There’s just something about lakeside getaways that make them so peaceful and serene.
Whether you’re after a romantic escape by a pretty lake or a group holiday with access to plenty of outdoor activities, there are some incredible lakeside Airbnbs in Ireland.
Here are 11 lovely lakeside properties that you can book for your next trip.
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1. A lake side oasis in Galway
This large lakeside house is the perfect secluded home to enjoy with a group of friends. The five-bedroom place sits right on the edge of Lough Corrib in County Galway.
You can enjoy the incredibly serene lake from the comfort of indoors with large windows around the house, or you can sit out in the garden by the water’s edge.
Despite the place being a completely secluded escape, it’s just a three-minute drive from the vibrant town of Oughterard.
2. A magical lakeside yurt in Roscommon
This is a completely unique lakeside stay in County Roscommon. The custom-built wooden yurt sits on the edge of Lough Ree on a private property four miles from Athlone town.
The wooden hut has one double bed and a cosy living area with a wood-burning stove. It’s similar to a glamping set up, with an outdoor toilet and small kitchenette available.
You can also use the fire pit and BBQ for more of a camping experience.
3. A lakeside retreat in Mayo
This cute fisherman’s cottage sits on the shores of Lough Carra, a 4000-acre lake in County Mayo. The lake is known for its fishing and diverse wildlife and you can enjoy the complete serenity of the area in this secluded little spot.
The square cottage has one bedroom for two people and makes for a nice romantic escape. The outside decking area and large lawn is perfect for an afternoon picnic with views across the water.
You’ll also have access to a kitchen and cosy living area with an open fire for the cold evenings.
4. Lough Hyne Cottage in Cork
Located just 50 metres from the shore of Lough Hyne in County Cork, this newly renovated cottage is an incredibly beautiful and unique space.
The self-contained building has been constructed inside stone ruins from 1860 with locally sourced timber. The open plan design and large windows make the interior an incredibly bright and attractive place to spend time.
You can enjoy the cosy mezzanine overlooking the lake or the expansive deck surrounded by native trees. The one-bedroom property is perfect for a couple or even a solo getaway.
5. The Barn at Lake Lodge in Westmeath
You can rent this beautifully converted lodge on a thirty-acre property with access to Lough Owel. The Barn is a modern timber lodge with an open plan interior design. There are two bedrooms inside that sleep up to four guests.
Whether you want to enjoy the lakeside atmosphere down at the private pier or head off for a walk in the surrounding forest, this is a great country escape in County Westmeath. Book a night or see more here.
6. A beautiful Lakeview home in Tipperary
This elegantly designed house is located amidst the beautiful surrounds of Tipperary and Lough Derg. The large four-bedroom house has plenty of space for a big group of friends or family with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area to entertain.
From the property, you have easy access to Lough Derg for fishing, swimming or sailing, as well as, countryside walks around the water.
Situated on an acre and a half property, you’ll have complete privacy with the large lawn perfect for your own peaceful picnics.
7. Connemara Lakeside Cottage in Galway
For complete seclusion and a relaxing stay, you can have this lakeside cottage and surrounding area all to yourself. The house looks directly over a small lake and surrounding Connemara countryside.
The house has two ensuite bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and spacious lounge room with a wood burning stove.
It’s a great place to use as a base for exploring the Connemara National Park and the nearest town of Clifden. Book a night or see more here.
8. A Lakeside lodge in Roscommon
Set on a beautiful four-acre property with its own lake, this large seven-bedroom house is perfect for a large group holiday.
The house can sleep up to 14 guests with spacious rooms and plenty of communal areas for relaxing.
The incredible sunroom at the front of the house is its main highlight with stunning views across the small lake. The property is located in Rooskey in a pretty part of County Roscommon.
9. A picture postcard lakeside retreat in Donegal
This quaint little cottage sits by a beautiful lake in the middle of Donegal. It’s just 2km from Maghery beach and 5km from Dungloe, making it a great couple’s retreat with plenty of things to do nearby.
The cottage has a double bedroom, self-contained kitchen and living room with an open fire. The host even provides a delicious breakfast with locally sourced ingredients.
You can sit back and enjoy the lake views from this secluded spot. Book a night or see more here.
10. A luxury 4-bed lakeside house in Tipperary
You get access to the entire two-storey house overlooking Lough Derg in County Tipperary, when you book this property. The large, four-bedroom house is in an ideal location for a perfectly relaxing lakeside stay no matter what time of the year.
The interior of the house is luxuriously decorated with an open kitchen and dining room and comfortable living room.
From the second level terrace, you can sit out and gaze over the lake and beautiful countryside.
11. Lough Mardal Lodge in Donegal
This is one of the most incredible glamping stays in all of Ireland. The property sits on the edge of Lough Mardal with a number of unique yurts scattered around the lodge.
The 6m wide yurts are luxuriously furnished with a glass skydome so you can stargaze right from your bed.
The communal lodge area has all the amenities you’ll need from the kitchen to the open lounge area.
Whether you’re enjoying the privacy of your own yurt or sitting in the cosy living area of the lodge, you’ll have beautiful panoramic lake views. Book a night or see more here.
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Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.