When it comes to winter getaways with groups of friends, staying in Ireland is a great option that is too often overlooked.
Not only does it eliminate the stress and cost of organising flights for the whole gang, it can also give you the opportunity to meet up with friends from whatever area you choose (it is Ireland after all, you're never too far from someone you know).
Hotel prices can tend to be prohibitive during the peak winter season, but the growing popularity of rental platforms like Airbnb means that there are plenty of other options.
Wherever you’re planning to head this winter, we’ve found a stunning home for you to stay in.
1. Three Bedroom Cottage – Adare, Co. Limerick (€55 per night, sleeps 5)
This cosy cottage has a really unique charm and is ideally situated if you plan to explore the countryside.
Golf fans will also be happy to note that the house is within a short distance of Adare Manor and Ardagh courses.
2. Three Bedroom House – Whitegate, Co. Clare (€214 per night, sleeps 6)
This chalet-style house is nestled on the banks of Lough Derg and boasts an enviable lake view, making it the perfect spot for a tranquil getaway.
3. Four Bedroom House – Kinvara, Co. Galway (€250 per night, sleeps 8)
If you want to experience the natural beauty of the West, Kinvara is a great spot and this four-bedroom home will comfortably accommodate a big gang.
The interior decor is nicer than a lot of hotels and just look at the size of that kitchen.
4. Five Bedroom Castle – Kilmaine, Co. Mayo (€900 per night, sleeps 12)
Those willing to blow the budget for an unforgettable experience need look no further than Turin Castle in Mayo.
Yep, you can rent an entire medieval castle. This property is full of quirky details and would be a great choice for a memorable gathering.
5. Three Bedroom House – Sligo Town, Co. Sligo (€152 per night, sleeps 7)
Located five minutes from Sligo Town, this home offers the perfect blend of amenities and an peaceful environment.
With the scenic Ben Bulben as a backdrop, you can have a stroll to Glencar waterfall, enjoy dinner alfresco or play a game of table tennis – the choice is yours.
6. Four Bedroom House – Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow (€250 per night, sleeps 8)
A stone’s throw from Dublin yet surrounded by countryside, this gorgeous house enjoys views of the Sugar Loaf Mountains.
It’s also within a short distance of Killegar Stables and Powerscourt Golf Club and Gardens so there will be plenty to keep you busy.
7. Two Bedroom Home – Dublin City Centre, Co. Dublin (€130 per night, sleeps 5)
Dublin City is a great location for a winter holiday/staycation as you'll never be short of something to do.
Smaller groups will love this cosy city centre home, which means you can access everything you need by foot or public transport.
8. Two Bedroom Chalet – Bailieborough, Co. Cavan (€149 per night, sleeps 5)
Do you know what most Airbnbs are missing? A hot tub.
Not this one though, as the chalet has a sauna, hot tub and a gazebo for your ultimate winter relaxation.
It’s also perched on the shores of Skeagh Lake, so you can rent a boat for a Sunday jaunt.
9. Two Bedroom Apartment – Bundoran, Co. Donegal (€100 per night, sleeps 6)
Bundoran is definitely one of the most scenic spots in the country and a treasure trove for anyone who is into water sports.
If a freezing-cold surfing holiday sounds like your idea of a good time, then you won’t find a better option than this affordable apartment on the beach front.
10. Three Bedroom Cottage – Kilshandra, Co. Cavan (€202 per night, sleeps 6)
This four-star cottage is situated on a working farm and offers a host of activities ranging from fishing and golfing to horse-riding.
There’s also a games room on-site for those inevitable rainy days.