And now for something completely different… Ireland’s quirky accommodation
Fancy staying in a pub-turned-self-catering cottage or a log cabin in the heart of the country? Or how about an adult-only B&B or a Mongolian yurt?
The Beach Bar, Co Sligo
Irish pubs rarely get more old-world or traditional than this thatched gem located on the unspoiled Aughris beach in Sligo Bay. The stunning Atlantic setting is complimented by the striking vista of Ben Bulben mountain to the east. Accommodation is available directly behind the 300-year-old pub and includes a family room capable of sleeping six. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.
Osborne’s Storehouse, Co Carlow
Located close to the unspoilt Backstairs Mountains, this bunkhouse-style lodging is tailor-made for those who adore the great outdoors and also boasts solar powered central heating, ideal for those mindful of their carbon footprint. Get back to nature on 2 hour guided walk with Blackstairs Eco Trails, visit the Carlow Brewing Company or the Chocolate Garden of Ireland.
Clover Cabin, Co Kilkenny
Experience the lure of a Scandinavian-style log home in the heart of hurling country. Strikingly designed, and capable of accommodating two adults and four children, it’s set on its very own three-acre woodland garden. You will find Ireland’s only reptile zoo at Gowran village just two kilometres away and the medieval city of Kilkenny can be reached by car in just 15 minutes.
Clonganny House, Co Wexford
This luxury Georgian house offers a chance for parents to get away from it all - it’s an adults-only B&B that takes great pride in its culinary offerings. Individually designed rooms in the stables and coachhouse buildings look onto the elegant walled garden. Located near the market town of Gorey, it’s just minutes away from several stunning beaches including Cahore and Old Bawn, ideal for afternoon strolls.
Conroy’s Old Bar, Co Tipperary
Billed as the world’s first self-catering pub, this is a bar with no beer. A former pub tastefully converted into a holiday cottage retains all its old quirks and charms. There is a 6ft bed in the cellar under the arch of the old barrel store and an outdoor fire for toasting marshmallows and watching the sun set. If you want to cook something more complex Cloughjordan House Cookery School is just a short drive away.
Kate’s Place, Co Clare
With the Burren National Park located on its doorstep, this charming B&B in Doolan is ideally located for those keen to explore Clare’s natural wonders including the majestic Cliffs of Moher and Doolin Cave, which boasts the longest stalactite in the Northern hemisphere. Kate’s Place is just three minutes’ walk from Gus O’Connor’s Pub, famed for its food and traditional seisiún - a perfect way to spend your evenings
Rose Cottages, Co Cork
Located on a family farm, these spacious cottages offer a peaceful escape from the stresses of daily life. The properties overlook Gearagh Natural Reserve, which is famed as a bird-watching sanctuary and for its rare plant life. Those keen to do something different might be tempted by a visit to Ireland’s only toy soldier factory at nearby Kilnamartyra. Or stretch your legs on a 6km walk through oak woodlands on The Gearagh Looped Walk.
Giltraps Kinnitty, Co Offaly
There’s are several types of accommodation at this venue adjacent to the landmark Giltraps pub and close to Kinnitty Castle. Whether it’s glamping in a Mongolian yurt or staying in the double bedrooms of the main house, Giltraps promises an experience that’s close to nature. Hiking enthusiasts are spoiled: the quietly beautiful Slieve Bloom Mountains are on your doorstep.
The Inn to the West, Co Galway
Whether it’s exploring a stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, taking a day trip to Inishbofin or visiting the famed white coral beaches of Mannin Bay, this eye-catching stone-built inn could hardly be better situated. It has its own playground for children and a ‘drying room’ to air those soggy clothes and boots after a day’s hike or long-distance cycle.
The Yellow House, Co Cork
With views over Toe Head Bay and just nine kilometres from Skibbereen, this traditional Irish cottage is based in the heart of West Cork. Food is important here and its owners take great pride in being able to cater for coeliacs and those on a gluten-free diet. The Yellow House runs all-inclusive three-night photography courses for beginners and improvers.
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