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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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  • Sli na Mara

    Collaros, Lauragh, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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    Ref: W31974

    Located right on the sea shore, this holiday home offers magnificent sea views. Attached to the owners’ home the property has its own entrance and patio where you can soak up the wonders of the constantly changing sea. A pathway leads from the house down to the shore. This area offers some wonderful walks including the Beara Way. Explore the tropical gardens as nearby Derreen Gardens or wander around the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare, 20 miles. Take a day trip on the Ring of Kerry and marvel at the spectacular scenery, or drive the Healy Pass which also offers wonderful views. Shop and pub 4 miles, restaurant 5 miles

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen all with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity €30per week. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with patio and sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. NB: 10 steps in garden. Path from garden to coast.

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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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  • Rockfield

    Rossacoosane, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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    Ref: W5180

    Close to the Kerry Way.

    Detached apartment for 2.

    Situated 2 miles from the sea, this detached holiday property is just and 5 miles outside the heritage town of Kenmare and close to both the Ring of Kerry Golf Club and the Wild Atlantic Way route, which is adjacent to the Kerry Way Walk route. Set in the beautiful landscaped gardens of the owner’s home, it enjoys lovely hill and garden views. Soak in the peace and tranquillity of this scenic part of Kerry which offers wonderful sea and mountain vistas. Enjoy some of the many sporting activities close by such as golf (2 miles), fishing and riding or try your hand at some sea sports such as kayaking or canoeing. The property makes a great touring base for both Kerry and Cork. Kenmare, 5 miles, offers a selection of fabulous restaurants, along with many craft shops, cafés and pubs. Shop and restaurants 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (4ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store.

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  • Studio Apartment One

    Kilkee, Co. Clare

    Grade
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    Ref: W5903

    Jacuzzi bath.

    Ground floor studio apartment for 2.

    One of four studio apartments adjacent to the owners pub/restaurant. Comprising of a bathroom with relaxing Jacuzzi bath and a second room sectioned into a sleeping area, living area with multi fuel stove and kitchenette area. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, this apartment is compact and cosy, and is ideal as a touring base with the attractions of Kilkee seaside resort 2½ miles. Take a trip to see the resident bottle-nosed dolphins in the Shannon estuary. Or choose from three golf courses within 8 miles. Try your hand at on-shore and off-shore angling, or take a ferry trip to see the attractions of Kerry. Visit the Cliffs of Moher on your way to see The Burren. Activities in the vicinity include sailing, surfing, diving, or more leisurely walks in Kilkee and Kilrush. Shop, pub and restaurant onsite.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with double bed. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Parking (1 car).

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  • The Mews

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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    Ref: W31634

    Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this delightfully converted 200 year old detached cottage is set in the 3-acre landscaped grounds of the owner’s guesthouse and small holiday home. Shared use of the hard tennis court in the grounds, which enjoy magnificent views of Kenmare Bay, is an added bonus. A short scenic walk to the bustling and attractive town of Kenmare (1 mile) provides easy access to shops, pubs and restaurants or you can tour the Rings of Kerry and Beara, both offering dramatic seascapes, mountain views and unspoilt countryside. Golf and horse riding, water sports and great walks are all available locally. Free Wi-fi available in owner’s adjacent B&B. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: One step up to living room/dining room with wooden floors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom (can form two singles). Step up to shower room with walk in shower and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity (€30per week September-May, €20per week June-August). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared landscaped garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Chloe’s Country Cottages - Mill Cottage

    Poulmaloe, nr. Whitechurch, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: W32056

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with beams. Access from living room and bedroom to wet room with toilet.

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

    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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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 1

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

    Grade
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    Ref: W32259

    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.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first 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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  • Riverside Lodge

    Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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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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  • March Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

    Grade
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    Ref: W5247

    Traditional country cottage.

    Semi detached character cottage for 2.

    Rose and March Cottages are adjacent to the owner’s residence. Situated in their own paddock, they are semi-detached with whitewashed stone walls, each with its own separate entrance. They are full of character with beams and open fires.
    Oughterard, on the shores of Lough Corrib, is a lovely historic village, with its thatched pub, traditional stone fronts and a 19th century church, set at the gateway of the beautiful Connemara Mountain area. Its many shops, pubs and restaurants make it the ideal location to experience a small Irish village and a base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery.
    The lovely Owenriff River runs through Oughterard, starting in the Connemara mountains and ending its journey, at the edge of town, into Lough Corrib, which runs alongside Oughterard, and is the largest lake in Ireland. It offers some of the most spectacular views around and is a renowned fishing location. The fresh water trout and salmon bring fishermen from all over the world to try their luck or to savour it in the Oughterard restaurants.
    There are many lovely drives around the area as well as trails for walking and hiking. Famous tourist spots within close driving distance include Aughnanure Castle, Kylemore Abbey and Inchagoill Island. It is also only 23 miles from Galway City, the third largest city in the Republic, offering souvenir shopping as well as a taste of European styles.
    The Connemara Mountains, just west of town, provide some of the most breathtaking scenery with rocky landscapes, scattered lakes and sheep dotting the mountainsides.
    Rose and March Cottages are semi-detached cottages situated adjacent to the owner’s residence and paddock, each with its own separate entrance and parking areas. They are full of character, treating the visitor to the country life delights of open fires and wooden beams. Set in a pleasant rural location, one mile down a lane from the main road and 3.5 miles from the lovely historic village of Oughterard by the shores of Lough Corrib, the second largest lake in Ireland. Oughterard hosts shops, pubs, restaurants and two churches, and makes the ideal location to experience an Irish village, and a base from which to explore the surrounding, breathtaking scenery. The area is a renowned fishing location, its rivers and lakes sporting trout and salmon, attracting fishermen from all over the world to try their fishing skills. Famous local tourist spots are Aughanure Castle, Glengowla Mines, or the summer boat trips to Inchagoill Island and Cong, and the Bridgits Gardens all just a few minutes’ drive. Oughterard is rightfully known as the gateway to Connemara, an area of the most outstanding and unforgettable beauty. Whether it’s the quiet coastal drives or mountain valley roads, visitors are truly impressed and delight in seeking out remote beaches or quiet walking lanes, and the Wild Atlantic Way is close by. Horse riding and golf is also available locally. For the sea hardy, a visit to one of the coastal islands is a must - next stop is Newfoundland! Other day trips undertaken by most visitors to the cottages are to the world famous Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare, and the delightful town of Westport and south Mayo. Also only 15 miles away is the old seafaring town of Galway, nestled at the head of Galway Bay. Known as the ’City of Tribes’, it is now a bustling place well worth a visit to sample its abundant shops, and cuisine to cater for all tastes.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity by meter reading. Small garden with furniture.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car).

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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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  • Gort na Tornoige

    Castlemaine, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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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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  • Knock Major

    Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny

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    Ref: W31540

    Knock Major is a refurbished one bedroom apartment, finished to a very good standard, in a courtyard setting in the heart of Carlow/Kilkenny countryside. Centrally located, it is a perfect location for touring and sightseeing, with the medieval city of Kilkenny 11 miles away and Carlow 15 miles away. Castlecomer is the closest town at 5 miles, with a discovery park, childrens playground, trout fishing, walks and golf. There is a fantastic selection of restaurants and pubs in Kilkenny. Mount Juliette is 20 miles and Duiske Abbey is 25 miles. Shops and restaurants 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with traditional stone flag floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Gravelled sitting out area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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