If you’re in search of a unique Airbnb Waterford has plenty (some of which could go toe-to-toe with the best hotels in Waterford).
Perched on Ireland’s southeast coast, Waterford is famed as the nation’s oldest city (there’s also tonnes of things to do in Waterford!).
Boasting ancient monuments, stunning natural beauty and a vibrant modern cultural scene, Waterford is one of the most visited cities (and one of the most under-appreciated counties) in Ireland.
Airbnb Waterford: 11 unique and quirky spots
With so much character, it should come as no surprise that Waterford is home to some of the most unique Airbnbs in the country.
From houseboats in the city centre to stunning country piles, the Airbnbs in this portion of the country are something special.
Also, if it’s your first time using Airbnb, you can nab up to €50 off your first trip by using this code when you’re booking.
Airbnbs in Waterford City
We’re tackling the best places to stay in the city, first. Below, you’ll find some of the most unique and unusual Airbnbs Waterford City has to offer.
Expect everything from homes by the water with incredible views to boats on the water where you’ll be treated to an unforgettable stay.
1. Riverside city centre Airbnb in Waterford City
For those looking to stay in the centre of Waterford, this light and airy apartment is absolutely ideal.
With room for four guests, the balcony here is ideal for watching the boats go by with a coffee in the morning or a pre-dinner cocktail.
The interior of this flat has a chic, modern vibe whilst there are some luxurious touches like a kingsize bed and an American fridge.
This apartment is a truly relaxing place to spend time in Waterford for families, groups of friends and couples visiting the city.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Waterford City (from rooms with a view to a castle hotel)
2. City centre apartment on the water
This Waterford Airbnb has room for four guests across two bedrooms. This stylish city-centre spot in Waterford is the perfect place for a group of mates to use as a base.
The balcony provides some great views of the river whilst the apartment has also been recently renovated, so you’ll have all the modern comforts you could ask for.
This apartment is just five minutes stroll to the heart of the city as well as the popular Waterford glass centre.
The city is home to some great bars, pubs and restaurants and so this apartment is ideally positioned for enjoying everything Waterford has to offer.
3. Entire flat hosted by Geraldine (our favourite Airbnb Waterford City has to offer)
This gorgeous 2-bed apartment is described as a mini penthouse by the owner and the luxurious feel certainly lives up to this level of billing.
With a top waterside location that makes for a perfect vantage point for viewing passing boats and ships, this flat is ideal for a couple or small family staying in Waterford.
Close to the city centre and many of Waterford’s top cultural attractions, Geraldine’s flat boasts all of the mod cons you could want to enjoy a comfortable home away from home vibe.
4. Entire narrowboat (beside tower hotel)
This narrowboat is perfect for couples and, with a central location, makes the ideal vantage point from which to explore Waterford and its charming city centre.
Just a minute’s walk from the Viking Triangle and five minutes from the city’s central bus terminal, this unique property offers a place to make some seriously amazing memories in Waterford.
Boasting a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing stay.
Throw in the fact that there’s a double bed, a small dining table and a chair and it’s clear that this unique narrowboat is also super-comfortable.
Airbnbs in Waterford County
We’re tackling the wider county, next. Below, you’ll find some of the most unique and unusual Airbnbs Waterford County has to offer.
Expect everything from lofts with incredible views (see below) to apartments that you’ll never want to leave.
5. Granary Loft (the most unique Airbnb Waterford has to offer)
Next up is hand-down the most unique Airbnb in Waterford. Welcome to the bright and very funky Granary.
Located in the grounds of a former dairy farm in Annestown, this stunning apartment is a unique space in Waterford county. With direct access to the cliffs and Annestown beach, guests here can enjoy both the city and countryside.
There’s space for two guests in one bedroom at Granary Loft, whilst the romantic setting makes it perfect for couples seeking some R&R in the country.
The modern decor and huge windows make this place a pleasure to stay in, with every kind of mod con you’d need to enjoy a comfortable trip.
6. Silver Springs, Fully-furnished apartment
Situated in Dunmore East, Silver Springs is a fully-furnished, squeaky clean space with room for three adults. This makes this apartment ideal for friends or small families.
Guests here can enjoy a buffet breakfast on the house as well as coffee, tea, and homemade goodies, all for free!
Just a five-minute drive to the village of Dunmore East, you can take advantage of the myriad beaches and bays that line this area of southeast Ireland’s coast.
7. Creamery Loft – relax in contemporary luxury
For those seeking a bit of modern-day luxury treatment in Waterford, look no further than this gorgeous loft conversion near Annestown.
With room for four guests across two bedrooms, this is a contemporary, light and spacious environment that’s a dream to spend time in.
Located on an old dairy farm overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the property is close to local beaches and rural villages whilst remaining within walking distance of Waterford city centre and its first-class bars, pubs and restaurants.
8. Faithlegg Country Cottage
Ideal for those seeking the best of both worlds, Faithlegg is a stunning cottage in a quiet cul-de-sac close to both rural Waterford, local beaches and the city centre.
A cosy yet clean, modern place to stay, there is room for two people in one double bedroom, making it tailormade for a couple’s weekend retreat.
One of the owners here is an artist who offers guests private lessons for a fee. You will create your own unique piece of art during the lesson which you can take home as a reminder of your time at this unique Waterford Airbnb!
9. Big Mick’s Cottage
Just thirty minutes’ drive from Waterford but also close to Kilkenny and Clonmel, Big Mick’s Cottage is a cosy and contemporary getaway in the heart of southeast Ireland’s verdant countryside.
With room for six guests, this gorgeously restored property is close to the Curraghmore estate and nearby Comeragh mountains.
Guests are also perfectly situated to visit the beautiful Mahon Falls as well as lakes at Coumshingaun and Slievenamon.
For those who prefer their water of the salty variety, the Deise Greenway and Copper Coast beaches are also easily visited from here.
10. A perfect place with breathtaking views of the sea
Located in the seaside town of Tramore, this stunning Waterford Airbnb offers some of the finest views of any property on our list.
That’s because this place is literally on the beach, with unimpeded vistas across the adjacent Atlantic Ocean.
With room for six guests across three bedrooms, visitors to this property can enjoy the recently refurbished living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms as if they were in their own home.
This is an ideal spot to stay in for families or friends looking for a convenient base from which to explore the countryside of southeast Ireland as well as Waterford city proper.
Related read: Check out our guide to the best hotels in Tramore (seaside retreats, cheap stays and more)
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.