Group Accommodation Ireland: 21 GORGEOUS Gaffs You Can Rent With Mates In 2020

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Photos via Airbnb.ie

Finding unique group accommodation in Ireland can be hard at the best of times.

It’s after getting a whole lot harder this year with many people planning some form of mini-staycation in Ireland during the summer months.

In the guide below, I’ve chucked in as many unique Airbnbs that I could find that are able to comfortably accommodate groups of 3+ (some sleep up to 22).

Note: When we first published this guide a few weeks back, most of these places had availability. However, some have now been booked up for good chunks of July/August. Make sure to check the dates when you’re having a browse. Also, just double-check the prices before booking, as some hosts seem to be increasing prices regularly. 

1. Nanny Murphy’s Cottage

Nanny Murphy’s cottage in County Longford is arguably one of the most unique (and best-value) stays on Airbnb (a night costs less than €25 per person).

This gorgeous little cottage boasts a clatter of authentic features, like cob walls, an open fireplace and exposed beams, each of which will transport you back to Ireland of old.

Nanny Murphy’s has three bedrooms and can accommodate up to six people comfortably. There’s a fully kitted out kitchen and a cosy living room where you can kick back with a beer or a coffee.

How much a stay will set you back

nanny murphys airbnb

A weekend in Nanny Murphy’s Cottage is RIDICULOUSLY good value. I popped a weekend in August for a group of 6:

  • Total cost for 3 nights: €276
  • Total per person: €46
  • Total per person per night: €23
  • Book a night or check prices here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

2. A swanky gaff by the sea in Kinsale

view from the bedroom

If you’re in search of a deadly base to explore Kinsale from with a group of friends or family, this big a*s house by the sea should tickle your fancy.

You’ll find this swanky gaff finely plonked on a site that looks down upon the Old Head of Kinsale.

The owners took full advantage of the views when designing the place – you’ll be able to soak up incredible scenery right the way throughout the house.

Aside from the views (and the price – more on this below), one of the biggest things that this place has going for it is its big communal areas – there’s plenty of space to come together as a group and chill.

How much a stay will set you back

view from the kitchen area

I’ve popped in a Friday night in July (available at the time of writing) for 16 friends sharing. Here’s how much it works out at:

  • Total: €1,385
  • Total per person: €86.56
  • See more or book a night here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

3. A spacious gaff in Carlingford with mighty views

view at night

You’ll find this house in Carlingford, a short spin from the village where it offers lovely views out over Carlingford Lough.

The cottage is tucked away off the main road and it’s a quiet, cosy base for exploring Carlingford and the surrounding area.

The interior of this place is the business – those that visit can expect a fully equipped kitchen, plenty of communal space and stylish furnishings and fittings.

How much a stay will set you back

views for days

So, I whacked in a weekend in August (available at the time of writing) into Airbnb for 5 people sharing. Here’s how it worked out:

  • Total: €622
  • Per person: €124
  • Per person per night: €62
  • Book a night here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

4. A hideaway by the sea in Donegal

 Cottage from afar

You’ll find this Airbnb in Dooey in Lettermacaward, West Donegal. As you can see from the snaps above, this gorgeous little cottage is plonked right beside the sea.

Imagine waking up on a clear day, brewing up a pot of coffee, and heading for a saunter along the sand right outside your door. Magic.

The cottage has been recently renovated and inside guests will find a newly furnished interior, every utility you could possibly want, and central heating.

How much a stay will set you back

Inside the cottage

So, this place is only going to suit those of you in search of a winter getaway, as it’s nearly completely booked up until November.

Here’s how much a Friday and Saturday night in November will set you back if 4 of you visit:

  • Total: €516
  • Per person: €129
  • Per person per night: €64.50
  • Book a night in this place here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

5. An Corrach by the waterfront

corrach donegal

Look at that view… Good God! You’ll find An Corrach on the Rosguill Peninsula. If you’re not familiar with Rosguill, it’s one of Donegal’s finest hidden gems.

It’s on Rosguill that you’ll encounter scenery that’ll knock you sideways over and over again. Scenery that you can admire from the comfort of this gorgeous recently built house.

An Corrach is not only stunningly built – it’s also situated in an absolutely magnificent location that provides those that stay with breathtaking views out over Tranarossan Beach.

How much a stay will set you back

airbnb corrach donegal

I popped in five nights in September for a group of 8 sharing. Here’s how much it costs:

  • Total: €1,185
  • Total per person: €148.12
  • Cost per person per night: €49.37
  • Book a night or check prices here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

6. Heron’s lakeside lodge in Roscommon

view from the outside

You’ll find this lodge in County Roscommon where it’s tucked away in the rural Shannon countryside on 4 acres of finely manicured private grounds.

It’s big, spacious on the inside and out and it’s got plenty of areas where you can come together with a group and eat, sleep and drink.

According to the hosts, ‘A warm welcome awaits you at Heron’s Lodge. A unique and impressive 7 double bedroom home in beautiful rural Shannon countryside. Set in 4 acres of idyllic private grounds with its own lake and glorious views.

Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty this property offers a tranquil base for exploring and enjoying all that a holiday in Ireland has to offer.’

How much a stay will set you back

herons lodge

I’ve popped in a weekend in August for 9 friends sharing (it sleeps up to 14 – the more people you book in with the cheaper it’ll be per person!). Here’s how much it’ll set you back:

  • Total: €1156
  • Total per person: €128.44
  • Total per person per night: €64.22
  • See more or book a night here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

7. A Fancy Beachside Cottage In Galway

folans cottage

You’ll find the very fancy ‘Folan’s Cottage’ in Connemara in County Galway, a stone’s throw (literally) from a secluded beach.

This architecturally designed home was carefully rebuilt in 2010 from two ruined stone cottages that previously stood proudly in the area.

Those that visit Folan’s will be treated to mighty views, with everything from the Twelve Bens to the Arann Islands visible on a clear day.

How much a stay will set you back

connemara cottage to rent

There’s a 7-night minimum stay at Folan’s, which isn’t ideal, but hopefully, it’ll suit some of you looking for a long break.

I’ve popped in a week in November (this place is popular, clearly!) for a group of 7:

  • Total cost: €1,397
  • Per person: €199.57
  • Book a night here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

8. A beautifully restored gate lodge in the Vale of Avoca

outside view
Photo via Airbnb.ie

If you and a couple of friends are after a very unique getaway that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, this place should tickle your fancy.

It works out at LESS THAN €40 per person per night (more on the price at the end) and places to stay rarely come as unique.

You’ll find this beautifully restored gate lodge/mini castle tucked away in the Vale of Avoca in County Wicklow.

It’s a handy 4km from the buzzy town of Avoca and just 3km from Avoca village. It’s also a nice base for those of you looking to explore Wicklow.

How much a stay will set you back

the outside of the lodge
Photo via Airbnb.ie

I’ve popped in a Saturday night in August (available at the time of writing) for 5 friends sharing. Here’s how much it works out at:

  • Total: €153
  • Total per person: €38.25
  • See more or book a night here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

9. Kilmurray Cottage in Dingle

view from outside the cottage
Photo via intothewestdingle.ie

You’ll find Kilmurray Cottage in the little Gaeltacht village of Lios Póil on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, 8 km from Dingle town.

In the photo above, you’ll get a sense of the scenery that lies RIGHT OUTSIDE of this luxurious little cottage. Mad stuff altogether!

Imagine sauntering outside your front door early in the morning with a cup of coffee and watching the tangy sky emerge over the mountains as the sun starts to rise.

On a clear day, you’ll be able to get a good aul eyeful of everywhere from Dingle Bay and Minard Castle to the mighty Macgillicuddy Reeks.

How much a stay will set you back

another view from inside

I popped in a Friday to a Sunday in August for four people sharing. Here’s how much it works out at:

  • Total for two nights: €530
  • Total per person: €132.50
  • Total per person per night: €66.25
  • If you fancy spending the night, you can book/lookup prices here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

10. A massive penthouse in Galway with mighty views throughout

pool table with a view

You’ll find this very swanky gaff a handy 150 meters from Shop Street in Galway City Centre and 100 metres from the city’s buzzy Latin Quarter.

Now, we cover a lot of unique accommodation in Ireland in the where to stay section of this site, but few places that we’ve featured have been as fancy as this spot.

When you stroll into the apartment, you’ll be hit with a magnificent view out over Galway Bay, thanks to some humungous floor to ceiling windows.

How much a stay will set you back

view from the bedroom

I’ve popped in a Friday night in August for 15 friends sharing. Here’s how much it works out at:

  • Total: €1,408
  • Total per person: €93.86
  • See more or book a night here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

11. The Valentia Island Boathouse

View from inside the boathouse

You’ll find the Boat House on the magnificent Valentia Island, near the little town of Portmagee in County Kerry.

Located smack-bang on the water, the big, chonker of a window in the sitting room overlooks the beach, the lighthouse, Beginish Island and beyond.

The Boat House is a 250-year-old natural stone building. Inside, you’ll find an interior made up of traditional style white walls and natural timber. There’s also huge slabs of beautiful Valentia slate used in the kitchen.

How much a stay will set you back

Outside of the boathouse

Availability for this place is limited enough. There are currently no nights free for the summer, but there are plenty available in October and beyond.

I did a quick search on a weekend in October for a group of 6.

  • Total cost: €399
  • Total per person: €66.50 
  • Total per person per night: €33.25
  • You can book a night at this place here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

12. Mamore Cottages

mamore cottage outside
Photo used with permission of Mamore Cottages

You’ll find the postcard-perfect Mamore Cottages in Urris on the Inishowen Peninsula, one of the most scenic and often-missed corners of our little island.

A stone’s throw from the magnificent Mamore Gap, Five Finger Strand, Lough Swilly and Fanad Head, these cottages are a quirky little base for exploring the county.

The Mamore Cottages look like something from a land that time forgot, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Although the cottages were lovingly restored to their former glory and are traditional in every sense of the word, they have added mods and cons for comfort, like heating.

How much a stay will set you back

mamore cottage

So, I’ve whacked in a Friday and a Saturday night in September for 3 people in Mickey’s Cottage. Here’s how much it worked out at:

  • Total cost for two nights: €176
  • Cost per person: €59
  • Cost per person per night: €29
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

13. A beautiful house by the Lough in Carlingford

wood quay carlingford

You’ll find this gorgeous seafront bungalow in the heart of the medieval town of Carlingford in County Louth where it offers a very unique accommodation experience.

On one hand, this bungalow is a very short walk to Carlingford’s lively pubs and on the other, it’s finely plonked right on the seafront.

Thanks to its enviable location, the bungalow offers breath-taking views out across the beautiful Carlingford Lough and over beyond to the mighty mountains of mourne.

The building was built in 1840 and was actually originally a grain store for the nearby Carlingford railway station.

How much a stay will set you back

wood quay
Photos via Wood Quay

I popped in a couple of nights in August (there’s a 2-night minimum stay) for 3 people sharing. Here’s how much it works out at:

  • Total for two nights: €270
  • Total per person: €90
  • Total per person per night: €45
  • Book a night in this place here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

14. A base for surfers and those looking to explore Clare

Second exterior shot of the accommodation

You’ll find this newly built bungalow down a quiet country lane a stone’s throw (5-minute drive) from the little seaside town of Lahinch.

Which makes it the perfect base for those of you that fancy trying your hand at surfing in one of Ireland’s surf hotspots.

The property has been designed to maximise the scenery that surrounds it. Just look at the photo below…

The main living area boasts a 270-degree view of the Atlantic, thanks to a floor to ceiling window that overlooks Liscannor bay and the Cliffs of Moher.

How much a stay will set you back

Inside the airbnb

So, I’ve popped in 3 nights (Fri to Tuesday) in September for 4 people sharing to get an idea of the price:

  • Total: €669
  • Total per person: €167.25
  • Total per person per night: €55.75
  • See more of this place here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

15. A quirky gaff with views of Bantry Bay

seating area

You’ll find this gorgeous little chalet in County Cork where it’s finely plonked on a site that overlooks Bantry Bay.

This place is a mighty little base for those of you that fancy exploring a chunk of West Cork with a group (it sleeps up to 5) of friends.

It’s surrounded by incredible scenery, it’s a stone’s throw from many of West Cork’s top attractions and it’s insanely cheap (more below!).

It’s also just a 5-minute drive from Bantry where you’ll find a clatter of pubs and places to eat. It’s also a short spin from Bantry House, which is well worth a visit.

How much a stay will set you back

view from the living area

I’ve popped in a night in August (available at the time of writing) for 5 friends sharing. Here’s how much it works out at:

  • Total: €170
  • Total per person: €34
  • See more or book a night here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

16. Doolin Village Lodges

Doolin Village Lodges

Elfin Cottage is one of several cottages and lodges that Doolin Village Lodges have on offer, but it’s easily the pick of the bunch.

The building that now houses the very fancy Elfin started off its life as a farmers cottage many moons ago. 

Since then, it’s appearance has changed quite a bit. The owners have carefully restored the cottage with the expertise of local craftsmen. They’ve also added in some very luxurious decor.

How much a stay will set you back

a mighty view

I couldn’t find a Friday night free, so I popped in a weeknight in September for four adults. Here’s how it looks price-wise:

  • Total cost: €469
  • Per person: €117.25 
  • Book a night or check prices here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

17. A 16th-Century Castle in Kilkenny that sleeps 10

the exterior of the castle

This. Place. Looks. CLASS! If you’ve ever fancied staying in a castle in Kilkenny, now’s your chance.

This gorgeous 16th-century castle is a stone’s throw from the city (5-minute drive) and sleeps ten, which makes it the ideal destination for a group looking for a base for a few nights away.

The castle was lovingly restored over the course of 25 years (that’s a serious bit of dedication!) and looks absolutely top-notch inside and out.

This castle is well equipped for a large group, with plenty of communal areas for lounging around and chatting, and nice big areas for group meals.

How much a stay will set you back

inside the main living area

So, I popped in a Friday and Saturday night in August for a group of 10 to suss out the price. Here’s how much it works out at:

  • Total stay: €2,887
  • Total per person: €288.70
  • Total per person per night: €35
  • Book a night in this place here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

18. Wexford’s Wilton Castle

exterior of wilton castle during the day

I came across Wilton Castle while researching luxury Airbnbs for our guide to unique Airbnbs in Ireland (check it out if you haven’t already).

It looks incredible. And it’s perfectly equipped for a very alternative weekend away for a big group of friends at a very reasonable price.

Located on the banks of the Boro River in Wexford and surrounded by open parkland and quiet wooded countryside, the castle has been part of the local landscape since way back in 1247.

Over the years, the castle fell into disarray. That was until the current owner restored it to its former glory.

How much a stay will set you back

a cosy living are at wilton castle

To get the best bang for your buck, you need to rent Wilton Castle with a large group of friends or family.

So, if you’ve been mulling over some big reunion, now’s the time to fire out the texts. The below price is based on a Saturday night in August for 14 people sharing:

  • Total cost: €1,408
  • Per person (based on a group of 14): €100.57
  • Book a night or see more here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

19. The Skellig Rest

Hammock in the garden

You’ll find the charming, 100-year-old Skellig Rest cottage nestled in an elevated position on the Ring of Kerry.

Its fine location treats those that stay to gorgeous panoramic mountain and sea views. Ridiculous views that you can enjoy from the comfort of a HOT TUB or a HAMMOCK, might I add!

The Skellig Rest sleeps 5 and comprises of 1 large double bed and 2 small double beds.

How much a stay will set you back

exterior of airbnb

The one big thing to note here is that there’s a minimum 7-night stay.

That’s going to rule this place out for a lot of people, but it’ll be perfect for those of you heading away on a staycation and looking for a great base to explore Kerry from.

I popped in a 7-night stay in September for a group of 4 sharing. Here’s how much it works out at:

  • Total: €1,091
  • Total per person: €272.75
  • Total per person per night: €38.96
  • Book a night at Skellig Rest here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

20. Dolphin Beach Lodge

Outside at night

If you’re looking for a place to head with a group of friends or family for a weekend away, then Dolphin Beach Lodge in Clifden is a solid option.

There’s a tonne of places to visit nearby, you’re at the heart of some of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most spectacular scenery, and the lodge is very fancy altogether.

There’s also plenty of nice, big open spaces for a group to kick back together after a hard day of exploring.

How much a stay will set you back

Master bedroom with view

So, this place isn’t cheap if you’re staying on your own or with one other person. There’s a minimum 3-night stay, which isn’t ideal either, especially if you’re only looking to head away for a weekend.

With that being said, if a group of 6 go, it’s pretty reasonable. I’ve slapped in a Friday to a Monday in September for 6 people and the price works out as:

  • Total: €1,305
  • Total per person: €217
  • Total per person per night: €72.50
  • See more of it here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

21. Conroy’s Old Bar in County Tipperary

bar to rent airbnb ireland

The level of want is real… Although this pub hasn’t served a customer for nearly 15 years, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a buzzy local public house at first glance.

You’ll find it in a sleepy little village in north Tipperary, close to the mighty Lough Derg and the River Shannon.

Yes, this place is slightly off the beaten path, but it’ll be perfect for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet (and their very own pub) for a few nights.

How much a stay will set you back

tippery airbnb

I popped in a weekend in September 2020 (Friday to Sunday) for 4 people sharing and it worked out at:

  • Total: €469
  • Cost per person per night: €117.25
  • Cost per person per night: €58.62
  • See more or book a stay here
  • If you use the link above we’ll make a tiny commission that goes towards the running of this website and you won’t pay anything extra (cheers if you do – it’s appreciated!)

More unique accommodation in Ireland

Love unique and quirky places to stay? Hop into our section on where to stay in Ireland. It’s wedged with everything from castles to hobbit pods.

Howaya! Thanks for visiting the Irish road trip! This site exists to inspire and guide you on an Irish adventure that’ll give birth to a lifetime of memories (sounds very arsey altogether, I know!) You'll find everything from things to do in Ireland to where to stay in Ireland (unique and unusual places) if you have a nosey around!

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