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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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  • Geoghans Cottage

    Clough, Co. Laois

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: YAAU

    Nestled in a peaceful country road, this charming 18th century, renovated, detached cottage is perfect for honeymooners and romantic breaks. There are waymarked trails taking in woods, streams and a circular walk of the Slieve Bloom mountains and Dunmore Woods nearby. It is centrally located for touring, being within 7 miles of both Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Limerick main roads. Dublin, Limerick and Waterford within 65 miles and within 1 hour 20 minutes drive. Kilkenny Castle, one of Ireland’s premiere attractions, is 26 miles, and it is within 1 hours drive of both the Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle. Golf and riding locally. Shop 4½ miles. Pub with traditional nights (seasonal), ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with slate floor throughout. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburning stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (€30per week, €15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Gravel yard with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Valentine Cottages - Valentine Cottage 3

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W31923

    Oozing quality and character, these charming holiday cottages (refs W31921, W31922 and W31923) are set around a very pretty courtyard with central fountain. Valentine Cottage 1 (ref W31921), as its name suggests, offers a romantic hideaway for two - standing detached with stunning panoramic rural views. Spacious and well furnished inside, it has a bright sun/dining room leading to a vast lawned garden. Cottages 2 and 3 (refs W31922 and W31923) offer flexible accommodation and are also ideal for couples or can be combined (on request) to cater for a larger family or group. Each has its own enclosed private patio, large shared lawn and a delightful courtyard view to the front. All three cottages have the use of a superb games room and visitors are free to wander through the owners’ grounds which extend to 9 acres. Outside the grounds, there is an 8-mile trailed walk which takes in riverside (River Bride, 0.5 miles), woodland and hillside walking. If you can tear yourself away from this little oasis, the colourful, heritage town of Lismore (winner of many Tidy Town awards) with its magnificent castle, is just over 3 miles away and a little further the golden sands of Youghal (16 miles).

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electricity pebble-effect fire included. Oil central heating included. Travel cot. High chair. Gas cooker. Enclosed patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden.

    Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. 9-acre shared grounds. Barbecue (on request). Ample parking. Games room with pool table, dart board, TV and board games. Natural spring water supply from well. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in grounds.

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  • Kizzie Cottage

    Killorglin, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Rancho Relaxo

    Ballybawn, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: W31771

    This comfortable little holiday apartment attached to the owner’s home in the heart of Co. Wicklow, the ‘Garden of Ireland’, just a few minutes drive from the picturesque village of Enniskerry and the famous Powerscourt House, gardens and waterfall. It is a perfect base to explore Mount Usher and Kilruddery. For walkers, the property is 5.5 miles from the Wicklow Way, a marked walking route through the stunning Wicklow Mountains and loughs. Horse riding and trekking is available locally. Visit the monastic site at Glendalough and cross the Wicklow Gap to west Wicklow. Enniskerry offers shopping, restaurants, pubs and even a Christmas market! Roundwood Village is just 8 miles and has lovely inns to retire to after long walks in the surrounding areas. Dublin city and airport, 25 miles, Roundwood, 9 miles, Wicklow town, 18 miles.

    All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Geothermal underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electricity included (€20per week April-October). Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electricity hob and oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned and gravelled garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    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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  • Lansdowne Village

    Ballsbridge, Dublin

    Grade
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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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  • Killard Cottage

    Doonbeg, Co. Clare

    Grade
    3
    2
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    1
    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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  • St Anthony’s Cottage

    Lauragh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    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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  • Gortrusheen House

    Connemara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    3
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: YCCC

    Nestled between the hills and lakes of Connemara, this wonderful stone cottage is surrounded by natural gardens and wild, colourful flowers. There is endless walking and climbing with Connemara National Park on the doorstep. The holiday cottage is located along the Wild Atlantic Way and within easy driving distance of beautiful beaches at Letterfrack and Renvyle. You will find an 18-hole golf course on the coast at Ballyconneely. Kylemore Abbey and Gardens are a must, and are just across the road. The lake outside the door is suitable for fishing with boat hire available. Other scenic day trips include Lough Inagh, a drive along the Sky Road, the village of Cleggan with boat trips, and the vibrant city of Galway. Killary Fjord is just down the road along the Wild Atlantic Way. Riding within 5 miles. Shop 3 miles, pubs 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with single sofa bed and wooden floor. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating by flow meter reading. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. CD and small library. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (initial 2.5GB included). Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. NB: A private track of approximately 1.3 miles leads to the property.

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  • Mountbellew, Co. Galway

    Mountbellew, Co. Galway

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31651

    Self-contained and with a cosy feel, this single-storey holiday annexe has its own entrance and side garden for the holidaymaker. Centrally located and set along a main road, it is ideally placed for any type of holiday, particularly as a touring base and within walking distance of the village. Mountbellow has a weekly market presided over by the memorial statue of Bobbyjo, winner of the Grand National. The festival city of Galway, ‘Gateway to Connemara’, is about 1 hour. Water sports and boat hire are available at Athlone, 30 minutes away. Locally there is an 18-hole golf course and woodland walking. Lough Corrib and Lough Mask are an easy drive. Fishing is available locally on the River Suck and other rivers. Shops, restaurants and pubs with music ¼ mile.

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

    Oil burner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with furniture. Shared enclosed lawned garden. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Mill Road Farm Cottages - Hook Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • Ballagh Court Cottages - Ballagh Cottage

    Adamstown, Co. Wexford.

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W31914

    Ballagh Court Cottages (refs W31912, W31913 and W31914) are tucked away in an idyllic rural spot, yet within easy reach of stunning beaches, picturesque fishing villages and the numerous tourist attractions that sunny Wexford has to offer. Approached via a tree-lined driveway, these attractive holiday properties are set around a central courtyard and guests are warmly welcomed by the owners who live on site, together with their array of animals including chickens, ducks and pot-bellied pigs! The Farmhouse (ref W31912) which dates back to the 19th-century, has been lovingly restored retaining traditional features, whilst the other detached properties offer a contemporary feel, and enjoy a private garden. Additionally, all holiday properties have the use of a large shared car park, children’s playground and picnic area with barbecue for those long summer evenings. Shops and pubs 2.5 miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beam/kitchen with wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Shower room with toilet.

    Cot. High chair. DVD. Lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue.

    Oil central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared grounds with patio, sitting-out area, play area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from well.

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