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Holiday cottages in Ireland are the gateway to a fantastic experience filled with stunning scenery, wonderful heritage and a delightfully relaxing ambience that is unique to the ‘Emerald Isle’. There really is no place like it to enjoy a break. And if you’re contemplating a holiday you may like a few suggestions for some of the best things to see and do. So take a look at our guide below for some holiday inspiration!

Ireland’s landscape is justly celebrated for its wealth of treasures, both natural and man-made. Those seeking Ireland’s rural charms will be well-served with a visit to the Ring of Kerry. This circular 180km trail takes in some of Ireland’s most wondrous locations, including Ross Castle, Ladies View and the Killarney National Park, and is well-suited to those looking for a lovely leisurely drive. If you fancy an active exploration of the beautiful scenery then we’d recommend a hike along the Kerry Way. This walking trail is normally completed in nine days, but there are plenty of scenic stretches to stroll along. If you fancy something a little livelier than few visits to Ireland are complete without a visit to its many great cities, and Dublin is undoubtedly the biggest draw. Ireland’s capital offers wonderful shopping, fantastic heritage (the Guiness Storehouse!), beautiful architecture and an enticing, relaxed atmosphere. Those with Irish holiday cottages near Sligo, Cork, Galway and the other major cities will find an equally varied array of activities to enjoy. Then again, if you’d rather get away from it all and enjoy Ireland’s unspoilt beauty and unrivalled tranquillity then we can’t recommend the Aran Islands highly enough. Located a short distance from the shores of Galway, these three stunning islands offer a beautiful window to the past. Explore medieval ruins and gaze at beautiful rolling vistas while you enjoy the uniquely relaxed rural ambience. There are few better ways to create fantastic holiday memories!

Since the country is so renowned for the wild beauty of its landscape, it should come as no surprise to find that outdoor and active breaks are one of the main reasons people seek Irish cottages. There are few nicer places to enjoy a stroll than the countryside of Ireland, but you’ll also find it’s equally well-suited to those looking for a little rest and relaxation. Thanks to a diverse array of attractions city breaks are also incredibly popular. Visitors to Dublin and the other major cities will find fantastic cultural events, great food and drink, wonderful shopping opportunities and a chance to make some long lasting holiday memories.

If you’re ready to begin an exploration take a look at our holiday cottages in Ireland today.

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  • Killure Wilde Retreat

    Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

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    Ref: W31918

    These 200-year-old limestone holiday cottages are set around an enclosed, paved quadrangle in the heart of Kilkenny countryside. Both have been lovingly restored and have retained many traditional features. The owners live on site where they run an arable farm.
    Killure Wilde Retreat (ref W31918) offers romantic accommodation for 2 with a traditional half door, spacious living room with multi-fuel stove and patio doors leading to a stone-walled garden with patio and lawn. A particular feature upstairs is the vast master bedroom which boasts a vaulted, beamed ceiling and a spacious bathroom complete with roll top bath.
    Killure Lodge (ref W31917) is full of character inside and out and has a pretty railed, lawned garden to the front with views over the rolling countryside. Inside this spacious property there are attractive stone walls, beamed ceilings and a cosy living room with multi-fuel stove.
    Within easy reach are the villages of Goresbridge and Paulstown (2½ miles) whilst the beautiful, medieval city of Kilkenny, with its ancient laneways and magnificent castle, is a mere half an hour’s drive away and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Ramp to living/dining room with patio doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom/second living room. Bathroom with shower over roll top bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Multi-fuel central heating included (£20per week, £10 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external building). Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue (on request). Ample parking.

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  • Riverside Lodge

    Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: W5596

    Magnificent landscaped gardens.

    Detached cottage for 2.

    This charming, single storey, detached country cottage is full of character and has been tastefully converted to offer outstanding accommodation. Beautifully maintained mature landscaped gardens lead to Kenmare river with free fishing available. A pet donkey, cattle and sheep may roam in the adjacent field, all being part of this peaceful working farm setting. In an idyllic location this romantic hideaway makes an excellent base for everyone from touring to the outdoor enthusiast. Walking, fishing, water sports, golf and horse riding are available within a few miles. The bustling quaint market town of Kenmare with its many shops, great restaurants, traditional pubs and historic buildings is 6 miles, and Kilgarvan is ¾ mile. This makes a fantastic base to sample the beautiful scenery of this part of Ireland, such as the world renowned lakes and national park in Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe, the breathtaking coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula and the incredible winding Healy Pass which takes you into nearby West Cork. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 with cot only. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric stove in living room. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with private area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Rockfield

    Rossacoosane, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: W5180

    Close to the Kerry Way.

    Detached apartment for 2.

    Situated 2 miles from the sea, this detached holiday property is just and 5 miles outside the heritage town of Kenmare and close to both the Ring of Kerry Golf Club and the Wild Atlantic Way route, which is adjacent to the Kerry Way Walk route. Set in the beautiful landscaped gardens of the owner’s home, it enjoys lovely hill and garden views. Soak in the peace and tranquillity of this scenic part of Kerry which offers wonderful sea and mountain vistas. Enjoy some of the many sporting activities close by such as golf (2 miles), fishing and riding or try your hand at some sea sports such as kayaking or canoeing. The property makes a great touring base for both Kerry and Cork. Kenmare, 5 miles, offers a selection of fabulous restaurants, along with many craft shops, cafés and pubs. Shop and restaurants 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (4ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W5096

    Traditional country cottage.

    Semi-detached character cottage for 2.

    Rose and March Cottages are semi-detached cottages situated adjacent to the owner’s residence and paddock, each with its own separate entrance and parking areas. They are full of character, treating the visitor to the country life delights of open fires and wooden beams. Set in a pleasant rural location, one mile down a lane from the main road and 3.5 miles from the lovely historic village of Oughterard by the shores of Lough Corrib, the second largest lake in Ireland. Oughterard hosts shops, pubs, restaurants and two churches, and makes the ideal location to experience an Irish village, and a base from which to explore the surrounding, breathtaking scenery. The area is a renowned fishing location, its rivers and lakes sporting trout and salmon, attracting fishermen from all over the world to try their fishing skills. Famous local tourist spots are Aughanure Castle, Glengowla Mines, or the summer boat trips to Inchagoill Island and Cong, and the Bridgits Gardens all just a few minutes’ drive. Oughterard is rightfully known as the gateway to Connemara, an area of the most outstanding and unforgettable beauty. Whether it’s the quiet coastal drives or mountain valley roads, visitors are truly impressed and delight in seeking out remote beaches or quiet walking lanes, and the Wild Atlantic Way is close by. Horse riding and golf is also available locally. For the sea hardy, a visit to one of the coastal islands is a must - next stop is Newfoundland! Other day trips undertaken by most visitors to the cottages are to the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, and the delightful town of Westport and south Mayo. Also only 15 miles away is the old seafaring town of Galway, nestled at the head of Galway Bay. Known as the ’City of Tribes’, it is now a bustling place well worth a visit to sample its abundant shops, and cuisine to cater for all tastes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity rads and electricity by meter reading. Patio with furniture.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car).

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  • Fethard Town Cottages - Clancy’s Cottage

    Fethard, Co. Tipperary

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    Ref: W32035

    These charming, terraced holiday cottages are within strolling distance of the medieval walled town of Fethard, with its many pubs, restaurants and shops. Knockelly Castle, a fortified tower house, is just one of the many historical buildings in the area, and for horse enthusiasts, Fethard is home to the internationally recognised Coolmore Stud.
    Hill walking is plentiful, with stunning Slievenamon Mountain, where at the summit ancient burial cairns can be viewed, the highest of which is said to mark the entrance to the mysterious Celtic underworld.
    The whole area is steeped in history and folklore, and with the town and its amenities on the doorstep, this property offers an interesting base from which to explore all that Tipperary has to offer. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with beams.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas hob. Electricity oven.

    Both Properties: Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Gas barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack.

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  • Kizzie Cottage

    Killorglin, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: YAAZ

    Located just over a mile from Killorglin, this pretty little detached cottage has been renovated to a very good standard and retains many traditional features, it makes a perfect holiday base with beautiful beaches at Cromane (6 miles) and Rossbeigh (10 miles). Lively Killorglin, on the Wild Atlantic Way (1 mile), is a bustling little town with a great selection of traditional pubs and top class restaurants. Killarney, with its stunning National Park and Lakes is easily accessible, as is the magnificent Dingle peninsula. There are many wonderful walks and hikes around the beautiful lake district of Caragh and the mountains of the McGillicuddy Reeks. Fishing, two 18-hole golf links and horse riding are just some of the activities available locally. Shops 1¼ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with Belfast sink and tiled floor. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity (€30per week September-April, €20per week May-August). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Sheen Heatherlands

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: ZFK

    Quietly nestled in peaceful, natural woodland, yet only half a mile from Kenmare town, this cosy ground floor holiday apartment enjoys an old world atmosphere, and adjoins the owner’s home. Guests have shared use of a beautiful landscaped garden boasting tame deer as frequent visitors. Flora, fauna and wildlife abound, from hedgerow plants and mountain goats to the otters, seals and spectacular birdlife which can be seen in the bay (wildlife sea cruises locally). This is the perfect base for discovering the beautiful scenery of both Kerry and West Cork. Within 20 miles are fascinating gardens of Dereen, Garinish Island and Muckross House in the Killarney National Park. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Kenmare offers a wonderful choice of great restaurants, along with quirky cafes, craft shops and traditional pubs. Golf, fishing, riding, sailing, and a good range of restaurants and friendly ‘musical’ pubs locally. Shops ½ mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Sun porch. Dining room/kitchen. Living room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio with furniture. Shared garden. Parking. NB: There is a small stream in the garden.

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  • Chloe’s Country Cottages - Sarah’s Cottage

    Poulmaloe, nr. Whitechurch, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: W32059

    On the outskirts of Whitechurch village and a 600-yard stroll from the river Barrow, these beautifully converted former barns enjoy a peaceful, rural setting, yet they are only a few minutes’ drive from the quayside town of New Ross (7 miles), with plenty of interest including the Dunbrody Famine Ship, Ros Tapestry and a galley cruising restaurant! The owners are on site where they run an arable farm and have managed to retain the holiday cottages’ period charm with beamed ceilings throughout, original stone walls and cosy wood or electric burning stoves. Each has its own private patio garden as well as a large lawned area for guest use, as well as one being wheelchair friendly (Mill Cottage, ref W32056). Just 2 miles down the road is the Kennedy Homestead and Aboretum (over 4500 plant varieties) which are well worth a visit. There are plenty of quaint fishing villages and coves to explore, including the vast sandy beach at seaside Duncannon (9 miles) and numerous activities, including coarse fishing at Oaklands Lake, 3-par golf course, horse riding and sailing, all within a 10-mile radius. Shop and restaurant 3½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 2 steps up to 1 double bedroom with beams. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Patio and furniture.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Shared play area. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. No smoking.

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  • Blackberry Lodge

    Belclare, nr. Headford, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W32154


    Beautifully set amongst old trees and in an idyllic location for a real getaway, this detached barn has been a labour of love by its owner, who is an interior decorator and lives next door. The owner has even managed to salvage doors from nearby Ashford Castle. Her husband, a chef by trade, can offer his services and meals can be prepared or he can give cookery lessons. The cottage can also be decorated, by prior arrangement, for special occasions. While the holiday property has its own sitting-out area, the grounds comprising of 8 acres are open to be explored and strolled through if desired. There are miles of quiet country roads to be walked, as well as the Hill of Knockma, which is a gentle climb, where on a clear day the views take in the surrounding countryside and Lough Corrib. The grounds of Ashford Castle in nearby Cong are beautiful for a stroll. The town of Headford is 5 miles away and offers fishing, boat hire and ghillies. Galway City, home to a myriad of festivals, including the Arts Festival, racing festival, film festival and many more, is a mere 15 miles, whilst Tuam is 9 miles. There are 18-hole parkland golf courses in Tuam and Ballinrobe. The property is wonderfully located for those wishing to tour the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Achill, as all are close enough for a day trip, and then maybe return to Blackberry Lodge for dinner prepared by the ’in house’ chef! Beach 20 miles. Shop and pub 2½ miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 8-acre natural grounds and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities. No smoking.

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  • Knock Major

    Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

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    Ref: W31540

    Knock Major is a refurbished one bedroom apartment, finished to a very good standard, in a courtyard setting in the heart of Carlow/Kilkenny countryside. Centrally located, it is a perfect location for touring and sightseeing, with the medieval city of Kilkenny 11 miles away and Carlow 15 miles away. Castlecomer is the closest town at 5 miles, with a discovery park, childrens playground, trout fishing, walks and golf. There is a fantastic selection of restaurants and pubs in Kilkenny. Mount Juliette is 20 miles and Duiske Abbey is 25 miles. Shops and restaurants 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with traditional stone flag floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Gravelled sitting out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Killarney Haven

    Killarney, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: W31908

    Killarney Haven enjoys a wonderful location right in the heart of Killarney town, with its many wonderful restaurants, great selection of traditional pubs and a vast array of shops. Killarney Haven is located just yards from the centre of Killarney, yet the small holiday complex is quiet, peaceful and private. Offering town sky-line and surrounding mountain views from the balconies of the first and second floor apartments, Killarney Haven makes the perfect base to discover the wonders of Killarney and its beautiful surroundings. Beside the world renowned golf clubs and opportunities for fishing and boating on the breathtaking lakes, you can visit historic Ross Castle, stroll in the grounds of magnificent Mucross or marvel at the stunning waterfall at Torc. Horse riding nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. NB: Can be first or second floor apartment.

    Electric heaters and electricity €35 per week (€7 per day for short breaks). Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 2

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W32260

    The Kinvara Suites are situated within a converted 18th-century stone hayloft. They are set back from the road in a secluded garden in the centre of the picturesque town of Kinvara at the head of Galway Bay, and 2 minutes’ walk from the quayside. An external staircase leads to the two suites, each have a south facing balcony, offering views of the countryside and the nearby Burren National Park. Each suite retains the uninterrupted form of the original hayloft, with quirky windows located within the existing opening. On the second floor, the pitched roof has been raised to form a high vaulted ceiling, and a strip of window runs around all four sides allowing the sun to glance in at all times of the day.
    Kinvara Suites are in the heart of the village yet still secluded in a quiet, private garden. It is an ideal location for touring The Burren, Connemara and Galway as far as the Shannon River. There are country walks and sandy beaches nearby, and the area is renowned for seafood, especially oysters. East Galway boasts nine golf courses, and for surfers some of the best surfing in the world can be found at Fanore Beach. This is an ideal holiday spot for a couple and makes the perfect hideaway if you want to escape and chill for a week or two. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/bedroom area with zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request)/kitchen area. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. No TV. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area, terrace and furniture. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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