If you’re in search of a unique Airbnb Kinsale has plenty (there’s also loads of hotels in Kinsale, too!).
Known for its history and quirky atmosphere, Kinsale is a town located on the coast of southern Ireland in County Cork.
Referred to by many in the know as ‘the jewel of Ireland’, this stunning little town is one of the nation’s most visited (there’s heaps of things to do in Kinsale!).
As such, Kinsale is home to some truly amazing places to stay. From beachside hangouts to townhouses, this cool little town boasts some seriously unique Airbnbs.
The most unique Airbnbs in Kinsale, Ireland
The only problem is that with so many options around it can be tough to decide where to stay in Kinsale.
In this article, we have put together a handy list of the 11 best Airbnbs Kinsale has to offer, from luxury homes to quirky cabins. Dive on in below!
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1. The Dockhouse
First up is hands-down the most incredible Airbnb Kinsale has to offer: the Dockhouse. Just a five-minute walk from Kinsale town, this amazing property is ideal for larger groups as it sleeps up to eight.
Set on Kinsale harbour, this modern Airbnb offers stunning views of the idyllic boats and port area, whilst it is also perfectly positioned for visits to the Old Head of Kinsale, Charles Fort, and plenty of lovely beaches.
Ultra-modern yet packed with character, you’ll feel like real VIPs at this stunning Kinsale Airbnb. Book a night or see more here.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Kinsale (from fine dining to cheap, tasty eats)
2. The waterside apartment (one of our favourite Airbnbs in Kinsale)
Perfect for couples, this gorgeous seaside property sleeps two in one glorious double room overlooking Kinsale Marina as well as local landmarks like Charles Fort and James Fort.
There are few Airbnbs in Kinsale with views as spectacular at this one, with the double doors perfect to fling open for a summer breakfast overlooking the waterfront.
The decor is pure seaside luxury, with plenty of light, airy materials, natural wood and artsy touches.
For couples seeking a romantic, stylish place to base themselves in the heart of Kinsale, this Airbnb is as good as it gets! Book a night or see more here.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best pubs in Kinsale (old-school, traditional pubs only)
3. Unique seafront apartment
Another seafront property tailormade for couples seeking a romantic escape, this stunning Airbnb sleeps two in a stylish, cosy double bedroom. Known as Driftwood, this is a truly unique Airbnb in Kinsale.
The interior is stunning, designed in the highest taste with touches such as a cushty velvet couch, sheepskins and a modern wood pellet real flame fire all adding to the comfortable ambience.
As for the views, they are simply stunning! Visitors to Driftwood can enjoy the seating area that overlooks the water, ideal for breakfast, lunch or just a nighttime tipple! Book a night or see more here.
Related read: Check out our guide to the Scilly Walk in Kinsale (one of the best walks in Cork)
4. Abigail’s Lodge Airbnb in Kinsale
A special, self-contained pod located high above Kinsale harbour, this unique Airbnb is a wonderful spot for couples visiting this charming town in southern Ireland.
Small but perfectly formed, the bedroom is actually quite large whilst the bathroom and kitchen have all the amenities you will need to enjoy a cosy stay.
A big plus of this place is the central location, which is just a short walk from Bulman, a bar/restaurant that was recently voted the finest in all of Ireland and now boasts a Michelin recommendation. Book a night or see more here.
5. Kinsale Town House (sleeps 16)
If you’re in search of group accommodation in Ireland, this very swanky Airbnb in Kinsale will be right up your street.
With space for up to sixteen guests across six bedrooms, this stunning modern home in Kinsale is one of the best spots to enjoy some time as a family in this region if Ireland.
Located in the centre of town, major amenities are mere seconds away from the property, including first-rate bars, pubs and restaurants.
The decor in this home is ultra-modern and classy, with recent refurbishments having been carried out throughout the property.
There is a lot of original art on the walls, whilst furniture such as sofas are uniquely designed to bring a layer of elegance to the whole home. Book a night or see more here.
6. The Cabin
With space for six guests across two bedrooms, The Cabin is a wonderful spot to stay in just a five minutes drive from the centre of Kinsale.
Add to this the fact that beaches are just a short walk away from the property and its clear that this place has one of the best locations of any Airbnb in Kinsale.
Newly decorated, the property fits seamlessly into the seaside location. With a breezy vibe accentuated by the use of natural wood, plenty of light colours and some artsy nautical touches, guests visiting this property will enjoy the calming ambience here. Book a night or see more here.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best bed and breakfast in Kinsale (if you fancy a home from home in this lively coastal town)
7. The Kipper House
A property situated in the old curing house of Kinsale, The Kipper House is a truly unique place to stay for up to eight guests at the heart of ‘the jewel of Ireland’.
A beautiful building perched on the harbour walls and surrounded by water on three sides, guests lucky enough to stay here will enjoy a harbour view from almost every single room.
Recently refurbished although retaining an element of its homely charm, The Kipper House is blessed with enormous windows throughout the property to allow for bags of natural light from sunrise to sunset. Book a night or see more here.
8. The Waterside Cottage
Trendy, central and with enough room for four guests, this gorgeous downtown cottage is another unique Airbnb in Kinsale that’ll deliver a memorable stay.
Located on the harbour and just a ten-minute walk to the town centre, this beautiful cottage is perfect for friends or family who want to live like a local in one of Ireland’s prettiest towns.
Inside, the cottage is a revelation. With unique furniture in light colours, artsy touches and high-end materials used, the entire home is beautifully decked out.
One of the best things about this place is the outdoor seating area, which is perfect for dining or drinking with a truly stunning view of the adjacent ocean. Book a night or see more here.
9. A log cabin with mighty views
If you’re in search of a Kinsale Airbnb that can accommodate a big group, this luxury log cabin should do the trick.
Situated in Old Head just a ten-minute drive to Kinsale, this unique Airbnb is home to five double bedrooms with room for a total of eleven guests.
With a stunning rural location and close proximity to Cork airport, this place is ideal for families looking for a beautiful place to stay in the area.
The decoration of this place is super luxurious, with plenty of heavy wood used throughout in addition to leather sofas, enormous windows and a wood burner.
With spectacular views and plenty of gardens too, this log cabin is a really unique property near Kinsale. Book a night or see more here.
10. A home with marina views
Featuring a brand new kitchen and three brand new bathrooms, this stunning six-bed home on Kinsale Marina is just a three-minute drive to town.
With super-stylish, modern interiors, this large house provides everything you might need for a comfortable, independent and restorative stay in the area.
Close to beaches, walks and other areas of natural beauty, this unique Airbnb in Kinsale is perfect for families with kids thanks to both a huge climbing frame and a trampoline that can be found in the garden! Book a night or see more here.
11. Seaside House
This gorgeous, three-bedroom seaside home is located just three miles from Kinsale town. With views of both the ocean and the rolling green hills of the area, guests here will find themselves plunged into the centre of the southern Irish countryside.
This is a great Airbnb in Kinsale for those who enjoy a ‘best of both worlds’ vibe, with town nearby yet the remote location allowing you to feel truly embedded into rural Kinsale.
Inside, the home is clean, comfortable and modern. Perhaps the crown jewel of the place is the outdoor seating area, which features a barbeque and stunning views across the water. Book a night or see more here.
Airbnb Kinsale: More places worth checking out
Fancy seeing what other Airbnbs Kinsale has to offer? You can browse the best of them right here.
I’m sure there’s plenty of other Airbnbs in Kinsale and beyond that are well worth visiting. Have one to recommend? Let me know in the comments.
James Connolly is a professional writer based in London. Having lived in cities across the world including Mumbai, Medellin and Barcelona, he uses his expertise to write articles showcasing the best of global travel.