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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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  • Ballagh Court Cottages - The Farmhouse

    Adamstown, Co. Wexford.

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W31912

    Ballagh Court Cottages (refs W31912, W31913, W31914 and W32282) are tucked away in an idyllic rural spot, yet within easy reach of stunning beaches, picturesque fishing villages and the numerous tourist attractions that sunny Wexford has to offer. Approached via a tree-lined driveway, these attractive holiday properties are set around a central courtyard and guests are warmly welcomed by the owners who live on site, together with their array of animals, including chickens, ducks and pot-bellied pigs! The Farmhouse (ref W31912) and The Granary (ref W32282) which date back to the 19th-century, have been lovingly restored retaining traditional features, whilst the other detached properties offer a contemporary feel. All properties (except The Farmhouse) enjoy an enclosed private garden. Additionally, all holiday properties have the use of a large shared car park, children’s playground and picnic area with barbecue for those long summer evenings. Shops and pubs 2.5 miles, restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Step to...
    Living room: With wood burner, Freeview TV, CD player and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and step to en-suite with corner bath, shower attachment, bidet and toilet.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Initial fuel for wood burner included. Shared barbecue.

    Bed linen and towels included. Oil central heating, gas and electricity by meter reading. Cot and highchair available on request. Shared grounds with patio, sitting-out area, play area and garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a well.

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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 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 Gate House

    Kenmare, Co. Kerry

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: ZA6

    Retaining lots of character, this 200-year-old house, with its own garden, was originally built as a gardener’s cottage and still boasts its external stone stairs. Set within the 3-acre landscaped grounds with another holiday home, it benefits from use of the hard tennis court of Muxnal Lodge (Bed and Breakfast). Guests also have use of free wi-fi in the owners adjacent B&B. With quiet walking from the doorstep, the property backs onto a country lane and is ideal for touring the Beara Peninsula. Wooded Gleninchaquin, with its lake and waterfall, nearby. Horse riding can be found close by. Kenmare with pubs and shop, 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with pine dresser. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €20per week June-August, €30per week September-May. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (in separate building). Dishwasher. Small garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared large landscaped grounds with sloping banks. Barbecue. Cycle store. Tennis court. NB: External steps lead from twin bedroom to garden.

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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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  • 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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  • Durrus Holiday Homes

    Durrus, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W32066

    At the heart of the picturesque village of Durrus, this terraced holiday home is ideally situated close to the shops, pubs and restaurants in the vicinity. Your location at the head of Dunmanus Bay, on the Wild Atlantic Way, gives a choice of exploring the spectacular Sheep’s Head (awarded European Tourist Destination of Excellence title) or Mizen Peninsulas. The Sheep’s Head Way has many loop walks, there’s a cycle route, a private garden open to the public and a cookery school. Horse riding, sailing and kayaking are also available within a short distance. From Schull get a ferry to Cape Clear Island or a Fastnet Rock tour. Visit the glorious beach at Barley Cove close to Mizen Head. Bantry, 6 miles, has 18-hole golf, cinema, leisure centre, and Bantry House which is the venue for internationally renowned music festivals. There are many local artisan food and craft products. Shop and pub serving food 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single (2ft 6in for child) with Velux, all with wooden floors. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request at cost. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Small garden with patio and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Rainbow Cottage

    Glengarriff, Co. Cork

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W31824

    This charming, detched, single storey holiday cottage is set in a position of great natural beauty overlooking Glengarriff Harbour. Spacious, bright and tastefully presented, it also enjoys a mature garden with sloping lawns. You are just 1 mile from Glengarriff village, on the Atlantic Way, which is renowned for its setting amid harbour shore, wooded valley and hills. You are at the gateway to the spectacular Beara Peninsula, and within 20 miles of Kenmare via the Caha Pass. Other highlights include Gougane Barra National Park and the Sheep’s Head and Mizen Peninsulas. Bantry is 10 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor and beams. Dining room with wooden floor and beams/kitchen with tiled floor and beams. Sun room. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, each with wooden floor. Bathroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity €50per week. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sloping lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Natural water supply from borehole. Ground floor facilities.

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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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  • Spiddal, Co. Galway

    Spiddal, Co. Galway

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W6008

    An ideal base for touring Connemara.

    Apartment for 4.

    Just seven miles from Galway City, this detached, white washed apartment is adjacent to the owner’s property, and located in the heart of Ireland’s Irish speaking region, ’An Gaeltacht’.

    Adequately furnished with a pine kitchenette and open plan living area and surrounded by mature gardens. Situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, it is an ideal base for touring Connemara with a wealth of activities and attractions nearby including Furbo Beach (one of many), and the Salthill and Spiddal Holiday Resort.

    Golfing, fishing and bog walks are also popular in the area. Pub and beach, 10 minutes walk.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Shower room wth toilet.

    Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Washing machine. Mature gardens with furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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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 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 with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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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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  • Mill Road Farm Cottages - Innish Cottage

    Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W32005

    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: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with 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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