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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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  • Heather Heights

    Curris, nr. Kilcar, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    11
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: W32102

    From its high vantage point, this spacious, detached, single-storey holiday property has stunning and panoramic views of Teelin Bay and Tawny Bay stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from its multitude of clean, sandy beaches, scenic coastal walks and the majestic Sliabh League, reputed to be the highest sea cliffs in Europe. The property is 2 miles from the village of Kilcar, renowned for its hand woven tweeds and knitwear, and is also famed for its strong musical heritage. Traditional music sessions take place regularly in the local pubs. Surfing, horse riding and fishing trips from Killybegs can be enjoyed, or visit gourmet restaurants which are available in the locality. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen/conservatory. 5 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 3 twin. 2 shower rooms with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating by meter reading. Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Solid fuel range included. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Sloping garden.

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  • Chris’ Cottage

    Ardgroom, Co. Cork

    Grade
    12
    5
    1
    4
    Ref: ZCL

    Within a short walk of the coast and the delightful village of Ardgroom, this well-equipped, detached holiday cottage has a large garden, a cosy open fire and a conservatory at the rear. It is set well back from the narrow winding road of the Beara Peninsula, which is on the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route. There are sandy beaches close by and Castletownbere is 8 miles, where you can get a ferry to Bere Island. Owner’s traditional, family-run pub/restaurant serves delicious food in summer season (200 yards). Shop 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft), each with en-suite shower room and toilet, one leading to second living room with sofa bed (4ft). Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, each with additional single, 1 with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 double (4ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Ground floor facilities.

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  • Crock of Gold Cottages - The Old House

    Ballycullen, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    12
    5
    2
    3
    Ref: W31947

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

    Ground floor: Living room with French door and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet (suitable for disabled). Separate toilet. 2 staircases to first floor, one open tread: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional double, one with additional single, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Wood-chip central heating included. Two travel cots. Two high chairs. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard and furniture.. Ample parking. Wheelchair access.

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

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  • Harbour View

    Portmagee, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    12
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: W32134

    This single-storey, detached holiday cottage enjoys a great coastal location less than ½ mile from the pretty fishing village of Portmagee which was voted National Tourism Town for 2014. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way route, the colourful little village of Portmagee offers a selection of traditional pubs, craft shops and restaurants. This area abounds with glorious scenery and some fantastic archaeological sites, not least the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the monastic settlement on the Skellig Islands which can reached by boat. St. Finian’s Bay beach, 6 miles, is a mecca for surfers, and also is home to a chocolate factory. The golden sands of Ballinskelligs beach is 10 miles. Explore beautiful Valentia Island, reached by the nearby land bridge. There’s also horseriding, golf and fishing nearby. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor/dining area. Utility room. 4 double bedrooms, one with access from one side and 2 additional singles, two with addtional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store.

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  • Blackstairs View

    Ballymurphy, nr. Borris, Co. Carlow

    Grade
    13
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: W32170

    Standing detached with absolutely stunning panoramic mountain views, Blackstairs View offers total peace and tranquillity with plenty of space inside and out. The small hillside village of Ballymurphy is nearby for a local pint, and a little further lies the picturesque tourist towns of Graiguenamanagh ’Village of the Monks’, 8 miles, and colourful Borris, 6 miles, home to one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland, as well as a 16-arch limestone viaduct built in 1860. The area is a walker’s paradise, with unlimited trekking in the Blackstairs Mountains, and nature lovers will enjoy the unspoilt surroundings, home to a variety of wildlife, including a family of red foxes, as well as resident sheep and the odd goat. A superb feature is the external sun room, great for those long summer evenings, which affords dramatic views of the natural surroundings. Shop and restaurant 6 miles, pub 2½ miles.

    2 steps to entrance (ramp access). All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Games room. 5 double bedrooms, three with additional single (for children), two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    Electric fire in living room and games room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Two microwaves. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Games room with pool table. External sun room. No smoking.

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  • Dunmanus House

    Dunkelly, Goleen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    15
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: W31557


    In a magnificent position overlooking Dunmanus Bay, this delightful detached house enjoys a secluded holiday setting on 15 acres of land extending to the water’s edge. Situated 3 miles from the village of Goleen, on the Mizen Peninsula, which is on the Wild Atlantic Way, there are country roads to ramble or cycle along, sandy beaches, pretty villages and dramatic cliff scenery. Schull, 10 miles, offers water sports and boat trips to offshore islands, while Bantry, 19 miles, has golf, cinema, and Bantry House. Horse riding nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Large living hall with French doors. Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with French doors. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. 2 bathrooms with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Large dressing room leading to double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Dormitory with 6 single beds and table tennis table.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity by meter reading. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electricity hob and oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi.Telephone-incoming and local calls only. Terraces. Garden with furniture. Balcony with snooker table (restricted space, security deposit required). Barbecue. Sauna. Garage (2 cars). Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Grounds extend to unfenced rocky shoreline.

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Hamilton Wing

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    16
    8
    1
    8
    Ref: W32275

    Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, just 10 miles from the busy town of Enniskillen, 80 miles from Belfast and 45 miles from Sligo, Belle Isle is a 470-acre estate spread over eight picturesque islands. Belle Isle Estate is made up of a selection of apartments and cottages, some of which are offered here. Belle Isle Castle is a stunning Irish castle situated on its own private island in the centre of Lough Erne. It has been home to generations of noblemen and has now been extensively refurbished to be the backdrop to your most fantastical break. Modern amenities are mixed with antique furniture and stunning spaces to make sure each visit has that good, old-fashioned, wow-factor. Belle Isle Estate has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and the castle itself is a fantastic 17th-century country house. The strong stone walls, huge solid wood doors and sculptural window surrounds are encased in a sea of ivy leaves and traditional planting. The sunken garden makes the perfect space for gatherings, impromptu or otherwise.
    The castle is made up of two wings, the Hamilton Wing (ref W32275) which has eight bedrooms and the Abercorn Wing (ref W32274) which has five bedrooms. The property may be booked in its entirety incorporating both wings or individually for smaller groups. It is ideally suited for weddings or other large parties and catering can be arranged on request or may be done by guests themselves. The banqueting hall accommodates up to 60 guests. Garden Cottage (ref W32276) is a lovely detached cottage situated in a walled garden, which is a cosy retreat with wonderful views over the lakes and surrounding countryside. The Oak Cottage (ref W32277), Chestnut Cottage (ref W32280), and Lime Cottage (ref W32281) are three of eight terraced cottages in a courtyard setting close to the castle and the lake shore. Each cottage has its own grassy outside area with barbecue available and a picnic table. Indoors you will find all amenities and plenty of space to relax in, and are decorated to a good standard with unique period furnishings and a wood burner. Built in 1856 the coach house is a beautiful stone building which now accommodates the spacious Coach House 1 apartment, (ref W32278). It is located close to the lake shore with peaceful woodland walks on the doorstep. Cath Cart Lodge (ref W32279) is a spacious detached property located on the lake shore with direct access to the lake and with wonderful views over the water.
    The grounds are peaceful and extensive and on site is also a children’s playground, tennis courts, cookery school, sailing/boating and coarse fishing. Local attractions in the area include Belleek Pottery, Florence Court House and Forest Park, Marble Arch Caves, golf, horse riding and National Trust properties. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile. The properties can be booked together to sleep up 52 guests.

    Ground Floor:
    Drawing room: With open fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and wooden floor.
    Banqueting room: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With 2 gas ovens, 6 ring gas hob, Aga, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1 - Landseer: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2 - Russian: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 3 - Ivy: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 4 - Lavinia: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 5 - Red: With four poster super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 6 - Adelaide: With twin beds and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 7 - Garden: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 8 - Indian: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Pellet stove central heating (controlled by owner), gas and logs for open fire included. Shared utility room with washing machine. Shared large lawned sunken garden with sitting-out area. Sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 4 cars.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared natural grounds with woodland and forest walks. Coarse fishing on-site (at cost, licence required). No smoking. Please note: There is a lake in the grounds 100 yards away.

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  • 206 Ballyconneely, Connemara

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    21
    8
    0
    8
    Ref: W32253

    Located in the village of Ballyconneely, this large lodge boasts beautiful views over countryside and mountains to the front, and Murlach Lake to the rear. It has a large living/dining room, a second living room and a spacious, well-equipped kitchen which also has additional dining space. The lodge is ideally suited for families and large groups of friends. It lies just a few minutes walk from the village where there are grocery shops, a pub and a restaurant. The larger town of Clifden is 6 miles away, and local activities such as fishing, walking, pony trekking and golf are nearby. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are just a short drive away. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Second living room. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Sun room with French doors. 4 double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 double bedrooms, one with 2 additional singles and en-suite shower room with toilet, two with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Open fire in second living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 9 Satellite TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. 2 fridge/freezers. Wi-fi. Large enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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