Go Back In Time With 5 Rustic Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Ireland - Updated 2021

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Crystal
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Have you been feeling stressed out from the amount of work piling up lately? Take a short weekend trip to Ireland, a country famous for its people’s jovial and welcoming attitudes. Not only can you get pints of beer and Guinness here for a good price, you will find yourself amongst some of the most rustic and unusual houses that will oddly, but charmingly, make you feel as though you’ve taken a leap back in time.

Slow down your pace within century-old buildings or by climbing ornate spiral staircases. Here are 5 vintage Airbnb rentals that are bound to steal your mind away from the labouring city life:

1. Modern yurt: glamping in the Galtee Mountains, Limerick (from USD 90)

Built atop a sloping row of pebbles, this quirky yurt is equipped with modern electrical appliances to snugly accommodate 3 to 4 people. Enjoy a pleasant cup of Earl Grey tea while watching the birds, or let your favourite indie artist sing you to sleep from the full sound system within the yurt. Wake up to the sizzling fragrance of freshly cooked eggs from the resident hens, and enjoy your hearty meal next to the window overlooking the abundance of wildlife that is present. Some of the pieces of furniture are recycled from old luggage bags and baskets, so try and see how many creatively reused materials you can find here! After breakfast, embark on a wild exploration of the famous Ballyhoura Forest, a 20-minute drive from the yurt. Known for its various mountain biking trails, bring your little ones on an exhilarating ride through the peaceful valleys and stunning landscape. To celebrate the end of a fulfilling day, start up a fire in the outdoor BBQ pit and grill up your favourite snacks for the family. Indulge in true al fresco dining with the dazzling array of stars in the night sky as your companion.

Glamping in Galtee Mountains
Limerick, Ireland
486 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Yurt 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the tv dvds and stereo with aux feature were perfect
for breakfast there are fresh eggs to poach from chickens you'll meet around the premises
Cleanliness:
very clean and had everything we needed on sight
Host:
they were very welcoming and helpful
the yurt itself was cozy and one of a kind
bryce was very accommodating and the yurt was charming
bryce and deirdre were so welcoming and helpful
bryce and deirdre were very friendly and accommodating people
Location:
great location in the middle of woods
beautiful situated near the mountains but close enough to mitchelstown
really nice accommodation and location
excellent location for exploring the galtee ranges
ideal for a quiet and relaxing weekend
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2. One in a million: refurbished mill in Mooncoin, County Kilkenny (from USD 178)

To the passing stranger, it is business as usual at the Portnascully Corn Mill. Little do they know that this old corn mill has actually been renovated into a small cottage, while retaining the vintage exterior, adding a touch of aged elegance to this unassuming retreat. Don’t be fooled by how compact it looks in pictures; covering three main areas, this refurbished cottage can house up to 6 people. Play a game of darts, or pit your pool skills against each other in the games and recreation room on the ground floor. Move up the house and explore the attics that have been re-purposed into bedrooms. If you find yourself unable to sleep at night, just tilt your head up towards the skylight; the reassuring radiance of the moonlight is sure to lull you into a deep sleep.

Tranquil,rustic, 300 yr old mill retreat,unique
Mooncoin, County Kilkenny, Ireland
541 reviews Superhost
Entire residential home 5 Beds 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was nice to unplug from wifi for a few days and enjoy the countryside
wonderful accommodations overall and we enjoyed our stay of note- no wifi which was fine with us
the coffee in the sunroom we enjoy while the children giggled in the basement game room was heavenly
living room with its comfortable fireplace
the most beautiful restored mill with lots of space comfy beds and beautiful surroundings so worth staying here
Cleanliness:
the house was clean warm and in a lovely quiet location
it’s an amazing place spotless organised and quiet amazing game room with pool table chess and darts
margo was super helpful and friendly and the place was absolutely spotless
Host:
host was very helpful
wonderful host and generally really helpful
margo is an amazing host
the host is attentive and very friendly
margo is an excellent host and very quick to answer any questions
Location:
the location is quiet and ideal to unwind for a few days
nice quite and a unique location
loved the location - away from the world but everything within easy reach
a fantastic place to get away and relax
really cool space in a lovely quiet location
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3. Hang with the woodland elves: authentic log cabin in Coole, Westmeath (from USD 123)

Lovingly hand built by hosts Brian and Sarah in 2005, this log cabin is found in the heart of the lake district of Lough Derravaragh.

Upon entering the house, you will find yourself in a cosy living room adorned with vintage workbaskets and harvesting tools. A pale blue day bed, which can be converted into 2 single beds at night, sits comfortably beside the window. Don’t let the absence of electricity scare you; there’s a fully functional log-burning stove and kitchen area at the side of the living room. Grill up a fresh breakfast with your catches from the nearby lake. There are more logs for you outside if you want to get a small fire going. Step outside for a breath of fresh air, and you will find yourself in the embrace of some of your best dreams. No phones ringing, no buzzing from emails; the only sounds you will hear are leaves rustling beneath the expanse of the misty skies. End your day with a campfire story by the outdoor pit, drinking wine in the cool evening breeze.

The Authentic Log Cabin
Westmeath , Ireland
93 reviews Superhost
Entire cabin 4 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were much more comfortable than i had expected so we slept really well
Host:
the hosts are great and incredibly welcoming
the hosts were so friendly and responded so quickly to any of our questions
sarah was a good host explained everything we needed to know in fine detail
beautiful place with really friendly helpful hosts
we would highly recommend this beautiful venue and great hosts
Location:
great location and lovely cabin
it is a beautiful location to go and relax
wonderful remote location perfect for outdoor cooking and getting back to nature
we'd recommend doing the forest walk
the wood burning stove makes the cabin really warm and comfortable and the location is beautiful
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4. Live with furry friends: rural sheep farm in County Wicklow (from USD 57)

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at being a farmer? Springfarm is a working sheep farm set between the glacial valleys of Glendalough and the pristine beaches of Brittas Bay. Here, you can rent a room and stay with Selena’s family while helping out on their farm. The spacious room features a large king-sized bed with comfortable sheets for you and your partner to snuggle up between after a long day of travelling. After you’re done unpacking, head out to the farm area and meet the residents. Keep up with the horses in the green pastures, or watch the hosts shear the woolly sheep with the changing seasons. Bring plenty of sticks as you leave and Puffin, the house dog, will gladly play a good game of fetch with you! Drive 15 miles (24 kilometres) to one of Wicklow’s most historical sights, Glendalough. Known for its valley with two lakes, this historical site also houses the Monastic City, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Explore the Round Tower, which stands 30 metres (98 feet) tall, and visit the area’s many ruins for a trip back in time.

Organic rural sheep farm Wicklow.
County, Wicklow, Ireland
414 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Private room in residential home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
while cozy and warm the bed was definitely not for anyone seeking a firm mattress
we would recommend this farm to everyone the rooms and cottage were more than we expected
our room was so spacious and bright with a bed meant for sleeping
breakfast was hearty and tasty and we met other nice travelers
a warm welcome a lovely breakfast
Cleanliness:
the bathroom was nice and clean too
lovely spacious room and lovely towels and accessories
it was very clean and selena and her husband were very welcoming
the room is very spacious and clean
the room was spacious and clean
Host:
hosts are verry friendly
the family are great hosts
the hosts where extremely friendly caring and very obliging
selena and alex are great hosts
amazing hosts and wonderful places to visit around
Location:
amazing spot near the national park
comfy and beautiful place to stay and take distance from the noisy city
its a pretty special place- wish we could have stayed longer
incredible hosts amazing scenery delicious breakfast and perfect location
it’s a beautiful location and selena and alex are both great conversationalists and interesting people
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5. Back to the 1800s: Georgian country forge in Mountrath, Laois (from USD 113)

This converted medieval forge almost blends in at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains. Fall back to a slower pace of life with your partner, immersed in the 1800s with charming architecture and serene landscapes. After a day of fresh air and hiking in the rambling country estate and 18-acre (7-hectare) woodlands and pastures, you’re sure to have no problems drifting off to sleep in the comfy bedroom. The split-level accommodation gives you easy access to a small sitting area beneath the bedroom. If you’re looking to pass time on a slow Sunday afternoon, visit the Library of the History of Civilisation downstairs. With a wide array of books to choose from, you’ll definitely find a good read for yourself amongst the oak furnishings. Head on over to Birr, a town half an hour away that is well-known for its breathtaking Georgian castle and gardens. Be sure to book in advance if you wish to tour the castle, as it is still a private residential area for the Parsons family. Since acquiring the property in the 11th century, the family has been working hard to preserve the heritage and condition of the castle, to ensure that it is passed down in the most splendid condition possible.

Converted 18th century Forge
Mountrath, Laois, Ireland
10 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire cabin 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Host:
the hosts were very friendly and helpful
thanks hannah for being an amazing host
really genuine friendly hospitality from the whole family too
hannah was a very relaxed and pleasant host and was always available
paddy and hannah were great hosts and the food at dinner superb
Location:
this is a beautiful spot in a great location
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Tranquility found in lost time

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It can be hard to get a well-deserved rest these days, with the pressures of work often never ending. Once in a while, it isn’t such a bad idea to retreat back to the past and to reconnect with the side of us closest to Mother Nature, who many of us seem to have lost during our hectic lives. These rustic Airbnbs in Ireland will help to reset the balance, giving you the ideal opportunity to rest, recharge, relax, and reset.

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