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.
2. A swanky gaff by the sea in Kinsale
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.
3. A spacious gaff in Carlingford with mighty views
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.
4. A hideaway by the sea in Donegal
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.
5. An Corrach by the waterfront
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.
6. Heron’s lakeside lodge in Roscommon
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.’
7. A Fancy Beachside Cottage In Galway
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.
8. A beautifully restored gate lodge in the Vale of Avoca
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.
9. Kilmurray Cottage in Dingle
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.
10. A massive penthouse in Galway with mighty views throughout
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.
11. The Valentia Island 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.
12. 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.
13. A beautiful house by the Lough in 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.
14. A base for surfers and those looking to explore Clare
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.
15. A quirky gaff with views of Bantry Bay
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.
16. 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.
17. A 16th-Century Castle in Kilkenny that sleeps 10
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.
18. Wexford’s Wilton Castle
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.
19. The Skellig Rest
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.
20. Dolphin Beach Lodge
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.
21. Conroy’s Old Bar in County Tipperary
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.
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.