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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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  • 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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  • Apartment 2

    Duncannon, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W31216

    Adjacent to beach in seaside village

    First floor apartment for 4

    This delightful first floor apartment has a stunning sea front location and boasts magnificent views of Duncannon Bay and beach, enabling you to relax on the sofa and watch ships sail by. There is a picturesque harbour and historic fort to explore nearby, and golf, fishing, riding and various watersports are all available locally. This area boasts many interesting attractions including the Hook Lighthouse, Tintern Abbey, the Dunbrody Famine Ship and both the J.F.K Arboretum and Kilmakee Gardens. A visit to Waterford Crystal via the Ballyhack Ferry is highly recommended. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchenette. 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (for 1 car).

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  • Lackaroe

    Portroe, Co. Tipperary

    Grade
    4
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: ZUF

    Set on the eastern shores of Lough Derg at Castlelough, this charming traditional cottage, with its own private garden, has been lovingly restored to retain its old-world character. Furnished in old pine, with quarry-tiled floors and two loft-style bedrooms much loved by children, and a first floor living/TV room, it makes a delightful holiday base for families, fishermen, or those who simply want to get away from it all! There are fascinating historical sites to visit, lovely forest walks and pony trekking on the Lough Derg Way, while the nearby villages and towns offer plenty of pubs and restaurants for evening entertainment. Pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Second living room. 2 loft-style single bedrooms with low ceiling (alternative sleeping for children).

    Solid fuel stove in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. High chair. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • The White Cottage

    Leap, near Rosscarbery, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W32288


    This light filled, detached cottage enjoys spacious living accommodation and a private decked sitting-out area. The property is situated within the grounds of the owner’s home and is set in a rural area surrounded by pleasant pastureland. It is 4½ miles from the pretty village of Leap in West Cork, and 6 miles from the village of Rosscarbery. Within easy reach, there are beautiful sandy beaches and additional delightful coastal villages, such as Glandore, Union Hall, Castletownshend and Baltimore, all situated along the Wild Atlantic Way. West Cork has an array of tourist attractions, from water sports, fishing, whale watching and island visits, to walking routes, garden trails, farmers’ markets and food, music and literary festivals. You are also located between the busy market towns of Skibbereen, 11 miles, and Clonakilty, 14 miles. The magnificent Mizen, Sheep’s Head and Beara Peninsulas give an additional flavour of the wonderful scenery in this corner of Ireland. Kinsale, the city of Cork and Blarney Castle are other fantastic options for day trips. Beach 6½ miles. Shop and restaurant 4½ miles, pub 2½ miles.

    Step to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, double sofa bed, tiled floor and French doors leading to decked sitting-out area.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tiled floor and French doors.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With double bed, low ceiling, laminate floor and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity €40 per week. Bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Decked sitting-out area with garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • McCready’s Cottage

    Lettermacaward, Co. Donegal

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W31500

    Just off the N56, on the edge of the picturesque village of Lettermacaward, you will find this charming traditional holiday cottage. Surrounded by lakes and hills this peaceful setting is the ideal haven to enjoy the tranquillity of this scenic area. This is a great area for walking, as there are many waymarked trails through the mountains and hills. With its nearby lakes and the majestic Gweebara River there are lots of opportunities for the avid fisherman. The long golden strand of Dooey Beach is a definite must for beach lovers and is popular with surfers. For an enjoyable day out visit Glenveagh National Park and Dunlewy Lakeside Centre. Nearest shops, pubs and restaurants are in Lettermacaward, 2km.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 1 double bedroom with additional double bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (fuel included). Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electricity by €2 coin meter. Travel cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB. Fenced stream at bottom of drive.

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  • Ferry Lodge

    Fossa, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W5921

    Ideal touring location.

    Detached single storey cottage for 4.

    This detached holiday cottage, which is decorated, furnished and well-equipped to a very good standard, is situated on its own private grounds on the famous Ring of Kerry route 4 miles from Killarney. This cosy, inviting little gem is en route to the scenic Gap of Dunloe, the famous Kate Kearney’s cottage and the majestic McGillycuddy’s Reeks, which includes Ireland’s highest mountain peak, Carrantuohill. It is convenient to Killarney’s lakes, many golf courses and leisure centres and is ideally situated for all outdoor activities including walking (The Kerry Way), hill walking, mountain climbing, horse riding, pony trekking and fishing with permits available nearby. 30-minute drive from Kerry County Airport. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Study. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Cycle store. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Chloe’s Country Cottages - Rose Cottage

    Poulmaloe, nr. Whitechurch, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W32058

    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.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Patio 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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  • Kilmore, Co. Wexford

    Kilmore, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W6707

    15 Miles from Rosslare Harbour.

    Semi-detached bungalow for 4.

    This delightful holiday home is in a lane one mile from the village of Bridgetown and six miles from the picturesque fishing harbour of Kilmore Quay where there is a wide choice of restaurants and bars. It is attached to the owner’s home and is well furnished and decorated. There is plenty to explore including wonderful golden sandy beaches, historic sites, such as Tintern Abbey and the Hook Lighthouse. Fishing, golf, horse riding and boat trips are available locally. A good base for touring both Wexford and Waterford. Shop and pub 1¼ miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity (€30per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Belle Isle Estate - Lime Cottage

    Lisbellaw, near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W32281

    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: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and velux window.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Shared external utility room with washing machine. Shared courtyard. Sitting out area and 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 Courtyard 1

    Fota, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: W31603

    These wonderful holiday homes nestle together in the picturesque grounds of the Fota Island Resort, which is on scenic Fota Island, just 6 miles from Cork city. The island, which is linked by a causeway, is home to Ireland’s only wildlife park as well as the historic Fota House with its famous gardens and is just off the N25 making it conveniently located for exploring southern Ireland.
    The resort is within a 780-acre country estate with tree lined avenues of oak and sycamore, and is a place of natural beauty where life runs at a more leisurely pace. It is ideal for a relaxing break as the spa boasts an indoor heated swimming pool, as well as a fitness suite (both complimentary to all lodge residents) and offers 60 different therapy treatments including hydrotherapy, all at extra charge.
    For golf lovers, the resort has its own golf club which was home to the Irish open in 2001, 2002 and 2014, and offers outstanding facilities including magnificent 27 hole championship golf course and a ’state of the art’ Golf Academy with resident PGA professionals who can be booked for private tuition. (Golf green fees and private tuition at resident rates). The adjacent club house has a shop and bar and also serves food. There are also tennis courts, a children’s playground and a number of mapped walking and jogging trails.
    Cork is Ireland’s second city, and was European Capital of Culture in 2006, and is home to many galleries, museums, theatres, and of course, wonderful shops and restaurants. The area boasts many historic attractions including the Titanic Museum at Cobh, the Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre and a visit to Blarney Castle with the world famous Blarney Stone is highly recommended.
    East Cork has a wealth of golden beaches and rocky coves with fishing opportunities. The historic and extremely picturesque town of Kinsale, which is 26 miles, has many things to do both on and off the water. Boat trips, horse riding and fishing are all available locally. The hotel has two excellent restaurants and a bar which serves food.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floors/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Patio and sitting-out area.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Shared, indoor heated swimming pool, available 8am - 9pm, access for children between 9am-11am and 4pm-6pm (July-August 9am-12pm and 4pm-7pm) only. Shared hammam (Turkish baths), Jacuzzi, sauna and salt therapy room. No smoking.

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  • Heir Island Holiday Homes - The Old Barn

    Heir Island, nr. Skibbereen, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W31991

    These detached holiday properties are located on beautiful Heir Island, in Roaring Water Bay in West Cork, on part of the Wild Atlantic Way route, and are perfect for those seeking a unique holiday experience. The Old Barn (ref W31991) is a fantastic barn conversion sleeping a maximum of 4 people, and Timmy’s Cottage (ref W32124) was named after the owner’s grandfather and sleeps a maximum of 8 people. Your unique holiday experience begins with setting aside the car on the mainland (free parking) and taking the four-minute ferry crossing to the island (small charge). From here you can explore the island on foot or on bicycle. There is a grocery delivery service available, by prior arrangement, 3 times a week. There is a sandy beach, a sailing school, a bakery and bread school, and resident artists’ studios. There is no pub but there is a restaurant that’s widely known. There are fishing opportunities, boat trips to other islands or a pizza and pint evening in Baltimore. With ferries running every two hours from 8am until 6pm (sometimes later in summer), you can experience the delights of the mainland. Skibbereen is 8 miles. Shop 8 miles (on mainland), pub 2½ miles (on mainland), restaurant ¾ mile (open mid-June to mid-September, no children).

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. Most rooms with tiled floor.

    Cot. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Terrace and furniture.

    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. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: From the pier it is approximately a 15-20 minute walk to the cottage. By arrangement you can be driven to the cottage.

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  • Cara Cottage 1

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: W6892

    Lovely countryside.

    Semi-detached bungalow for 4.

    With a delightful stream running through the garden, this wonderfully scenic location of this semi-detached cottage creates an ideal holiday base for discovering the beautiful Kenmare area. As the ’Kerry Way Walking Route’ passes to the rear of the cottage, the walker is well catered for and the winding, country route will take you right into the lovely heritage town of Kenmare (2½ miles). The Ring of Kerry golf course is close by, with another in Kenmare itself, and just a few of the other local activities on offer include horse riding, watersports, fishing or the ’Seafari’ experience on the Kenmare Bay. Apart from the local scenery, the Ring of Kerry route (½ mile) will take you through some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery including Killarney (20 miles), with its world famous lakes and mountains to be explored. The Beara Peninsula, Glengarriff and Garnish Island make wonderful outings, as does a trip to the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Shops and restaurant 2½ miles, pub 2¾ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity (€25per week). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Unfenced stream in steeply sloping garden, children must be supervised.

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