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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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  • Rose Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Studio Apartment One

    Kilkee, Co. Clare

    Grade
    2
    0
    1
    1
    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

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Gort na Tornoige

    Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 2

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Valentine Cottages - Valentine Cottage 1

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W31921

    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).

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/step down to dining room with French door and wooden floor/ kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electricity coal effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 NSH included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Garden furniture. Patio.

    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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  • 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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  • Rockfield

    Rossacoosane, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Fethard Town Cottages - Clancy’s Cottage

    Fethard, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • The Stable

    Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Killarney Haven

    Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 1

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W32259

    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.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first 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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