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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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  • The Granary

    Nobber, Co. Meath.

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: YGG

    Just one hour from Dublin, this beautifully converted mill stands on 300 acres of farmland overlooking the river. Four delightful cottages have been created, two of which are offered here. Set in a courtyard, they are spacious, airy and well equipped, each with a wood-burning stove, lending them a cosy atmosphere. This is an ideal rural location (no bus service) to get away from it all, with fishing and long country walks on the doorstep. There are plenty of activities to enjoy locally, including horse riding, an 18-hole golf course at Ardee, and horse racing at Fairyhouse, while Meath’s fine sandy beaches offer good swimming and windsurfing. The Neolithic sites of Newgrange and Lough Crew are also within easy reach.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD (on request). Microwave. Shared laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Large shared enclosed garden with sitting out area and furniture. 300-acre grounds. On-site fishing. Ample parking. Spring water supply from borehole. Welcome grocery pack. NB: River in grounds, children will require supervision.Woodburner (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD (on request). Microwave. Shared laundry facilities with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband connection. Large shared enclosed garden with sitting out area and furniture. 300-acre grounds. On-site fishing. Ample parking. Spring water supply from borehole. Welcome grocery pack. NB: River in grounds, children will require supervision.

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  • Norah’s Cottage

    Knocknagree, near Killarney, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W32270

    Located on the border of the counties of Cork and Kerry, next door to the owners home, this cosy, traditional, detached cottage makes a wonderful base for discovering the picturesque scenery of both counties. The restored cottage retains many of its original features and offers beautiful mountain views from its pretty garden and patio. Located in the ‘Sliabh Luachra’ region, which is famed for traditional Irish music and songs, the area also offers wonderful fishing on the Blackwater and some incredible walks and hikes. Take a day trip to the beautiful lakes and National Park of Killarney, 18 miles away, explore the glorious Dingle Peninsula, 50 miles away or take a 40-mile trip to kiss the Blarney Stone. Shop and a pub with regular traditional music sessions 2 miles, restaurant 7 miles.

    1 step to entrance...
    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With open fire, DVD player, CD player and slate floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: Farmhouse-style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and wooden floor.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Narrow stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    With single bed, sloping ceiling and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed, sloping ceiling and wooden floor.

    Oil central heating (4 hours per day included, remainder by meter reading). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request. Small garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars.

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Coach House 1

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32278

    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 with the owner 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.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and tiled floor.
    Dining area. With tiled floor.
    Kitchen area: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Shared courtyard with sitting out area. Garden furniture. 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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  • Four Winds

    Annascaul, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W31885


    With beautiful mountain views and overlooking the pretty little village of Annascaul, home to the South Pole explorer Tom Crean, this semi-detached holiday home makes the perfect rural base for discovering the breathtaking beauties of the Dingle Peninsula and the Wild Atlantic Way. Attached to the owner’s Bed & Breakfast (where Wi-Fi is available to guests), the property has its own entrance and seating area where guests can enjoy the beautiful tranquil gardens. Nearby is beautiful Inch Beach with its miles of glorious golden sands, perfect for a leisurely stroll. The more adventurous can try their hand at a little surfing or paragliding, or discover some of the magnificent walks of this area. Visit beautiful Annascaul lake or stroll down to one of the local pubs, some of which offer traditional music sessions. Visit the beautiful and colourful fishing village of Dingle, 10 miles, where you will find a great selection of restaurants, craft shops, cafés and pubs, along with boat trips to visit the Dingle Dolphin or to the Blasket Islands. Fishing and watersports available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floors/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single and wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. Spiral open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with slightly sloping ceiling. Maximum occupancy is 4 people.

    NSH and electricity by €2 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared gardens. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No children under 8 years due to spiral open-tread stairs.

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  • Cloongullaun Cottage

    Cloongullane, nr. Swinford, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W31979

    This pretty holiday cottage has been lovingly renovated with a modern kitchen added to it, making it comfortable and cosy, yet retaining its original charms. It boasts a wonderful location with the grounds backing onto the River Moy (salmon fishing available) and there is a riverside picnic table for those who enjoy outdoor dining. Swinford 2 miles, and Foxford, 6 miles, both with restaurants and pubs with traditional music sessions. The pretty town of Westport, 30 miles, is worth a day trip and Galway is only 60 miles for those wishing to visit. Achill Island, 50 miles, has wonderful unspoilt scenery and there are lovely beaches in Enniscrone, just outside Ballina,18 miles, as well as a championship golf course. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (4ft), 1 bunk both with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: The cottage backs onto the River Moy via a gated walkway, 110 yards. Drop in garden.

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  • Strand Court

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: YTI

    With fine views over a sandy Blue Flag beach, this magnificent first floor apartment has direct access (via steps) on to the beach itself, where fishing can be enjoyed. Adjoining other holiday properties, it is a mere hundred yards or so from the village, with its traditional pubs and many restaurants. Duncannon is home to a maritime museum, which makes for an interesting visit, and there are also several activities locally such as swimming, boating, walking, scuba diving and golf. In a great location for touring the Hook Peninsula, this property makes a wonderful holiday base. Shops 50 yards.

    Stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Parking.

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  • Cara Cottage 1

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: W6892

    Lovely countryside.

    Semi-detached bungalow for 4.

    With a delightful stream running through the garden, this wonderfully scenic location of this semi-detached cottage creates an ideal holiday base for discovering the beautiful Kenmare area. As the ’Kerry Way Walking Route’ passes to the rear of the cottage, the walker is well catered for and the winding, country route will take you right into the lovely heritage town of Kenmare (2½ miles). The Ring of Kerry golf course is close by, with another in Kenmare itself, and just a few of the other local activities on offer include horse riding, watersports, fishing or the ’Seafari’ experience on the Kenmare Bay. Apart from the local scenery, the Ring of Kerry route (½ mile) will take you through some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery including Killarney (20 miles), with its world famous lakes and mountains to be explored. The Beara Peninsula, Glengarriff and Garnish Island make wonderful outings, as does a trip to the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Shops and restaurant 2½ miles, pub 2¾ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity (€25per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced stream in steeply sloping garden, children must be supervised.

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  • Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
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    1
    Ref: W5812

    Overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay.

    Terraced house for 4.

    A delightful, charmingly furnished house with a small enclosed gravel garden and patio, is in an idyllic underwood holiday setting, on the edge of this picturesque seaside village with glorious panoramic views of Courtmacsherry Bay, and is ideally located for exploring Cork and Kerry. Only 8 miles away is colourful Clonakilty, with its lively shops and restaurants. The gourmet town of Kinsale is also within easy driving distance. The area has numerous sandy beaches making this the perfect place to relax and unwind. It is an ideal walking area and the upper harbour is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Water sports, sea angling, golf, horse riding and tennis are all available locally. The location, which is close to the Wild Atlantic Way, makes an ideal base for exploring wild and wonderful West Cork. Shop 2¼ miles, pub ½ mile, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH and electricity included (€25 per week October-March). Open fire. Bed linen and towels included. Free to air TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Parking (2 cars). Small enclosed garden and patio.

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  • Bride Valley Fruit Farm - The Granary

    Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31407

    Surrounded by glorious countryside and overlooking fields leading down to the River Bride, these charming properties (refs W31407 and W31576) are set on a peaceful cattle, sheep and fruit farm. The properties are 4 miles from the historic town of Lismore and 2 miles from Tallow. Meet Rosie the donkey, watch the animals grazing or wander through the fields to the river, where you can fish for trout. Lismore is a former winner of Ireland’s tidiest town, and has a fairytale castle, Millennium Park and walks by the river and in the woods. West Waterford boasts picturesque mountains, forests, the lush Nire Valley and the scenic Blackwater Estuary. There are numerous beaches, including Clonea Strand, Dungarven and the 5-mile long beach at Youghal. Day trips include Blarney Castle and the famous stone, the Jameson Whiskey Centre, St Declan’s Tower and Waterford Crystal. Bride Valley Fruit Farm is just 1½ miles from the N72, making it ideal for touring Cork, Waterford and Tipperary. Cork Airport, 40 miles. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With open fire and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Sun room.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity €5 per day June-August, €6 per day September-May. Paved sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars.

    Both properties: Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Cot and highchair. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a borehole.

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  • Goulan Cottage

    Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W5102

    Beautiful long distance views.

    Detached single storey cottage for 4.

    This cosy detached holiday cottage has beautiful, long distance sea views of the Dingle Mountains and Dingle Bay across its lovely enclosed garden. The living/dining room maximises the spectacular sea and mountain views through the panoramic window and patio doors. There is free fishing at owner’s lough, 8 miles (trout season June to September) and salmon fishing in season is available (licence details available from owner). The cottage is a good base to explore this beautiful area, the Kerry Way, with walking from the door, Rossbeigh’s ’Blue Flag’ beach is 2 miles and the Dooks golf course is only 3 miles away. Glenbeigh is on the stunning ’Ring of Kerry’ and the Wild Atlantic Way, while Killarney, the Caragh Lake District and the Dingle Peninsula are close by. Horse riding nearby. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (fuel available locally). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: 8ft drop at rear of house.

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  • Forest View Cottage

    Carrowreagh, nr. Ballinagare, Co. Roscommon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32105

    This comfortable, single-storey holiday cottage has been lovingly restored by the owners, who have maintained the thatch roof. The cottage is set off the main road, resulting in peace and quiet, yet is only 1½ miles from the village of Ballinagare and close to Castlerea, Carrick-on-Shannon and Knock airport. The property is also wonderfully situated for anybody wishing to tour the west of Ireland, and certainly for those interested in outdoor pursuits, as the rivers and lakes offer watersports, boat hire etc. Lough Key Forest Park offers walking and an activity park. Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, home of Celtic warrior Queen Medb, has an on-site cafe and Strokestown Park, which houses the Irish National Famine Museum, are both in the area. Golf is available at Castlerea, Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon. Beaches at Enniscrone or Rosses Point are 60 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Ground floor facilities. NB: Stream in garden, 20 yards.

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  • Darragh Cottages

    Kilfinane, Co. Limerick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W6019

    Good base for touring.

    Terrace stone cottage for 4.

    Situated on the borders of counties Limerick, Cork and Tipperary, in an area of green pastures, woodlands and rolling hills, this holiday property is in the grounds of the owner’s residence, and has won a ’Best Wildlife Garden’ award in 2008. Set in a walled garden, it has original stone walls and exposed wooden beams which retain the character of the interior, tastefully combined with all modern conveniences. The cottage has waxed floors and makes a cosy retreat at any time of year. Excellent touring base for Killarney, Limerick, Cashel, Lismore, Cork and Blarney, with Dublin city and the scenery of West Cork within easy reach, as is the beach. Golf, horse riding and local fishing also available. Shop 4 miles and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Storage heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer. Lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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