From private islands to private pools, check out these Airbnbs in Ireland for groups or large family gatherings, and get planning your next staycation.
With more extended families holidaying together and the desire to stay in rather than go out, a holiday home can be the perfect solution. I am an Airbnb Associate, so I spent hours searching the Airbnb website and found plenty of great Airbnbs in Ireland for groups and extended families, who want to holiday together.
I’ve got beach houses and country houses, some are located on hotel grounds, while others are set in their own private estates. I have chosen a variety of sizes too, from 4-bedroom luxury townhouses, to 11-bedroom mansions. Some houses even have their own pools, and one is located on its own private island! So why not get a few friends together or plan a family gathering away from home for a change – hopefully one of these large Airbnbs in Ireland will suit the occasion perfectly.
1. Sunnybank House with private pool, Clifden, Galway – 11 Bedrooms
Located in the heart of Connemara this 11-bedroomed country estate can sleep 16+ guests. It has an outdoor pool that is heated from late May – mid September, as well as a sauna and tennis court. It is just 150 metres from the town square, where you will find a great selection of bars and restaurants. The nearby private leisure centre with indoor heated pool and gym is also available for use all year around.
2. Collanmore Island Lodge, Westport, Co. Mayo – 4 Bedrooms
Fancy holidaying in your own private island? Collanmore Island Lodge is located in Clew Bay, just 10 mins from the vibrant town of Westport, but it will seem like worlds apart… Just hop on the ferry from Westport (€10pp return) and enjoy the freedom of island life for a few days. The lodge has its own private beach, a BYOB bar, a hot tub and a steam room. This is one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland for groups, the house sleeps up to 22 people.
3. Sheen Falls Country Club, Kenmare, Co. Kerry – 4 Bedrooms
This luxury detached four-bedroom house at Sheen Falls Country Club in Kenmare is furnished to the highest standard, and provides complimentary access to the swimming pool at the Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel.
Kenmare is located on the Ring of Kerry and is a delightful town with a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. This is the ideal getaway for a large family our group of friends.
4. The Boat House, Baltimore, Co. Cork – 4 Bedrooms
West Cork is one of my favourite parts of Ireland and The Boat House location is idyllic. This four-bedroomed house is one of ten properties on an island estate, reached by a stone bridge. It is also located close to Baltimore and Skibbereen, so if you fancy a change of scene, you don’t have too far to go. You will also have access to an indoor heated swimming pool during your stay.
5. Large Family Home in Dingle, Co. Kerry – 5 Bedrooms
This modern five-bedroomed Dingle home is ideal for a large gathering in one of Ireland’s most loved towns. It is located less than five minutes walk to the centre of the town and has a relaxing conservatory opening out to a private garden.
Make sure you experience the Slea Head Drive, take a boat out to the Skellig Islands, or enjoy a swim with Dingle’s favourite friend, Fungie the dolphin – there is so much to do on the Dingle Peninsula.
6. Guitane Lakeside House, Killarney, Co. Kerry – 5 Bedrooms
The five-bedroomed Guitane House overlooks Lough Guitane in Killarney. Located on 7.5 acres, with private access to your own lake, with boating and fishing rights to Lough Guitane, this is the ultimate in Airbnb luxury. You can enjoy a unique retreat with the benefit of being just ten minutes drive from Killarney town and its famous National Park.
7. Villa Yeats, Ardmore, Co. Waterford – 5 Bedrooms
Villa Yeats is a modern 5-bedroomed home with private beach access in one of Waterford’s most idyllic locations. Set on a five-acre estate with a sister property, Villa Galileo, it is ideal for large gathering as both houses can be rented together, and can accommodate up to 29 people.
Each house has a separate garden and an outdoor terrace with BBQ, and there is a shared shed with two kayaks and tennis rackets for guest use. The five-star Cliff House Hotel is nearby with its award-winning Michelin star restaurant – but make sure to book it in advance!
8. The St George at Ross Castle, with Pool Access. Co. Galway – 6 + Bedrooms*
The St George House accommodates up to 12 guests with the added benefits of having access to the grounds of the estate and all its common areas, including the indoor heated pool, Billiards room, tennis court and lake boats.
There are three cottages on the estate which can be booked together, making it one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland for groups. You can view The Park Hall here, which sleeps up to 16 guests. With Connemara, Mayo and even Clare all within driving distance, the possibilities for day trips are endless.
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9. Golf Lodge at Mount Juliet Estate, with Pool Access, Co. Kilkenny – 4 Bedrooms
This spacious 4-bedroom golf lodge in Mount Juliet Estate is a great find on Airbnb. I stayed in Mount Juliet recently and loved it. The house is very well equipped and modernly furnished with a dining suite for 10 and a log burning stove – perfect for a large family get together. The large south facing garden is furnished with an outdoor table and chairs and the pièce de résistance – you have access to the hotel’s swimming pool.
10. Driney House with Indoor Pool & Private Jetty, Co. Leitrim – 4 Bedrooms
This four-bedroom house is located on the waterways in Leitrim. There is a private jetty and access to the lake just 50 metres from the garden and there is also a heated indoor pool with lake view, which is open from April 1st – December 31st. The BBQ and outdoor terrace offer the perfect place for al-fresco dining, and the house is well equipped with WiFi and a fireplace if you fancy a cosy night in.
11. Modern beach house, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo – 4 Bedrooms
I’ve just returned from a weekend in Mayo and I can confirm the beaches near Louisburg are spectacular! This villa-style 4-bedroom beach house offers panoramic views of the Atlantic and Croagh Patrick, with a small beach just 100 meters from the house.
There is also a pier for crab and mackerel fishing, and plenty of options for waters ports in the beaches nearby. The house is well equipped with all mod cons including Apple TV, Netflix, WiFi, as well as a fully fitted wet room to help clean sandy bodies easily.
12. The Lime House, Slane, Co. Meath – 6 Bedrooms
If you are looking for large Airbnbs in Ireland for groups, then look no further than The Lime House eco lodge – it can sleep up to 22 people. There are six ensuite bedrooms, as well as a wood-fired hot tub*, pizza oven and BBQ area beside the house. There is also a natural swimming pool about 300 metres away, which can be used all year round, but warmest from May to September.
13. The Boatstrand Beachhouse, Co. Waterford – 4 Bedrooms
If you are looking for a modern Airbnb in Ireland near the beach, this one ticks all boxes – in fact it has a beach at the end of the garden. Beautifully decorated with panoramic sea views, this Copper Coast hideaway is ideal for families and friends alike. The house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large garden with a BBQ – perfect for family nights in.
14. Log Cabin in Kinsale, Co. Cork – 5 Bedrooms
This five-bedroom log cabin offers superb sea views and is located just ten minutes drive from Kinsale. This will house up to 11 guests, so it is ideal for an extended families. There is a large garden, a balcony with views towards the Old Head of Kinsale, an office and a home gym. There is a small beach at the end of the road which is ideal for canoeing, and there are plenty of sandy beaches a short drive away.
15. Inch Country House, Co. Tipperary – 6 bedrooms
You only have to look at the image of Inch House to know that it is something special. A Georgian Country Mansion dating from 1720, if you fancy a family get together in true Downtown Abbey style – then look no further. It was a guest house and restaurant for 25 years before being transformed back into a stately home in 2018.
You will have exclusive use of the six-bedroom house which can accommodate up to 19 people, and the proprietors own home is behind the main house, which can house a further six people if required, at an additional cost. The Library Bar can be stocked to your own taste, including draft Guinness! There is also a unique little chapel and extensive gardens to explore. A private chef can also be arranged if you would rather not cook during your stay.
16. The Old Quay House, Fethard on sea, Co. Wexford – 6 Bedrooms
This magnificent period house is located right at the harbour and offers panoramic views from three separate balconies. It can sleep up to 17 which makes a one of the most popular Airbnbs in Ireland for groups. Located on the beautiful Hook Peninsula, you will find plenty of shops and restaurants close by as well as some superb beaches – I’m told there are 14 different beaches nearby.
The extensive gardens have a patio with BBQ area and there is a games room with a full-size table tennis, 6ft pool / snooker table, and a cross trainer. There are also fishing nets, boules and buckets and spades for kids on site.
17. Radestown House, Co. Kilkenny – 7 Bedrooms
Radestown House is a four-storey, 8,000 sq.ft. house set on 11 acres. If you are looking for a luxurious house for a large party or family event, then look no further – its sleeps up to 35. There are plenty of places to dine: you can choose the formal dining room, the kitchen dining area, or the two large outdoor terraces. However if you fancy dining out, the house is located less than 10 minutes from Kilkenny city centre. This must be one of the largest Airbnbs in Ireland for groups.
18. Killadangan, Westport Period House, Co. Mayo – 5 Bedrooms
This villa-style period house overlooking Clew Bay is one of a kind. Located just ten minutes from the vibrant town of Westport, on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is an ideal venue for an extended family holiday or group of friends. Situated on eight acres, the five bedroomed house has been fully restored over five years, and now has a wonderful mix of contemporary and antique furnishings.
A concierge service is available with housekeeping, a private chef and waitress. The hosts can also arrange bespoke itineraries including guided tours and boat trips.
19. Ethan House, Killarney, Co Kerry – 4 separate houses
Ethan House Killarney is one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland for groups, as it offers four self-contained suites on a two-acre site. It allows friends or extended families to holiday together, with the benefits of having privacy in their own home.
If all houses are rented together, they can sleep up to 21 guests, however if you only wish to rent three of the houses, contact the host for individual prices. It is located just 4km from Killarney town centre, and close to all of its top attractions.
20. Zephyr Lodge, Bundoran, Co. Donegal – 6 Bedrooms
Zephyr Lodge was originally an award-winning guesthouse, and is now a luxury holiday home that can sleep up to 14 guests. Recently refurbished, the lodge is well equipped and located just five minutes walk to the lively town centre of Bundoran and its stunning beach.
21. Award Winning Designed Home with Ocean Views, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo – 4 Bedrooms
This modern award-winning four-bedroomed house offers stunning views of the Atlantic, with a road that leads down to a great sea swimming spot. The house is connected with the HARBOUR SUP school and equipment and lessons can be arranged from the house. It is just three minutes from Dromore West which has a pub, cafe and Chinese take-away, while the seaside town of Enniscrone and its stunning white sandy beach, are just 17 minutes away.
22. Bunker Lodge Beach House, Co. Clare – 4 Bedrooms
Bunker Lodge is a four-bedroomed luxury beach house that is just minutes from the white sandy beach at Doughmore and the Trump International Hotel at Doonbeg. Its unique design includes an L shaped sunroom and a first floor living room, which offers panoramic views of the Atlantic through its windows and balcony.
This home can sleep up to 10 and is ideally suited to an extended family gathering, as group parties are not allowed. Located close to the village of Doonbeg, with the Cliffs of Moher, Clare’s seaside resorts and the Aran Islands close by, the possibilities for day trips are endless.
23. The Glendalough Lodge, Co. Wicklow – 5 Bedrooms
This beautiful five-bedroomed Victorian Lodge is located in the pretty village of Laragh, close to Glendalough’s lakes. It is listed by the Irish Government as a building of historical significance and importance, and is ideally located for nature lovers, walkers and hikers.
Why not cook a nice family roast on the vintage AGA cooker after a day on the mountains? There is also a private courtyard with a custom built BBQ area if you are lucky to rent it during the summer time. If you fancy dining out, the popular restaurant, ‘The Wicklow Heather’ is within walking distance as well as traditional country pubs.
24. Portrush Harbour Townhouse, Co. Antrim – 6 Bedrooms
This six-bedroomed townhouse in the harbour town of Portrush, is ideally located if you want to discover the Causeway Coast with family or friends. This house can sleep up to 19 guests and comes with a child friendly garden with trampoline and BBQ, two small dogs are also welcome. This luxurious holiday home is located within walking distance of the town and beach, and all of the Causeway Coast’s top attractions are close by.
25. Bella Vista, Carlingford, Co. Louth – 7 Bedrooms
The medieval town of Carlingford is always a popular choice for group getaways. The lively village is only a 12 minute walk away, and offers some great bars and restaurants. There is also a host of water sports available on Carlingford Lough. This is one of the most popular Airbnbs in Ireland for groups as it can sleep up to 23 in seven bedrooms, and it has a garden with patio area and BBQ for large family gatherings.
I hope this post on Airbnbs in Ireland for groups or large family holidays will help you plan a group getaway soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual Airbnb owners for clarification.
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