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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 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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  • Blackberry Lodge

    Belclare, nr. Headford, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W32154


    Beautifully set amongst old trees and in an idyllic location for a real getaway, this detached barn has been a labour of love by its owner, who is an interior decorator and lives next door. The owner has even managed to salvage doors from nearby Ashford Castle. Her husband, a chef by trade, can offer his services and meals can be prepared or he can give cookery lessons. The cottage can also be decorated, by prior arrangement, for special occasions. While the holiday property has its own sitting-out area, the grounds comprising of 8 acres are open to be explored and strolled through if desired. There are miles of quiet country roads to be walked, as well as the Hill of Knockma, which is a gentle climb, where on a clear day the views take in the surrounding countryside and Lough Corrib. The grounds of Ashford Castle in nearby Cong are beautiful for a stroll. The town of Headford is 5 miles away and offers fishing, boat hire and ghillies. Galway City, home to a myriad of festivals, including the Arts Festival, racing festival, film festival and many more, is a mere 15 miles, whilst Tuam is 9 miles. There are 18-hole parkland golf courses in Tuam and Ballinrobe. The property is wonderfully located for those wishing to tour the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Achill, as all are close enough for a day trip, and then maybe return to Blackberry Lodge for dinner prepared by the ’in house’ chef! Beach 20 miles. Shop and pub 2½ miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 8-acre natural grounds and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities. No smoking.

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  • 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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  • Rancho Relaxo

    Ballybawn, Co. Wicklow

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    Ref: W31771

    This comfortable little holiday apartment attached to the owner’s home in the heart of Co. Wicklow, the ‘Garden of Ireland’, just a few minutes drive from the picturesque village of Enniskerry and the famous Powerscourt House, gardens and waterfall. It is a perfect base to explore Mount Usher and Kilruddery. For walkers, the property is 5.5 miles from the Wicklow Way, a marked walking route through the stunning Wicklow Mountains and loughs. Horse riding and trekking is available locally. Visit the monastic site at Glendalough and cross the Wicklow Gap to west Wicklow. Enniskerry offers shopping, restaurants, pubs and even a Christmas market! Roundwood Village is just 8 miles and has lovely inns to retire to after long walks in the surrounding areas. Dublin city and airport, 25 miles, Roundwood, 9 miles, Wicklow town, 18 miles.

    All on ground floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with wooden floor and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Geothermal underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electricity included (€20per week April-October). Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electricity hob and oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned and gravelled garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Gort na Tornoige

    Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: YWF

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this holiday home makes an ideal base for touring the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, within an hour’s drive from the region’s main towns of Tralee, Killarney, Killorglin and Dingle. This cosy, romantic, detached cottage offers great panoramic views of the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range, the Slieve Mountains to the rear, with many hiking possibilities, and distant sea views. More gentle walks and trails are also available, or stroll along the miles of sands at Inch beach. Enjoy the beautiful sea views from the private patio where you can pick herbs and salad leaves which are there for the holidaymaker’s pleasure. The area offers many attractions including golf, horse riding, fishing, beaches and farmer’s market. Shop, pubs and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Mezzanine with double bed, sloping ceiling and wooden floor.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating and electricity (€2 coin meter). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. Video and small library. CD and small library. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Courtyard with garden furniture. Shared lawned garden. Barbecue. Parking.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Apartment 1

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: W31115

    Adjacent to seaside.

    Ground floor apartment for 2.

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

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

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

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  • Geoghans Cottage

    Clough, Co. Laois

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    Ref: YAAU

    Nestled in a peaceful country road, this charming 18th century, renovated, detached cottage is perfect for honeymooners and romantic breaks. There are waymarked trails taking in woods, streams and a circular walk of the Slieve Bloom mountains and Dunmore Woods nearby. It is centrally located for touring, being within 7 miles of both Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Limerick main roads. Dublin, Limerick and Waterford within 65 miles and within 1 hour 20 minutes drive. Kilkenny Castle, one of Ireland’s premiere attractions, is 26 miles, and it is within 1 hours drive of both the Rock of Cashel and Cahir Castle. Golf and riding locally. Shop 4½ miles. Pub with traditional nights (seasonal), ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with slate floor throughout. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburning stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (€30per week, €15 per short break November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Gravel yard with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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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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