We knew the Airbnb would be fantastic when we saw the ad:
“Cosy relaxing flat above organic grocer.”
“Located in Athlone’s Left Bank cultural and foodie quarter, just a stone’s throw from the oldest pub in Europe, beautiful rustic accommodation above an organic grocery store in a 200 year old building.”
Does Airbnb get better than this?
But wait, there was also this:
Which led to this:
The book was part of an intriguingly eclectic book collection stored on shelves made from old church pews. Here is one of my favourites, because of its vintage, the wad of seasoned recipes stuffed inside, and its inscription from one nun to her Sister:
The spacious bathroom with its comfy clawfoot tub held another (tongue-in-cheek) reminder we were in a very Catholic country:
What makes a great Airbnb?
For us: a good shower, a comfortable bed, privacy, character, spaciousness. Plus everything you see in this post.
Close proximity to a pub doesn’t hurt:
(This one was lovely. And just in case the patrons were noisy at closing time, our hosts left earplugs on the bureau in the bedroom.)
A wonderful organic grocery downstairs, owned by the hosts, is a definite bonus. We were gifted with delicious, wholesome breakfast treats, including the best granola I’ve ever tasted.
Did I mention the tin of hand-tied teabags?
But what really makes an Airbnb something special is its hosts:
Lynda and Eddie, you are the best!