When searching up accommodation for a trip, I’m always on the hunt for somewhere unique. Staying at a thatched cottage AirBnB certainly checked that criteria. Our trip to Ireland had its fair share of interesting places to stay, including this beautiful boutique hotel in Dublin and this centuries old mill (more on that later). Would I recommend staying in a thatched cottage? Read on to find out…
Inside the thatched cottage
The place was easy enough to find thanks to our host’s directions. It ended up being a bit out of the way, but it was the only thing I could find between Dingle and Killarney.
Our host graciously left us tea, jam, and fresh scones for our arrival (and I’m a sucker for scones). We didn’t end up meeting our host, as they left the key outside. Honestly, isn’t that the best sometimes? I once stayed at a hotel in Iceland that had no front desk, and you checked in with a keypad. The way of the future.
But this place was far in the past.
Our thatched cottage didn’t just have antiques…it was an antique. The real wood burning stove would be essential in the winter, as well as all the wool blankets.
Everything about this place was beautiful; especially if you’re into that sort of quiet country charm. The only part that wasn’t quiet was the heard of sheep wandering down the road early every morning. I almost had a heart attack with the resounding bleets I heard from just outside my window at 7am. The authenticity of it all was perfect.
Reasons to avoid places like this…
What didn’t I love about this thatched cottage? The bugs. Historic homes, no matter how renovated, tend not to be the most insulated of things. And the bugs ran a bit rampant. BUT if you can overlook that, it’s a pretty amazing experience.
I mean, just look at this secret garden located right behind.
The stuff of storybooks.
This little addition is absolutely innovative. And from the inside, one can hardly tell that the kitchen is modern. Inside, the host had a little renovation diary with pictures of the transformation. I really appreciate personal touches like that.
My absolute favourite thing about staying at the thatched cottage, though, was the Dutch door. We don’t have these in Canada, as it’s far too cold, so I took advantage of this first with a little photoshoot.
Would you stay at a thatched cottage? Even with creepy crawlies?
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