From cosy farmhouses to large luxurious homes, Ireland has some of the best Airbnbs for groups and large families wanting to spend some quality time together. If a private island or a private pool is more your vibe you are in the right place because we are showcasing a whole range of unique Airbnbs in Ireland to help you plan your Ireland staycation. This is a comprehensive guide of 25 of the best Airbnbs in Ireland for groups and family gatherings.
Since the global pandemic more and more families are seeing the value of exploring Ireland and want to spend precious time with friends or extended family. Staying-in is the new going-out, so you want to make sure that you are staying-in in comfort and style. We have done the hard work for you and researched the best Airbnbs in Ireland for groups and large families.
Don’t panic! Initally when you search some of these places they seem expensive but remember that you are a large group and the cost will be divided among you. When you actually break down the cost per person you can get luxurious and unique accommodation for really affordable prices.
25 of the best Airbnbs in Ireland for groups or a family holiday
After reading this blog post you will have the perfect excuse to get some friends together or call up some family members to plan a family gathering someplace unique. We know that we have found some incredible places for you.
1. Darley Grange, Drumconrath, Co. Meath – sleeps 8
First up! If you are looking to escape to the country with some cosy farmhouse chic then I highly recommend Darley Grange in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, Co. Meath.
Darley Grange is a beautifully renovated 180 year old farmhouse in the tranquil setting of Meath. It sleeps 8 in 4 large double bedrooms. Three of the bedrooms have their own shower rooms. The additional 4th double room shares a bathroom in a seperate wing of the house for privacy. There is a large kitchen for cooking, lounge and a cute breakfast room. Duncan, the host, delivers fresh eggs every morning. It can be let as a separate 2 bed cottage or if more room is required you can also find Darley Barn on the grounds of the estate. Darley Barn sleeps six and can be rented along with Darley Grange for larger groups.
Cabra Castle and Darver Castle are nearby for dinner or you can even organise to have dinner cooked for you in the farmhouse by your host.
2. Hawthorn Cottage, Doolin, Co.Clare – sleeps 8
Hawthorn Cottage is a beautifully renovated, old cottage, located just 10 minutes outside the vibrant village of Doolin in Co. Clare. It is right on the doorstep of The Burren and is the perfect base to explore County Clare, Kilkee Cliffs, Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Hawthorn Cottage is tastefully decorated and comprises a generous sitting room, separate full-sized kitchen and four large bedrooms sleeping 8 in three super king size beds, one king size bed and 4 bathrooms. The living room is really cosy with a log stove and the kitchen is finished to a high standard and has a lovely breakfast bar.
The house is luxurious in design but homely so you can relax in comfort. We are planning to enjoy the build up to Christmas with our own family here.
3. Éalú, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare – sleeps 10
You can find this beautiful home located in the unique limestone backdrop of The Burren in Co. Clare. Ballyvaughan village, a coastal village in Clare most renowned for its hospitality, is located only 1km away from Éalú. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind with family.
It is a beautiful space with three reception rooms so that everyone can find their own space to relax within the house. A beautiful living area with a solid fuel stove just adds to the atmosphere for cosy nights in. The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking with amazing sea views. There are two super king bedrooms, one double bedroom, one twin bedroom, and one bunk room so it is the perfect space for large families.
4. Spanish Arch Townhouse, Galway – sleeps 8, free parking
If you are looking for a city break then you can’t get much more iconic than staying in Galway’s Latin Quarter. We are locals and know that there are so many amazing things to do in Galway and it is a great city to spend time in with your friends and family. You don’t have to go very far to find that Irish craic.
The Spanish Arch Townhouse is extremely convenient for families wanting to explore the city and sleeping arrangements can be adjusted to suit your needs. Located in Galway’s vibrant latin quarter it has views of the Spanish Arch and the Corrib River. Almost all of Galway’s best restaurants and bars are just around the corner on Quay Street and the historic Spanish Arch is just outside your window.
5. Guinness House, Ballyconneely, Connemara, Galway – sleeps 16
If your group is really large then this is the place for you. My heart skipped a beat when I saw this luxurious cottage located right on a secluded beach in Ballyconneely in the heart of Connemara in Galway. Guinness House sleeps 13 people with a studio sleeping an additional 3 guests with its own shower room. Just note this Airbnb requires a €500 security deposit and a minimum 3 night stay which can bulk up the price so that is worth bearing in mind.
6. Clonlee Farmhouse, Loughrea, Galway – sleeps 8
Clonlee Farmhouse is amazing if you want to escape from everyday life and fully immerse yourself in the countryside. Surrounded by stunning panoramic views of lush green paddocks with 200 year old beach trees and over 250 year old buildings your stay at Clonlee Farmhouse will help you reconnect with nature.
Clonlee Farmhouse is a peaceful and restful place to get away. Enjoy a morning walk or grab your boots and take a stroll through the fields. Be sure to say hello, and feel free to bring carrots, to Dolly & Cash (the donkeys on-site). Begin your morning with yoga and horseback riding at Sleive Aughty. Follow the trails and explore Kylebrack Woods and go bird-watching. Book a tasting up the road with a local award-winning chocolate factory, Ivy House Chocolates or a tour of Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese.
7. Connell’s House, Duleek, Newgrange – sleeps 10
Connell’s House is a beautiful thatched cottage dating back to 1690 which retains much of its original character. It has been wonderfully modernized and tastefully decorated to make it one of the best airbnb’s in Ireland for groups and families. Located on the village green, it’s the perfect place to explore the Boyne Valley and even further afield. The historic Newgrange (Brú na Boinne) is only 10 minutes away by car and Tayto Park is nearby to keep small ones entertained. It is also possible to take the car and explore the hidden gems of Antrim’s coast before heading back and snuggling up with a glass of wine by the fire.
Connell’s Barn is adjacent to the House and is also listed on Airbnb, it sleeps up to 5 guests. Travel cot, high chair and stair gate (bottom of staircase only) are available upon request.
8. Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway, Leitrim – sleeps 8
This exclusive Woodland Hideaway offers 16 luxurious, sustainable woodland lodges, each nestled within its own private area of woodland. Whether you are planning a romantic getaway, a memorable staycation, or simply looking for a place to unwind with your family, Drumhierny Woodland Hideaway has an inspiring selection of unique accommodation, all of which feature an outdoor firepit and your own private deck. Sign me up now!
9. Sunnybank House, Clifden, Galway – sleeps 16
Did somebody say private pool? Sunnybank House has the best of both worlds. Set on its own private grounds, but, only 150m from the town square of lively Clifden so you don’t feel like you are missing out on all of the fun. It is a beautiful 19th century Estate House, tastefully decorated in a way that is sympathetic to its origins. But best of all it has its own heated swimming pool and sauna that can be enjoyed by guests from May to September.
You can book Sunnybank House here.
10. Carraigin Castle, Headford, Galway – sleeps 12
We are firm believers that sometimes the accommodation IS the experience when travelling, which is why we are always on the hunt for hidden gems. Nothing can transport you to another world quicker than staying in an authentic castle. Trust us, we had this experience in Ashford Castle and it was amazing. You can get the full castle experience at a fraction of the price here at Carraigin Castle in Headford, Galway.
You don’t get much more authentic than a 13th century lakeside castle. Surrounded by seven acres of lawns, park and woodland, Carraigin Castle is an idyllic holiday home in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lough Corrib. For an extra fee of €160 for 3 days (or €300 for 7 days) a fishing boat is available between 1st March and 31st October. This includes outboard, life jackets, 2 fishing rods and an introduction to Lough Corrib by a local fisherman.
11. Sligo Sea Barn – sleeps 16
Sligo Sea Barn is a brand new, five star accommodation, only footsteps away from the sea on The Wild Atlantic Way. The curved roof hay barn and cow byres, once home to dairy cows and hay, has been lovingly refurbished giving guests the unique feeling of being immersed on a farm. You can enjoy stunning sea and mountain views from the comfort of your luxurious bed with some rooms having their own private deck to enjoy your morning coffee.
There are 6 bedrooms some with both a king and a double bed in them which might suit those travelling with children. Such a unique and amazing property and we are so happy to bring it to your attention.
12. The Boatstrand Beachhouse, Co. Waterford – sleeps 9
If panoramic sea views are your thing then you will love this cliff top retreat in Co. Waterford’s Copper Coast. Boatstrand Beachhouse comes with direct access to a secluded cove where you can go crabbing or chance your arm at catching your own seafood dinner. You can even walk 10 minutes to Boatstrand harbour and buy lobster directly off the boat!
Enjoy the huge garden with a BBQ when the weather permits and when it lets you down play games and get cosy by the roaring fire. It is the perfect place to make those all important family memories to last a lifetime. While the location on the cliffside offers spectacular views please be very careful and supervise children at all times.
13. Collanmore Island Lodge, Westport – sleeps 22
Whatever about having your own private pool, imagine having your own private island! The location in Clew Bay just 15 minutes from Westport town is what makes Collamore Island Lodge so special. It is worth noting though that access to the island is by ferry, from Rosmoney pier, which costs €20 return per person. There is a pub on site (just bring your own drink) and lots of water activities to enjoy. Sea Kayaking and SUP around the island shores for 2 hours is €50 per person. This place is perfect for hen/stag parties where you can split the cost between 22 people.
14. Errit House, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon – sleeps 12
Errit House is a relaxing and private country residence that can comfortably sleep 12 people and is an ideal place for family gatherings and special occasions. In fact we are going to be bringing our own families together to celebrate our son turning 21 here in a few weeks. The house sits on a 31 acre private family farm and is immersed in beautiful natural surroundings in Co. Roscommon with lots of local rivers and lakes nearby and wildlife to enjoy. The house is well equipped for large gatherings with lots of indoor & outdoor areas, including a hot tub and BBQ. There is also a games room for children to enjoy.
15. Radestown House, Co. Kilkenny – sleeps 30
Radestown House is the perfect place for a sophisticated luxury hen party (stag parties are not allowed), team building event, intimate civil ceremony, small wedding, special occasion, family gathering, birthday celebration or just a weekend away in Kilkenny.
Even though it is less than 10 minutes from Kilkenny city you will be completed secluded in nature here on this 11 acre property, with the sound of peacocks the only noise pollution that you will hear. Whether you are sipping hot chocolate by one of the 5 log stoves in winter or dining on one of the outdoor terraces in the sunshine you will enjoy every moment or your time in Radestown House. It is one of the best airbnbs in Ireland for groups or large family gatherings.
16. Atlantic View Boutique Country House, Co. Sligo – sleeps 14
If you want that luxury country house feel but without the price tag of some of the other properties we have mentioned check out Atlantic View Boutique Country House in Co. Sligo. It is a 200 year old luxury, boutique country manor set on 9 acres of land overlooking one of the best surfing areas in Ireland. Sligo is renowned for being a surfer’s paradise.
There are five en suite bedrooms all with king size antique beds and open fireplaces. Breakfasts include fruit salad, muesli, yogurt and traditional Irish breakfasts made with locally sourced produce and dinner is available upon request. It is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine by the fireplace, enjoy a whiskey in the private bar (with honesty box) or compete with family or friends in a game of pool. The house is located only 1km from Easky village in County Sligo.
17. Inch House, Co. Tipperary – sleeps 19
Inch house is a Georgian Country Mansion dating from 1720. It gives off all of those Bridgerton vibes don’t you think? The house has been lovingly restored to its former glory and was successfully run as a guest house and award winning restaurant for twenty five years. Now, Inch House has been transformed back into the stately home it once was, offering guests exclusive hire of the property.
Inch House boasts six luxury en-suite bedrooms accommodating up to 19 guests together with a beautiful William Morris Style drawing room, a Library-Bar in which you can pour your own pint of Guinness or whatever takes your fancy (the bar can be stocked to your taste), the great dining room, halls, country kitchen, maple floor, double oak staircase, stained glass windows, a unique little chapel to the side of the house and extensive gardens, woodland and lake to explore. If you happen to visit during the summer be sure to check out the river of rhododendrons that flower at The Vee.
18. The Boat House, Inish Beg Estate, Baltimore, Co. Cork – sleeps 9
This charming Boat House is located on Inish Beg Estate. It is one of 10 luxury properties on a 97 acre island estate that can be reached by crossing over a stone bridge. The Boat House is near the seaside village Baltimore and market town Skibbereen in West Cork. Guests have access to the indoor heated swimming pool, beautiful walled garden, woodland and shoreline walks, farm animals, pirate and fairy trails for the children. Organic produce is available seasonally. It is one of the best airbnbs in Ireland for groups or large family gatherings with one of the most charming locations.
Most of the bedrooms seem to be twin beds so that is worth considering when booking.
19. Captain Lysley’s Retreat, Adare – sleeps 12
Formerly the residence of an old Etonian British Army Captain and renowned horse trainer, Captain Lysley’s is a fine Georgian country house built in 1831. With a bright eclectic style the house is bursting with character and charm and will look great posted on your Instagram page. This house is located close to the picturesque heritage village of Adare, with all the main tourist sites of Kerry and Clare only an hour away.
20. Tigh Thor, Dingle, Co. Kerry – sleeps 9
Without a doubt one of the most stylish homes you will find on The Dingle Peninsula. The effortless style of Tigh Thor makes it an incredibly relaxing place to stay. With so much space, light, chic interiors and not to mention those Kerry views, it is the type of luxury that we all want to escape to. It is only a few minutes drive to Ventry beach and Dingle town. Burnham Woods, surrounded by nature walks and calming waters is also nearby.
21. An Corrach, Downings, Co. Donegal – sleeps 8
Newly built in 2018 , An Corrach overlooks the stunning Tranarossan Beach. It is the perfect place for your group to get away from it all and enjoy some time swimming, fishing or hiking. Young children will need to be supervised around the water and some steep cliffs in the area.
22. Richfield House, Duncormick, Co. Wexford – sleeps 10
Set in a picturesque and beautiful retreat Richfield House dates back to 1750. Connoisseurs of shabby chic will love this place while others might find the style a little dated. We personally love it and it almost feels like you are stepping back in time as the property is set in the beautiful 2 acre grounds of the listed Ballymagyr Castle (which dates back to the 13th century!!).
It is the perfect base for exploring the sunny south east and the best of what County Wexford has to offer. You don’t have to drive very far to find sandy coves and fishing villages, Johnstown Castle, Hook Lighthouse, Wexford Heritage Park and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. You can even get a boat trip to the remote Saltee Islands to observe the colonies of puffins that inhabit the island during the summer months. If you are looking for some more inspiration for this area we have a blog post on the celtic routes, six Irish destinations to add to your Ireland bucket list.
23. Lakeview Lodge, Co. Wicklow – sleeps 8
Lakeview Lodge in County Wicklow has picturesque views over a beautiful lake through huge windows. Wicklow is a great spot for an Irish staycation and Lakeview Lodge would make the perfect base for your group or family to explore this breathtaking part of Ireland.
The house itself is superb with a spacious fully equipped kitchen. There is ample space for everyone to chill out, with comfortable living areas with plenty of seating. Outside you will find a lovely lit up area with a hot tub and BBQ to enjoy.
24. Sandybanks, Mullaghderg, Co. Donegal – sleeps 8
Sandybanks is a newly built home only 350m from Mullaghderg beach. It is a great base for exploring the Rosses and The Wild Atlantic Way. Sandybanks is stylishly decorated with beach cottage vibes. You can expect all the comforts of a fine hotel, including Organic Voya shampoo soaps and products. There are even bathrobes and slippers from The White Company and luxury towels and linen are provided. To start your memorable break the hosts also leave a complimentary bottle of wine or prosecco with nibbles.
But the best bit about this property is what can be found outside. There is a separate BBQ and Sauna hut. You will also find an outdoor furnished patio area with cozy blankets and a wood only fire pit to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine around on a summer evening, after a day on the beach. There is also a large selection of outdoor games including giant Jenga, french boules, croquet and swing ball for you enjoy during your stay.
25. Rustic holiday cottage, Bantry, Co. Cork – sleeps 8
Glanatnaw is a beautiful rustic cottage located just outside of Bantry with stunning views of Cork’s valleys and rolling hills. It is an idyllic spot and the perfect airbnb in Ireland for groups or families to get together. Glanatnaw is very much a rural retreat (no television or WiFi), which won’t suit everyone. However I’m sure that there are a large group of people who will love its rustic nature and the opportunity to just switch off.
We really hope you enjoy our round up of 25 of the best airbnbs in Ireland for groups and family holidays. Stay tuned for an additional list of airbnbs for family gatherings.
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