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Holiday cottages in Ireland are the gateway to a fantastic experience filled with stunning scenery, wonderful heritage and a delightfully relaxing ambience that is unique to the ‘Emerald Isle’. There really is no place like it to enjoy a break. And if you’re contemplating a holiday you may like a few suggestions for some of the best things to see and do. So take a look at our guide below for some holiday inspiration!

Ireland’s landscape is justly celebrated for its wealth of treasures, both natural and man-made. Those seeking Ireland’s rural charms will be well-served with a visit to the Ring of Kerry. This circular 180km trail takes in some of Ireland’s most wondrous locations, including Ross Castle, Ladies View and the Killarney National Park, and is well-suited to those looking for a lovely leisurely drive. If you fancy an active exploration of the beautiful scenery then we’d recommend a hike along the Kerry Way. This walking trail is normally completed in nine days, but there are plenty of scenic stretches to stroll along. If you fancy something a little livelier than few visits to Ireland are complete without a visit to its many great cities, and Dublin is undoubtedly the biggest draw. Ireland’s capital offers wonderful shopping, fantastic heritage (the Guiness Storehouse!), beautiful architecture and an enticing, relaxed atmosphere. Those with Irish holiday cottages near Sligo, Cork, Galway and the other major cities will find an equally varied array of activities to enjoy. Then again, if you’d rather get away from it all and enjoy Ireland’s unspoilt beauty and unrivalled tranquillity then we can’t recommend the Aran Islands highly enough. Located a short distance from the shores of Galway, these three stunning islands offer a beautiful window to the past. Explore medieval ruins and gaze at beautiful rolling vistas while you enjoy the uniquely relaxed rural ambience. There are few better ways to create fantastic holiday memories!

Since the country is so renowned for the wild beauty of its landscape, it should come as no surprise to find that outdoor and active breaks are one of the main reasons people seek Irish cottages. There are few nicer places to enjoy a stroll than the countryside of Ireland, but you’ll also find it’s equally well-suited to those looking for a little rest and relaxation. Thanks to a diverse array of attractions city breaks are also incredibly popular. Visitors to Dublin and the other major cities will find fantastic cultural events, great food and drink, wonderful shopping opportunities and a chance to make some long lasting holiday memories.

If you’re ready to begin an exploration take a look at our holiday cottages in Ireland today.
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  • The Coach House

    Coachford, nr. Cork

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    Ref: W5861

    Peaceful location.

    Detached converted coach house for 2.

    This delightful, detached coach house has been skilfully renovated to create a charming and peaceful holiday retreat. It is well furnished and decorated, with the benefit of an open fire in the living room and a spiral staircase leading up to a galleried bedroom. Only 17 miles from the vibrant city of Cork, with its restaurants, hotels and indoor sports complexes, and within 9 miles of both Macroom and Blarney, this is an excellent base for touring Cork and Kerry. Killarney Lakes are also within easy driving distance, whilst golf, waterskiing and fishing are available locally. For an exciting day out, visit the splendid Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant 9 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Spiral stairs to 1 galleried double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electricity included €20 per week September-April, €15 per week May-August. Microwave. Shared garden with furniture. Parking.

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  • Sheen Heatherlands

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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    Ref: ZFK

    Quietly nestled in peaceful, natural woodland, yet only half a mile from Kenmare town, this cosy ground floor holiday apartment enjoys an old world atmosphere, and adjoins the owner’s home. Guests have shared use of a beautiful landscaped garden boasting tame deer as frequent visitors. Flora, fauna and wildlife abound, from hedgerow plants and mountain goats to the otters, seals and spectacular birdlife which can be seen in the bay (wildlife sea cruises locally). This is the perfect base for discovering the beautiful scenery of both Kerry and West Cork. Within 20 miles are fascinating gardens of Dereen, Garinish Island and Muckross House in the Killarney National Park. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Kenmare offers a wonderful choice of great restaurants, along with quirky cafes, craft shops and traditional pubs. Golf, fishing, riding, sailing, and a good range of restaurants and friendly ‘musical’ pubs locally. Shops ½ mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Sun porch. Dining room/kitchen. Living room. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio with furniture. Shared garden. Parking. NB: There is a small stream in the garden.

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  • Kinvara Suites - Kinvara Suite 1

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

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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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  • March Cottage

    Oughterard, Co. Galway

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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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  • 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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  • Olinda Coastal Cottages - Heron

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: W32125

    These delightful whitewashed holiday cottages (refs W32121 and W32125) have a private flower-filled walkway with steps leading down to the beautiful sandy cove. Boasting magnificent sea views, these quaint cottages, adjacent to the owner’s home, are just a 3-minute stroll to the picture-postcard village of Kilmore Quay, with its colourful marina and superb seafood restaurants offering the fresh daily catch. Take a boat trip across to the Saltee Islands or explore the stunning Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, which originates from the last ice age and extends to 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, the vibrant town of Wexford, founded by the Vikings in 800AD and venue to the International Opera Festival, is within an easy 30-minute drive and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double leading to 1 single, both with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Microwave. Patio. Raised patio with sea view. NB: 6 steps in courtyard.

    Electric woodburner in living room by €2 meter. Oil central heating (4 hours in evening), NSH included (bedroom heaters by €2 meter). Bed linen and towels included. Electricity by €2 meter. Travel cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Wi-fi. Electric cooker. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility room. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Shared walkway to steps leading down to beach. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Valentine Cottages - Valentine Cottage 2

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

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    Ref: W31922

    Oozing quality and character, these charming holiday cottages (refs W31921, W31922 and W31923) are set around a very pretty courtyard with central fountain. Valentine Cottage 1 (ref W31921), as its name suggests, offers a romantic hideaway for two - standing detached with stunning panoramic rural views. Spacious and well furnished inside, it has a bright sun/dining room leading to a vast lawned garden. Cottages 2 and 3 (refs W31922 and W31923) offer flexible accommodation and are also ideal for couples or can be combined (on request) to cater for a larger family or group. Each has its own enclosed private patio, large shared lawn and a delightful courtyard view to the front. All three cottages have the use of a superb games room and visitors are free to wander through the owners’ grounds which extend to 9 acres. Outside the grounds, there is an 8-mile trailed walk which takes in riverside (River Bride, 0.5 miles), woodland and hillside walking. If you can tear yourself away from this little oasis, the colourful, heritage town of Lismore (winner of many Tidy Town awards) with its magnificent castle, is just over 3 miles away and a little further the golden sands of Youghal (16 miles).

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Wooden floors throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating and gas included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). Gas cooker. Enclosed patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden.

    Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. 9-acre shared grounds. Barbecue (on request). Ample parking. Games room with pool table, dart board, TV and board games. Natural spring water supply from well. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in grounds.

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  • Killard Cottage

    Doonbeg, Co. Clare

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    Ref: W31825


    Killard Cottage in Doonbeg is situated in an elevated location with spectacular views onto the Atlantic with the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands in the distance. Doonbeg is located on the ’Wild Atlantic Way’, the scenic long distance route along the west coast of Ireland. It is only a short walk to the beautiful White Strand beach, which is suitable for families and has a lifeguard in the summer season.

    Doonbeg is just an hour’s drive from Shannon Airport, a three to four hours’ drive from Dublin Airport and two and a half hours from Cork Airport. The Shannon ferry in Killimer connects to County Kerry.

    Trump International Golf Links with spa and restaurant is just 8 minutes’ drive away and can be seen on the other side of the bay. It is also only a 10-15 minutes’ drive to Kilkee, the popular seaside resort with fantastic cliff scenery, and also the gateway to the remote, rugged Loop Head Peninsula.

    Killard Cottage is a warm and welcoming retreat in an idyllic location with stunningly spectacular sea views. Set on Killard Hill at Doonbeg, and close to the owner’s home and working dairy farm, this delightful cottage offers magnificent sunsets making it an attractive choice for a seaside holiday. Killard offers access to many designated scenic walking routes, both along the nearby cliffs and also further afield, while geologists remain intrigued by the local rock formations. The area is also very popular with birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.
    The restored, detached cottage has up-to-date comforts, is furnished to a very good standard and is bright and airy. The open plan ground floor living area is finished with exposed ceiling beams and consists of a fully-fitted kitchen with dining table together with a very comfortable sitting area complete with wood-burning stove. The cupboards at Killard Cottage are always stocked with basic starter essentials. Wooden floors are fitted throughout the property and the living area leads to a spacious double bedroom with en-suite shower room and patio doors at ground level. From this room a spiral staircase gives access to a connecting first floor mezzanine single bedroom with a sloping ceiling and a spectacular Velux window view. Outdoors, there is a gravelled courtyard with furniture and striking views of the blissful Doonbeg Bay and Atlantic Ocean, together with the adjacent countryside. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet and steep, spiral stairs to connecting first floor single bedroom with Velux and sloping ceilings.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating and electricity (€4per day summer, €7per day winter). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Gravelled courtyard/patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • River Cottage

    Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford

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    Ref: W31435

    In a romantic riverside setting, this detached single storey holiday property in a peaceful retreat nestles beside a river in the heart of the beautiful Nire Valley with a backdrop of woods and the Comeragh Mountains. It is 2½ miles from Ballymacarbry and just 17 miles from the seaside town of Dungarvan. The garden has a delightful riverside patio and steep stone steps down to the river bank. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walkers and nature lovers and golf, fishing and horse riding are all available locally. This is a good base for touring in Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary. Shops and pubs 2½ miles, restaurant 1¼ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Microwave. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced steep drop from garden to river bank. NB: Drop from garden to river.

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  • Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Nr. Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
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    Ref: W5449

    Panoramic views.

    Ground and first floor apartment for 3.

    Located in a peaceful lane only 1½ miles from Tallow this delightful apartment makes a relaxing holiday retreat and is an ideal base for touring. The property is attached to the owner’s home and is well furnished and overlooks the garden and fields beyond. This is a scenic area with glorious countryside and the golden beach at Youghal is within 16 miles. There is much of historic interest in the area including Lismore Castle. This is a good base for excursions to Waterford, Cork, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Killarney Lakes. Many golf courses a short drive away, the nearest being Lismore, 7 miles away. Shop and pub 1¼ miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cable TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack.

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  • Southpark Cottage

    Ardfert, Co. Kerry

    Grade
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    Ref: W32049

    Located just 6 miles from Tralee with its great selection of restaurants and shops, Southpark Cottage enjoys a great location on the Wild Atlantic Way with a choice of wonderful long sandy beaches close by. The property adjoins the owner’s home with its own entrance, parking and garden. Ardfert is home to a magnificent historical cathedral and this area offers great opportunities for further archaeological and historical discoveries along with golfing, horse-riding, water sports and walks. Perfectly situated to tour the wonderful sites of Kerry such as the magnificent Dingle Peninsula and the beautiful Killarney lakes. Take a day trip to County Clare to the intriguing Burren and Cliffs of Mohar. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant, 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Small garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store.

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