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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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  • 123 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32229

    This single-storey, detached cottage is ideally located close to the banks of Lough Beaghcauneen, with picture windows overlooking the lake. There are 2 bedrooms in the main cottage with an additional en-suite bedroom in a separate annex. It is ideally situated for those lazy days around the lake or sampling the locally caught fish in the many restaurants, listening to the music and enjoying the ’craic’ in the pubs, or dancing to the Irish music. You can enjoy the Connemara Pony Festival, the traditional music festival or the arts festival.
    Clifden is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is home to the Alcock and Brown Atlantic crossing crash site. There are miles of tranquil beaches in the area, along with a vast network of walking tracks and cycle routes for more intrepid visitors. There are miles of unspoilt beaches in the area as well as various water sports and amenities. Trout fishing is available on the lake (licence required, available locally). Fishermen are spoiled for choice as there is river, sea and lake fishing in the area.
    There are miles of looped walks and cycle routes nearby. The Twelve Bens mountain range is magnificent and very popular for hill walking with miles of routes, both gentle and challenging. Connemara Golf Links is in Ballyconneely and pony trekking and horse riding can be found at various locations in the area. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey are a short scenic drive from the house and Galway city is approximately 60 miles. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar and wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Annex: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced lake 20 yards.

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  • 188 Ballyconneely, Connemara

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W32249

    Located in a quiet and tranquil area, this single-storey, detached cottage offers wonderful countryside views and lies just a short stroll to the nearby seashore at Bunowen. There are many wonderful walks in the surrounding area, and Ballyconneely, 1 mile, has a grocery store, bar and restaurant. Local activities include fishing, pony trekking, golf, coastal walks, surfing and boat trips. Visit Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. 28" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Innisfree House

    Annagry, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W5228

    Wonderful views, within the Gaeltacht area.

    Detached bungalow for 6.

    Situated on the hill overlooking Carrick Finn Bay, this spacious holiday home is decorated to a very good standard with quality furniture, pine flooring and solid wooden beds throughout.

    The property has wonderful long distance views across the bay. Miles of sandy beaches can be explored in the area. Golf courses can be found at Cruit Island and Bunbeg 10 miles. In August the salmon run in the Clady River 4 miles.

    The small Donegal airport (light aircraft) and Glenveagh National Park are 10 minutes drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and gas included (€30per week October-March). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Video. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Lake 1

    Blessington Lake, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31644


    Set in the beautiful grounds of Blessington Lakes, Avon Ri houses are perfect for a family holiday that caters for all tastes. They are very central for beautiful scenery, great shopping and fantastic activities on the lake and at the resort. Very spacious and equipped to a good standard, they have stunning views of the Blessington Lakes or the Wicklow countryside. The Avon Ri clubhouse has its own restaurant Il Lago with decking overlooking Blessington and the countryside, and has a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Upstairs are the Avon Ri café bar and gym room. Whether on a holiday with friends or family, there is plenty to do outdoors as well: sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and power boat training. Five-a-side football, tennis, mountain biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, Segway and orienteering are also on offer.
    The pretty town of Blessington is a 10-minute walk and the thriving town of Naas a 15-minute drive. Wicklow has great beaches, and the quaint village of Avoca is worth a visit, as well as the beautiful mountainside village of Glendalough. Dublin is 25 miles, there are racecourses at Punchestown and the Curragh, and excellent golf courses such as Tulfarris and the K Club. Shops 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms with en-suite shower room with toilet and Velux window: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Gas central heating, electricity storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD on request. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Patio with furniture. Shared lawned grounds with lake. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 6m, depth 1.2m) with shower and changing facilities, Jacuzzi and sauna. Outdoor activities including sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, power boat training, 5-a-side football, tennis, mountain biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, Segway and orienteering. NB: Lake in grounds.

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  • Waterville, Co. Kerry

    Waterville, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: W31469

    Jacuzzi bath/all bedrooms en-suite.

    Detached house for 6.

    This delightful, detached property offers real ’home from home’ holiday accommodation and is ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way, just 1 mile from the pretty seaside village of Waterville with its restaurants, craft shops, pubs and miles of beach. Local activities include cycling, water sports and horse riding, and wonderful walking including the Kerry Way. Lough Currane is world famous for its trout and salmon fishing, and boats can be hired locally. There are two golf courses, one a championship course, both with scenic views. Further afield are Killarney, with its world famous lakes and national park, and the Dingle Peninsula, which abounds with fabulous coastal scenery. The area has many sites of historical interest and a boat trip to the incredible Skellig Islands is an experience not to be missed. This part of Kerry is a Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve which ensures wonderful skies with masses of twinkling stars. Shops, pubs and restaurants 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, two with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Maximum occupancy is 6.

    Open fire (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Free to air TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2-3 cars). Cycle store.

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  • Bolams

    Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W31806

    Countryside views

    Set on a little hillside under a mile from Thomastown, this single storey, detached holiday property has beautiful views overlooking the countryside, the River Nore and a castle ruin. There is a seating area and sloped landscaped gardens to the front whilst inside the property is well equipped yet very homely. Thomastown itself boasts several pubs, some with live traditional music, several restaurants and takeaways, craft shops, supermarkets and a children’s playground. Within the Thomastown area is Jerpoint Abbey and the well-known Golf and Country Club Mount Juliet which offers a range of activities including clay pigeon shooting. Salmon and trout fishing can be enjoyed from the River Nore and the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny is a mere 10 miles away. Ideal for horse riding and golf. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (€30per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezers. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Dingle Courtyard - Three

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32190

    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.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Wooden floors throughout. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer. Shared courtyard.

    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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  • Seascapes

    Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: YUZ

    In an idyllic location on the Wild Atlantic Way overlooking the sea, this comfortable, detached single-storey property enjoys stunning mountain and sea views from most rooms and lies 100 yards from the water’s edge, and 5-minute walk from a secluded beach (see photograph). The small villages of Castlecove and Caherdaniel, 3 miles. Derrynane, 5 miles, has attractions for all the family, with its sandy beaches, activity centre and sea sports. Horse riding can be arranged on the sands at Derrynane, surrounded by sea and mountain views. Along the beautiful beaches are sandy and rocky coves with rock pools for the children to explore, full of interesting sea life. Well worth a visit is Derrynane House and Gardens, with sub-tropical plants which thrive here in the temperate climate. Located in a Dark Sky Reserve, the night skies over this part of Kerry are incredibly clear and star filled, due to the effects of the Gulf Stream. Stiague Fort also worth a visit and is within easy reach. A boat trip to the Skellig Islands makes a wonderful day trip. Waterville, 10 miles, with two golf courses, one a championship links course. Shop 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with furniture. Parking (2-3 cars). NB. Three steps to entrance, one step at rear.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W32126


    Garden Cottage is a detached holiday bungalow and, as its name suggests, stands in mature gardens, stretching to just under an acre with picturesque views of the surrounding countryside. Close to Ramsgrange village, it has easy access to the beautiful coastal areas and fishing villages of the magical Ring of Hook, home to the “flashiest” and oldest operational lighthouse in the world (Lonely Planet Guide). A few minutes’ drive is Ballyhack, where a little car ferry (operating throughout the day) can take you over to Ireland’s oldest city Waterford for a memorable day out. There are many local festivals to enjoy, including Hooked Kitefest, 3 miles, Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival, 3 miles, Phil Murphy Music Festival, 8 miles and Piano Festival, 10 miles. New Ross Town (JFK homestead) holds much historic interest including JFK Aboretum, Ros Tapestry and Dunbrody Famine Ship, 10 miles. Beach 3½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1¾ miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room and wood burner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large, lawned garden and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. NB: 2 steps to garden.

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  • Cockle Lodge

    Carrick-on-Bannow, near Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    3
    Ref: W32269

    Just 100 yards from the water’s edge, this superb detached holiday residence is set in an acre of private grounds, with magnificent sea views from almost every room. There is a large, first floor balcony, which can be accessed via the upstairs bedrooms, affording spectacular, far reaching views over the bay towards Saltmills. Cockle Lodge offers spacious accommodation, all the bedrooms are en-suite and the wonderful sun room opens onto a large, wrap around terrace, with an adjacent deck overlooking the well-kept lawns. Approached via electric gates, Cockle Lodge is in a quiet, secluded setting yet within easy reach of many interesting areas to explore, including Bannow Island Beach, where the ’buried’ city of Bannow is sited. It was here that the Normans first landed in 1169 and the area is of much historical interest, as well as having a great tradition of Irish music and dancing, including the Phil Murphy music festival which is held annually, plus numerous local activities such as shore fishing, golf, scenic drives and horse riding. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and tiled floor.
    Dining area: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen area:
    Farmhouse style with breakfast area, gas/electric range cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Sun room: With doors leading to wrap around balcony.
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    With kingsize bed, dressing area and en-suite with Jacuzzi shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wrap around terrace to ground floor and wrap around balcony to first floor. Large enclosed lawned garden with decking and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a well and there are 3 steps in the garden.

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  • Solas

    Bannow, Co.Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: W32061

    Situated down a quiet lane just 150 yards from the sea, this architecturally designed, detached, eco-friendly house is an imposing building with a curved roof, huge glass panels to the front, sweeping solid oak and glass staircase and a magnificent L-shaped balcony with sea views. Beautifully appointed inside, it enjoys exceptional space and natural light (‘Solas’ – Irish for light). Just over a mile away is mysterious Bannow Island where the ’buried’ city of Bannow is sited and the whole area is of much historical interest including 16th-century Coohull Castle and the Three Stone Crosses monument, dating back to the 8th century. There are numerous local activities such as shore fishing, golf, scenic drives (Bannow Drive) and horse riding. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs (or external ramp) to first floor: Living room with beams, patio doors and oak floor/dining room with oak floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Heat exchange central heating and electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. Stereo/CD. Electric induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large, natural meadow and furniture. Balcony. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Sloping bank at rear.

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Cath Cart Lodge

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32279

    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.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor:
    Open plan living space. With tiled floor.
    Living area: With open fire and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, single bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed, single bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for open fire included. Large lawned garden with sitting out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 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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