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Chupi’s Favourite Airbnbs in Ireland – Part 1

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

For the last few years we have made a point of travelling around Ireland. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country and being able to reach a completely different part of the world within a few hours always brings me such joy. I’ve stayed in some outrageously lovely Airbnbs around Ireland, from celebrating birthdays to spending special time with my family, I’ve made a point to find some of the loveliest Airbnbs out there. 

With so many of us choosing to stay at home this year I wanted to put together a list of some of my favourites to inspire you all with some holiday vibes.

1. A thatched cottage with a hot tub in Kerry

This is my most recent find and I couldn’t love it more. Arriving at the cottage it’s ridiculously picturesque, like a postcard from an Ireland that exists only in Kerry. But inside it has all of the essential modern things like a dishwasher and WiFi – I told Brian before we left that there was no internet and he nearly died of shock!

There’s a lovely sized kitchen for cooking gorgeous meals, a traditional sitting room with a huge open fire along with a bucket of old fashioned turf and they take doggos. Poppy & Rufus adored it.

Kerry is always magical, this time we drove to Banna beach for a freezing swim, took the miners trail around the lakes, visited Rosses Castle in Killarney and had a pint overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Murphy’s Bar Brandon.

But the thing that makes this Airbnb truly special is the hot tub out the back on a beautiful deck right on the edge of a stream. You can sit in the tub surrounded by the most marvellous old trees listening to the stream. Add a glass of prosecco and it’s truly heavenly.

View the Thatched Cottage in Kerry here.

2. Durhamstown Castle, Meath

I have to preface this by saying Durhamstown belongs to my Aunt & Uncle, I spent my teens mooching around with my cousins getting into all sorts of trouble and when they decided to rent it out I thought it was such an amazing idea as it’s such a wonderful house. I simply couldn’t write a list of my favourite spots on Airbnb and not include it!

They bought it after it had fallen into disrepair and have spent the last twenty years bringing it back to glory. It’s a Norman castle, so a long low building with the oldest part dating back to the 15th century.

We’ve rented it a couple of times for big events, the house is made for special weekends and Sue & Dave host a lot of thirtieth and fourtieth birthdays. It’s so rare to find an Airbnb that is happy to cater for a party and my cousin who is an incredible chef can even do the catering.

View Durhamstown Castle here.

3. Atlantic View House Sligo

It’s so easy as we get older and our lives get busier to drift away from our friends, we are so lucky to have an incredible gang and whilst we no longer see them every single Saturday night we have all made a huge effort to go away at least twice a year and celebrate the big moments. One of the guys found this place when we were celebrating a 40th and it couldn’t have been better.

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The storm has been and gone :: be safe, take your time, we’re here for you with all the sweet treats this Sunday 9:30-5 🌤

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Right on the edge of Ireland in what’s now very much hipster Sligo, you can walk across the road for a beautiful sea walk or hop in the car to visit Enniscrone where there are the most amazing seaweed baths. Not a fancy spa but a place that’s been there since the turn of the century where for twenty quid you get a private old fashioned bath and a bucket of seaweed fresh from the beach. It’s incredible! The house is also just down the road from Pudding Row, one of my favourite cafes.

The house itself is insanely beautiful, a big old country pile it’s been beautifully renovated without being made glaringly modern and each room is so special. We spent most of our time in the huge drawing room, having the chats around the open fire and playing pool.

View Atlantic View house here.

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