11 Lovely Lakeside Airbnbs In Ireland Where You Can Sleep Next To The Water

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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

Lakeside Oasis | Oughterard Airbnb, County Galway
Photos via Avril on Airbnb

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. Book a night or see more here.

2. A magical lakeside yurt in Roscommon

Photos of Magical Lakeside Yurt Airbnb
Photos via Yasmin on Airbnb

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. Book a night or see more here.

3. A lakeside retreat in Mayo

Lakeside Retreat Airbnb, County Mayo
Photos via Patrick on Airbnb

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. Book a night or see more here.

4. Lough Hyne Cottage in Cork

Lough Hyne Cottage Airbnb, County Cork
Photos via Steven on Airbnb

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. Book a night or see more here.

5. The Barn at Lake Lodge in Westmeath

Barn at Lake Lodge Airbnb, County Westmeath
Photos via Jacinta on Airbnb

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 

Beautiful Lakeview Home Airbnb, County Donegal 
Photos via Odharnait on Airbnb

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. Book a night or see more here.

7. Connemara Lakeside Cottage in Galway

Connemara Lakeside Cottage Airbnb, County Galway
Photos via Hugh And Mary on Airbnb

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

7 Bedroom Lakeside Lodge Airbnb, County Roscommon
Photos via Jody on Airbnb

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. Book a night or see more here.

9. A picture postcard lakeside retreat in Donegal

Truly Picture Postcard Lakeside Retreat Airbnb, County Donegal
Photos via Collette on Airbnb

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

Luxury 4-bed lakeside house Airbnb, County Tipperary
Photos via Brian & Michelle on Airbnb

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. Book a night or see more here.

11. Lough Mardal Lodge in Donegal

Lough Mardal Lodge Lakeside Glamping Airbnb, County Donegal
Photos via Clare & Marcus on Airbnb

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.

See more unique places to stay in Ireland

2 photos of Coastal chic airbnb
Photos via Sara on Airbnb

You can find more class beach houses here. Or, if you’d like to see what other unique accommodation Ireland has to offer, hop into our where to stay section.

Elisha is an Australian freelance writer, content creator and blogger, having written for 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.

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