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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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  • Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    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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  • 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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  • The Courtyard 1

    Fota, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: W31603

    These wonderful holiday homes nestle together in the picturesque grounds of the Fota Island Resort, which is on scenic Fota Island, just 6 miles from Cork city. The island, which is linked by a causeway, is home to Ireland’s only wildlife park as well as the historic Fota House with its famous gardens and is just off the N25 making it conveniently located for exploring southern Ireland.
    The resort is within a 780-acre country estate with tree lined avenues of oak and sycamore, and is a place of natural beauty where life runs at a more leisurely pace. It is ideal for a relaxing break as the spa boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, as well as a fitness suite (both complimentary to all lodge residents) and offers 60 different therapy treatments including hydrotherapy, all at extra charge.
    For golf lovers, the resort has its own golf club which was home to the Irish open in 2001, 2002 and 2014, and offers outstanding facilities including magnificent 27 hole championship golf course and a ’state of the art’ Golf Academy with resident PGA professionals who can be booked for private tuition. (Golf green fees and private tuition at resident rates). The adjacent club house has a shop and bar and also serves food. There are also tennis courts, a children’s playground and a number of mapped walking and jogging trails.
    Cork is Ireland’s second city, and was European Capital of Culture in 2006, and is home to many galleries, museums, theatres, and of course, wonderful shops and restaurants. The area boasts many historic attractions including the Titanic Museum at Cobh, the Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre and a visit to Blarney Castle with the world famous Blarney Stone is highly recommended.
    East Cork has a wealth of golden beaches and rocky coves with fishing opportunities. The historic and extremely picturesque town of Kinsale, which is 26 miles, has many things to do both on and off the water. Boat trips, horse riding and fishing are all available locally. The hotel has two excellent restaurants and a bar which serves food.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Patio and sitting-out area.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor heated swimming pool, available 8am - 9pm, access for children between 9am-11am and 4pm-6pm (July-August 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm) only. Shared hammam (Turkish baths), Jacuzzi, sauna and salt therapy room. No smoking.

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  • The Gate House

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: ZA6

    Retaining lots of character, this 200-year-old house, with its own garden, was originally built as a gardener’s cottage and still boasts its external stone stairs. Set within the 3-acre landscaped grounds with another holiday home, it benefits from use of the hard tennis court of Muxnal Lodge (Bed and Breakfast). Guests also have use of free wi-fi in the owners adjacent B&B. With quiet walking from the doorstep, the property backs onto a country lane and is ideal for touring the Beara Peninsula. Wooded Gleninchaquin, with its lake and waterfall, nearby. Horse riding can be found close by. Kenmare with pubs and shop, 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with pine dresser. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €20per week June-August, €30per week September-May. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in separate building). Dishwasher. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared large landscaped grounds with sloping banks. Barbecue. Cycle store. Tennis court. NB: External steps lead from twin bedroom to garden.

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  • Chloe’s Country Cottages - Uncle Tom’s Barn

    Poulmaloe, nr. Whitechurch, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32057

    On the outskirts of Whitechurch village and a 600-yard stroll from the river Barrow, these beautifully converted former barns enjoy a peaceful, rural setting, yet they are only a few minutes’ drive from the quayside town of New Ross (7 miles), with plenty of interest including the Dunbrody Famine Ship, Ros Tapestry and a galley cruising restaurant! The owners are on site where they run an arable farm and have managed to retain the holiday cottages’ period charm with beamed ceilings throughout, original stone walls and cosy wood or electric burning stoves. Each has its own private patio garden as well as a large lawned area for guest use, as well as one being wheelchair friendly (Mill Cottage, ref W32056). Just 2 miles down the road is the Kennedy Homestead and Aboretum (over 4500 plant varieties) which are well worth a visit. There are plenty of quaint fishing villages and coves to explore, including the vast sandy beach at seaside Duncannon (9 miles) and numerous activities, including coarse fishing at Oaklands Lake, 3-par golf course, horse riding and sailing, all within a 10-mile radius. Shop and restaurant 3½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Enclosed courtyard and furniture.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Shared play area. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. No smoking.

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  • Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Dingle Courtyard - Four

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32191

    In a delightful, quiet courtyard setting with distant views over Dingle Bay, these 5 holiday properties (references W32188, W32189, W32190, W32191 and W32192) lie just a short walk from the heart of the town. Perfect for any visitor, Dingle itself is a vibrant town boasting fine restaurants and traditional pubs, with many offering music. Irish design at its best is featured in the many fine craft shops and galleries. There are a number of sea safaris on offer in the area, taking visitors out to visit Dingle’s most famous inhabitant, Fungie the dolphin, and to the stunning Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles in to the Atlantic Ocean and offers some truly breathtaking views of the coastline, which consists of steep cliffs and sandy beaches. Beach 4 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 25" Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Olinda Coastal Cottages - Gannet

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32121

    These delightful whitewashed holiday cottages (refs W32121 and W32125) have a private flower-filled walkway with steps leading down to the beautiful sandy cove. Boasting magnificent sea views, these quaint cottages, adjacent to the owner’s home, are just a 3-minute stroll to the picture-postcard village of Kilmore Quay, with its colourful marina and superb seafood restaurants offering the fresh daily catch. Take a boat trip across to the Saltee Islands or explore the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, which originates from the last ice age and extends to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, the vibrant town of Wexford, founded by the Vikings in 800AD and venue to the International Opera Festival, is within an easy 30-minute drive and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with TV, beams and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. Sun room. 1 double bedroom with seating area, Freeview TV and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Curtained galleried area with twin beds, beams, Velux and wooden floor.

    Stereo/CD. Microwave. Enclosed patio. NB: 5 steps in courtyard.

    Electric woodburner in living room by €2 meter. Oil central heating (4 hours in evening), NSH included (bedroom heaters by €2 meter). Bed linen and towels included. Electricity by €2 meter. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Wi-fi. Electric cooker. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Shared walkway to steps leading down to beach. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Atlantic View House

    Killybegs, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32033

    Situated in an elevated site, overlooking Killybegs’ harbour, this ground floor holiday apartment, close to the owner’s home, has patio doors leading from the living room to the paved garden area, ideal for relaxing and surveying both fishing and leisure craft as they manoeuvre in beautiful Killybegs’ harbour. This area offers some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery, with a visit to Sliabh Liag, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, at the top of most visitors must-sees. Killybegs is Ireland’s busiest fishing port, and also has the reputation for its abundance of gourmet restaurants both in the town and the locality, many offering fabulous seafood. Beach lovers and watersports enthusiasts will not be disappointed, with so many beautiful sandy beaches to choose from. For outdoor sports this is an area worth visiting, with sea angling, dive charters and sightseeing boat trips locally. Visit the Folk Village Museum at Glencolmcille and the traditional weavers and hand knitting centres for which this area is known. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchenette. 2 double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine (in garage). Wi-fi. Large garden, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared unspoilt grounds, patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • Carrig Beag

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32212

    Situated in an historic side road in the heart of the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare, this pretty stone-faced end of terrace cottage enjoys a quiet and tranquil location, yet is just a stone’s throw from the many restaurants, craft shops and traditional pubs of this beautiful town. This cottage has been lovingly restored and offers great character, as well as spacious and comfortable living spaces, with a little garden to the rear. On the Wild Atlantic Way, Kenmare makes a fantastic base for discovering the beautiful scenery of Kerry and West Cork. Take a day trip to the glorious Dingle Peninsula or drive over the corkscrew roads through Healy Pass into West Cork. Golfing, fishing, watersports and some wonderful walks are available locally. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Gas central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 31" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Dingle Courtyard - Five

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32192

    In a delightful, quiet courtyard setting with distant views over Dingle Bay, these 5 holiday properties (references W32188, W32189, W32190, W32191 and W32192) lie just a short walk from the heart of the town. Perfect for any visitor, Dingle itself is a vibrant town boasting fine restaurants and traditional pubs, with many offering music. Irish design at its best is featured in the many fine craft shops and galleries. There are a number of sea safaris on offer in the area, taking visitors out to visit Dingle’s most famous inhabitant, Fungie the dolphin, and to the stunning Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles in to the Atlantic Ocean and offers some truly breathtaking views of the coastline, which consists of steep cliffs and sandy beaches. Beach 4 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 25" Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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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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