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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Chloe’s Country Cottages - Mill Cottage

    Poulmaloe, nr. Whitechurch, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: W32056

    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. 1 double bedroom with beams. Access from living room and bedroom to wet room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Wheelchair access.

    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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  • 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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  • Sli na Mara

    Collaros, Lauragh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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    Ref: W31974

    Located right on the sea shore, this holiday home offers magnificent sea views. Attached to the owners’ home the property has its own entrance and patio where you can soak up the wonders of the constantly changing sea. A pathway leads from the house down to the shore. This area offers some wonderful walks including the Beara Way. Explore the tropical gardens as nearby Derreen Gardens or wander around the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare, 20 miles. Take a day trip on the Ring of Kerry and marvel at the spectacular scenery, or drive the Healy Pass which also offers wonderful views. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 5 miles

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen all with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity €30per week. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. NB: 10 steps in garden. Path from garden to coast.

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  • Gortrusheen House

    Connemara, Co. Galway

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    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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  • 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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  • Olinda Coastal Cottages - Heron

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: W32125

    These delightful whitewashed holiday cottages (refs W32121 and W32125) have a private flower-filled walkway with steps leading down to the beautiful sandy cove. Boasting magnificent sea views, these quaint cottages, adjacent to the owner’s home, are just a 3-minute stroll to the picture-postcard village of Kilmore Quay, with its colourful marina and superb seafood restaurants offering the fresh daily catch. Take a boat trip across to the Saltee Islands or explore the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, which originates from the last ice age and extends to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, the vibrant town of Wexford, founded by the Vikings in 800AD and venue to the International Opera Festival, is within an easy 30-minute drive and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double leading to 1 single, both with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Microwave. Patio. Raised patio with sea view. NB: 6 steps in courtyard.

    Electric woodburner in living room by €2 meter. Oil central heating (4 hours in evening), NSH included (bedroom heaters by €2 meter). Bed linen and towels included. Electricity by €2 meter. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Wi-fi. Electric cooker. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Shared walkway to steps leading down to beach. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • Mountain View Lodge

    Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary

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    Ref: W32153


    This detached holiday property, close to the owners’ home, lies nestled amongst the 5-acre landscaped grounds of a 4-star caravan park, right in the heart of one of the most picturesque valleys in Ireland. This beautiful, secluded area is known as the Glen of Aherlow and lies between the dramatic Galtee Mountains, Ireland’s highest inland mountain range, and the wooded slopes of Slievenamuck on the edge of Golden Vale. Located within easy driving distance of 4 heritage towns of Tipperary, Cashel, Lismore and Cahir, the latter often referred to as the ’crossroads of the South of Ireland.’ Its location is a walkers’ paradise, with a 4-mile circular walk beginning at the park entrance and two national loop walk trail-heads in the Glen of Aherlow, as well as lake walks and unlimited trekking in the Galtee Mountains. Other attractions include Tipperary Excel Heritage Centre, Rock of Cashel, Brú Ború Heritage Centre, Cahir Castle, Swiss Cottage and spectacular Mitchelstown Caves. Shop 11/4 miles, pub 300 yards, restaurant 1/2 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, lawned garden with sitting-out are and furniture. Shared 5-acre landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis.

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  • The Lodge

    Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

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    Ref: YZX

    This delightful detached holiday cottage is located just 5½ miles from the seaside town of Dungarvan, overlooking the countryside with horses peacefully grazing. Ideal for walking, the surrounding countryside includes stunning mountains and the lakes and waterfalls of both the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains. Dungarvan has a pretty harbour and offers a good variety of shops, restaurants and pubs, whilst the rest of the area boasts numerous golden beaches including the magnificent Blue Flag beach at Clonea Strand, 9 miles. Ardmore, 20 miles. Waterford, 34 miles. Golf, fishing and riding locally, as well as pubs with traditional Irish music.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar and tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with laminate floor. Wet room with toilet. Maximum occupancy 3 guests.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Private garden and furniture. Lawned area and gazebo. Parking (2 cars). NB: 4 steps in garden.

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