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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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  • Riverside Lodge

    Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: W5596

    Magnificent landscaped gardens.

    Detached cottage for 2.

    This charming, single storey, detached country cottage is full of character and has been tastefully converted to offer outstanding accommodation. Beautifully maintained mature landscaped gardens lead to Kenmare river with free fishing available. A pet donkey, cattle and sheep may roam in the adjacent field, all being part of this peaceful working farm setting. In an idyllic location this romantic hideaway makes an excellent base for everyone from touring to the outdoor enthusiast. Walking, fishing, water sports, golf and horse riding are available within a few miles. The bustling quaint market town of Kenmare with its many shops, great restaurants, traditional pubs and historic buildings is 6 miles, and Kilgarvan is ¾ mile. This makes a fantastic base to sample the beautiful scenery of this part of Ireland, such as the world renowned lakes and national park in Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe, the breathtaking coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula and the incredible winding Healy Pass which takes you into nearby West Cork. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 with cot only. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric stove in living room. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with private area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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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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  • 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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  • The Coach House

    Coachford, nr. Cork

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    Ref: W5861

    Peaceful location.

    Detached converted coach house for 2.

    This delightful, detached coach house has been skilfully renovated to create a charming and peaceful holiday retreat. It is well furnished and decorated, with the benefit of an open fire in the living room and a spiral staircase leading up to a galleried bedroom. Only 17 miles from the vibrant city of Cork, with its restaurants, hotels and indoor sports complexes, and within 9 miles of both Macroom and Blarney, this is an excellent base for touring Cork and Kerry. Killarney Lakes are also within easy driving distance, whilst golf, waterskiing and fishing are available locally. For an exciting day out, visit the splendid Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant 9 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Spiral stairs to 1 galleried double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electricity included €20 per week September-April, €15 per week May-August. Microwave. Shared garden with furniture. Parking.

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  • The Stable

    Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford

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    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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  • 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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  • Killarney Haven

    Killarney, Co. Kerry

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    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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  • Belle Isle Estate - The Oak Cottage

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

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    Ref: W32277

    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:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With kingsize sleigh bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Shared courtyard. Sitting out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Valentine Cottages - Valentine Cottage 1

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

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    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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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 2

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W32260

    The Kinvara Suites are situated within a converted 18th-century stone hayloft. They are set back from the road in a secluded garden in the centre of the picturesque town of Kinvara at the head of Galway Bay, and 2 minutes’ walk from the quayside. An external staircase leads to the two suites, each have a south facing balcony, offering views of the countryside and the nearby Burren National Park. Each suite retains the uninterrupted form of the original hayloft, with quirky windows located within the existing opening. On the second floor, the pitched roof has been raised to form a high vaulted ceiling, and a strip of window runs around all four sides allowing the sun to glance in at all times of the day.
    Kinvara Suites are in the heart of the village yet still secluded in a quiet, private garden. It is an ideal location for touring The Burren, Connemara and Galway as far as the Shannon River. There are country walks and sandy beaches nearby, and the area is renowned for seafood, especially oysters. East Galway boasts nine golf courses, and for surfers some of the best surfing in the world can be found at Fanore Beach. This is an ideal holiday spot for a couple and makes the perfect hideaway if you want to escape and chill for a week or two. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on second floor: Living/dining room/bedroom area with zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin on request)/kitchen area. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. No TV. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area, terrace and furniture. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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