Looking for apartments, houses or hotels with lodges in Ireland? I’ve hand-picked twenty Irish hotels that offer self catering facilities.
I’m not a big fan of staying in hotel rooms with kids, be it at home or abroad. I prefer the freedom and additional space that an apartment or lodge brings, especially if we are staying longer than a one-night. However, it is nice to have the creature comforts of a hotel too, a nice breakfast springs to mind! I am delighted to see more hotels offering self catering facilities, and hotels with lodges in Ireland. Having a separate living area, and perhaps a garden can make a huge difference, especially if you fancy a night in. Some hotels even provide take-away meals to be delivered to your lodge for the ultimate win!
I have hand-picked some of my favourites across many counties in Ireland, ranging from three to five-star hotels. These are suitable for families as well as groups. There should be hotels with lodges in Ireland suitable for all tastes and budgets in this list.
1. 5-star Fota Island Resort, Co. Cork
One of our family favourites, we have visited Fota Island Resort on a many occasions. We stayed in one of the new three-bedroom Fushia lodges and loved it. The children were able to play in the large back garden and we even had some resident rabbits join us each morning for breakfast.
The hotel has a large outdoor playground, an indoor pool and a kids playroom. There are also lots of kids clubs and golf camps for kids of all ages, during school holidays. The restaurant has supervised kids buffets followed by movie nights and quizzes, so parents can enjoy a date night if they wish.
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One of the advantages of staying in Fota Island Resort is its close proximity to Fota Wildlife Park. My children loved seeing the kangaroos and lemurs roaming free, something they wouldn’t normally see in a traditional zoo. Fota Island Resort is also very close to Cobh where you can take the Titanic experience tour, or take the boat trip to spooky Spike Island, to explore the fortress that once held 2300 prisoners.
2. Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan
Although luxurious, Castle Leslie is less grand than Ashford or Dromoland Castle, and has a relaxed atmosphere that is extremely inviting – you almost feel like you are in someone’s home, rather than a hotel. It is home to one of Europe’s finest equestrian centres and one of Ireland’s best preserved lakes for fishing. You can also try kayaking, clay pigeon shooting or even take a hot air balloon ride.
The lodges are located in the village of Glaslough, about five minutes walk from the Lodge at Castle Leslie. These four and five bedroom spacious lodges are more like luxury town houses.
The village of Glaslough is an attraction in itself, with quaint shops and a family friendly pub in the centre. Makes sure you pop in to Ambledown Cottage for some great pizza in a beautiful, albeit quirky setting. Another must do is a visit to nearby Lake Muckno. Take the time to do the Black Island walk, enjoy the forest trails with fairy doors, as well as Wilbert’s adventure playground.
3. Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Co. Carlow
Famous for its championship golf course and award-winning spa, Mount Wolseley is ideal for a golfing group or a family break. With 4-bedroom self catering lodges on the grounds of the resort, you have full access to all the hotel facilities including 20 metre swimming pool.
Children are well looked after with a kiddies pool, zip line, soft play area, and a teen zone which is open until 11pm daily. There is also a kids club for children aged 4-12 during schoool holidays.
4. Malone Lodge, Belfast, Co. Antrim
This Victorian town-house hotel situated in the Queens University Quarter of Belfast, is a wonderful choice for a family break or a group stay. The hotel has 32 apartments, which range from one, two and three bedrooms.
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Visit the Titanic Museum, explore the nearby Causeway Coast and Game of Thrones locations. I enjoyed a family break here a few years ago. The kids loved walking across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, and listening to the legend of giant Finn McCool at the Giant’s Causeway.
5. Falls Hotel & Spa, Co. Clare
As well as an award-winning spa, swimming pool and fitness centre on site, the Falls Hotel & Spa is ideally situated to explore the Wild Atlantic Way. With the Cliffs of Moher and the lively town of Doolin less than 15 minutes away, a stay at the Falls Hotel & Spa offers the best of both worlds. You can also reduce your carbon footprint by staying here, The Falls Hotel & Spa gets its electricity from the river that runs alongside it.
The Falls Hotel has nine self catering apartments, some of which can sleep up to seven people. They are rented on a weekly basis during the summer, but are available for two nights during the winter. Note that these apartments are only accessible via stairs, therefore they are not wheelchair-accessible.
6. Incydoney Island Lodge and Spa, Co. Cork
Located right on the beach, this award-winning spa hotel is a wonderful choice for a romantic or family escape. Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa has been voted Ireland’s Leading Spa Resort at the World Travel Awards seven times!
The two-bedroomed apartments sleep up to five, and guests have full access to the hotels facilities during their stay, including the heated seawater therapy pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Children have dedicated hours in the pool as well as their own lounge with toys, games and an Xbox. A separate Netflix Room is also available.
7. 5-star Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh
This luxury hotel in Northern Ireland is situated on a 600 acre peninsula overlooking two championship golf courses and the lower Lough Erne lake. It is an ideal choice for golfing enthusiasts or families looking for luxurious accommodation in a beautiful setting.
The lodges are a huge attraction, with conical roofs that look straight out a fairytale. The food at the hotel is superb, and there are are lots of options to choose from, with a fine dining restaurant, a Loughside Bar and Grill as well as some tasty bar food. The large indoor pool has family swim times and there is also an unsupervised play room, Ernies Den, with table football, air hockey and lots more.
There are some excellent walks around the hotel golf course, as well as more arduous walks close by. The famous Stairway to Heaven boardwalk at Culcaigh Mountain is a popular spot for social media enthusiasts, and the town of Enniskillen is only 5 minutes drive from Lough Erne if you fancy a change of scene.
8. Quality Hotel Youghal, Co. Cork
The beachfront apartments and houses in the Quality Hotel Youghal have been a firm favourite with families for many years. There are two-bedroomed apartments that sleep up to five, as well as holiday homes that sleep up to seven. They are very affordable and allow you enjoy all the facilities of a hotel, while staying in spacious self catering accommodation. With a gym, spa and swimming pool on site, you will be spoilt for choice.
Special events, a kids camp and movie shows are also available throughout school holidays. The resort has a range of dining options, including bar food, pizzas available for take-away, as well as the Capel Island Restaurant. Musical entertainment is also available in the Coast Bar.
9. Clifden Station House Hotel, Co. Galway
This unique hotel was once an old railway station. It has been beautifully restored and manages to combine the old brick and native oak with modern furnishings. Its location in the upmarket town of Clifden is ideal for anyone who wants shops, bars and restaurants close by, but also wants to get out and about and explore the rugged coastline of Connemara.
The four-star, two and three-bedroom apartments are a great choice for groups or families. All guests get full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and leisure facilities, and children can enjoy the Railway Kids Club which operators during holiday periods.
10. 5-star Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Sheen Falls Lodge enjoys an idyllic location overlooking Sheen Waterfalls, as well as being within walking distance to the picturesque town of Kenmare on the Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way. A Relais & Chateaux Hotel, it boasts fine food and wine and a host of activities including kayaking, paddle-boarding, archery, fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and falconry. If you prefer to relax, spend some time in the spa or indoor heated pool.
The Sheen Falls Country Club comprises of luxury townhouse-style holiday homes that sleep up to five, and detached holiday homes sleeping up to eight people. It is important to note that there are many different accommodation options near Sheen Falls and some lodges do not offer access to the Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel. Guests staying in the mountain view lodges have complimentary access to leisure facilities and bar and restaurant facilities, but not those staying in the courtyard lodges.
11. Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Co. Wexford
Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor the luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge is a super choice for groups or families looking for large apartments in the heart of Wexford Town. There are 73 luxury two- and three-bedroom apartments available, with floor-to-ceiling windows, high gloss fully equipped kitchen and TV’s in all living areas and bedrooms.
Guests have access to the swimming pool and Talbot Quay Leisure Centre and all the facilities of the Talbot Hotel Wexford.
12. Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Co. Meath
This multi-award-winning resort hotel has just won Hotel of the Year and Best Hotel Spa Ireland, at the 2019 Hotel Awards Ireland. It is situated in the scenic Boyne Valley yet only 35 minutes from Dublin. However, with an 18-hole championship golf Course, four restaurants and a leisure club and spa on site, you may find it difficult to leave.
The luxurious self-catering cottages boast three bedrooms, a miniature putting green, and a garden terrace. Guests have access to all on-site facilities, and there is also a kids club and games room on site. Its close proximity to Newgrange and Tayto Park are sure to please families too.
13. Waterford Castle, Co. Waterford
I brought my Mum and family to Waterford Castle a few years ago and we loved it. Although just ten-minutes from Waterford City, you have to take a two-minute ferry crossing to get on to Waterford Castle’s private island – so it seems like worlds apart. I also loved the contrast between the old castle and the contemporary lodges. Designed by Paul Costello, the three-bedroom luxury lodges are spacious and are very well equipped.
There is a playground beside the lodges as well as a fairy trail and plenty of wildlife, including deer and squirrels to keep the kids amused. Camps and family activities are also held throughout the year, and if you fancy a day out, the Waterford Greenway is close by.
15. Castlerosse Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
We stayed in one of the Castlerosse two bedroomed cottages a few years ago and had a great time. The cottages, although a little dated, are very spacious. They are located just 100 meters from the hotel and you have full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and kids club.
The Castlerosse hotel overlooks their own 9 hole golf course, the Killarney Lakes and the Magillicuddy Reeks. They even have their own resident deer on the grounds. I really enjoyed the 2km walk through the National Park to Killarney town. There are plenty of dining options including a pizza delivery service to your cottage.
There is so much to see and do in Killarney including the National Park, Muckross House and Gardens and Torc Waterfall. We travelled around the Ring of Kerry too – read what I got up to on my blog.
16. Breaffy House Resort, Co. Mayo
Breaffy House Resort consists of two hotels set on 90 acres. The Breaffy House Hotel and Breaffy Woods Hotel are just two minutes walk from each other, and the self catering lodges are located at Breaffy Woods Hotel. The two-bedroom residences have been newly refurbished to a four-star standard and sleep up to four people.
Guests have complimentary use of all resort facilities including 20 metre swimming pool, paddling pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and award-winning spa. Children are well catered for with two playgrounds, crazy golf, GAA pitch and plenty of opportunities for forest walks.
17. Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Co. Kerry
Parknasilla, one of Ireland’s most famous hotels has entertained many celebrities including Princess Grace of Monaco. Its stunning location between the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, surrounded by mountains, inlets and beaches, ensure guests return year after year.
The two and three-bedroom lodges and villas are ideal for groups and families. Guests have full use of the hotel facilities including the award-winning spa, resort dining, indoor pool, outdoor hot tubs, fairy trails, treasure trails, playground, and all other activities across the 500 acre estate.
18. 5-star Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork
The 5-Star Castlemartyr Resort is dramatically set on 220 acres, with a 17th century country manor house adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle. As well as 103 guest rooms and suites, there are 47 luxury self-catering, two and three-bedroom lodges.
Guests can enjoy full access to the resorts grounds, dining options, golf, health club, spa and seasonal kids club, and will also be treated to a welcome hamper on arrival. Some of the 2-bedroom lodges also allow pets.
19. Faithlegg house, Co. Waterford
The stylish Faithlegg Hotel is an 18th century mansion, set in a woodland location overlooking the Suir estuary in County Waterford. The Mews Holiday Homes offer families or groups access to all the facilities at the hotel’s leisure centre, including the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gymnasium, along with the option of health and beauty treatments.
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I finally got around to cycling the #waterfordgreenway – can’t believe it’s taken me this long! We loved it, it’s a great family experience and even young kids could do it, the paths are so smooth. We practically glided for 4km. 🚲 We started in Durrow and got our bikes from Garvin, The GreenwayMan.com (not on Insta). He was one of the main campaigners to get the Greenway introduced and he only charges €15 per day, most charge €25! We cycled from Durrow to Dungarvan and saw viaducts, seaviews, tunnels and fairy doors! It’s a great route to take, 10km but manageable for anyone who can cycle, even young kids. Would highly recommend it for anyone to try, the scenery is spectacular – the easiest exercise I’ve ever done! . . . . . . @munstervalesireland @visit_waterford @waterford_greenway @waterfordgreenway @irelandsancienteast @failte_ireland @discoverireland_ #instaireland #irelandgram #holidaysinireland #staycation #familytravel #familytime #familyholiday #cycling #cyclingphotography #familycycling #irishtravelblogger #travelblogger #outdoors #ireland #holidaysinireland @plunkettpublicrelations #brotherandsister #kidsactivities #familyoutdoors #outdoorfamily
The complimentary tennis courts and reduced Green Fees at Faithlegg’s 18-hole championship golf course are another reason to choose this popular hotel, as is its close proximity to Waterford city and the Waterford Greenway.
20. Center Parcs, Longford Forest, Co. Longford
Although more a holiday resort than a hotel, the lodges at Center Parcs Longford Forest are very impressive. If you are looking for a unique family experience in Ireland, with lots of activities on-site, then look no further. With over 100 activities for all the family including a subtropical swimming pool and a luxury spa, it really does tick all boxes for a family break in Ireland. We visited during the summer time, and for their Winter Wonderland experience at Christmas time, and we loved it both times.
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Love this pic 😍 It sums up a fabulous weekend of family adventure at @centerparcsie , we had just completed the aerial adventure course in this photo and felt very proud of ourselves! Many hotels offer kids clubs and kids activities but it’s great to see such a big choice of activities that all the family can do together. We played laser combat today and that was great fun too. Thanks again to @centerparcsie for such a great weekend 👏 I have lots of info re prices and activities on my stories / highlights. . . . . . . #centerparcsireland #longford @longfordtourism #irishtravelblogger #familytravelblogger #travelbloggerlife #ireland #instaireland #irelandshiddenheartlands @irelandshiddenheartlands #holidaysinireland #familyholidays #familytravel #staycations #familyphoto
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