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20 Gorgeous Holiday Homes in Ireland – Not on Airbnb

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Cosy cottages, beach houses, lakeside retreats and designer homes, these holiday homes in Ireland are sure to give you wanderlust.

Holiday homes in Ireland have never been more sought after, so much so that I decided to search some alternatives to Airbnb. I have many posts on Airbnbs in Ireland on my website, but for anyone looking for more options – I found them! VRBO, which is an acronym for ‘vacation rentals by owner’, is owned by Expedia group and they have 1000’s of holiday homes in Ireland listed – and a whopping 2 million rentals all over the world.
 

 

 
I’ve spent sometime searching their website and picked out some of my favourite holiday homes in Ireland near the coast. I will bring you lots more posts in the coming months, featuring romantic retreats and lakeside cabins, but for now, feast your eyes on these and get planning your next holiday in Ireland.
 seaside cottage to rent in Donegal
All properties are highly recommended from previous guests – so you should receive a warm welcome and great service. Some of these top holiday homes in Ireland are already fully booked during July and August, but you should find availability at other times. If you are looking for holiday homes in Ireland during July and August, these posts have been updated (12th April ) to show live availability: 

Read: Holiday homes and Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way availabile in July and August

Read: 20 self catering breaks in July and August – 3 Night stays from €410

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20 Gorgeous Holiday Homes in Ireland:

 

1. Three-bedroom Home in Killorglin on the Ring of Kerry

holiday homes on the wild atlantic way, Kerry

This charming hilltop home is located on the Ring of Kerry and offers stunning views of the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrauntouhill. Dingle bay can also be seen, as well as the town of Killorglin, which is just a five minute drive / 15 minute walk away.
 

 

 
Killorglin has a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants and is located just 13 miles from Killarney and 32 miles from Dingle. The gorgeous Blue Flag beach at Rossbeigh is just a short drive away.  

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2.  Seal Rock, Two-Bedroom Designer Stone Cottage, Kerry 

designer holiday homes in Ireland to rent

Seal Rock Cottage is a stunning holiday home beside the sea in Rossmore Island, Kerry. It is situated on an acre and is connected to the Ring of Kerry by an ancient stone bridge. 

 

 
It is clear from the stylish decor and furnishings that the home was designed by a professional interior designer, but the exterior is impressive too. The landscaped gardens retain many of the natural features including a stream and mini-waterfalls, and there is an ocean-side terrace and private beach to enjoy. Note: children under 12 are not accepted.

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3.  Lakeside Retreat in Tourmakeady, Mayo

lakeside holiday homes in Ireland

I loved visiting Mayo last year and think this gorgeous house offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful lakeside location, with the benefit of being just over 20km from the Wild Atlantic Way and the vibrant town of Westport.
 

 

 
Enjoy magnificent views of the lake from inside the house or from the large furnished terrace. This one-bedroom home is a great find, and can sleep up to four people.  

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

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4. Four-bedroom luxury home in the heart of Galway City – Sleeps 11 

large modern holiday homes in Ireland to rent

Located on the most photographed street in Ireland, this stylish home is on situated on a row of historic town houses which attracts visitors from around the world, including Ed Sheeran, who featured it in the video for “Galway Girl”.
 

 

 
This large home is beautifully furnished and offers gorgeous sea views, as well as being just minutes from the heart of Galway city. The Latin Quarter is just 100 metres from the house, where you will find an abundance of pubs and restaurants. This is one of the best holiday homes in Ireland for extended families or groups.

Read: 25 Airbnbs in Ireland for groups or large family holidays

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5. Shorehaven, 3-bedroom home, Quilty, Clare 

Holiday homes beside the sea in Clare, Ireland

Located just 500 meters from the village of Quilty, and a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, this is a superb holiday home to explore the beaches and villages of Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way. However, with views like this, will you want to leave? This must be one of the best holiday homes in Ireland beside the sea.

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6. Browns Cottage,  Annestown Beach, Waterford 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Browns cottage is located on the gorgeous Copper Coast in Waterford, a place I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago. With Annestown Beach just 200 metres away, and the Comeragh mountains and the Waterford Greenway close by, you will be spoilt for choice with the many great attractions in Waterford.

Read: Top 10 things to do in the Munster Vales

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7. Ballinglanna, Four-Bedroom Home, West Cork 

holiday homes in Ireland beside the sea, West Cork, Ireland

This large holiday home beside the sea in Ireland is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac of holiday homes, with no passing traffic to block those stunning Atlantic views. The charming seaside town of Clonakilty is just 11km away, and with West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips are endless. 

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8. Oyster Bay 4-bedroom holiday home in Connemara, Galway 

Luxury holiday homes beside the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

This large family home is beautifully situated beside the sea, and offers panoramic views over Ballinakill Bay and Leitir Hill. It is located close to the village of Letterfrack and the entrance to the Connemara National Park, and Kylemore Abbey is just 4km away. Minimum stay seven nights.

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9. The Stone House, Fanore, Clare 

Stone cottage to rent beside the sea, Ireland

How stunning is this house? It was purposely built to resemble a stone barn and it is fair to say the owners succeeded! This two-bedroom cottage has a Great Room on the second floor with breathtaking sea views from its floor to ceiling windows, and the interiors and design are modern throughout.
 

 

 
The beach, O’Donohue’s Pub, a small grocery shop and a fabulous restaurant are within walking distance, and the Cliffs of Moher is just 10 miles away. This will surely be one of  the most popular coastal holiday homes in Ireland.

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10. Inch Beach, Kerry – Choice of holiday homes in Ireland

holiday homes beside the beach in Kerry

Inch beach is arguably one of the best locations if you are looking for holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland. There are a selection of homes available, but I found two that are offer stunning views over this amazing beach, and are just a short drive from Dingle town.  

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Beach View cottage has been newly refurbished and offers luxurious furnishings and a gorgeous outdoor dining area. This will surely be one of the most popular holiday homes in Ireland for beach lovers. 

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11. Stone Cottage in Mizen Head, Cork 

cottages in Ireland to rent by the sea

An 18th century farm house overlooking Barleycove beach in West Cork – it doesn’t get much better than this! I love this part of Ireland, and this restored stone cottage offers the perfect setting to appreciate it. The cottage can sleep up to three but I think this holiday home in Ireland is perfect for a romantic getaway. 

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12. Large Brittas Bay holiday home, Wicklow

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Brittas Bay is just 50 minutes from my house so it is my go-to beach in Ireland. For anyone who doesn’t know it, it is one Ireland’s best beaches with wide open sand and great swimming opportunities. This four-bedroom holiday home is located in a gated development with 50 other luxury homes, so it is a great choice for families looking for holiday homes in Ireland with family facilities onsite.

 

 
There is a private enclosed garden with a sun deck, and you are free to use the communal tennis courts, games room and children’s football pitch.  

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13.  Spacious one-bedroom cottage in Aughris, Sligo

coastal cottages to rent in Ireland

This newly renovated cottage is located on the Wild Atlantic Way, close to the Discovery point of Aughris. It was originally a shop and has been transformed into a spacious one-bedroom cottage that can sleep up to four people. The Aughris Cliff Walk is just one mile from the house, and the famous Strandhill beach is just over six miles away.

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14. Four-bedroom beachfront home with hot tub, Larne, Antrim Coast 

holiday homes beside the sea in Northern Ireland

The large holiday home offers stunning views of the Irish Sea from the lounge, as well as the outdoor terrace and hot tub that seats 8 people. There is also an Arctic hut, furnished with throws and reindeer hides, which has a central BBQ. The house is set within two acres and has gated access to a pebble beach from the garden – so it is ideal for families. This home is also pet friendly. 
 

 

 
The villages of Glenarm and Ballygally are close by, and the location is ideal for those looking to explore the Causeway Coast which is home to some of Northern Ireland’s top attractions.

Read: A magical few days on the Causeway Coast

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15. The Oyster House, three-bedroom cottage, Donegal 

seaside cottage to rent in Donegal

This beautifully restored holiday home by the sea in Ireland is the picture perfect Irish cottage. There is a pathway from the garden to the sea and there is an outside covered terrace which is the ideal place to admire the spectacular views of the Wild Atlantic Way. 
 

 

 
It is situated halfway (10km) between two of the finest beaches in West Donegal – Dooey Strand and Maghery Beach, and just 20km from Glenveagh National Park.

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16. Restored Cottage with views of Skelligs, Kerry 

holiday home beside the sea in Ireland to rent

This three-bedroom cottage is located in Ballinskelligs and offers stunning views of the Skellig Islands. With the Ring of Kerry and a choice of beaches close by, this is a super choice to explore the south west coast of Ireland.

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17. Blue Stonecutters, One-Bedroom Cottage, Lahinch, Clare 

cottage to rent in Clare

This delightful 100-year-old cottage has been beautifully restored, with many original features including beams, recessed windows and period furnishings. It boasts stunning views of the Wild Atlantic Way, and the villages of Doolin, Lahinch, and Liscannor villages are all close by.  
 
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18. Three-bedroom Thatched Cottage, Donegal

traditional holiday cottages in Ireland

This delightful three-bedroom thatched cottage is located just under 5km from the village of Lettermacaward and 6km from Dooey Beach. I challenge you not to fall in love with it, it must be one of the most quintessential holiday homes in Ireland.

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19. The Bridge House, Fanore, Clare 

4-bedroom holiday homes beside the sea in Ireland to rent

This four-bedroom home is a super choice to explore Clare and the Wild Atlantic Way. With stunning sea views, as well as the beach and the village of Fanore close by, this holiday home in Ireland ticks all boxes. 

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20. 4-Star Seaside Cottage Near Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland 

holiday home beside the sea in Northern Ireland

This stylish cottage is located directly across the road from Downhill Beach and offers sea views from both floors.  It is just 1km from Mussenden Temple, 2km from the famous Whiterocks Beach and the Causeway Coast’s top attractions are all close by.

Read: A magical few days on the Causeway Coast

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I hope this post on luxury holiday homes in Ireland will help you plan a group getaway 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. 
 

 

 
These homes were researched on various websites and when you make a booking, you do so via VRBO, Expedia or Booking.com. Note some of the links above are affiliate links where I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you. Read more in my privacy policy.

 

Sarah

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10 Cosy Cottages to Rent in Ireland

cosy cottages to rent in Ireland on Airbnb

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.

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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

cottages to rent in Ireland in 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.  

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2. Bettys Cottage, Gap of Dunloe. Co. Kerry

cottages to rent in 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.

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3. Hogan’s Cottage, near Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford

cottages to rent in Ireland in 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.

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4. The Studio – Blessington Cottage, Co. Wicklow

small cottage to rent in 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.

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5. Inchydoney Beach Cottage, Co. Cork

cottages to rent in Ireland beside the beach

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.

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6. Oystercatcher Seaside Cottage, Connemara, Co. Galway

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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.

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7. Cosy Laurel Cottage,  Coolaney, Co. Sligo. 

secluded cottage to rent in 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.

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8. Carleys Cottage, Fanore, Co. Clare

cottage to rent in clare near the sea

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.

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9. Kitty’s Cottage, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

modern cottage to rent near a town in ireland

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?

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10. Kylemore Hideaway in Connemara, Co. Galway

hideaway to rent in galway on airbnb

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.

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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.
 

 

 
These homes were researched on various websites and when you make a booking you do so directly with the supplier listed. Note some of these links contain attain affiliate links where  I will receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

 

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Sarah

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