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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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  • 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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  • Studio Apartment One

    Kilkee, Co. Clare

    Grade
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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. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, this apartment is compact and cosy, and is ideal as a touring base with the attractions of Kilkee seaside resort 2½ 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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  • Rancho Relaxo

    Ballybawn, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
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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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  • Waterfall East

    Dunmanway, Co. Cork

    Grade
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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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  • Apartment 1

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
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    Ref: W31115

    Adjacent to seaside.

    Ground floor apartment for 2.

    This holiday apartment has a stunning sea front location overlooking a beautiful Blue Flag beach and both the living room and shared sun terrace have magnificent sea views. 13 steps lead from the road down to the property which is attractively furnished. This scenic area boasts many interesting attractions including the Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, the Dunbrody Famine Ship, the JFK Arboretum and Kilmakee Gardens. A visit to Waterford via the Ballyhack ferry is highly recommended. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    13 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor and patio doors. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Large shared terrace. Parking (1 car).

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  • Sheen Heatherlands

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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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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  • Valentine Cottages - Valentine Cottage 3

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
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    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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  • Kilmore Quay Cottages - Beach House 2

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
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    Ref: W32289

    With stunning, uninterrupted views of the sandy bay and colourful marina, these beachside cottages are perfect for a relaxing holiday in the heart of one of the most picturesque villages in Wexford. The living room and master bedroom of Beach House 1, and the living room of Beach House 2, open onto a superb beachside terrace, where you can relax and watch the boats go by. Everything is literally on your doorstep, from the sandy beach below to the pubs and restaurants of picture postcard Kilmore Quay, home to the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, originating from the last Ice Age, and extending to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. Boat trips can be taken to the nearby Saltee Islands which have one of the world’s major bird sanctuaries, home to gannets, puffins and Manx shearwaters, as well as a colony of grey seals. Wexford is just 30 minutes away, a vibrant venue for many festivals throughout the year including the International Opera Festival. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 10 yards.

    Lower Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With Freeview TV and French doors to terrace.
    Kitchen: Shaker style with electric cooker, fridge and tiled floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Ground Floor:
    Bedroom:
    With double bed, wooden floor and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Bed linen and towels included. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Enclosed terrace with garden furniture. On road parking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of €50.

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  • March Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

    Grade
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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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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 1

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

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    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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  • 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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  • Blackberry Lodge

    Belclare, nr. Headford, Co. Galway

    Grade
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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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