Irish Airbnb escapes Sat 5 Mar 2016 Pods and penthouses: Airbnb escapes to inspire Pod at Eagle Lodge , Liscarney, Co Mayo Michael Gavin, a trained mountain leader, built Eagle Lodge – a wooden chalet overlooking a lake in Mayo in 2005. Last year he added a pod – a small one-room wooden unit designed and built by himself, on the grounds of the lodge – which will delight nature enthusiasts. Most of the bookings for the pod come through Airbnb, with the majority of guests coming from Europe. “Last weekend we had two sisters who came from France just for the weekend to stay in the pod,” says Gavin. The pod is only available when the lodge is free – as the pod itself has no utilities. Such has been the interest in the pod that Gavin is now adding a further three units with separate facilities. A night in the pod, which sleeps two, is €50. Wooden chalet interior Headfort school, Kells, Co Meath Not many groups require a property that accommodates 70, but they are thin on the ground should the need arise. Mostly in dormitory style, the school features a wonderful ballroom, with preserved stuccoed ceilings and wall murals.Facilities include tennis courts, a swimming pool, cricket crease, stables, squash and a theatre. Catering is an optional extra. Prices from €1,200 a night or €6,001 a week. Penthouse, Dublin 2 Described as ‘The Absolute Perfect Location’ – which, if you want to book, will be your search criteria – this swanky penthouse is listed as having a Georgian façade with views of Merrion Square; the exact location is not given. With three bedrooms accommodating six - and capacity to take eight, the contemporary apartment boasts a high-end kitchen, three terraces and access to gym and leisure facilities nearby. It also includes a parking space, which is rare in this part of Dublin. Prices from €650 a night. Tunrin Castle, Kilmaine, Co Mayo Sleeping 12 in five bedrooms, this castle was built by the De Burgos in medieval times. Derelict for 250 years, it was renovated in 1997 and now offers exclusive rental for small gatherings – the dining hall can accommodate 25. With exposed walls and casement windows, the property is furnished with period pieces including full suits of armour. Prices from €900 a night. Windsor Terrace, Portobello This recently renovated property features a modern kitchen and period-style living and sleeping areas. Silk drapes sit alongside modern light fittings and velvet sofas. There is a sunken bath with Phillipe Stark fittings. A spiral staircase leads to an attic conversion, which may be used as a third bedroom. A car port behind electric gates is a bo nus. From €390 a night. Beach House, Ballymoney Co Wexford Listed as ‘30m to the Beach’ and boasting wonderful sea views, this Austrian designed wooden house sleeps six in three bedrooms. The beach is at the end of the garden, and for winter stays the house has a stove to keep guests toasty while storm watching. Exterior of beach house Prices are €70 per night for one person, but an additional €22 per night for each guest thereafter – so at capacity it is €180 per night. Edwardian House, Glasnevin This 232sq m property sleeps 13 in six bedrooms. Dating from 1915, the house features an architecturally designed cedar extension which opens out on to a pergola with a huge barbeque. At night the entire back garden is enhanced with mood lighting. Many of the quirky bedrooms feature original fireplaces. For a large group the al fresco dining area is a real selling point. Prices from €751 a night. Durhamstown Castle The beauty of this property besides the wonderful Norman castle dating form 1420, is the owners can provide gourmet evening meals if required. Whether a wedding or just a private getaway, guests can tuck into devils on horseback, Yemini salad and lemon vodka sorbet. Eggs come from the neighbours hens, all breads are home-made, and guests can enjoy a lesson in bread making or learn to dance a jig nearby. Culinary enthusiasts can otherwise cater for themselves in the castle kitchen. Sleeping 16 in eight bedrooms, prices are from €1,250 per night with great savings if one books the entire castle for a week. This Victorian house in the trendy district of Portobello, Dublin 8, offers guests the best in city living – with a ten-minute stroll to Grafton Street and a plethora of restaurants just around the corner on Camden Street. Sleeping 6 in three bedrooms, the property has undergone a complete facelift to offer a contemporary vibe with a gunmetal grey kitchen and burnt sienna furnishings. The house features lots of modern art and a patio to the rear – a perfect place to unwind after a day in the city. Prices from €320 per night.