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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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  • Waterfall East

    Dunmanway, Co. Cork

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    Ref: W32098

    Forming a wing of the original farmhouse which dates from the 1700s, this appealing single-storey holiday home is one of three, and lies adjacent to the owner’s home on their dry stock farm, 3 miles from Dunmanway in the heart of West Cork. It enjoys a cosy living area with woodburner, a private garden (20 yards) and is surrounded by delightful countryside, even aptly named after the waterfall on the River Bandon a couple of hundred yards away. The tranquil vicinity is ideal for rambling, with forest walks on the owner’s farm, cycling or private fishing. The wider area has a range of hill and mountain walks, horse riding and archaeological and historical sites. Dunmanway has pitch and putt, a swimming pool and a choice of shops, pubs and restaurants. This is an excellent destination for day trips in all directions. The peninsulas of the coastline, Bantry, Glengarriff and Garnish Island Gardens, Gougane Barra Forest Park, Cork city, Blarney and Killarney are all within easy reach. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 3½ miles.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating by meter reading. Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture (20 yards). Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Ground floor facilities.

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  • The Mews

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

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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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  • Gort na Tornoige

    Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: YWF

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this holiday home makes an ideal base for touring the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, within an hour’s drive from the region’s main towns of Tralee, Killarney, Killorglin and Dingle. This cosy, romantic, detached cottage offers great panoramic views of the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range, the Slieve Mountains to the rear, with many hiking possibilities, and distant sea views. More gentle walks and trails are also available, or stroll along the miles of sands at Inch beach. Enjoy the beautiful sea views from the private patio where you can pick herbs and salad leaves which are there for the holidaymaker’s pleasure. The area offers many attractions including golf, horse riding, fishing, beaches and farmer’s market. Shop, pubs and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Mezzanine with double bed, sloping ceiling and wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity (€2 coin meter). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Video and small library. CD and small library. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Courtyard with garden furniture. Shared lawned garden. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • Killure Wilde Retreat

    Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

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    Ref: W31918

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

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

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

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  • Blackberry Lodge

    Belclare, nr. Headford, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W32154


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

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

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

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  • Studio Apartment One

    Kilkee, Co. Clare

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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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  • Sheen Heatherlands

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: ZFK

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

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

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

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  • Fethard Town Cottages - Clancy’s Cottage

    Fethard, Co. Tipperary

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    Ref: W32035

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rockfield

    Rossacoosane, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: W5180

    Close to the Kerry Way.

    Detached apartment for 2.

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

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

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

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