hideaway. Book a night or see more here.
9. Coastal Chic Detached Apartment on the Water
One of the best located Cork Airbnbs is this upscale coastal retreat with water views near Cork. This one bedroom Boathouse is a stylish studio just a short walk from the town.
It promises uninterrupted waterfront views across Kinsale town, marina, Charles Fort and James Fort.
You get your own generous furnished waterfront terrace for toasting sunsets while inside the boathouse there are comfy furnishings, wood floors, kitchenette with microwave and fluffy sheepskins for cosy warmth.
Wake up to stunning water views from the king-size bed through double-glazed windows. The house has a modern oversize shower, fluffy towels and dressing gowns for the full relaxation treatment. Book a night or see more here.
10. Idyllic Inchydoney Beach Cottage
This wonderful beach cottage retreat in Inchydoney welcomes 6-7 guests with 3 bedrooms and 2 modern bathrooms.
With waterfront views from every window, it is 3 minutes’ walk down a private path to the award-winning beach and 5 minutes from the famous Inchydoney Lodge and Spa Hotel.
Enjoy comfortable furnishings, a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, waffle maker and smoothie maker. There’s a double ensuite, twin bedroom and bunk room with top single bed over a small double bed for 2-3 people.
Outside, relax on a choice of patios or in the garden, all with seating for enjoying more wonderful views. Book a night or see more here.
11. Kinsale House with Ocean Views (one of the best Airbnbs in Cork for a group getaway)
Rounding off our Airbnbs in Cork, this modern 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom family house is ideal for groups of 16+ guests.
Less than 10 minutes from Kinsale town and golf course it has breathtaking ocean views. Most bedrooms have king-size beds, ensuite bathrooms and Sky TV, the massive kitchen and dining room are ideal for celebrations and the outdoor heated gazebo is perfect for stargazing.
Young guests can clamber over the pirate ship, swings and playhouse in the garden and there’s a games shed with snooker and table tennis. Book a night or see more here.
Fancy seeing what other Airbnbs Cork has to offer?
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Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.