Five of Cork’s funkiest AirBnBs you can stay in this summer
While the hospitality industry is set to reopen by summer and travel restrictions are slowly becoming a thing of the past, it looks like summer 2021 is once again one for Staycations.
But don’t worry, the rainy and miserable caravan vacation days are over (no judgment if that’s your thing) thanks to AirBnB’s huge supply right here in Cork.
From treehouses and castles with their own hot tubs, to boats, buses, and even lighthouses – this list has you sorted for a real summer adventure without having to go too far.
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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 family weekend or a couples getaway – it’s not really on AirBnB right now – but it’s so lovely – we didn’t want to not leave it out.
You can choose between a chalet for large groups or a smaller but nonetheless spacious treehouse for a more romantic setting, but all options come with your own hot tub.
You can check availability and book on the site here.
Rincolisky Castle at Roaring Water Bay
If you prefer a royalty-worthy getaway, look no further than this literal mini-castle.
Rincolisky has been given a new lease of life thanks to a non-profit group that turns historic buildings into vacation homes.
The hot tub is hidden in an outbuilding which is a short walk from the chateau with views of the bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
You can book a stay here in line now.
If you prefer to be by the sea, then this real lighthouse keeper’s house is for you.
Last year this unique house qualified for the RTE Home of the Year final and it’s not hard to see why – just watch it.
The house has a living and kitchen area as well as two double bedrooms and a twin bedroom.
Okay, you might not be staying in the lighthouse itself, but the house was the home of all the lighthouse keepers who had occupied Youghal Lighthouse since the 1800s, which is pretty cool!
To check availability, click here .
The Lux bus, Cobh
A double-decker bus might not seem like a luxury, but wait until you see this truly unique stay.
The vintage London bus has been converted to the highest standard and comes with everything you might need for a weekend getaway.
There is free Wi-Fi throughout and there are also TVs in each bedroom for your entertainment as well as a range of books and board games.
This bus is ideal in any weather with a cozy stove inside and an outside area with barbecue for guests’ use only.
This accommodation is ideal for a group of friends or a family with a double bedroom and another bedroom which includes a single bed, a floor mattress and a bunk bed.
Check availability here .
Nesbitt the land boat, Ballinspittle
From buses to boats! How about this land boat with its private garden oven dominated by donkeys?
Nesbitt is a one bedroom boat with electricity, full kitchen, toilet and shower on board.
As it is a bit small, it would be ideal for a couples getaway just five minutes from Kinsale.
The shiny and awesome boat was intended for scrap, but the owners completely transformed it and everything inside has been recycled.
More information here .