12 Must-See Cottages in Ireland For Your Perfect Trip
As the nights get longer and the air becomes crisp, we can’t think of anything better than settling down in front of the fire in a cosy Irish cottage. We have searched high and low to find the best Irish cottages across the provinces. From stunning sea views to alpacas (yes alpacas), we bring you some of Ireland’s best cottage stays - all available on Airbnb and many for less than $100 per night. Grab a cup of tea and start planning your next adventure!
A beautifully restored cottage in Ireland’s #hiddenheartland, Wisteria Cottage is part of an organic beef farm. The cottage is 150 years old and has been lovingly restored from a range of farm buildings. The perfect base to walk the "stairway to Heaven" - a beautiful trek in the Cuillagh Mountains.
The Old School House, Ballylaneen is a converted National School which is over 200 years old. Situated just two miles from Bunmahon coastal village, it sits between the beautiful Mahon Falls and the stunning Copper coast. There are many stunning beaches and coves within a short drive along the Copper Coast. Nearby is the Waterford Greenaway, a former railway line from Waterford to Dungarvan transformed to take walkers & cyclists along the river and coastline through magnificent countryside.
This group of cottages is situated on a farm about one mile from the village of Borrisoleigh. According to reviews, here you will experience Irish hospitality and friendliness at its best! Featuring an authentic old Fairy Fort and an ancient 'Swearing Stone', it is said that Oisin lay his hand on the stone on his return to the Land of Erin, after he had spent 400 years in Tir na nOg (Land of Youth). Stand in the centre of the fairy fort, close your eyes, and listen with a loving heart, then it is believed you will hear the ceoil (music) of the Fairies.
Get back to nature in this lodge set at the head of a valley, on a wooded hillside and beside a tumbling stream. Be inspired by nature, sharing the area with ponies and deer, enjoy rambling on foot, hiking on the mountain or cycling.
The Old Flax Mill is an excellent base for exploring the north-west coast. Built in 1786 and sitting in a valley in Aghadowey, the mill is just five minutes drive from the buzz of Coleraine Riverside Centre. A rare and unique place for your stay, right by the River Rhee, this place can hold up to 26 people. Family reunion anyone ?
As the name suggests, this home-away-from-home is a converted granary which is located on a family-run farm. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a fabulous farm stay. The granary has sheep, horses, hens, dogs, pigs and even two alpacas for you to get to know! Less than 2km from the village of Bunninadden and 8km from Tubbercurry, a great base for exploring the Irish countryside and nearby towns.
A traditional Irish cottage set in grounds of a former Hunting Lodge, Rock Cottage has stunning sea views of the Atlantic. Ideal for families and activity seekers, perfect for those who enjoy walking, cycling, horse riding or fishing. The cottage is a ten-minutes drive to Schull, Goleen & the Mizen. It is great for animal lovers too, you can stroll around looking for donkeys, ducks, chickens & sheep.
This luxurious lodge is located in a beautiful rural area of County Clare. Surrounded by nature, this tranquil place is perfect for a romantic stay, a restful retreat or a quiet family get-away. Only 10 minutes drive from the historic towns of Ennis and Ennistymon, or 20 minutes from the coast. Visit beautiful beaches and the iconic Cliffs of Moher or Doolin famous for it traditional music.
A beautiful and traditional thatch-roofed cottage in Doolin which has been modernised to a very high standard while still retaining its old-world charm. This cottage has gorgeous views of The Wild Atlantic and Aran Islands and is just by the cliff walk between The Cliffs of Moher and Doolin. This cottage seems like the perfect space for relaxing in the evening after exploring all wonders County Clare has to offer!
Wallslough Village thatched cottage is situated in in a beautiful rural area just 5 minutes drive from the Medieval City of Kilkenny. Perfect for those interested in wildlife, is just a stone’s throw from a beautiful natural spring fishing lake.
Heatherhill Cottages are situated on a small farm in a beautiful village at the foot of Diamond Mountain - beside Connemara National Park and the Atlantic Ocean. With great views onto Diamond Mountain and within walking distance of the local shop, bars and restaurants, this looks like a fabulous setting for your trip. The farm also has a range of animals for you to meet such as Connemara ponies, pigs, chickens and dogs.
This charming cottage is situated in the the Ox mountains. Immerse yourself in the the rolling hills and tranquil surroundings. During your stay you can enjoy magical walking trails - the ideal place for a relaxing or break in south Sligo. This 18th century stone building family cottage is also set in a working farm — country life at its best.
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