Airbnb reveals Ireland's top holiday properties

The homestay booking network says Irish families are looking for rustic, countryside retreats from modern life

‘Staycationing’ and rustic, west of Ireland retreats are some of this year’s most popular Irish family-holiday options according to Airbnb.

The homestay booking network has revealed the properties Irish people have ‘wish-listed’ the most on their website.

Out of 3 million international listings, the top ten family-friendly options chosen by Irish people are all located in Ireland - with many opting for properties, “nestled in stunning natural locations with roaring home fires” with little access to technology.

Through analysing thousands of Irish wish-lists the network said Irish families are interested in holidays involving outdoor pursuits, sea views, relaxation and creativity.

The most popular property was the Atlantic View Boutique Country House in Easkey County Sligo.

Described as a “200 year old boutique country house set on 10 acres of land overlooking one of Ireland's best surf breaks” the property boasts an open fireplace, private bar and pool table.

Atlantic View Boutique Country House in Easkey County Sligo. Image: Airbnb

An ‘Eco-house’ with lake and mountain views in County Galway came in second with an 18th Century refurbished barn and farmhouse in Wexford coming in third.

18th Century refurbished barn and farmhouse in Wexford

James McClure, General Manager of Northern Europe for Airbnb said: “From thatched cottages to eco houses, it’s evident that Irish families are attracted to unique architectural design and immersive natural environments to unlock a magical experience for every family holiday.”

Some of the other more unique properties on Irish wish-lists include an 18th Century thatched mill cottage, a restored pre-famine cottage in Galway and converted stable yard in Dublin.

Converted Stable Yard, Dublin. Image: Airbnb

The top ten list is below:

  1. Atlantic Sea View, Sligo 
  1. Stunning Lake View, Eco House, Galway 
  1. 18th Century Refurbished Barn, Wexford 
  1. Enchanting Mill Cottage, Kilkenny 
  1. 100 Year Old Cottage, Cork 
  1. Seafront Peninsula House, West Cork 
  1. Restored Pre-Famine Cottage, Galway 
  1. Seaside Cottage, Cork 
  1. Thatched Irish Cottage, Kerry 
  1. Converted Stable Yard, Dublin