5 unique Airbnbs in County Cork

Looking for a cosy home away from home in Ireland’s ‘rebel county’? Click through these five unique Airbnbs in County Cork—from a treehouse to a houseboat.

5 unique Airbnbs in County Cork

Cliffs, hikes, and endless wildlife—County Cork has it all and makes a perfect nature getaway from buzzing Dublin (or your home town). What’s more, you can stretch your legs in some of the coolest Airbnbs in Ireland during your stay.

No matter if you are looking for a remote cottage surrounded by hens and donkeys, a cabin right at the seashore or a romantic love nest with quick city access, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the most unique Airbnbs in County Cork—and make us jealous with your vacation shots!

5. Seafront bungalow in Glengarriff Nature Reserve

Unique Airbnbs in County Cork include a seafront bungalow in Glengarriff

If you are looking for a quiet yet stunning ocean getaway, you will love Joe and Avril’s seafront house. Overlooking Garnish Island, known around the world for its subtropical vegetation, it comes up with three bedrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, and a patio and is completely accessible.

We are totally in awe of the seafront location with coastal views on three sides of the building, as well as eagles, seals, and other wildlife practically at your doorstep. Brylands is a great and authentic spot to relax after exploring the stunning peninsula. Prices start at €160 per night.

Book here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/17825076

Location: Glengarriff, County Cork

4. Beautiful wooden chalet overlooking Bantry Bay

Unique Airbnbs in County Cork include a wooden chalet near Bantry Bay

Just three kilometres from Bantry and right on the Goats Path and the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cabin is another nature-lovers paradise. The wooden chalet on Sheep’s Head, overlooking the spectacular Bantry Bay, is funky, colourful, and cosy and comes with its own garden, instruments, and even a disco ball.

It has room for up to five people and everything from free Wi-Fi to children’s books and toys. The owners, Bean and Irene, live just next door and are a great source for local tips. Fancy a day trip? A ferry brings you to Whiddy Island in just ten minutes. Stay here from €88 per night.

Book here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/2429609

Location: Bantry, County Cork

3. Remote Eco Chalet with farm animals and a little library

This remote chalet is a unique place to stay in Ireland

As much as we love our cities, sometimes we just want to completely detach for a few days, and it’s hard to get any more remote than Tony’s Eco Chalet. The self-catering cottage in West Cork, near the ruined Kilcatherine Church and on the Wild Atlantic Way, was built by monks—and it’s certainly one of the most unique Airbnbs in County Cork.

With chickens, ducks and ponies as your only neighbours (except for the hosts), this is the perfect place to recharge your batteries, enjoy coastal views, hikes, and the optional whale watching trip. As a bonus, the grass-roofed cabin has a great collection of books about everything Irish. Stay here from €40 per night.

Book here: https://www.airbnb.ie/rooms/22500813

Location: Gurteen, County Cork

2. Quirky boat in a private garden with donkeys

This quirky land boat is a unique place to stay in Ireland

While traditional houseboats have almost become mainstream accommodation these days, this cosy little gem (a ten minutes’ drive from Kinsale) certainly adds a spark of quirkiness—and it’s perfect for everyone looking for unique Airbnbs in County Cork: Nesbitt is a one-bedroom boat situated in a beautiful private garden, overlooked by three donkeys and the occasional cow.

The funky boat comes with all the amenities from full electricity to Wi-Fi, and the garden sports a picnic bench and a sandpit, ideal for families with kids. Pets are allowed too. While Nesbitt is land-based, the closest beach is only five minutes away. Prices start at €60 per night.

Book here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/26257743

Location: Ballinspittle, County Cork

1. Romantic treehouse with spectacular views over Cork

This treehouse in Cork city is so romantic

If you are an adventurous spirit looking for a hideaway with your significant other, Richard’s treehouse is hard to beat, making it number one on our list of the five most unique Airbnbs in County Cork. The cosy nest sits six metres off the ground and guarantees maximum privacy.

Don’t be fooled to believe that you will be staying in the middle of nowhere, though. The treehouse is only five minutes from Cork’s centre and you can enjoy spectacular views over the city from the balcony while having breakfast (which is served in a basket by a pulley from ground level).

The treehouse is €130 per night. Keep in mind that it’s only accessible via a steep open-air spiral stairway, so a reasonable level of fitness is essential.

Book here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/18649731

Location: Cork, County Cork

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Astrid Hofer works as a freelance journalist for media outlets around the world, mainly writing about travel, lifestyle, and pop culture. When she is not busy listening to live music in one of her favourite pubs, taking cheesy sunset pictures at the beach, or cliff walking, she can usually be found over a mug of hot chocolate planning her next trip.