Disclaimer: The Missus works for AirBnB. This post is 100% my content which I’m writing on my own prerogative. I have not received any remuneration for this review, it is not a sponsored post. I simply wanted to give my recommendation of our host & review our first stay together with an AirBnB host.
So last week, myself and The Missus tied the knot in Dublin and we had a blast. To us, this wedding was the smaller of the two parts we have planned. Smaller in terms of bodies there but more importantly smaller in terms of importance to us – ironic really when you consider part one legally made us hubby & wifey – but we simply see part two (25th March 2017), when everyone we want will be there on our day – that’s the big one.
So when Granny offered to mind the Nips for a few days, we said ‘Hell Yeah‘ & legged it up to pack a bag, don’t need to ask us twice! The Missus christened this break ‘Our Mini-Moon‘ with Galway our destination and off we went. Freeeeeeedom !!!!
Most parents will relate to this but this was only the 2nd time since we became parents over 4 years ago that Mama & Papa got away by ourselves!! It was the 1st time since Nip #2 was born and the 1st time in well over 2 years full stop. Hummm – they didn’t put that on the feckin warning packet ha?!!
So as the title implies, we used Airbnb to book our stay and wow, were we impressed. The place was class. The host – Joan, was a such a lovely host. She was warm, gracious and so easy to chat & get along with.
When we arrived, Joan greeted us at the door and showed us around the area we would be using. She had a clipboard ready with info about where we where located (relative to the city centre). She even had a hand drawn map with local road names etc to help us get from A to B which was very helpful. Other info she included varied from how to work the lights in the room (all remote controlled), to working the digital tv, a detailed list of recommended restaurants & pubs, to points of interest, local activities and even things that she liked to do e.g. walk the promenade in Salthill and ‘kick the wall’! (local tradition). She even offered to drive us into town later that night if we wanted! My kind of host!!!
The beauty of it was that the house was literally only 10 mins drive from Galway city centre in an area called Menlo yet when you where at the house, you might as well have been in the middle of the countryside miles from any city. Very unique.
We had our own ‘wing’ of the house with ensuite bedroom, second toilet, lovely private lounge with high ceilings, cool modern paintings on the wall, selection of CD’s, an open (gas) fire, widescreen tv and a table in the corner for tea & Nespresso making / having breakfast. We even had access to our own private garden area with bench & seats! How feckin deadly is that?!
But the icing on the cake had to be when Joan left a trolley out each morning with the most amazing breakfast. So each morning we had a choice of:
- Homemade soda bread (get this – Joan actually baked the bread each night to have it ready for the next morning!)
- Homemade raspberry, blueberry & rose water jam
- Homemade granola
- Corn flakes
- 4 eggs with an egg boiler
- Mature cheese from local cheesemongers
- Selection of fruit
- Big bottle of Orange Juice
- Low fat natural yoghurt
- Cold milk
Unbelievable !!! And as far as I know (stand to be corrected here) hosts are not required to leave breakfast – it’s their choice if they want to and man, are we glad Joan did. It was just the business to wake up to. On the day of leaving, Joan even gave us the bread & jam to bring home with us!
Apart from the house being amazing – we joked with Joan that if we had won the Euro Millions that night, we’d have gone to her the next day and said, ‘Em, yeah, so the house, we’ll take it yeah!’ but we weren’t joking – we both love Galway. (Personally, I absolutely love the place, always have. It’s the one place in Ireland I’ve never lived and would move there in a heartbeat). It’s a small city but it’s got such a cool, relaxed, chilled out vibe it actually makes my soul relaxed when I’m there.
We didn’t take up Joan’s offer to drive us into the city on the day we arrived as we just took the opportunity to chill out together with a few glasses of bubbly – with no kids & no dog – it’s was bliss!!!
We headed into Galway early the next day and honestly, we must have walked the entire city! It was class. The city was bursting with people from every part of the world. We overheard a lot of American / Canadian accents in particular. So while in Rome, we did as the Romans did and we checked out the place like a tourist!
It’s fair to say we were feeling the effects of a few days drinking. At one point, we stopped and sat down and looked at each other and said ‘Right so, now what do we do?!‘ So use to having the Nips with us, at that point it was a strange feeling not to be doing or going somewhere with them! Jesus, before kids, fuck it, we’d have been in the boozer getting legless but having had drinks the night before, we genuinely weren’t able for more drink!!!! This is a fact – we went for 1 beer and I just couldn’t drink it. All I was thinking was ‘feck this for a game of soldiers, getting old suck the big fat one ha‘ 🙂
So what did we do? Like a good old married couple, we headed back and went for a nap – in the middle of the fucking day hahahaha #feckinlightweights – agh the rock n roll lifestyle of a newly married couple ha but ya know what, it really was perfect. We were more than happy to do it. Later we went back into the city for din-dins, few glasses of fine vino and we went back early & sober as a judge.
We had a great chat with Joan before we left, we honestly could have stayed all day yapping with her. But we had to leave her house and we had to make tracks getting back to Dublin so we said our goodbye’s and off we went. No trip to Galway is complete until you go to Salthill so we did exactly that before we left Galway. We went for a walk on the beach, had ice cream and we did in fact ‘kick the wall’. My soul is in perfect balance.
So in my review: AirBnB Host (for our Mini-Moon) would I recommend AirBnB and in particular Joan as a host – does a bear shit in the woods? 100% Yes, absolutely. In fact, next time we go to Galway, guess where we’ll be staying? Hotels can kiss my skinny ass goodbye.
5 stars for you Joan. Well done & thanks.
P.S. In one of our chats, Joan told us about making Porridge Bread which I said I’d love to try. So when we got back, she only went and emailed us the recipe. Now that is one serious AirBnB host !!!
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