On our recent trip to Ireland we decided to stop off in County Wicklow (Republic of Ireland) for a night so we could do some sightseeing. As a family of 5 we often find getting accommodation difficult. Most hotels are designed for 2 adults 2 children and cannot allow extra due to insurance issues. This always leaves us with very little options and those available are often expensive.
This is where Air BnB comes in. We decided to see if there was anywhere on Air BnB that could accommodate us instead. As these are often in peoples homes there is more flexibility if you ask politely. Luckily for us we were able to find a lovely bungalow in the perfect location for our sightseeing. I contacted the host to ask if they would mind us having an extra child and they happily agreed, as long as the kids shared the double bed. They usually all end up sleeping together in a single bed at home through their own choice so we knew this wouldn’t be a problem.
Communication with the hosts was fab and when we arrived they couldn’t have been more friendly. We had homemade cake and drinks on arrival as well as a tour of the house. The kids went straight outside to the tree swing which remains one of the highlights of our entire holiday. Our rooms were spacious, clean and comfy. Plus we had the added bonus of an en-suite bathroom.
Our hosts helped us with recommendations for where to get dinner and after we opted for the local chip shop they laid the table outside on the terrace for us to relax and eat. They honestly were the most lovely people and made us feel right at home. In the morning we had a cooked breakfast served in their beautiful kitchen. The home made bread was delicious!
When booking your Air BnB the website has loads of information including all the accommodation amenities, a good long description of it from the hosts, nearby places to visit/eat, how to get there, any house rules (such as no dogs, etc), accessibility and so on. There are also reviews from previous visitors which I found really helpful. Payment is made securely through the Air BnB website, as is any communication between you and the hosts.
There are so many fab quirky places to stay, I have become just a little bit obsessed! In future I think Air BnB will definitely be the first place we look when we are going away. I cannot recommend it enough and look forward to booking another trip! If you’d like to give it a go check out the website here: https://www.airbnb.co.uk
P.S. Air BnB have had no input in this post and I am not affiliated with them in any way. I simply loved the whole experience and wanted to share it with you 😀