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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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  • 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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  • Geoghans Cottage

    Clough, Co. Laois

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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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  • Rancho Relaxo

    Ballybawn, Co. Wicklow

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    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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  • 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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  • The Mews

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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    Ref: W31634

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this delightfully converted 200 year old detached cottage is set in the 3-acre landscaped grounds of the owner’s guesthouse and small holiday home. Shared use of the hard tennis court in the grounds, which enjoy magnificent views of Kenmare Bay, is an added bonus. A short scenic walk to the bustling and attractive town of Kenmare (1 mile) provides easy access to shops, pubs and restaurants or you can tour the Rings of Kerry and Beara, both offering dramatic seascapes, mountain views and unspoilt countryside. Golf and horse riding, water sports and great walks are all available locally. Free Wi-fi available in owner’s adjacent B&B. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: One step up to living room/dining room with wooden floors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom (can form two singles). Step up to shower room with walk in shower and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity (€30per week September-May, €20per week June-August). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared landscaped garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • March Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W5247

    Traditional country cottage.

    Semi detached character cottage for 2.

    Rose and March Cottages are adjacent to the owner’s residence. Situated in their own paddock, they are semi-detached with whitewashed stone walls, each with its own separate entrance. They are full of character with beams and open fires.
    Oughterard, on the shores of Lough Corrib, is a lovely historic village, with its thatched pub, traditional stone fronts and a 19th century church, set at the gateway of the beautiful Connemara Mountain area. Its many shops, pubs and restaurants make it the ideal location to experience a small Irish village and a base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery.
    The lovely Owenriff River runs through Oughterard, starting in the Connemara mountains and ending its journey, at the edge of town, into Lough Corrib, which runs alongside Oughterard, and is the largest lake in Ireland. It offers some of the most spectacular views around and is a renowned fishing location. The fresh water trout and salmon bring fishermen from all over the world to try their luck or to savour it in the Oughterard restaurants.
    There are many lovely drives around the area as well as trails for walking and hiking. Famous tourist spots within close driving distance include Aughnanure Castle, Kylemore Abbey and Inchagoill Island. It is also only 23 miles from Galway City, the third largest city in the Republic, offering souvenir shopping as well as a taste of European styles.
    The Connemara Mountains, just west of town, provide some of the most breathtaking scenery with rocky landscapes, scattered lakes and sheep dotting the mountainsides.
    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 by meter reading. Small garden 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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  • Valentine Cottages - Valentine Cottage 2

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

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    Ref: W31922

    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 with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and gas included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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