Think traditional cottages with open fires and all mod cons – check out these cosy cottages to rent in Ireland, and get planning your next autumn / winter break.
Now that summer is almost over, its time to start thinking of autumn or winter breaks. We all know how unpredictable our weather can be, so I have chosen some great cosy cottages to rent in Ireland, perfect for relaxing nights in with an open fire.
I have searched various websites to find cottages to rent in Ireland across many counties. All cottages have TVs, a fireplace and WiFi, and many are old cottages that have been beautifully restored – just the type of place I would like myself! Hopefully there will be one here to suit you, and you will be planning your next staycation soon.
1. Beachcombers Cottage, Killybegs, Co. Donegal
Beachcombers Cottage is a modern two-bedroom house located beside the fabulous Fintra Beach in Donegal. The fireplace and a modern 50-inch TV with Netflix, are perfect companions if you fancy cosy nights in, or the town of Killybegs is just 3km away if you want to venture out. If you like hiking, Ireland’s tallest sea cliffs, the Slieve League Sea Cliffs, are just a 20 minute drive away.
2. Bettys Cottage, Gap of Dunloe. Co. Kerry
Located at the famous Gap of Dunloe, and just 8km from Killarney, this has to be one of the most desirable cottages to rent in Ireland. There is WiFi, a TV and an indoor fireplace, but if you fancy a night out, it happens to be located across the road from Kate Kearneys Cottage, which offers traditional Irish music. The local Coffee Pot Café serves a full Irish breakfast every morning too.
3. Hogan’s Cottage, near Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford
This 300 year old stone barn has been beautifully restored containing many original features. The roof timbers were sawn from the owners old pine trees, and the kitchen units were handmade by a local craftsman from their storm felled cedar tree.
However, you will also find it well equipped with strong Wifi, a power shower and a satellite HD TV. There is also a cosy open fire for the long winter nights, but if you fancy exploring, Wexford’s top attractions, including Hook Lighthouse, are just a short drive away. Pets are also welcome.
4. The Studio – Blessington Cottage, Co. Wicklow
This one-bedroom cottage is ideally located for anyone looking to explore the Wicklow mountains, Blessington Lakes and Glendalough. It is located less than an hour from Dublin, so it would also suit a couple looking for a short break. There is a fireplace, TV and WiFi, which will be welcomed after a day out exploring the beautiful countryside.
5. Inchydoney Beach Cottage, Co. Cork
Inchydoney is home to one of Ireland’s best beaches and this cottage not only overlooks it, but also has a private path that leads down to it. It has three bedrooms and is very well equipped, with added amenities like waffle, toasted sandwich, and smoothie makers. There is high-speed WiFi access and a 32″ flatscreen TV with satellite freeview, local TV channels, along with a brand new Roku smart box for YouTube, Netflix and other smart app access.
The outdoor areas include a Zen garden, and a patio with BBQ and stunning sea views, but if you do fancy a change of scenery, Inchydoney Hotel and Spa is just a few minutes walk away and the lively town of Clonakilty is only five minutes drive from the cottage.
6. Oystercatcher Seaside Cottage, Connemara, Co. Galway
This traditional two-bedroom cottage enjoys panoramic sea views from its outside decking area, and is close to many of Connemara’s beautiful beaches. It has been fully renovated, but still maintains it’s rustic charm. The cosy sitting room has a TV, Xbox, DVDs games and plenty of books for you to enjoy, and there is also free WiFi.
Its idyllic location is paradise during the summer time, but I’m sure lighting the wood burning stove and watching the Atlantic Ocean outside, would be pretty special during the winter months too. This must be one of the most popular cottages to rent in Ireland, so best to book it early to avoid disappointment.
7. Cosy Laurel Cottage, Coolaney, Co. Sligo.
Laurel Cottage is 200 year-old traditional Irish stone cottage, located in the foothills of the Ox Mountains. If you are looking for a secluded cottage to rent in Ireland, then look no further! It is ideal for those who like walking and being surrounded by wildlife – expect to find deer, pheasants and foxes nearby.
It has two bedrooms and is well equipped for cosy nights in, with WiFi, Netflix and an open fire. Located within walking distance of Coolaney village and a short drive from Dunmoran Strand and the Wild Atlantic Way, there are plenty of opportunities for day trips, should you fancy a change of scenery.
8. Carleys Cottage, Fanore, Co. Clare
This 100 year old cow house has been lovingly renovated into a two-bedroom home on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is an ideal choice in summer or winter, but the turf fire, free WiFi and cable TV mean that you can enjoy plenty of cosy nights in, should the need arise. The village of Fanore with it’s beautiful beach is close by, as is the Burren Way walking route. The Cliffs of Moher are just 20km away.
9. Kitty’s Cottage, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim
Kitty’s Cottage is the ideal choice if you want a cottage to rent in Ireland that is not isolated. It is located in the heart of Ballinamore town, within walking distance to shops, bars and restaurants. It was once an old railway cottage and has been restored into a modern two-bedroom house.
It is a short drive away from a host of lakes so if you happen to get nice weather, there are plenty of options for boat trips – or better still, why not hire your own?
10. Kylemore Hideaway in Connemara, Co. Galway
With stunning Lough Fee and the Garraun Mountains all around you, you may not want to leave this cosy cottage in Connemara. Listen to the waterfall outside as you add some more turf on the stove. Although you may feel like you have truly escaped, this two-bedroomed farm cottage is fully equipped with all mod cons including a large TV with Netflix, free WiFi, and an electric shower. There is also a BBQ with outdoor seating if you happen to get fine weather.
It is located close to Kylemore Abbey and the many beaches of Connemara, so if you fancy exploring the area, you will be spoilt for choice.
I hope this post on cottages to rent in Ireland will help you plan a staycation soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual accommodation owners for clarification.
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