Everyone must experience a getaway to an Irish holiday home at least once in their lifetime. This article highlights 20 absolutely amazing holiday homes which are actually available to the public for bookings all year round. Enjoy.
20. Clonbur, Lough Corrib, County Galway
This is one of 2 properties boasting a superb location on an elevated site overlooking Lough Corrib and the Connemara mountains 3 miles from the beautiful Clonbur village.
It is beautifully furnished inside providing all the comforts of home with the added bonus of a private pier/jetty, with boats and motors available for rental from the owner. This peaceful retreat is the an ideal base for touring spectacular Connemara and for larger family get togethers why not also book 11366 which is next door.
19. Carna, Connemara, County Galway
Located 45 miles outside Galway City this absolutely stunning house sits on the edge of the Atlantic with fantastic sea views. The small village of Carna with its seasonal hotel, couple of pubs and a shop is 4 miles, whilst Clifden the capital of Connemara is 30 miles and Roundstone harbour village is 20 miles. A wonderful house for a large party with ample living space for entertaining and free wireless internet access for your enjoyment.
18. Fanore, Galway Bay, County Clare
This fantastic 17 man holiday home is located 1 mile from Manorhamilton and 9 miles from lively Sligo town. The open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area are nicely decorated with all mod cons and the open fire and solid fuel stove make it warm and welcoming.
The house enjoys fantastic views of the Benbulben mountain and Bonnett river, where Salmon can be fished. Lots to do from golfing to fishing, shooting to horse riding or relax and enjoy traditional Irish music played locally.
17. Ferns, Sunny South East Coast, County Wexford
Located in 7 acres of mature gardens and just half a mile from the pretty town of Ferns is this charming ensemble of cottages around a private courtyard with superb function rooms on site. It offers parties of up to 27 guests accommodation in 12 bedrooms spread over 6 individual cottages and provides a fantastic private venue for your function or gathering.
16. Kilmaine, Joyce Country, County Mayo
This traditional medieval Irish Castle is situated in 16 acres of walled meadow and lawned gardens located 2 miles from Kilmaine, 4 miles from Ballinrobe and 10 miles from Cong. Spread over 5 floors this castle has been stunningly decorated and tastefully finished to incorporate the medieval feel with modern conveniences like Wi-Fi internet access.
It is an ideal location for a family get together or an intimate wedding with a chapel on site and an oak table in the Great Hall which can seat up to 25, ideal for a banquet.
15. Newport, Clew Bay, County Mayo
This luxury property is located on 13 acres in a fantastic seafront location, 5 miles from Newport, 6 miles from the lively town of Westport.
The property is architecturally designed split level with the added bonus of the extensive lounge on the first floor to take full advantage of the wonderful views and is complete with a mini-bar, snooker table and balcony. It is an ideal location for a relaxing breakaway.
14. Belturbet, Lough Erne, County Cavan
This delightful thatched house is situated on the island of Innishmuck, accessible by road just 5.5 miles from Belturbet and 12.5 miles from Cavan Town. Nicely finished resplendent in wood perfect for six persons but with sleeping accommodation for nine.
It enjoys its own feature bar and counter – the owner can organise kegs for an additional charge. For keen fisherman the lake is a mere stroll away noted for its bream, roach, hybrids, skimmers, trench, perch and pike fish. A 19-foot boat with 5hp engine is for hire. Locally there is golf, horseriding, and the Cavan Burren.
13. Portstewart, Antrim Coast, County Derry
Boasting a super location overlooking the River Bann as it meanders into the sea at Portstewart Strand is this stunning home, which is reminiscent of “Wuthering Heights” and is 1 mile from the picturesque Portstewart.
Recently renovated to a very high standard this gem comes with all mod cons including free broadband internet access, providing excellent family accommodation. This is an ideal base for visiting all the attractions the Antrim and Derry coast has to offer.
12. Astee, Ballybunion, County Kerry
This is a delightful holiday home situated 5 miles from both Ballybunnion and Ballylongford. A stone’s throw from a very quiet sandy beach that stretches behind the house.It enjoys views over the Shannon estuary and offers free wireless internet access.
Ballybunion has a noted golf links course with dramatic cliff scenery. Great day trips to Killarney, the Dingle peninsula and the Ring of Kerry or take a ferry from Tarbert over to Co Clare to visit the Burren National Park.
11. Omeath, Carlingford Lough, County Louth
This luxury property is located 0.5 miles from Omeath, 5 miles from Newry, 6 miles from Carlingford. Situated overlooking the idyllic Carlingford Lough, this stunning not to be missed residence is ideal for anyone looking for a luxury escape in one of the finest locations that Ireland has to offer. The property offers spacious living areas, internet access via a dongle, American pool table and outdoor hot tub on the decking area.
10. Ballycastle, Atlantic Coast, County Antrim
A beautiful cottage, commanding the most fantastic uninterrupted sea views sweeping round to Rathlin Island. This attractive semi-detached cottage with adjoining two bedroom annex (#9762) is nestled below sheltered cliffs into its own tranquil bay in an area of outstanding natural beauty 1.4 miles from the beautiful town of Ballycastle. The perfect location from which to explore the Antrim coast. Note there is no aerial signal so DVD viewing only.
9. Ballyconneely, Connemara, County Galway
The perfect peaceful home surrounded by spectacular rugged views over the Atlantic Ocean all 50m from the rocky shoreline 4 miles from Ballyconnelly and 8 miles from Clifden, on the famous Connemara coastline. Beautifully and simply furnished throughout and within walking distance of many white sandy beaches.
Bustling Clifden hosts excellent restaurants offering varied syles of cooking and many pubs with nightly entertainment. The cottage makes a great touring base for the West of Ireland, where you can explore all that Connemara has to offer and Galway city is just over an hour away.
8. Barley Cove, West Cork, County Cork
This wonderful beachside villa is in Barley Cove on the Mizzen Head peninsula 4.5 miles from the villages of Goleen and Crookhaven. The open plan living area is full of natural light and features a front and rear patio area to BBQ, relax and enjoy the wonderful sea views.
On-site there is a seasonal (April-Sept) bar and restaurant with a decking area. Nearby there is surfing, horse trekking, bird watching, sea angling, boating, sailing, and cycling. Spectacular local scenery includes the 400-foot cliffs of Mizen Head and an award-winning Maritime Museum and Heritage Attraction.
7. Aglish, Dungarvan Harbour, County Waterford
Pretty as a picture, you will be immediately smitten by this wonderful two bedroomed traditional thatched cottage located one mile from the centre of Aglish village. Recently re-thatched, the cosy interior is charming. A solid timber stable door sets the traditional tone as you enter the cottage.
The living room/kitchen boasts a large ornate fireplace. The fitted kitchen is compact and functional, with a small window that looks out to the rear garden. A very pleasant part of Ireland within easy driving distance of Youghal, Cork and Waterford.
6. Glengarriff, Beara Peninsula, County Cork
A delightful dormer bungalow in a quiet rural setting, on a small working farm, 2 miles from Glengarriff. The property has a warm and welcoming interior with a large lounge/diner and a 2nd lounge.
There are spectacular views of Bantry Bay, and the surrounding countryside, with beautiful walks on your doorstep. The farm has cattle, free-range hens and turkeys, a donkey and a miniature pony! Explore the Beara Peninsula or travel to Killarney and Cork city, only one hour away.
5. Ballycastle, Atlantic Coast, County Antrim
In an area of outstanding natural beauty, this stunning annex enjoys panoramic views of Rathlin Island. It is deceptively spacious and ideally suited for couples. A comfortable combined kitchen/living area has a cosy wood burning stove.
There is no mobile or TV reception but a generous selection of DVD’s is provided. The perfect location from which to explore and enjoy the beautiful North Antrim Coast. From whiskey tasting, to beach walks, golf and scenic drives to visiting local sites including the Giant’s Causeway. Carrickmore Annex is an escape to the coast and a home from home.
4. Clifden, Connemara, County Galway
This secluded stone cottage is walking distance(1 mile) from Clifden town with Ballyconneely 18 hole golf course 5 miles. It boasts spectacular uninterrupted views of the lake.
The patio enjoys stunning views down a sweeping expanse of lawn to Salt Lake- it’s just breathtaking. The house is comfortably furnished and extremely well equipped. You are ideally placed for enjoying the many restaurants, cafes, pubs, with traditional Irish music, variety of beaches and local attractions.
3. Headford, Lough Corrib, County Galway
This gorgeous lakeside cottage adopts an envious location overlooking Lough Corrib famous for its salmon and trout fishing making this an idyllic retreat for anglers yet only 6 miles from lively Headford.
It is tastefully furnished inside with all mod cons and a cosy open fire not to mention a fabulous garden to enjoy a BBQ and take in the splendid view of the lake and surrounding countryside. This cottage makes a wonderful base for anyone wishing to tour the West of Ireland, hill walk, fish, climb or golf.
2. Ardara, Atlantic Coast, County Donegal
This delightful home is situated 3 miles from Ardara village just 14 miles from Killybegs. It is in a stunning location boasting spectacular panoramic views of the Slievetooy Mountains and Maghera Bay.
Nicely furnished throughout it is a perfect family home. A short distance is a fantastic beach with its cave system and the awesome Assaranca Waterfall. A walkers paradise with the Slieve League – Europe’s highest sea cliffs!
1. Ballyconneely, Connemara, County Galway
A truly wonderful thatched cottage, that adopts an envious location, overlooking lake letter shask and mountains and just a half mile from the village of Ballyconneely with pub offering bar food and traditional music.
Just a short walk from the water’s edge and only a few miles from the internationally acclaimed Connemara golf course. This spectacular coastline has much to offer with the popular town of Clifden only 6 miles away which provides pubs, craft shops and restaurants.
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