Staying at an Old Mill

In my constant quest for finding unique and beautiful places to stay, I booked a very unique AirBnB in Ireland. Staying at this Old Mill near Waterford was a perfect halfway point between Cobh, Cashel, and Kilkenny (click on the names to read more about our adventures there).

An old mill in Ireland renovated into an AirBnB. Near Waterford, the oldest city.

Upon arriving at the Old Mill, we were greeted by a lovely lady whose husband’s family had owned the place for as long as the family had been there. She told us about the history and how they’d come to own it, why they didn’t live there anymore, and how they started renting it out to local students. They soon realized that AirBnB-ing it out was a bit more profitable. The place was expensive to keep up, after all. Soon they would be working on the mill itself, which is a rather large undertaking.

A run down mill renovated into a farmhouse in Ireland.
broken down mill wheel

I love when AirBnB (or hotel or bed and breakfast owners) bring a personal touch and passion to hosting.

Window sill design with potted plants and books satin a brick and stone wall.

The house inside was definitely quirky; the stove (and heating system) needed explaining and there were more than enough places to hang out.

Antique stove.
Oak kitchen in an renovated stone house.

I wish there were more unique houses like this at home. I would happily trade my place of comfort for a piece of history like this.

The den had many interesting books about Ireland – I wanted more time here to hang out for a good read.

Staying at an old mill Airbnb experience.
A renovated old mill complete with fireplace and stone walls in Ireland.

The bedrooms each were so unique. I slept in this cabin-y one with a cute little ensuite off the side.

A completely wood panelled room.

Downstairs was probably the coolest room of all. A pool table, games galore, and a window into the old mills operations.

pool table and old mill wheel in a renovated basement.
inside the basement of an old mill in Ireland complete with games and dart board.
Inside the workings of an old mill in Ireland.

Though the house is large, there’s always the neighbourhood cat to keep you company. He comes and visits and tries very hard to get inside. The lady of the house keeps him fed and happy.

black cat on a patio

Overall, the Old Mill was one of the most unique and memorable accommodations I’ve ever had. I’d highly recommend giving it a go sometime. It’s amazing what you find off the beaten path.

Irish country road with green trees and hedges.

Would you ever stay at an Old Mill? Where do you find unique places to stay?

AirBnB Links for the Old Mill:

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Here’s the link to the Old Mill retreat – check it out while it’s still there!

Stonehouse and mill in Ireland.

To read more of my Ireland adventures, click here.

Check out my other AirBnB stays here.

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