7 Adorable Royal Cork Cottages and Castles You Can Rent or Airbnb for a Romantic Getaway
With the good weather, the lockdown over and summer approaching, many of us may already be thinking about planning a weekend getaway or a romantic getaway.
Whether it’s a hidden retreat to relax in a private jacuzzi, a stopover to explore beautiful West Cork or a royal weekend in a coastal castle, Cork has all your stay needs.
Here are some holiday inspirations to keep you going – cute and cozy cottages and gloriously romantic castles in Cork to spend a night or two with your partner:
Treehouses and Cottages at Grove House, West Cork
This cozy little setting nestled in the trees of West Cork is a great place for a couple’s getaway.
Climb the tree trunks that act as steps and enter the tree house – Inside you will find luxury open-plan living combined with a love of nature.
Through the patio doors you access a large terrace overlooking the West Cork countryside. Here you will find your own private Canadian hot tub for two,
You can choose between a cottage for larger groups or a treehouse for a more romantic setting, but all options come with your own hot tub.
Delivered here from €179 per night.
The Dispensary, Inch
The Dispensary is a comfortable detached cottage sleeping 2 in a beautiful countryside location in the village of Inch in East Cork. The welcoming cottage near Killeagh is the last original building in the village and dating from before 1829 it was once the village dispensary.
Perfect for couples who love a bit of music, you’ll find a piano to play your favorite Irish songs. If you and your loved one enjoy a stay steeped in history, look no further than The Dispensary.
Delivered here from 245€ for 7 nights
Villa 44, Yougal
Villa 44 brings together everything that is comfortable and quiet and is located in a secure and well maintained holiday village.
Ideal for couples looking to explore, Youghal is a small town with plenty of options on where to eat. Villa 44’s family bathroom rests on the ground floor and houses a beautiful hot tub, so you can enjoy some luxury time with your partner during your trip.
Delivered here from €512 for 7 nights
The Farm, Dunmanway
Couples will be perfectly located to explore West Cork when staying at The Farmhouse. The name, which suggests you’ll experience a healthier escape, doesn’t disappoint.
This attractive and charming cottage is part of a traditional Irish farmhouse, which has been converted into two independent cottages. This cottage is on the couples list to stay with other couples as you can book both Cork cottages together and enjoy the holiday together, while still retaining an element of privacy.
Delivered here from €363 for 7 nights
Schooner is a self-contained cottage on the edge of Goleen. For couples who like to bask in the sun, this chalet contains a beautiful open fireplace and a wonderful patio to enjoy a glass of wine and chat with your partner to name a few notable features.
The Blue Flag sandy beaches of Barley Cove are a must-see destination and there’s a bit of everything in Goleen, so you won’t have a choice. To name a few activities in the area, you can play a round or two of golf, horseback riding, try angling, go out to sea with some exciting sailing or why not get your hair wet with diving or surfing?
Delivered here from €662 for 7 nights
Annes Grove Miniature Castle
According to its Airbnb listing, the medieval Gothic-style miniature castle has a “wood-burning stove, a bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, and a small, intimate garden that provides a wonderful opportunity to dine ‘al fresco’ on balmy summer evenings.”
This miniature medieval castle was designed in 1853 to impress visitors to the main house – Annesgrove House and Gardens.
The property is operated by the Irish Landmark Trust and it’s the real deal. Access to the bedroom is via a narrow winding stone staircase.
Delivered here from €533 for 3 nights.
Rincolisky Castle at Roaring Water Bay
Built in 1495 by the O’Driscoll clan, the castle was taken over by English forces after the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. Today it is tourists who take it over.
Described as an old contemporary castle, the interior and surroundings are amazing
The converted rooftop balcony of the five-story tower offers spectacular views of the bay and Heir Island.
In a bit of a change from 1495, Rincolisky also has a jacuzzi.
You can book a stay here in line now, be warned, it’s quite expensive!