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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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  • Castle Quay

    Kinsale, Co. Cork

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W31538

    Overlooking the River Bandon, this property, one of sixteen detached holiday homes with its own private decking, enjoys a rural setting, close to the ruins of 16th-century Kilgobbin Castle. Kinsale with its quaint winding streets, restaurants, cafes, galleries, craft shops and marina is 6 miles. Ballinspittle village, 3 miles. The Blue Flag beach at Garrettstown, 5 miles, offers water sports. Activities include deep-sea angling, sailing, horse riding and golf. Fota House, gardens, arboretum and wildlife park, the Jamieson Whiskey centre, Blarney Castle and Stone are worth a visit. Enjoy the colourful towns, fishing villages, hidden coves and islands or go on a whale and dolphin trip! Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles. Please note - house allocated on arrival.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door/dining room, both with wooden floors. Kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms with wooden floors: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Electricity and NSH €6 per day (June-August), by meter reading (September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared, lawned garden with decking area and furniture. Shared 2-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). NB: Fenced river, 30 yards.

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  • 107 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W32228

    This beautiful, third floor, penthouse apartment is located in Clifden, the capital of Connemara. A lift is available from the underground car park to the third floor. It has a large outdoor terrace which overlooks the town and is equipped with a barbecue and patio furniture. Restaurants, pubs and shops are within walking distance. There are miles of unspoilt beaches as well as various water sports and amenities. 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 with stunning surroundings. The Twelve Bens mountain range are magnificent and are 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 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Lift to entrance. All on third floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and wooden floor/kitchen with slate floor. 3 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one 5ft. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three freeview TVs (one 42", two 32") DVD. CD. Wii. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large verandah with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car).

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  • Kilmore Quay Cottages - Beach House 1

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32194

    With stunning, uninterrupted views of the sandy bay and colourful marina, these beachside cottages are perfect for a relaxing holiday in the heart of one of the most picturesque villages in Wexford. The living room and master bedroom of Beach House 1, and the living room of Beach House 2, open onto a superb beachside terrace, where you can relax and watch the boats go by. Everything is literally on your doorstep, from the sandy beach below to the pubs and restaurants of picture postcard Kilmore Quay, home to the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, originating from the last Ice Age, and extending to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. Boat trips can be taken to the nearby Saltee Islands which have one of the world’s major bird sanctuaries, home to gannets, puffins and Manx shearwaters, as well as a colony of grey seals. Wexford is just 30 minutes away, a vibrant venue for many festivals throughout the year including the International Opera Festival. Shop 20 yards, pub and restaurant 10 yards.

    All on ground floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With open fire, Freeview TV and wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and French doors.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and wooden floor.
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Fuel for open fire and bed linen included. Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Enclosed lawned garden with gravelled courtyard, terrace, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are single steps between some rooms. This property has a security deposit of €100.

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  • Ballymac Village 3

    Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32051

    These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles. These detached holiday properties are 3 of just 8 in this development, each set in a third of an acre of mature landscaped gardens, with facilities on site including a football pitch, hard tennis court and children’s play area with swings and slide. In the village there is an excellent hotel, bar and restaurant, and a choice of golf courses in the area. All along the coast from Wicklow to Wexford are miles of sandy beaches, and this area enjoys the highest sunshine rate in Ireland. The beach in Kilmuckridge is known as the Golden Mile because of the soft golden sands and dunes and is situated just off the coast road between the seaside villages of Blackwater (4 miles) and Kilmuckridge (3 miles). These holiday homes are well-equipped and tastefully furnished and each has a patio and large lawn ideal for relaxing on or dining al fresco. The town of Wexford (16 miles), is famous for its annual opera festival and offers a variety of shops and restaurants. There are many historic places of interest to visit, including Dunbrody Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian monastery, and the Irish National Heritage Park. The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross contains a vast collection of trees and shrubs. It covers 252 hectares, with panoramic views, picnic areas, maze, play area, lake, tea room/shop (seasonal), miniature railway (seasonal) and visitor centre. Golf, fishing, water sports and horse riding locally, and for walkers, the Wexford Coastal Path is great for exploring this scenic area. Both Gorey and Wexford have a regular train service to Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and makes a really memorable day trip. The driving times to Dublin (80 mins), Rosslare (40 mins), Wexford (30 mins) makes these properties an ideal touring base for the surrounding counties. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room by meter reading. Gas central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Dishwasher. Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared playground. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • 51 Glenbeg Point

    Courtown, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: YBJ

    Within 500 yards of wonderful beaches, in the sunny south east, this spacious, beautifully decorated and well-furnished property stands in its own small garden.
    Set in a thoughtfully planned holiday village, it enjoys shared use of a hard tennis court and the lively seaside village of Courtown, very popular with Irish holidaymakers, is just 1½ miles away.
    Ideal for families, it offers a superb sandy beach and harbour, all the traditional seaside attractions, as well as top class golf, sailing, pony trekking and Splashworld.
    Well placed for touring Wexford. Dublin 1¼ hours drive. Fishing locally. Pub 500 yards. Shop 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden/tiled floor and patio door. 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with toilet, 2 twin, 1 with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity €30per week (June-August), €50per week (September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Satellite/cable TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared tennis court.

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  • Ivy Bridge Lodge

    Mourne Abbey, nr. Mallow, Co. Cork

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: W31980

    This splendid, detached, thatched holiday cottage comes with a baby grand piano, antique furniture, roll-top and Jacuzzi baths, and an inglenook fireplace. It is adjacent to the owner’s equestrian centre where riding tuition is available by arrangement. Golf enthusiasts are catered for, with a choice of courses within a short distance. Mallow, 7 miles, is a busy market town while Blarney Castle and Gardens are just 8 miles. The vibrant and diverse city of Cork is 11 miles. Killarney, Limerick, Bunratty and the heritage town of Lismore are all possibilities for day trips. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant 7 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with beams and stone floor. Kitchen with beams and stone floor. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with en-suite wet room with Jacuzzi bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin with additional pull-out single and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external utility room). Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Pond and unfenced stream in garden.

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  • The Waterfront

    Dromod, Co. Leitrim

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32173

    Located 85 miles west of Dublin and 80 miles from Galway, this excellent holiday home is in a complex of similar properties, overlooking the marina and lake. It is a very short drive to the local village where you will find a convenience store and pubs serving good food. There is also a bistro right beside the entrance to the complex which is open all summer and at weekends out of season. Carrick-on-Shannon is a 15-minute drive away and has a selection of restaurants, pubs and good nightlife. Local activities include fishing, cycling and walking trails, golf and a trekking centre. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. 28" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared tennis court. No smoking. NB: One step to garden. Lake 50 yards."

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  • Ti’ Una Seaview

    Lettermore, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: W32261


    Boasting uninterrupted views of the Aran Islands, this detached property is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is less than ½ mile from a pretty beach. The area is called Trá Bháin, which is translated as ’White Beach’, and there is also a coral beach in the area. Sit on the patio or in the conservatory and watch the sun go down on the Atlantic Ocean or snuggle down in front of the open fire in the living room. This detached, contemporary house has all the comforts of home, yet is totally removed from everyday living as the ocean and the hills are your neighbours, and is accessed by a rough track.
    The name Lettermore means ’great rough hillside’, and certainly when you drive into the area you are greeted by very unusual looking countryside, giving one the feeling of ’getting away from it all’. There are miles of walking routes in the area and a little further are afield many unspoilt hills to climb. Galway city, home to numerous festivals is only 30 miles away, as is the fishing mecca of Oughterard, and Clifden is 40 miles away. This holiday property is ideally located to tour Connemara, and trips to the Aran Islands are available from Rossaveal and water activities and fishing are available locally.
    The Féile an Dóllin is one of the west of Ireland’s premier festivals and takes place annually on the shores of Carraroe during the August Bank Holiday weekend. The golf enthusiast is also catered for with the Connemara Isles Golf Club, 8 miles away. With its coastal location, it’s a challenging but very memorable golf experience! Ballyconneely Golf Links and Oughterard Parkland Golf Club are a little further afield. Beach ½ mile. Shop 5 miles, pub 2½ miles, restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory with French doors. Utility room. 3 Bedrooms: 2 kingsize, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room and wood burner in kitchen (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. 40" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: Sloping bank at back of house. 200 yards from seashore.

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  • Clonee Fishing Lodge

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: W31992

    With a lake to the front of the house and the sea to the rear, Clonee Fishing Lodge enjoys a wonderful location just 10 miles from the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare. This detached holiday lodge offers stunning lake views and makes a wonderful holiday base for discovering the incredible beauty of the Ring of Kerry driving route which offers breathtaking scenery at every corner. The Beara Way, which meanders into County Cork, also offers spectacular scenery. The local pub is just around the corner and offers regular traditional music and dancing sessions. Fishing boats can be hired from the local pub and there are some great golf courses in the Kenmare area, along with horse riding, water sports, sea-safari and some fabulous walks, including Gleninchaquin Amenity Park. Sample freshly caught seafood at the pub in nearby Kilmacaloguepier or buy fish fresh from the sea to cook at home. Shop 1 mile, pub and seasonal restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. 2 shower rooms (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity €30per week June-August, €40 September-May. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. NB: 6 steps in garden, lake to front, sea to rear.

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  • 171 Clifden, Connemara

    Clifden, Co. Galway

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    4
    Ref: W32235

    This wonderful detached, single storey cottage is located just outside the town of Clifden on the famous Sky Road, close to the location of Clifden Castle. It is on an elevated site, offering unrivalled views of Clifden Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding countryside. The cottage boasts an idyllic location and is close to all activities and attractions. White sandy beaches are just a short distance away and the property is surrounded by wonderful walking and cycling routes. Clifden is within walking distance and here you will find a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants.
    There is golf at Ballyconneely, 7 miles, fishing and pony trekking, while close by you can visit Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. Beach 200 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 3 double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower rooms with toilet, one with additional single. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Fourteens

    Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: W32238

    Located less than ½ mile from the long golden sandy beach at Ballinskelligs on the Wild Atlantic Way, this detached holiday property makes the perfect base from which to discover this magical part of Kerry. Take a boat trip to the mystical Skellig Islands, featured in the ’Star Wars’ movie, walk in the footsteps of tetrapods on Valentia Island, take a walk on the meandering Kerry Way, golf at Waterville’s world-renowned golf course, or marvel at the stunning lakes and National Park of Killarney or the incredible coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula. With the bedrooms on the ground floor, the first floor is given over to the light and airy kitchen, dining area and living room with feature fireplace and offering lovely sea views. Adjacent to the house is the Cill Rialaig art centre and café which draws artists from all over the world, attracted by the incredible local scenery. Beach ½ mile. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 kingsize (one with patio doors), both with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 31" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No children under 3 years. NB: 2 steps to patio.

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  • Wolseley Holiday Lodges - Mount Wolseley 3

    Tullow, Co.Carlow

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W31599

    These modern holiday homes are set within the grounds of the Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Country Resort - once owned by the Wolseley family, now redeveloped to offer spacious, comfortable accommodation. Surrounded by the stunning countryside and mountains of Wicklow and Carlow, guests have use of the on-site facilities which include swimming pool, tennis court, children’s playground, indoor toddler soft play area, family room, 18-hole golf course, gym and spa. There is also a ’kiddies club’ during the school holidays at extra cost. Locally, walking, cycling, angling and horse riding are all available as well as many other outdoor pursuits and attractions. Within 20km are historic houses and gardens, whilst a little further afield is the city of Dublin with its galleries, museums, theatres and numerous amenities. Beaches at Courtown and Brittas Bay, can be reached in under an hour’s drive. Shop 1km, pub and restaurant on-site.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and power by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio. Shared, landscaped grounds. Balcony. Shared swimming pool available all year with Jacuzzi and sauna. Parking (2 cars).

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