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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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  • Killure Wilde Retreat

    Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

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    Ref: W31918

    These 200-year-old limestone holiday cottages are set around an enclosed, paved quadrangle in the heart of Kilkenny countryside. Both have been lovingly restored and have retained many traditional features. The owners live on site where they run an arable farm.
    Killure Wilde Retreat (ref W31918) offers romantic accommodation for 2 with a traditional half door, spacious living room with multi-fuel stove and patio doors leading to a stone-walled garden with patio and lawn. A particular feature upstairs is the vast master bedroom which boasts a vaulted, beamed ceiling and a spacious bathroom complete with roll top bath.
    Killure Lodge (ref W31917) is full of character inside and out and has a pretty railed, lawned garden to the front with views over the rolling countryside. Inside this spacious property there are attractive stone walls, beamed ceilings and a cosy living room with multi-fuel stove.
    Within easy reach are the villages of Goresbridge and Paulstown (2½ miles) whilst the beautiful, medieval city of Kilkenny, with its ancient laneways and magnificent castle, is a mere half an hour’s drive away and well worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Ramp to living/dining room with patio doors and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom/second living room. Bathroom with shower over roll top bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Multi-fuel central heating included (£20per week, £10 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in external building). Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue (on request). Ample parking.

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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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  • Sheen Heatherlands

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

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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 2

    Kinvara, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W32260

    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.

    Steps to entrance. All on second 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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  • The Mews

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

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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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  • Mill Road Farm Cottages - Coninbeg Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

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    Ref: W32004

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

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additionl single bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

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

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  • 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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  • The Lodge

    Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

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    Ref: YZX

    This delightful detached holiday cottage is located just 5½ miles from the seaside town of Dungarvan, overlooking the countryside with horses peacefully grazing. Ideal for walking, the surrounding countryside includes stunning mountains and the lakes and waterfalls of both the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains. Dungarvan has a pretty harbour and offers a good variety of shops, restaurants and pubs, whilst the rest of the area boasts numerous golden beaches including the magnificent Blue Flag beach at Clonea Strand, 9 miles. Ardmore, 20 miles. Waterford, 34 miles. Golf, fishing and riding locally, as well as pubs with traditional Irish music.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with breakfast bar and tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with laminate floor. Wet room with toilet. Maximum occupancy 3 guests.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Private garden and furniture. Lawned area and gazebo. Parking (2 cars). NB: 4 steps in garden.

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  • St Anthony’s Cottage

    Lauragh, Co. Kerry

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    Ref: W31369

    Picturesque countryside

    Semi-detached cottage for 3

    Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this scenic beautiful area on the Beara Peninsula in this well kept, semi-detached, coastal holiday cottage, offering compact and comfortable accommodation. The cottage adjoins the owner’s home but is completely separate and boasts its own small pretty garden blooming with flowers. Enjoying a great location with picturesque countryside, beautiful Glanmore Lake, 1½ miles, and 14 miles from lively Kenmare with golf and riding facilities. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, this is also a perfect base for touring the Ring of Kerry and West Cork which offer spectacular views at every turn in the road. Closer to home are the sub-tropical Derreen Gardens and wonderful arachaelogical sites, numerous scenic walks (many from the doorstep), mountain climbing, fishing and swimming nearby. The pubs in the area offer regular traditional Irish music sessions. Shop ¼ mile, pub 2 miles, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Maximum occupancy 3 guests.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Lawned garden with furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Ground floor facilities.

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  • Southpark Cottage

    Ardfert, Co. Kerry

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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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  • Mountbellew, Co. Galway

    Mountbellew, Co. Galway

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    Ref: W31651

    Self-contained and with a cosy feel, this single-storey holiday annexe has its own entrance and side garden for the holidaymaker. Centrally located and set along a main road, it is ideally placed for any type of holiday, particularly as a touring base and within walking distance of the village. Mountbellow has a weekly market presided over by the memorial statue of Bobbyjo, winner of the Grand National. The festival city of Galway, ‘Gateway to Connemara’, is about 1 hour. Water sports and boat hire are available at Athlone, 30 minutes away. Locally there is an 18-hole golf course and woodland walking. Lough Corrib and Lough Mask are an easy drive. Fishing is available locally on the River Suck and other rivers. Shops, restaurants and pubs with music ¼ mile.

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

    Oil burner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with furniture. Shared enclosed lawned garden. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Island View Cottage

    Bantry, Co. Cork

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    Ref: ZBC

    In an elevated position which has views over beautiful Bantry Bay, this cosy and comfortable detached cottage is in the grounds of the owner’s home enjoying shared use of a 4-acre, well-tended garden. An ideal touring base along the Wild Atlantic Way, it is just 1½ miles from the town amenities of historic Bantry. Gougane Barra Forest Park, Glengarriff Nature Reserve and the sub-tropical Italian gardens on Garinish Island are within a half-hour drive. The spectacular Mizen, Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas can easily be explored from here. Golf ½ mile. Wonderful walking, fishing, sailing and riding locally. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden and tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom (5ft) with additional single, sloping ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor. External utility room.

    Central heating from solid-fuel stove (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Private patio with furniture. Shared 4 acre garden. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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