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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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  • 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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  • Mill Road Farm Cottages - Innish Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W32005

    Situated just one mile from the picture postcard fishing village of Kilmore Quay, with its whitewashed thatched cottages, colourful marina and sandy beaches, these attractive stone cottages offer an excellent holiday base. Adjacent to the owners’ dairy farm and B&B, each cottage enjoys a rural outlook as well as distant sea views towards the Saltee Islands. Kilmore Quay offers superb seafood restaurants with the fresh daily catch, traditional pubs, a children’s playground, sandy coves, boat hire and trips across to the Satee Islands as well as the stunning Ballyteige Burrow Nature Reserve which originates from the last Ice Age and extends to 9kms of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, vibrant Wexford town and Rosslare Harbour are within an easy 30-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack.

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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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  • Corner Cottage

    Hook Head, nr. Fethard-on-Sea, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32127

    Located at Hook Head, close to the very tip of The Hook Peninsula, this former school, built in 1880, offers a superb family holiday location, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One particular feature of this detached cottage, is its exquisite flower-filled cottage gardens surrounding it, and boasting three separate lawns and patio, all with plenty of seating to relax and enjoy the sea air. There are spectacular cliff walks from Slade village harbour, ¼ mile, leading all the way in a loop to Hook Lighthouse and back to the cottage. At certain times of the year, whales can be spotted for a once in a lifetime experience, and nearby Loftus Hall, ¾ mile, reputed to be the most haunted mansion in Ireland, offers a coffee shop, guided walks throughout the year and in summer, themed nights such as tapas/wine. Beach 550 yards. Shop 1¾ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with beam. Dining room/conservatory with patio doors/step down to kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. 2 shower rooms with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned gardens to front and rear with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: 2 steps to garden.

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  • The Granary

    Nobber, Co. Meath.

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    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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  • Cappacurry Lodge

    Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W31685

    Cappacurry Lodge is a totally restored and refurbished farmhouse only 2 miles from Ballinrobe with views of Croagh Patrick and is only 500 yards from Ballinrobe Golf Course. The holiday property has been restored to a very good standard yet maintains the cottage feel. Ballinrobe makes an ideal holiday base with mountains to be walked, Lough Mask to be fished (ghillies and boats available locally), several golf courses in the area and Connemara, Westport, Galway, Ashford Castle and Cong all within easy access for day trips. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with high beamed ceiling and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms with wooden floors, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating. All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed gravelled garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Lime Cottage

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32281

    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: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and velux window.
    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 and 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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  • Angela’s Farmhouse

    Lauragh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W5041

    Breathtaking views.

    Detached farmhouse for 4.

    On an elevated site with a breathtaking view of Kenmare Bay, and the Caha range of mountains. The detached farmhouse has a charm of its own, having been skilfully renovated with excellent furnishings and fittings ensuring a very comfortable holiday stay. On the Wild Atlantic Way, the area offers a peaceful retreat for anyone, yet still within 16 miles of the historic town of Kenmare with its great selection of cafes, traditional pubs and wonderful restaurants. Local attractions include numerous scenic drives, fabulous walks and hikes, and swimming at the local pier, 3 miles. Horse riding, water sports and golf are available at Kenmare. Killarney with its glorious lakes and national park is 37 miles. Angela’s Farmhouse also makes a great base for discovering West Cork- the Healy Pass to Glengariff (18 miles) is a scenic wonder. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room and woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas (€7per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Outdoor furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Ferry Lodge

    Fossa, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W5921

    Ideal touring location.

    Detached single storey cottage for 4.

    This detached holiday cottage, which is decorated, furnished and well-equipped to a very good standard, is situated on its own private grounds on the famous Ring of Kerry route 4 miles from Killarney. This cosy, inviting little gem is en route to the scenic Gap of Dunloe, the famous Kate Kearney’s cottage and the majestic McGillycuddy’s Reeks, which includes Ireland’s highest mountain peak, Carrantuohill. It is convenient to Killarney’s lakes, many golf courses and leisure centres and is ideally situated for all outdoor activities including walking (The Kerry Way), hill walking, mountain climbing, horse riding, pony trekking and fishing with permits available nearby. 30-minute drive from Kerry County Airport. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Study. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars).

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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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  • Durrus Holiday Homes

    Durrus, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32066

    At the heart of the picturesque village of Durrus, this terraced holiday home is ideally situated close to the shop, pubs and restaurants in the vicinity. Your location at the head of Dunmanus Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way, gives a choice of exploring the spectacular Sheep’s Head (awarded European Tourist Destination of Excellence title) or Mizen Peninsulas. The Sheep’s Head Way has many loop walks, there’s a cycle route and a private garden open to the public. Horse riding, sailing and kayaking are also available within a short distance. From Schull get a ferry to Cape Clear Island or a Fastnet Rock tour. Visit the glorious beach at Barley Cove close to Mizen Head. Bantry, 6 miles, has 18-hole golf, cinema, leisure centre, and Bantry House which is the venue for internationally renowned music festivals. There are many local artisan food and craft products. Shop and pub serving food 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single (2ft 6in for child) with Velux, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request at cost. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Small garden with patio and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Lackaroe

    Portroe, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    4
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: ZUF

    Set on the eastern shores of Lough Derg at Castlelough, this charming traditional cottage, with its own private garden, has been lovingly restored to retain its old-world character. Furnished in old pine, with quarry-tiled floors and two loft-style bedrooms much loved by children, and a first floor living/TV room, it makes a delightful holiday base for families, fishermen, or those who simply want to get away from it all! There are fascinating historical sites to visit, lovely forest walks and pony trekking on the Lough Derg Way, while the nearby villages and towns offer plenty of pubs and restaurants for evening entertainment. Pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Second living room. 2 loft-style single bedrooms with low ceiling (alternative sleeping for children).

    Solid fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. High chair. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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