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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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  • Heyward Mews

    Roganstown, Dublin

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W32166

    Sitting in a courtyard setting, this semi-detached holiday property is a fantastic base from which to explore Dublin, Wicklow and Meath. It lies adjacent to the Roganstown Golf and Country Club, and just 10 minutes from Dublin Airport. Nearby Swords village has a number of bars and restaurants, while the city of Dublin is 20 minutes away with its extensive choice of cafes, pubs, restaurants, wine bars and night clubs. Whilst staying at this holiday home, you really do have the best of both worlds, being able to enjoy the tranquillity of the rural location, yet still being close to many amenities and visitor attractions including the Book of Kells, National Art Gallery, Kilmanham Gaol, the Guinness Store House and much more. Spend hours shopping on Grafton Street or in Powerscourt Townhouse, enjoy a play at hostoric Abbey Theatre or visit the fantastic Tayto Park, just 15 minutes away. The stunning beaches at Laytown and Bettystown can be reached within 30 minutes. Belfast is also easily accessible as the property is just minutes from the M1, which will take you there in less than 2 hours. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen. 1 single bedroom with access to shower room with toilet (also accessed from landing). All rooms with wooden floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner and gas woodburner in living/dining room. Gas central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Cable TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Wheelchair access.

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  • Speckled Hen Cottage

    Newcastle, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W32063

    This quaint, detached holiday cottage lies on the edge of the picturesque riverside village of Newcastle, with a backdrop of the Knockmealdown Mountains. This former village shop has retained much of its character, with the original shop door and high ceiling in the living room whilst the seating area to the front offers a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by. This scenic area offers a lovely base from which to tour the surrounding area. Visit historic Cahir, 10 miles, which boasts one of Ireland’s largest and best preserved castles and is host to the annual Bru Borus Traditional Irish Festival (June to August). Other places to visit include the magnificent Mount Mellerary Abbey and Heritage Centre, 7 miles, and Mitcheltowns Caves, 15 miles, which are often considered to be the most spectacular caves in Europe. Shop 330 yards, pub and restaurant 440 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single leading to 1 double. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with laminate floor.

    Electricity pebble-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled courtyard. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Dun Bhreandain

    Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31261

    Rural location.

    Adjoining house for 5.

    Dun Bhreandain is a small development of 16 timber and stone clad houses, set in a landscaped area just 55 yards from the centre of Lisdoonvarna. Sample wild Irish smoked salmon at the Burren Smokehouse or savour wonderful food in the local pubs and restaurants. Catch the ferry to the Aran Islands from Doolin, a charming seaside village just 3.75 miles away. Visit the Cliffs of Moher further up the coast or view them from the sea on a Cliffs of Moher cruise. Beautiful Fanore Strand with its sand dunes, is perfect for swimming and beach picnics. Dun Bhreandain is the perfect base for touring Clare and Galway, fishing, Burren walks, horse riding, and golf at Lahinch and Doonbeg. Shops, pubs and restaurants 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room. Electric central heating and electricity (€5 per day June-August, by meter reading September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Glen Gable House

    Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: YSI

    Approached via a tree-lined driveway, private to guests, Glen Gable House offers an elegant holiday base from which to explore the stunning Hook Peninsula. As well as enjoying a 1 acre private garden, guests are welcome to wander through the owners’ adjacent farmland. The attractive seaside village of Fethard-on-Sea, with its pubs, restaurants, shops and children’s playground, is a mere ½ mile away, and there are numerous sandy beaches and coves to explore. The area is popular for water sports, fishing, horse riding and golf. Historic attractions in the area include 12th century Hook Lighthouse, Duncannon Fort and Tintern Abbey. Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland, is within easy reach via a little car ferry service that runs daily from the nearby picturesque fishing village of Ballyhack. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Spiral staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included, can provide central heating). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned and gravelled garden with furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: Fenced pond in owner’s grounds.

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  • Ballagh Court Cottages - The Granary

    Adamstown, Co. Wexford.

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W32282

    Ballagh Court Cottages (refs W31912, W31913, W31914 and W32282) are tucked away in an idyllic rural spot, yet within easy reach of stunning beaches, picturesque fishing villages and the numerous tourist attractions that sunny Wexford has to offer. Approached via a tree-lined driveway, these attractive holiday properties are set around a central courtyard and guests are warmly welcomed by the owners who live on site, together with their array of animals, including chickens, ducks and pot-bellied pigs! The Farmhouse (ref W31912) and The Granary (ref W32282) which date back to the 19th-century, have been lovingly restored retaining traditional features, whilst the other detached properties offer a contemporary feel. All properties (except The Farmhouse) enjoy an enclosed private garden. Additionally, all holiday properties have the use of a large shared car park, children’s playground and picnic area with barbecue for those long summer evenings. Shops and pubs 2.5 miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With tiled floors.
    Living area: With Freeview TV and beams.
    Dining area: With beams.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and French doors leading to garden.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, beams and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and beams.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and beams.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, shower attachment and toilet.

    Enclosed lawned garden. No smoking. Please note: There is a step from the French doors to the garden.

    Bed linen and towels included. Oil central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Cot and highchair available on request. Shared grounds with patio, sitting-out area, play area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a well.

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  • Mount Brandon Cottages - Mount Brandon Cottage 1

    Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W32117

    Brightly painted Mount Brandon terraced holiday cottages, set in beautifully maintained grounds, are just half a mile from picturesque Graiguenamanagh ’Village of the Monks’, at the heart of which flows the River Barrow with its pretty boat-lined quay. Guests are free to use the state-of-the-art ’BBQ house’, ideal for cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner! Or try your hand at pottery by booking an individual or group lesson at the resident pottery school (payable on site). Medieval Graiguenamanagh offers plenty to do and see, including traditional pubs, riverside restaurants, a fine Cistercian abbey, hillwalking, riverside trails, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and many festivals throughout the year including Regatta and Rowing, Annual Book, Michaelmas, River Barrow Arts and Race of the Monks Festivals! Shop, pub and restaurant 0.4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 single bedroom with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, each with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet. 1 step to front and back door. Several internal steps.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. NB Drop in garden

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden and furniture. Shared barbecues. Shared table tennis. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Ballyhass Lakes

    Cecilstown, nr. Mallow, Co. Cork

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W31382

    Trout fishing/Excellent touring.

    Terraced house for 5.

    This is 1 of 11 architect-designed houses located beside Ballyhass trout fishing lakes, offering equipment and boat hire. Other activities on site include fishing (at cost), kayaking and adventure sports. It is also Ireland’s largest cable wakeboarding centre. Mallow, 8 miles, and Kanturk, 5 miles, have 18-hole golf courses and there are walking and cycling routes, as well as horse riding. Within easy reach of Cork and Shannon airports, you can explore Cork, Kerry, Tipperary or Limerick. Locally, visit the home of steeplechase horse racing, the associations with the poet Edmund Spenser and Doneraile Park. There is also a multi-activity summer camp available for 8 to 17 year olds in July and August. Shop 2 miles, pub 1¼ miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared lawned area with decking and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (3 cars). NB: Unfenced lake, 30 yards, children must be supervised.

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  • Aughrim Holiday Village

    Aughrim, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W32167

    This holiday home in Aughrim is situated on the outskirts of the village, adjacent to a hotel where guests have full access to its bar, restaurant and on-site tennis courts. The house is within easy walking distance of the village’s shops, pubs and delicatessen. Aughrim is a lovely, quaint village with a river running through it attractive granite frontages and a local bowling green. It was the winner of the ’Irish Tidy Towns’ competition held in 2007. Nestled amongst the wooded hills in the heat of Wicklow at the point where the rivers Ox and Derry converge, this picturesque area is a great favourite with walkers and hikers, and the famous ‘Wicklow Way’ offers some breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains.
    There are a number of riding stables in the area offering both riding lessons and pony trekking for rides of all levels. Arklow Golf Club and Woodenbridge Golf Club are all within easy reach, with the world-famous Druid’s Glen Golf Club less than an hour’s drive away. For those who enjoy fishing, Aughrim boasts its own purpose built, year round angling facility which has excellent facilities for those who are mobility impaired and there is a fishery is only 40 minutes away.
    In addition to its beautiful scenery, County Wicklow has a number of stately homes and gardens open to the public, such as Powerscourt House and Gardens, Mount Usher Gardens and Avondale House and Gardens. Although it feels splendidly rural, Aughrim is only 30 minutes away from Brittas Bay Beach, 40 minutes from Wicklow town and an hour and a half from the city of Dublin. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single, both with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heating and electricity by meter reading (top up locally). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Gables

    Archersgrove, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: ZTB

    Close to the River Nore amid peaceful countryside, this very attractive, detached, restored 18th-century house is set on a farm with deer and horses, and was the winner of an Agri-tourism Award. There is fishing at the farm (220 yards), lovely walks by the river and an excellent craft trail of 10 local workshops to explore, while children will love the young deer fawn in summer. Just ½ mile away the medieval town of Kilkenny offers a historic castle, design centre and good restaurants. Golf at Mount Juliet, home to the Irish Open, is just 15 minutes’ drive. Horse riding ½ mile. Horse racing in Gowran Park 5 miles. Excellent touring into Waterford and Tipperary. Shop 500 yards. Pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (fuel included). Partial NSH and electricity included (€40per week winter). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden. Barbecue. Carport (3 cars). Ground floor facilities.

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  • Mount Brandon Cottages - Mount Brandon Cottage 2

    Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W32116

    Brightly painted Mount Brandon terraced holiday cottages, set in beautifully maintained grounds, are just half a mile from picturesque Graiguenamanagh ’Village of the Monks’, at the heart of which flows the River Barrow with its pretty boat-lined quay. Guests are free to use the state-of-the-art ’BBQ house’, ideal for cooking breakfast, lunch or dinner! Or try your hand at pottery by booking an individual or group lesson at the resident pottery school (payable on site). Medieval Graiguenamanagh offers plenty to do and see, including traditional pubs, riverside restaurants, a fine Cistercian abbey, hillwalking, riverside trails, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and many festivals throughout the year including Regatta and Rowing, Annual Book, Michaelmas, River Barrow Arts and Race of the Monks Festivals! Shop, pub and restaurant 0.4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 single bedroom with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, each with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet and bidet. 1 step to front and back door.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating €5 per night (autumn), €7 per night winter when used. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden and furniture. Shared barbecues. Shared table tennis. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Flaggy Shore Cottage

    New Quay, Co. Clare

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: YWM

    The tranquil and unique location of this property in the northern corner of the Burren, on the edge of the Atlantic, makes it an ideal retreat from the busy world. Relax in the living room or the sun room and watch the sunset over Galway Bay. This bright, spacious single storey holiday home is an ideal location for an enjoyable holiday. It is situated in the Burren with its rare flora, overlooking the famous Flaggy Shore, where limestone platforms reach out into the sea and where there are uninterrupted views over Galway Bay. There are many wonderful walks to enjoy (guided walking tours can be organised locally), and a small beach about ½ mile away. In New Quay, 1 mile, in the local pub/restaurant you can enjoy live music and freshly caught seafood in the restaurant. Other activities are birdwatching, swimming, sailing, diving, canoeing, fishing and golf. Pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Sun room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one can be twin), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Multi-fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: Garden is natural Burren landscape and on a slope.

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  • Ballybraid

    Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W31769

    Situated on a hill overlooking fields of sheep and the beautiful valley of Glenmalure, this holiday cottage makes a complete ‘get-away-from-it-all’ holiday retreat. Accessed via a rough track, it is set on a working sheep farm, and is over 100 years old. It has been restored to a very good standard; a large open fire makes it cosy and welcoming. The Wicklow Way passes by the cottage and is ideal for hill walkers - ending up in the Glenmalure Lodge for great food and music. Horse riding in Annamoe. Avoca (home of Ballykissangel) is about 9 miles, Glenmalure Golf Club is about 4 miles, Greenane Maze is great fun for children and the historic Glendalough is about 6 miles. Dublin is under 1 hour’s drive. Shops, pubs and restaurant 0.6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms, two with wooden floor: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 bunk, 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (€35per week September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi available via digiweb satellite €15 per week. Enclosed gravelled garden, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Natural water supply from well. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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