If you are looking for a self catering holiday beside the sea, but don’t want to scrimp on style, these holiday homes and Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach should do the trick.
I am a massive beach lover, give me the sea over the pool any day! I published a post recently on top beach hotels in Ireland, and while most of you loved it, many of you asked for self catering alternatives. 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 decided to search the Airbnb website and found these luxurious Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach, as well as some fabulous holiday homes that I think you will love.
I have chosen properties from all over Ireland and I would happily holiday in any of them! All houses are highly recommended and very well equipped, however in some cases you may have to book a year in advance to get the date you require.
I also have this post on more affordable holiday homes Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way, – these all are currently available during July and August.
1. Folan’s Stone Cottage, Roundstone, Galway
Folan’s Cottage is located just meters from a quiet sandy beach in Connemara. Rebuilt in 2010 from two ruined stone cottages, it is your picture perfect Irish hideaway. With 3 bedrooms, a large kitchen, underfloor heating throughout, and a south facing terrace with sea views, it is surely one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland at the beach. In fact it is so popular, it is always sold out during July and August, and for the rest of the year is only rented by the week, Saturday to Saturday.
2. Lighthouse Keepers, Youghal, Cork
Featured as RTE’s Home of the Year and voted one of Ireland’s top 50 places to stay by the Irish Independent, when it comes to unique Airbnbs in Ireland, it doesn’t get much better than this. A 200 year old building, this house was the home of every lighthouse keeper that manned Youghal lighthouse since the 1800’s.
The owners spent two years renovating it and it is now a modern masterpiece, but still manages to hold on to its character and heritage. There are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, underfloor heating, and a conservatory complete with a hanging chair. Read the reviews from previous guests if you still need convincing.
3. The Stone House, Fanore, Clare
How stunning is this house? It was purposely built to resemble a stone barn and its fair to say the owners succeeded! This two-bedroom cottage has a Great Room on the second floor with breathtaking sea views from its floor to ceiling windows, and the interiors and design are modern throughout.
If you can manage to tear yourself away from this gorgeous house, the beach, O’Donohue’s Pub, a small grocery shop and a fabulous restaurant are within walking distance, and the Cliffs of Moher is just 10 miles away.
4. Tigh Thor, 5-bedroom luxury home in Dingle, Co. Kerry.
The newly renovated Tigh Thor is arguably one of the most luxurious homes you will find on The Dingle Peninsula – I’m having serious interiors goals just looking at it. There abundance of light, contemporary furnishings and open plan living area with views of Dingle Bay make it extremely inviting. There is also a snug lounge if you want to sneak off somewhere quiet with a good book, and let’s not forget the outdoor hot tub…See more here
5. Beachview House, Ballycastle, Antrim
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We were fortunate to stay in Beachview House a few years ago, when we explored the Causeway Coast. This stunning three-bedroomed house was recently renovated and is now modern, bright and spacious. It is located in the heart of the friendly village of Ballycastle, across the road from the beach, and close to all the attractions along the Causeway Coast, including the Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Dunluce Castle.
6. 5-star Cottage with private beach, Donegal
If isolation is what you seek, this Donegal stone cottage will fit the bill perfectly. Located on its own private beach surrounded by seven acres of land, it is surely one of the most secluded beachfront Airbnbs in Ireland – the public can only access this beach via a boat.
The cottage is over 100 years old, and retains its original thatch, overlaid with a modern roof. It is now equipped with all mod cons, even Netflix – just incase the weather doesn’t behave. With two large bedrooms, it is ideal for a family or group of friends and you can even bring your pet along with you.
7. Seal Rock, Two-Bedroom Designer Cottage, Co. Kerry:
Seal Rock Cottage is a stunning stone holiday home beside the sea in Rossmore Island, Kerry. It is situated on an acre of grounds and is connected to the Ring of Kerry by an ancient stone bridge. It
It is clear from the stylish decor and furnishings that the home was designed by a professional interior designer, but the exterior is impressive too. The landscaped gardens retain many of the natural features including a stream and mini-waterfalls, and there is an ocean-side terrace and private beach to enjoy. Note: children under 12 are not allowed.
8. Penthouse, 3-bedroom apartment in Portrush
A luxurious penthouse with a balcony overlooking the amazing Whiterocks Beach – it doesn’t get much better than that! This popular holiday rental has restaurants, bars and the Causeway Coast’s top attractions on its doorstep – Dunluce Castle is just 5 km from the apartment.
9. The Dunes Thatched Cottage, Wexford
Located just 70 steps from an unspoilt beach, this remote 300-year old thatched cottage is the perfect choice for a quiet beach holiday in Ireland. Enjoy beach and forest walks or pop into Wexford Town (15 minutes drive) if you fancy a change of scene.
10. Inchydoney Beach Cottage, Cork
Inchydoney is home to one of Ireland’s best beaches and this cottage not only overlooks it, but also has a private path that leads down to it. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and is very well equipped, with added amenities like waffle, toasted sandwich, and smoothie makers and a 32″ flatscreen TV with Netflix installed.
The outdoor areas include a Zen garden, and a patio with BBQ and stunning sea views, but if you do fancy a change of scenery, Inchydoney Hotel and Spa is just a few minutes walk away and the lively town of Clonakilty is only five minutes drive from the cottage.
11. Brittas Bay Retreat, Wicklow
This four bedroom luxurious home is located just ten minutes walk from the stunning Brittas Bay beach. One of my favourite beaches in Ireland, I can think of nothing better than spending a week in this beautiful home.
With four bedrooms and a south facing garden with BBQ, three tennis courts and a football pitch on site, this is an ideal choice for an extended family or friends who wish to holiday together. If you fancy a change of scenery, Arklow town and Wicklow town are close by, and Dublin is just a 45 minute drive away.
12. Luxury front line beach house overlooking marina in Kilmore Quay, Wexford
This unique beach house doesn’t just overlook the beach, it is on it! With three bedrooms, a living room with a window seat, and a spacious private garden and balcony, you will be spoilt for choice for places to catch the sunset. Located in the lively village of Kilmore Quay, there are three restaurants and two pubs within few minutes walk of the house.
13. Beach View, three-bedroom cottage, Inch Beach, Kerry
Inch beach is arguably one of the best locations if you are looking for holiday homes near the beach in Ireland. Beach View cottage has been newly refurbished and offers luxurious furnishing, a gorgeous outdoor dining area, and stunning views over one of Ireland’s best beaches. It is located just a short drive from Dingle town and the Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way is right on your doorstep.
14. Four-bedroom beachfront home with hot tub, Larne, Antrim Coast
The large holiday offers stunning views of the Irish Sea from the lounge as well as the outdoor terrace or hot tub that seats 8 people! There is also an Arctic hut, furnished with throws and reindeer hides and has a central BBQ. The house is set within two acres and has gated access to a pebble beach from the garden – so it is ideal for families and it is also pet friendly.
The villages of Glenarm and Ballygally are close by. and the location is ideal for those looking to explore the Causeway Coast which is home to some of Northern Ireland’s top attractions.
15. Shorehaven, 3-bedroom home, Quilty, Clare
Located just 500 meters from the village, and a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, this is a superb holiday home to explore the beaches and villages of Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way. However with views like this, you may not want to leave.See more here
16. The Oyster House, three-bedroom cottage, Donegal: €161 per night
This beautifully restored holiday home by the sea in Ireland is the picture perfect Irish cottage. There is a pathway from the garden to the sea and there is an outside covered terrace which is the perfect place to admire the spectacular views of the Wild Atlantic Way.
It is situated halfway (10km) between two of the finest beaches in West Donegal – Dooey Strand and Maghery Beach and just 20km from Glenveagh National Park.
17. Dingle Bay View, Six-bedroom home, Kerry.
This modern five-bedroomed Dingle home is ideal for a large gathering in one of Ireland’s most loved towns. It is just a two-minute drive to the centre of the town and has a large private garden with two patios.
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.
18. Achill Atlantic House, Mayo
You only have to look at the image above to see the unobstructed views that lay in store if you stay at the Achill Atlantic House in Mayo. You will also have private access to Cloughmore Beach, which is just 50 meters away, Achill’s Atlantic Drive is just five minutes walk from the house and you can find your own ‘catch of the day’ at the local harbour. This is one of the most popular Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach.
19. Luxury detached home with sea-view, Dungarvan, Waterford
Dungarvan is an upmarket town with a great food scene, and this luxury detached house is a great place to stay if you want to explore it. Located beside Abbeyside Beach and just minutes from the Waterford Greenway, it offers the best of both worlds. It is a large home complete with four bedrooms, two large sitting rooms and a library. The master bedroom has a large walk in wardrobe – you may not want to leave!
20. The Boatstrand Beachhouse, Waterford
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 relaxing nights in.See more here
21. The Boathouse, Strangford Lough, Down
Recently refurbished, this beautiful two-bedroom cottage has direct access to the beach, and even offers deep water mooring in front of the house. The panoramic sea views are unobstructed and there is a deck area to the front of the house with a BBQ area, a perfect place to enjoy the view. Strangford Lough Yacht Club, which welcomes temporary members, is within walking distance and kayaks and canoes can be rented locally.
22 Airbnb with spectacular sea views, Lahinch, Co. Clare
If you are looking for the holy grail of Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach, look no further. This modern 2-bedroomed home has a 270 degree view of the sea, with stunning floor to ceiling windows overlooking Liscannor bay and the Cliffs of Moher.
The open plan living area has polished concrete floors and there is a rotating stove in the middle of the living area. This has to be one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland, and it is one that is firmly on my own Irish bucket list!
23. Skellig Rest Cottage, Waterville, Kerry
Skellig Rest is a beautiful 100 year old cottage, that offers stunning views of the Skellig Rocks. Located between Waterville and Caherdaniel and just 5km from Derrynane beach, it is not surprising that it is listed as one of the top Airbnbs in Ireland. The Kerry Way walking trail is at the end of the garden, and you can enjoy sunset views from your own private hot tub or garden hammock.
Its location in Kerry’s International Dark Sky Reserve, offers superb stargazing on a clear night, similar to what you might expect to find in the plains of Africa or the Grand Canyon. As well as superb facilities including a hot tub and sauna, you will find Skellig Rest equipped with robes and slippers, a telescope and binoculars, an artist easel, picnic basket and cooler and even deck chairs, wet suit and body board for the beach. A welcome pack with wine is also included.
24. Dolphin Beach Lodge, Clifden, Co. Galway
Dolphin Beach Lodge is the picture perfect Connemara hideaway. Located just metres from the beach, with panoramic views of the bay from almost all living areas, the design is superb. The three-bedroom lodge is located beside the hosts Country House which operates as a luxury B&B. There is a minimum stay of one week during high season – but when you look at the interiors, you won’t want to stay for less!
25. The Pier House, 3-bedroom cottage, Loop Head, Clare
Pier House is arguably ‘the nearest house to New York’, so if are looking Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way, it doesn’t get much wilder than this! With its own beach, rock pools and a garden, it is an ideal house for families. There is a playground and pub / restaurant just 150 metres away, and it is located beside the harbour so a fishing trip is a must.
The lounge has panoramic views across the bay and the open fire creates a cosy atmosphere. Its eclectic design has ceilings resembling an upturned boat, floors with ancient slate flags, a high-pitched ceiling with fisherman lantern lights, and two vintage leather club chairs that look like the perfect place to relax.
Did I mention the garden is purposely left wild with meadow flowers? – This place is now going on my own wish list!
26. Log Cabin in Kinsale, Cork
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 family or group of friends. 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.
27. Dingle Stone Cottage, Kerry
Overlooking Clogher Beach, the views from Stone Cottage are stunning. The house has four ensuite bedrooms – the master bedroom has two sets of large windows over looking the sea, and a clawfoot bath! Located in Ballyferriter, and only a short drive away from the lively town of Dingle, this is the perfect place to explore the Dingle Peninsula and the Wild Atlantic Way.
28. Galway City with Harbour Views
Enjoy the best of both worlds by staying in this luxurious four-bedroom townhouse in the heart of Galway City. Spread over four floors, you will have views of the marina from each floor. Surrounded by Galway’s bars, restaurants and shops, you can enjoy some time in the city, as well as being a short walk away from the beaches of Salthill.
29. On the beach in Enniscrone, Sligo
This three-bedroom beach house offers panoramic views of the beach, and the sun sets right in front of the living room. Located in heart of Enniscrone, with direct access to the beach, the location couldn’t be better. The house is very well equipped, with two bikes, a surf board, body boards, spades and buckets and a fishing rod are also supplied.
30. Villa Yeats, Ardmore, Five-bedroom home, Waterford
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!
I hope this post on luxurious Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach will help you plan a staycation 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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