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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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  • Millbrook Farm

    Annacarty, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W32030

    This quaint holiday home lies on the edge of Annacarty village with stunning views of the Galtee Mountains. It is adjacent to the owner’s own home where they run a dairy farm and is almost equidistant from historic Cashel, 11 miles and Tipperary town, 8 miles. There is much to explore in the locality including Rock of Cashel, Swiss Cottage, Holy Cross Abbey, Cahir Castle as well as numerous festivals including Brú Ború traditional Irish festival (June to Aug), Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival (June) and Pride of Tipperary (July). Shannon airport is only 1 hour away, and Cork airport is 90 minutes. Shop, pub and tea room 500 yards, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ramp to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms with oak floor, one with en-suite toilet. Wet room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (€20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer in external shed. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, shared lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Wheelchair access.

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  • Chloe’s Country Cottages - Uncle Tom’s Barn

    Poulmaloe, nr. Whitechurch, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32057

    On the outskirts of Whitechurch village and a 600-yard stroll from the river Barrow, these beautifully converted former barns enjoy a peaceful, rural setting, yet they are only a few minutes’ drive from the quayside town of New Ross (7 miles), with plenty of interest including the Dunbrody Famine Ship, Ros Tapestry and a galley cruising restaurant! The owners are on site where they run an arable farm and have managed to retain the holiday cottages’ period charm with beamed ceilings throughout, original stone walls and cosy wood or electric burning stoves. Each has its own private patio garden as well as a large lawned area for guest use, as well as one being wheelchair friendly (Mill Cottage, ref W32056). Just 2 miles down the road is the Kennedy Homestead and Aboretum (over 4500 plant varieties) which are well worth a visit. There are plenty of quaint fishing villages and coves to explore, including the vast sandy beach at seaside Duncannon (9 miles) and numerous activities, including coarse fishing at Oaklands Lake, 3-par golf course, horse riding and sailing, all within a 10-mile radius. Shop and restaurant 3½ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with beams.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Enclosed courtyard and furniture.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Shared play area. Ample parking. Natural water supply from well. No smoking.

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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 - 2 Courtyard Cottages

    Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31985

    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. Dining room/kitchen with 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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  • The Granary

    Lismore, Co. Waterford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W31407

    Good touring base.

    Semi detached cottage for 4.

    This charming property is on a cattle, sheep and fruit farm surrounded by glorious countryside and overlooking fields leading down to the River Bride. The historic town of Lismore, 4 miles, and Tallow, 2 miles. Meet Rosie the donkey, watch the animals grazing or wander through the fields to the river where you can fish for trout. Lismore is a a former winner of Ireland’s tidiest town and has a fairytale castle, millennium park and walks by the river and in the woods. West Waterford boasts picturesque mountains, forests, the lush Nire Valley and the scenic Blackwater estuary. There are numerous beaches including the Blue Flag beach at Clonea Strand - Dungarvan, and the 5 mile long beach at Youghal. Day trips include Blarney Castle and the famous stone, the Jameson Whiskey Centre, St Declans Tower and Waterford Crystal. Bride Valley Farm is just 1.5 miles from the N72 making it ideal for touring Cork, Waterford and Tipperary. Cork Airport, 40 miles. Golf and horse riding locally. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    This charming cottage adjoining the farmhouse (ref W31576) has panoramic views of glorious countryside. It has been completely renovated and features wooden ceilings and floors, an open fire in the living room and TVs in the bedrooms.

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

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity (€5per day June-August, €6per day September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Paved sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Can be booked with W31576.

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  • Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
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    1
    Ref: W5812

    Overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay.

    Terraced house for 4.

    A delightful, charmingly furnished house with a small enclosed gravel garden and patio, is in an idyllic underwood holiday setting, on the edge of this picturesque seaside village with glorious panoramic views of Courtmacsherry Bay, and is ideally located for exploring Cork and Kerry. Only 8 miles away is colourful Clonakilty, with its lively shops and restaurants. The gourmet town of Kinsale is also within easy driving distance. The area has numerous sandy beaches making this the perfect place to relax and unwind. It is an ideal walking area and the upper harbour is a bird-watcher’s paradise. Water sports, sea angling, golf, horse riding and tennis are all available locally. The location, which is close to the Wild Atlantic Way, makes an ideal base for exploring wild and wonderful West Cork. Shop 2¼ miles, pub ½ mile, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH and electricity included (€25 per week October-March). Open fire. Bed linen and towels included. Free to air TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Parking (2 cars). Small enclosed garden and patio.

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  • Drishane Cottage

    Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: ZCC

    Standing alone on a secluded headland, with views and direct access to a sandy beach below, this cosy old holiday cottage has been sympathetically renovated to a very good standard, retaining all of its considerable charm and character. It lies within the Loch Hyne Special Area of Conservation, and has its own natural garden, with lovely coastal walks from the doorstep. Lough Hyne, 4 miles, is an inland sea lake with marine nature reserve and forest walks. There are delightful coastal villages along this section of the Wild Atlantic Way, such as Baltimore, Castletownshend, Union Hall and Glandore, where you will have numerous opportunities to take part in watersports. From Baltimore, you can get ferries to Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands, or take a trip to Fastnet Rock. Skibbereen is just under 4 miles away and has a very good choice of pubs, restaurants and shops, along with an 18-hole golf course, heritage centre and farmers’ country markets on Friday and Saturday. Shop and restaurant 3¾ miles, pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with rugs on quarry-tiled floor/kitchen. Separate toilet. Narrow staircase to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with rugs on wooden floor and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living/dining room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. No TV (no reception). CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Natural garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Bun Cill Athat

    Killaha West, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W32213

    Just 2½ miles from the beautiful heritage town of Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way, and surrounded by gently sloped mountainside where wild deer roam, this attractive detached holiday home offers lovely views of Kenmare Bay and the distant mountains. With spacious living areas which offer access to the patio and views, this house makes a very comfortable base to discover the beauty of this part of the country. Kenmare offers a great selection of fine restaurants, great cafés, many craft shops and traditional pubs. Watersports, horse riding, golfing and fishing are all available locally and this area abounds with wonderful walks. Further afield, discover the beautiful lakes of Killarney, the majestic Dingle Peninsula, the monastic settlement on the Skellig Islands and the rugged landscape of West Cork. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and wooden floor/kitchen with breakfast bar and tiled floor. 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet (also accessed from hall).

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Small unfenced pond in sloping garden.

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Garden Cottage

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32276

    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 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:
    Living/dining room: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: Farmhouse style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom 1: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom 2: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Large lawned courtyard with patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden and a lake 500 yards away.

    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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  • Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Killarney, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W5806

    Tranquil countryside and mountain views.

    Detached cottage for 4.

    Step back in time and enjoy the tranquillity of this traditional cottage located 3 miles from Killarney. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, this detached holiday cottage has been restored and retains many traditional features along with modern day comforts. The living room boasts a woodburner, while the original kitchen flagstones have been used to create a charming little patio at the rear. This is a wonderful location in which to relax and unwind, but less than three miles from the renowned town of Killarney. Visit the beautiful lakes and the Killarney National Park, where deer roam freely. Discover Muscross House and Gardens, Ross Castle and Torc Waterfall. Take a jaunting cart and boat trip to the spectacular Gap of Dunloe. Further afield is the county town of Tralee, with its many museums and Waterworld. A day out to the spectacular Dingle Peninsula is also a must. Horse riding is available nearby and this is an ideal base for golf. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (€20per week September-June). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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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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  • Dingle Courtyard Cottages - Dingle Courtyard - Five

    Dingle, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W32192

    In a delightful, quiet courtyard setting with distant views over Dingle Bay, these 5 holiday properties (references W32188, W32189, W32190, W32191 and W32192) lie just a short walk from the heart of the town. Perfect for any visitor, Dingle itself is a vibrant town boasting fine restaurants and traditional pubs, with many offering music. Irish design at its best is featured in the many fine craft shops and galleries. There are a number of sea safaris on offer in the area, taking visitors out to visit Dingle’s most famous inhabitant, Fungie the dolphin, and to the stunning Blasket Islands. The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles in to the Atlantic Ocean and offers some truly breathtaking views of the coastline, which consists of steep cliffs and sandy beaches. Beach 4 miles. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 25" Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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