Feeling the call of the wild?
The city is great and all, but sometimes a little time spent in the serenity of nature can be just what the doctor ordered.
We spend most of our lives staring at screens, checking our watches and living by a schedule – a regular switch-off is not just a nice idea, it’s essential to avoiding burnout.
Research has shown that exposure to greenspace improves sleep and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, stress, high blood pressure and even premature death.
Can’t argue with that really, can you?
Here are three wonderfully wild Cork Airbnb listings where you can get away from it all:
THE COSY CHALET IN BALLYRISODE
Price per night: €55, sleeps four guests
Set on a private park about 10km outside Schull, the Cosy Chalet is a renovated 100-year-old shepherd’s cottage. Just across the road you’ll find a private wood-lane to the sandy beach, but if you prefer to stay on the property, you can take a morning dip in the swimming pond, which also has fantastic views over the Carbery Islands, Castles and Fastnet Rock.
The famous Sheepshead Walk starts in the next village so bring your hiking boots.
THE SECLUDED SANCTUARY ON THE BEARA PENINSULA
Price per night: €250, sleeps 12 guests
Designed by renowned Irish architect Robin Walker, Bothar Buí is a unique collections of historic farm buildings and contemporary structures. The property is surrounded by 12 acres of indigenous oak woodland leading down to a small harbour with private shoreline.
Because the house is divided into separate buildings, you can stay with friends and family but still have plenty of space for yourself. There’s a cosy kitchen for cooking and the owners fish shrimp and run a mussel farm so there’s always a plentiful supply of fresh seafood.
THE JACUZZI COTTAGE IN BALLYDEHOB
Price per night: €85, sleeps three guests
A renovated former stable surrounded by working farms, this is the ideal choice for staycationers who like a little activity with their tranquility. The owners live on site, along with two dogs, one cat, a pony and a donkey.
When you’re finished exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside (bring wellies), you can soak your weary bones in the four person jacuzzi and sweat away your stress in the infrared sauna. The village of Ballydehob is 15 minutes away so stock up on supplies before you arrive.