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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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  • Fishermans Cottage

    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W31536

    Beautiful sea views

    Single-storey cottage for 4

    In a superb setting, overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay, and a few hundred yards from a sandy beach, this charming 150 year old fishermans cottage has undergone tasteful renovation. From the rear patio a flight of steps leads to a large lawned garden affording panoramic views. You are on the ’Seven Heads’ walking route, and just one mile from Courtmacsherry village. Sailing, canoeing, horse riding and angling locally. The colourful town of Clonakilty, 9 miles, offers golf, cinema and a model railway village. Excellent touring, including Kinsale, Blarney, Cork city, and the entire spectacular coastline. Fishing available nearby. Shop 1¼ miles and pub serving food (open at weekends all year, and full time June-Sep) 1 mile. Restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. Tiled floor throughout.

    NSH, power, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electricity hob and oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Friday to Friday. No smoking. No children under 7 years. NB: Low front doorway. 10 steps in garden.

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  • Strand Cottage

    Derrybeg, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W32262

    This detached, dog friendly cottage is situated in a beautiful location on the Wild Atlantic Way, on a coast of golden sandy beaches, rocky coves with a backdrop of mountains and hills, overlooked by the majestic Mount Errigal. This is a magical coastline of blue sea interspersed with little islands which can be reached by boat. Walkers and climbers can explore the many hills and glens throughout this area, and sea fishing is available from the jetty. Famous for its musical heritage producing world class musicians such as Enya, Clannad and Daniel O’Donnell. Pubs providing traditional music and restaurants are all in the locality, and a 9-hole golf course and beach are a few hundred yards from the cottage. For days out visit Dunlewy Heritage Centre with an animal farm, adventure playground, boat rides and more, Glenveagh National park and Ards Forest Park. On wet days, why not spend a day indoors at the local hotel health club with swimming pool and kids soft play club? Oakfield Park makes a great family day out. Beach ½ mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with breakfast bar. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room and electricity by €1 meter. Oil central heating included (€20 per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Lawned garden with sitting-out area. Garden furniture on request. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Sweetbriar Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W32003

    Situated just one mile from the ’picture postcard’ fishing village of Kilmore Quay, with its whitewashed thatched cottages, colourful marina and sandy beaches, this attractive, stone terraced cottage offers an excellent holiday base. Forming part of a barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ dairy farm and B&B, Sweetbriar enjoys a rural outlook as well as distant sea views out towards the Saltee Islands. Kilmore Quay offers superb seafood restaurants fresh from the daily catch, traditional pubs, a children’s playground, sandy coves, boat hire and trips across to the Saltee Islands and enjoy the stunning Ballyteige Burrow nature reserve which originates from the last Ice Age and extends to some 5½ miles of sand dunes and wildlife. A little further afield, vibrant Wexford Town (founded by the Vikings 800AD) 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: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Spring Well Cottage

    Tuosist, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: ZJ7

    In an idyllic setting on the Beara Peninsula by the Kenmare river, this detached property offers a tranquil location to enjoy the panoramic views over the river, open sea and the mountains beyond. Light and airy, with three patio doors leading off the living room into landscaped gardens, it makes a peaceful holiday base for enjoying wonderful walking, cycling, golf, horse riding and water sports. The Healy Pass, sub-tropical gardens at Derreen House and Gleninchaquin Waterfall are easily reached and within driving distance are Killarney, the Iveragh Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. Kenmare 12 miles. Sailing/water sport adventure centre near Kenmare. Shop 2 miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: L-shaped living/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Open tread spiral staircase to first floor: Large landing. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, electric shower and toilet.

    Wood-burning/multi-fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Cycle store. NB: The garden is steeply sloping, has a small, unfenced pond and steep steps.

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  • Spanish Cove Apartment

    Kilkee, Co. Clare

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32172

    Kilkee is a fantastic family holiday destination. In addition to its fantastic beach, Kilkee is home to Waterworld, an indoor aqua park open during summer, and a ‘Pitch and Putt’ in the town centre, which has a great selection of restaurants and pubs.
    There are plenty of outdoor activities for all ages on offer in the immediate area, such as diving at the local Oceanlife Dive Centre, which holds courses for all levels of ability, surfing at Kilkee Surf School, a variety of watersports at Nevasail Watersports, which include sailing, powerboating and fishing, both shore and deep sea. Golfers can enjoy some breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean while playing at Kilkee Golf Club. The famous Doonbeg Golf Club is only 10 minutes away and Lahinch Golf Club is 30 minutes away.
    Kilkee is a long established seaside holiday resort. In the Victorian era, seaweed baths were very popular, these have since been replaced by the Thalasso Therapy Centre, which offers a variety of treatments ranging from the traditional to state of the art.
    This part of the Clare coastline is particularly dramatic and there are some really stunning walks along the cliffs. The area is popular with bird watchers, and nearby Loop Head is particularly scenic with the added advantage of being slightly off the main tourist trail. For a change from the sandy beach, why not head to the Pollock Holes, three naturally enclosed rock pools which are ideal for bathing.
    Spanish Cove self-catering accommodation in Kilkee is a really great base for exploring both Co. Clare and North Kerry, made accessible by the Tarbet Ferry. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

    14 steps to entrance: All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Patio. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Ocean 440 yards away.

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  • Mullinakill School

    Mullinakill, Co. Kilkenny

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32265


    This beautifully restored, detached former village school dates back to 1895 and offers a unique and interesting base from which to enjoy the stunning south Kilkenny countryside. Oozing character and charm inside, whilst outside the terraced gardens and seating areas boast stunning panoramic views stretching for miles. Saint Moling’s Holy Well, an area of natural and stunning beauty, is close to the cottage. It is a peaceful retreat and its holy water has been known to cure in the past. Within a 10-minute drive is the picturesque riverside village of Inistioge, known as the ’Jewel of the South East’ and where many films have been made, including ’Circle of Friend’, ’Widows Peak’ and ’The Secret Scripture’. The cottage lies 15 minutes from the main Waterford to Dublin motorway, and Mount Juliet with its fine golf course. The neighbouring counties of Waterford and Wexford can be reached within 20 minutes. New Ross is close by with its famous Dunbrody Famine Ship and visitor centre, and of course the John F. Kennedy Monument and Memorial Park. Wexford has some beautiful beaches to explore, or visit Reginald’s Tower Exhibition Centre and a crystal factory with guided tours at Waterford. For hill walking, the South Leinster Way is nearby, and for fishing, there are great fishing villages on the River Nore. A little further a field is vibrant medieval Kilkenny city, where numerous festivals are held throughout the year, including Cat’s Laugh Comedy, Roots Music and art festivals to name but a few. It offers fine dining and traditional music including one of Ireland’s most haunted pubs! Shop and pub 3½ miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    2 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With multi-fuel burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Open-tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for multi-fuel burner included. Cot and highchair available on request. Lawned front garden. Terraced rear garden with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a water supply from a well, and there are several steps in the rear garden and a unfenced drop.

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Coach House 1

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32278

    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.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and tiled floor.
    Dining area. With tiled floor.
    Kitchen area: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Shared courtyard with sitting out area. Garden furniture. Private parking for 2 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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  • The Cottage

    Clonbur, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W6706

    Splendid views of valley, lakes and plains

    Detached cottage for 2/4

    This traditional hillside cottage, on the side of Mount Gable, has panoramic views over mountains and the noted fishing lake of Lough Mask whilst Lough Corrib, famous for fishing is close by.

    One can walk directly to the summit of Mount Gable and savour mountain, lakes and ocean views. The stable door entrance, small windows and thick walls are reminiscent of yesteryear, whilst cosy furnishings complement the simplicity of the property and its surroundings. There are miles of unspoilt roads in the area, perfect for walkers.

    The attractions of the Connemara National Park and the buzz of Galway city centre are within easy driving distance. Shop, pubs and restaurants 2.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 galleried with double futon leading to 1 double.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Lawned garden with furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Courtyard Cottages, Rosnastraw - 1 Courtyard Cottages

    Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31984

    These fantastic stone-built, terraced holiday cottages have been painstakingly restored to a very good standard. They are south facing on a quiet and tranquil road, adjacent to the owner’s home, only 5 minutes from the historic village of Tinahely. Each cottage has 2 bedrooms, a woodburner and central heating. They enjoy the most beautiful views of Croghan Mountain and the Logan Valley. Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny are all close enough to explore. Golf, horse riding and walking are all available locally and Coolattin Golf Club is only 10 minutes away. The 6th-century monastic site of Glendalough, one of Ireland’s most famous heritage sites, is close by. There are plenty of other attractions to visit including historic houses, gardens and heritage attractions such as Ballybeg House and Avondale House. Shops and restaurant 8 miles, pubs 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area and patio doors. First floor: 2 bedrooms, both with Velux: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux. Wooden floors throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared courtyard. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from well. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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  • Apartment One

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31631

    In the heart of the seaside village of Duncannon, this delightful home is ideal for a relaxing break and is just a 100 yard stroll down to the vast golden beach, pubs, restaurant, quaint fishing harbour and historic fort. This scenic area boasts numerous attractions including the Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, the Dunbrody Famine Ship plus the JFK Arboretum and Kilmakee Gardens. Waterford Crystal and Kilkenny Castle are also recommended. Shops and pubs 100 yards.

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

    Electricity storage heaters, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Patio. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Rockwell Cottage

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32041

    Rockwell Cottage enjoys a wonderful location on the Wild Atlantic Way on the beautiful Beara Peninsula with spectacular sea and mountain views from its elevated site. Situated 12 miles away from the heritage town of Kenmare, near the borders of Cork and Kerry, this single-storey holiday cottage offers access to the glorious scenery of both these counties. Airy and spacious, the views are maximised from the floor to ceiling windows. Locally, enjoy fabulous walks, cycling, water sports, fishing, golf and horse riding. Visit the subtropical gardens at Dereen House or the beautiful lakes and waterfall at Gleninchaquin. Take some time to discover the magnificent scenery of the Healy Pass, the Iveragh Peninsula, Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula. Shop 2 miles, pub 2½ miles and restaurant 8 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Gas, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair (on request). Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden with furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. NB: Small water run-off drain and unprotected drops in garden.

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  • Ballyconneely Holiday Cottage

    Ballyconneely, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32209

    Ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way, just a few minutes’ walk from the lovely sandy beach of Bunowen Beach, this detached holiday cottage is situated on a small site with other similar properties. Nestled between the hills of Connemara and within walking distance of Connemara Golf Club, it is perfect for those who like outdoor persuits. While there is a bar and restaurant in the golf club, the closest pub is in Ballyconneely village, together with a small grocery store, just 3 miles away. Clifden, 10 miles, is a market town with major supermarkets and many lovely shops, art galleries and a tremendous choice of wonderful restaurants serving freshly caught fish. Traditional Irish music and dance is very vibrant in the area, with many sessions in pubs and community centres. The Connemara Pony Show is held every August and the Arts Festival every September, both being very popular attractions. There is a pony trekking centre in Ballyconneely, where bike hire is also available. For those wishing to explore the area, the beautiful Kylemore Abbey in Renvyle, with its magnificent gardens, is a lovely trip. Visit the Connemara National Park with fantastic walking routes, or take a trip to Galway city. Beach ½ mile. Shop and pub 3 miles, restaurant ½ mile.

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

    Woodburner in dining room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio with furniture. Shared grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars).

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