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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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  • Crock of Gold Cottages - Croc An Oir

    Ballycullen, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
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    Ref: W31891

    Set within the Croc An Oir Estate (translated as Crock of Gold) and tucked away down a leafy boreen, these beautifully restored, converted stone barns offer a truly relaxing holiday where hospitality and a traditional Irish experience is offered in abundance. They enjoy stunning views of the Slievenamon mountain and lovely countryside walks from the doorstep. Croc an Oir (ref W31891) is a romantic retreat for a couple, and traditional features include a cosy woodburner, a half door, arched windows and a delightful loft style bedroom. There is also a private courtyard and garden. The Old House (ref W31947) has oodles of character and is ideal for the larger family or groups, with 2 staircases leading to separate sleeping quarters, as well as a wheelchair friendly downstairs bedroom. There is a lovely feature stone fireplace in the living room with French door leading to outside seating areas. Guests are welcome to wander through the owners’ 100-acre estate. Guests can also make free use of the owners’ putting green, soccer pitch and river fishing, and next door is a delightful venue room (which is available for hire on request) where regular concerts, theatrical performances, music lessons and workshops in dance and creative writing are held and guests can sample the ’Magic under the Mountain’ weekends. Within a short drive are traditional music pubs and heritage sites such as the Rock of Cashel, Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen all with wooden floor. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters by meter reading. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Private courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. CD. Gas cooker. Shared 100-acre grounds with putting green, soccer pitch and river fishing. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: River in owners’ grounds.

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  • The Stable

    Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: ZZ5

    This charming property is just 10 minutes’ walk from the sea, on the beautiful Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford, Ireland’s sunniest county. Set round a courtyard along with the owners’ house, it has been carefully converted from a traditional 18th-century, stone farm building, retaining old beams and stonework. The Stable enjoys its own patio garden and shares the central courtyard. The Wexford coastal path runs close by and horse riding, fishing, scuba diving or relaxing can be enjoyed. Friendly Fethard-on-Sea offers restaurants, entertainment and sporting activities, all within walking distance, and the immediate area offers wonderful scenery, gardens, crafts, bird-watching, canoeing and windsurfing. There is also a playground in the village. The area offers many historic sites including Tintern Abbey, Dunbrody Abbey, Duncannon Fort, Fethard Castle and Hook Lighthouse. There are sandy coves, sea and river fishing nearby. Shop, post office, pubs and restaurants ¼ mile.

    Living/dining-room with modern fitted kitchen area. Shower room with toilet. Mezzanine double bedroom (can be twin) with wood floor, exposed beams and sloping ceiling.

    Electricity, hot water and electricity rads (on timer) by coin meter. Bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed patio garden and furniture. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars in courtyard).

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  • Studio Apartment One

    Kilkee, Co. Clare

    Grade
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    Ref: W5903

    Jacuzzi bath.

    Ground floor studio apartment for 2.

    One of four studio apartments adjacent to the owners pub/restaurant.

    Comprising of a bathroom with relaxing Jacuzzi bath and a second room sectioned into a sleeping area, living area with multi fuel stove and kitchenette area. Compact and cosy it is ideal as a touring base with the attractions of Kilkee seaside resort 2.5 miles.

    Take a trip to see the resident bottle-nosed dolphins in the Shannon estuary. Or choose from three golf courses within 8 miles. Try your hand at on-shore and off-shore angling, or take a ferry trip to see the attractions of Kerry. Visit the Cliffs of Moher on your way to see The Burren. Activities in the vicinity include sailing, surfing, diving, or more leisurely walks in Kilkee and Kilrush. Shop, pub and restaurant onsite.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with double bed. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Parking (1 car).

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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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  • Island View Cottage

    Bantry, Co. Cork

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    Ref: ZBC

    In an elevated position which has views over beautiful Bantry Bay, this cosy and comfortable detached cottage is in the grounds of the owner’s home enjoying shared use of a 4-acre, well-tended garden. An ideal touring base along the Wild Atlantic Way, it is just 1½ miles from the town amenities of historic Bantry. Gougane Barra Forest Park, Glengarriff Nature Reserve and the sub-tropical Italian gardens on Garinish Island are within a half-hour drive. The spectacular Mizen, Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas can easily be explored from here. Golf ½ mile. Wonderful walking, fishing, sailing and riding locally. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden and tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom (5ft) with additional single, sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor. External utility room.

    Central heating from solid-fuel stove (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Private patio with furniture. Shared 4 acre garden. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Lansdowne Village

    Ballsbridge, Dublin

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    Ref: YBA

    This townhouse is one of a small row set within the landscaped grounds of one of Dublin’s prestigious developments, in a quiet and well-planned, private residential area. It is a great base for those visiting Dublin for events, beside the Royal Dublin Society, home of the Dublin International Horse Show each August, the Grand Canal Theatre, the O2 and now the famous AVIVA stadium where all the international matches are played and many concerts. It is only 2 minutes walk to the DART station which takes you to the city centre to Trinity College and beyond and also along the beautiful Dublin coastline, both north and south of the Liffey. The property is close to great bars and many good restaurants. Within walking distance of fine Georgian Dublin, this lively capital city is a thriving cultural centre, with many quality shops, cinemas, museums, art galleries and The Abbey, Gate and Gaitey theatres. South of Dublin there is easy access to beaches, Dun Laoire Harbour, Wicklow and the wonderful gardens at Mount Usher and Powerscourt House. Shops 10 minute walk.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity €12 per day. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Cable TV. Washer/dryer.Telephone-coin operated. Parking (1 car).

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  • Mill Road Farm Cottages - Hook Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: W32006

    Situated just one mile from the picture postcard fishing village of Kilmore Quay, with its whitewashed thatched cottages, colourful marina and sandy beaches, these attractive stone cottages offer an excellent holiday base. Adjacent to the owners’ dairy farm and B&B, each cottage enjoys a rural outlook as well as distant sea views towards the Saltee Islands. Kilmore Quay offers superb seafood restaurants with the fresh daily catch, traditional pubs, a children’s playground, sandy coves, boat hire and trips across to the Satee Islands as well as the stunning Ballyteige Burrow Nature Reserve which originates from the last Ice Age and extends to 9kms of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, vibrant Wexford town and Rosslare Harbour are within an easy 30-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additionl single bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack.

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  • Killard Cottage

    Doonbeg, Co. Clare

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    Ref: W31825


    Killard Cottage in Doonbeg is situated in an elevated location with spectacular views onto the Atlantic with the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands in the distance. Doonbeg is located on the ’Wild Atlantic Way’, the scenic long distance route along the west coast of Ireland. It is only a short walk to the beautiful White Strand beach, which is suitable for families and has a lifeguard in the summer season.

    Doonbeg is just an hour’s drive from Shannon Airport, a three to four hours’ drive from Dublin Airport and two and a half hours from Cork Airport. The Shannon ferry in Killimer connects to County Kerry.

    Trump International Golf Links with spa and restaurant is just 8 minutes’ drive away and can be seen on the other side of the bay. It is also only a 10-15 minutes’ drive to Kilkee, the popular seaside resort with fantastic cliff scenery, and also the gateway to the remote, rugged Loop Head Peninsula.

    Killard Cottage is a warm and welcoming retreat in an idyllic location with stunningly spectacular sea views. Set on Killard Hill at Doonbeg, and close to the owner’s home and working dairy farm, this delightful cottage offers magnificent sunsets making it an attractive choice for a seaside holiday. Killard offers access to many designated scenic walking routes, both along the nearby cliffs and also further afield, while geologists remain intrigued by the local rock formations. The area is also very popular with birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.
    The restored, detached cottage has up-to-date comforts, is furnished to a very good standard and is bright and airy. The open plan ground floor living area is finished with exposed ceiling beams and consists of a fully-fitted kitchen with dining table together with a very comfortable sitting area complete with wood-burning stove. The cupboards at Killard Cottage are always stocked with basic starter essentials. Wooden floors are fitted throughout the property and the living area leads to a spacious double bedroom with en-suite shower room and patio doors at ground level. From this room a spiral staircase gives access to a connecting first floor mezzanine single bedroom with a sloping ceiling and a spectacular Velux window view. Outdoors, there is a gravelled courtyard with furniture and striking views of the blissful Doonbeg Bay and Atlantic Ocean, together with the adjacent countryside. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet and steep, spiral stairs to connecting first floor single bedroom with Velux and sloping ceilings.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating and electricity (€4per day summer, €7per day winter). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Gravelled courtyard/patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • River Cottage

    Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford

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    Ref: W31435

    In a romantic riverside setting, this detached single storey holiday property in a peaceful retreat nestles beside a river in the heart of the beautiful Nire Valley with a backdrop of woods and the Comeragh Mountains. It is 2½ miles from Ballymacarbry and just 17 miles from the seaside town of Dungarvan. The garden has a delightful riverside patio and steep stone steps down to the river bank. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walkers and nature lovers and golf, fishing and horse riding are all available locally. This is a good base for touring in Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary. Shops and pubs 2½ miles, restaurant 1¼ miles.

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

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Microwave. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced steep drop from garden to river bank. NB: Drop from garden to river.

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  • St Anthony’s Cottage

    Lauragh, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: W31369

    Picturesque countryside

    Semi-detached cottage for 3

    Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this scenic beautiful area on the Beara Peninsula in this well kept, semi-detached, coastal holiday cottage, offering compact and comfortable accommodation. The cottage adjoins the owner’s home but is completely separate and boasts its own small pretty garden blooming with flowers. Enjoying a great location with picturesque countryside, beautiful Glanmore Lake, 1½ miles, and 14 miles from lively Kenmare with golf and riding facilities. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this is also a perfect base for touring the Ring of Kerry and West Cork which offer spectacular views at every turn in the road. Closer to home are the sub-tropical Derreen Gardens and wonderful arachaelogical sites, numerous scenic walks (many from the doorstep), mountain climbing, fishing and swimming nearby. The pubs in the area offer regular traditional Irish music sessions. Shop ¼ mile, pub 2 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Maximum occupancy 3 guests.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities.

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  • Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

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    Ref: W5449

    Panoramic views.

    Ground and first floor apartment for 3.

    Located in a peaceful lane only 1½ miles from Tallow this delightful apartment makes a relaxing holiday retreat and is an ideal base for touring. The property is attached to the owner’s home and is well furnished and overlooks the garden and fields beyond. This is a scenic area with glorious countryside and the golden beach at Youghal is within 16 miles. There is much of historic interest in the area including Lismore Castle. This is a good base for excursions to Waterford, Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Killarney Lakes. Many golf courses a short drive away, the nearest being Lismore, 7 miles away. Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cable TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack.

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  • Cleggan Cottage

    Cleggan, Co. Galway

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    Ref: YEV

    On the Wild Atlantic Way, this romantic and secluded hideaway is set peacefully at the edge of the charming fishing village of Cleggan, within walking distance of its pubs and restaurant. It is very spacious and comfortable, with its own beautifully landscaped gardens. The village offers tennis, riding, fishing, and boat trips to Inishbofin Island, while nearby Clifden (7 miles) has galleries, shops and restaurants, as well as water sports to enjoy.

    All on ground floor: Spacious living room with single sofa bed and French door. Spacious dining room/farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil stove in living room, NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden and landscaped grounds. Welcome grocery pack.

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