Renting a cottage in the country in south-east Ireland offers the chance of an idyllic break in a very beautiful corner of the Emerald Isle. The gentle countryside is dotted with pretty villages and creates a dramatic contrast with the spectacular views of the rugged coast. The region is also home to some vibrant towns and cities where modern amenities sit side by side with Ireland’s fascinating history.
South-east Ireland comprises of County Wexford, County Waterford, County Carlow, County Kilkenny and County South Tipperary. Each has its own character and has much to offer holiday makers of all ages and interests. Grab a glimpse into Ireland’s fascinating past in the ancient capital, Kilkenny, where the historic castle, once home to the Earls of Ormond, has stood for nine hundred years and wonder at the ancient buildings atop the Rock of Cashel in South Tipperary, the coronation place of Brian Boru.
Waterford is famous throughout the world for its handcrafted crystal. You can discover how it is made at the Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre and treat yourself to a souvenir of the region. Relax on the Wexford beach of Rosslare, a tranquil expanse of golden sand or for the more adventurous, take part in the water sports on offer there.
Keen sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities will be able to pack their holiday with experiences in the beautiful countryside. Water sports, horse riding, angling, golf, cycling and even hang gliding are just a few of the sporting activities on offer.
For those wanting culture, shops and restaurants, the region’s lively cities offer all this and much more. Perhaps choose Clonmel in South Tipperary with its theatres and frequent live music performances or Kilkenny City for the intriguing mix of contemporary shops and craft and design shops selling everything from traditional jewellery to knitwear.
You will find country cottages in south-east Ireland to suit everyone. Choose from secluded rural cottages with wood burning stoves for a romantic getaway, many with stunning views over the countryside and coast. Or select one of the larger cottages to treat the entire family to a holiday in one of the country cottages in south-east Ireland.
There’s no need to leave your four legged friends behind. Many of the cottages are pleased to welcome dogs and with so many country walks right on the doorstep they too will have a wonderful holiday. All the countryside cottages in south-east Ireland are well equipped, but don’t forget to head to the nearby villages to sample the famous Irish hospitality.