Looking for the ultimate romantic retreat? I’ve got seaside cottages, countryside cabins, homes with hot tubs and ancient castles. This post has some of the best Airbnbs in Ireland for couples.
I love nothing more than ogling over luxurious and unique stays at home and abroad. I have many posts featuring hotels and holiday homes on my website, but decided this time to search for the best Airbnbs in Ireland for couples. I found some delightful countryside retreats, romantic cabins with hot tubs, seaside homes, treehouses, and even a 15th century castle!
I have chosen properties from all over Ireland that are highly recommended from previous guests, and are managed by Airbnb ‘superhosts’ – so you should enjoy a wonderful welcome and great service.
If you are looking for larger Airbnbs in Ireland, homes on the Wild Atlantic Way or pet-friendly holidays, you can read all my Airbnb posts here.
1. Boat house on the beach, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry
I have been eyeing up this Airbnb for my own holiday, its location on Valentia Island is stunning. The Boat House is located right on the beach, just check out that view from the sitting room. This Airbnb is a 250-year-old natural stone building that boasts two bedrooms, it is pet-friendly too.
The bath tub and sauna will be warmly welcomed after a day in the sea, and there are 40 acres of gardens, woodlands and fields in Glanleam Estate for you to explore.
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2. Luxurious cabin with hot tub and fire pit, Co. Wicklow
This luxurious country cabin is tucked away in the woodlands of Wicklow. Beautifully furnished and equipped with Egyptian cotton sheets, bath robes, and slippers, this is a cabin like no other. Enjoy the views from the comfort of your rocking chair on the top deck, or soak away your worries in the hot tub on the lower deck. There is also a fire pit and bistro set for al fresco drinks or dining.
Located just 10 minutes drive from Brittas Bay and 25 minutes drive from Glenadalough, this county retreat has the best of Wicklow on your doorstep.
3. Blue Stonecutters Cottage, Lahinch, Co. Clare
This delightful 100-year-old cottage has been beautifully restored, with many original features including beams, recessed windows and period furnishings. It boasts stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Way, and the villages of Doolin, Lahinch, and Liscannor villages are all close by.
This is an Airbnb ‘Plus’ home, meaning you will find a home that is full of character with one-of-a-kind details, exceptional hospitality, fully equipped kitchens and fast WiFi.
4. Rock House, Co. Donegal
Located just 2km from Malin Village on the Wild Atlantic Way, this modern, architecturally designed home offers stunning views, and is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts. The house overlooks a bird sanctuary and there is an elevated bird hide at the bottom of the garden – binoculars and bird books are also supplied in the library.
The house is a short drive to Malinhead and bicycles are also available. There is an outdoor hot tub in the garden – you might get lucky and spot the Northern Lights, as they were previously sighted here.
5. Bavarian style log cabin with hot tub, Co. Leitrim
Lakeland Lodge is a stunning 300-year-old Bavarian style log cabin located in the countryside village of Kinlough, and only a short drive to the Wild Atlantic Way. It was originally built by farmers in Germany but 20 years ago, a well-known architect meticulously dismantled it and transported it to Kinlough.
This stylish home is decorated to the highest quality, without loosing its charm and character. One of the bedrooms has its own stove to keep you warm at night, and the surrounding balconies on each floor offer beautiful views of Lough Melvin. The bathroom has a Victorian style bath, but if you prefer to bathe outside, there is an outdoor hot tub located in the four-acre site. This amazing home is pet-friendly too!
6. Granary Loft, Annestown, Co. Waterford
Located in the grounds of historic Annestown house, this newly refurbished one-bedroom loft offers Atlantic views and has direct access to Annestown beach. It is located on Ireland’s stunning Copper Coast, a place I visited last year during my trip around the Munster Vales. It’s proximity to the Waterford Greenway, Dungarvan and Waterford city ensures plenty of opportunities for day trips.
7. Couples Retreat with Sauna and Jacuzzi, Co. Cork
A converted stable, this secluded cottage with a sauna, hot tub and wood burning stove, is the perfect romantic hideaway. Surrounded by working farms, it is quietly located near Ballydehob in West Cork, and close to the Beara Peninsula and Wild Atlantic Way.
8. Airbnb with spectacular sea views, Lahinch, Co. Clare
If you are looking for the holy grail of sea side holiday homes along the Wild Atlantic Way, 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!
9. Rosewood Cottage, 5-star home with hot tub, Co. Galway
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, on the border of Galway and Clare, and just 20 minutes from Galway city, this luxurious two-bedroom cottage has everything you need for a romantic escape. With a modern open plan kitchen and living room, a patio for outdoor dining and a large hot-tub, what more could you want?
10. The Boathouse, Strangford Lough, Co. 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 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.
11. 15th century Tubbrid Castle, Co. Kilkenny
I think I struck gold when I found this Airbnb. Is there anything more romantic than staying in a 15th century castle – especially one that looks like this! Tubbrid Castle has been restored to its former glory retaining many original features, such as the grand oak banqueting table and four-poster bed, but you can also expect some modern luxury, like a powerful rainforest shower.
Located just 20 minutes from Kilkenny City, it is ideally located to explore the medieval city and Ireland’s Ancient East. There are three bedrooms so it is suitable for a stay with friends, but I felt it also deserved a place on this list of best Airbnbs in Ireland for couples.
12. Couples Cottage, Co. Kerry
Located on farming grounds with beautiful views of the Ring of Kerry, this cosy cottage has all you need for a romantic getaway. With Derrynane beach, Killarney and the Wild Atlantic Way all close by, there are lots of opportunities for day trips, however, the four-poster bed, jacuzzi and cosy fire, may entice you to stay inside!
13. 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 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.
14. Rustic retreat with hot tub in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow
An Nead is an 18th century cottage that has been beautifully restored, and is one of the best Airbnbs in Ireland for couples. It is located in the heart of Glendalough, just a five minute stroll to the Round Tower, and ten minutes from the award-winning Wicklow Heather Restaurant. The cottage offers beautiful views from its private mountain garden, which has two cobbled patios and a private hot tub.
The interior is pretty special too, with a wrought-iron spiral staircase and a hand-crafted bed that was carved from 5000 year-old bog oak. However, despite the rustic interiors, there is WiFi throughout, as well as a flatscreen TV with built in Netflix.
15. Skellig Rest Cottage, Waterville, Co. 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 best 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. 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.
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16. The Hideout, Romantic Tree House in Co. Wexford
Are you looking for somewhere unique to stay in Ireland? This beautiful tree house should do the trick. Featured on RTÉ’s The Big DIY Challenge, this fully insulated tree house comes with a wood stove and multiple oversized windows, to catch the perfect sunset views.
You can also stargaze through the skylight in the loft-style bedroom, and enjoy a BBQ on the outside deck. The house has all modern electrics, and the bathroom pod has a normal toilet and a large two-person shower.
17. Martello Tower, Co. Dublin
One of the reasons I love my job is that I get to discover new travel experiences. I was amazed to learn that I could stay in a Martello Tower in Dublin – this must be one of the most unique Airbnbs in Ireland.
Located close to Sutton village, within easy access to Howth and Dublin city centre, this historic tower offers stunning sea views, an original stone staircase and a balcony around the entire building.
18.Wild Atlantic Lodge, Co. Mayo
I fell in love with Achill last year and this Airbnb is great choice if you want to see why. This luxurious one-bedroom apartment offers stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Way and is tastefully furnished with all mod cons. There is a private patio which overlooks the majestic Minaun Cliffs and some of Ireland’s beaches are right on your doorstep.
19. Wood Smoke Cottage with outdoor hot tub & sauna, Co. Clare
Wood Smoke Cottage is a two-bedroom home that offers country living with a wood fired stove, as well as a private deck with a fire pit that opens directly on to Burren Stone. You will also find a wood-fired hot tub and sauna beside the cottage, and this Airbnb in pet-friendly too!
Located just 3km from Ballyvaughan, and with Galway City, the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way a short drive away, the possibilities for day trips are endless.
20. Gatelodge Woodenbridge, Co. Wicklow
This stunning resorted castle is located in the vale of Avoca, and only 4km from Arklow Town. Guests have full use of the small castle including the a private garden and BBQ grill. Breakfast is also provided by the hosts. Check out this video for more details.
21. Beachcombers Cottage, Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Beachcombers Cottage is a modern two-bedroom house located beside the fabulous Fintra Beach in Donegal. The fireplace and a modern 50-inch TV with Netflix, are perfect companions if you fancy cosy nights in, or the town of Killybegs is just 3km away if you want to venture out. If you like hiking, Ireland’s tallest sea cliffs, the Slieve League Sea Cliffs, are just a 20 minute drive away.See more here
22. Oystercatcher Seaside Cottage, Connemara, Co. Galway
This traditional two-bedroom cottage enjoys panoramic sea views from its outside decking area, and is close to many of Connemara’s beautiful beaches. It has been fully renovated, but still maintains it’s rustic charm. The cosy sitting room has a TV, Xbox, DVDs games and plenty of books for you to enjoy, and there is also free WiFi.
Its idyllic location is paradise during the summer time, but I’m sure lighting the wood burning stove and watching the Atlantic Ocean outside, would be pretty special during the winter months too. This must be one of the most popular cottages to rent in Connemara, so best to book it early to avoid disappointment.
23. Cuckoo Wood Hexagon, Westport, Co. Mayo
This hexagon hut is not only one the most unique Airbnbs in Ireland, but it is also quite romantic! Situated on its own land with woodlands and wildlife a-plenty, this small cabin has decking on both sides to enjoy both morning and evening sun. Although a typical Airbnb for nature lovers, it also happens to be located just 5km from Westport, offering the opportunities to dine out or enjoy the nightlife of this vibrant town.
24. Coastguard Cottage, Co. Waterford
This 200-year-old cottage offers stunning sea views from its outdoor hot tub. It is less than two minutes walk to the beach and although family friendly, its remote location is ideal for a romantic getaway. There are three outdoor areas including a patio with hot tub, and a sunken sheltered backyard which is perfect for sunbathing on a windy day.
The house is 10 minutes drive from Ardmore and 20 minutes to the foodie town Dungarvan and the Waterford Greenway.
25. Kylemore Hideaway in Connemara, Co. Galway
With stunning Lough Fee and the Garraun Mountains all around you, you may not want to leave this cosy cottage in Connemara. Listen to the waterfall outside as you add some more turf on the stove. Although you may feel like you have truly escaped, this two-bedroomed farm cottage is fully equipped with all mod cons including a large TV with Netflix, free WiFi, and an electric shower. There is also a BBQ with outdoor seating.
It is located close to Kylemore Abbey and the many beaches of Connemara, so if you fancy exploring the area, you will be spoilt for choice.
I hope this post on the best Airbnbs in Ireland for couples, 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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