Ireland is a country that seemingly everyone wants to visit. It’s baffling that relatively few do, given its much-admired charms and the fact that one can enjoy the inviting atmosphere of the Emerald Isle without breaking the bank.
The country is full of idyllic cottages that promise a relaxing trip and an unforgettable opportunity. From Galway to Dublin, Ireland has a multitude of unique attractions and small wonders which seldom fail to leave a lasting impression. Whether you come for the natural beauty present in a host of national parks or the simpler pleasures of an oceanside view, Ireland really does seem to have it all.
Save money and expand your horizons by staying in an Irish cottage. Ireland’s rural parts shine brightest, and the best way to experience these charms is from the comfort of a simple cottage. These out-of-the-way places are best reached by car and renting one will open up the possibility of having incredible road trips
Here is a list of perfect, easy-to-rent Irish cottages. They represent the country’s geographical breadth, and each can be had for a price lower than that of your average hotel.
The waters of Trahata Cove are as blue as the countryside is green. Take it all in from this pleasant 18th-century farmhouse in the southwest corner of Ireland. Right on the water, the property has stunning views of the bay and nearby islands. No stuffy hovel, the home has been renovated in such a way that it appears as a fully modern home with charming traces of its past. The hay loft is now an open-plan kitchen, but a wood-burning stove still provides warmth to the living room.
The perfect place to enjoy some peace and productivity, this stone cottage promises a relaxing retreat for couples looking for a change in scenery. About an hour south of Dublin, the cottage sits in a rural patch of Ireland within reach of major attractions. A prehistoric stone circle is just down the road, along with a host of lesser-known charming spots seldom written about. The home is rustic on the outside but features modern decor within. High ceilings soar above the living room’s fireplace, a hearth that just begs to be lit regardless of the weather.
Built from rough stone and age-old timber, this centuries-old cottage in County Kerry is yet another excellent place from which to explore the many facets of Ireland. Once a workshop for local craftsmen, it is now a guest house and an elegant mixture of contemporary comforts and weathered materials. Enjoy magnificent views of the estuary from the comfort of the private terrace before setting off to discover the many charms of the Irish countryside. Best of all, the home welcomes dogs who will enjoy the rural lifestyle as much as any person.
Swathes of vines and other plants cover a stone structure, making Coolbeg Lodge as green as Ireland itself. Travelers often have some trouble when their romantic image of a destination fails to match reality; that is not a problem when staying here as this cottage doubtless bears a strong resemblance to the Ireland of your imagination. A small structure, it has two bedrooms (one with a double and a twin bed, the other with two singles) and cozy interiors. The kitchen appliances and the bathroom facilities are modern but retain echoes of past eras in their design. Located in Kildimo, the home is a short drive from the city of Limerick.
A converted carriage house with a pleasing facade of stone and glass, this lovely cottage is another excellent base for couples and solo travelers drawn to Ireland. Located outside the charming and picturesque town of Sligo, it is ideal for exploring the island’s enchanting Atlantic coast. Inside, the home is a mix of wooden beams, brick walls, and ceramic surfaces. A spiral staircase leads to the main bedroom, a space directly connected to the living room, a space whose comforts are enhanced by the use of the wood-burning stove. The outdoor space is covered in gravel. It has a hammock, sitting areas, and views of local farms.
Get a taste of the life of a peasant from ages past while staying at this cottage in the shadow of a 500-year-old castle. Though you will not be compelled to do the back-breaking work of a medieval peasant, guests are welcome to peruse the herb garden, inspect the vegetable patches, and admire the 100-acre farm’s domestic animal population. The building has rustic furniture, low ceilings held up by sturdy wooden beams, and cozy rooms that provide a very real sense of the differences between life now and life as it was. It has six bedrooms, most of which have queen beds. All told, the building can accommodate a sizable party of up to 14 guests.
Enjoy the idylls of rural Ireland from this charming cottage on the Ashford Estate in County Galway. Built by the Guinness family in the mid-19th century, the quaint home promises a true Irish experience. The area boasts two large loughs, green forests, and delightful Irish towns (the pubs and inns of Cong are a 20-minute stroll away). The estate has pleasant footpaths and a myriad of activities from falconry and horseback riding to ziplines. Remodeled and comfortable even by today’s standards, the cottage has a full kitchen and two bedrooms and sleeps up to five guests.
Not only is this splendid modern cabin near the geographical center of Ireland, but the property it sits on very much gets to the heart of what Ireland is all about, capturing an indicative slice of its history, landscapes, and lifestyle. Though just an acre in size, the land has a stream, mossy ruins, and gorgeous walkways. Located on a hill, there are commanding views to be had from the fire pit, deck, and interiors as well. The cabin is stylish and elegant, as modern and streamlined as the surrounding area is ancient and mysterious.
Set out in any direction from any place in Ireland, and it won’t be long before you reach the sea. This incredible home in County Clare, however, is far nearer the blue waters that wash the shores of the Emerald Isle than most. Visually and aurally, the sea’s presence can be felt in almost every room. The 10-acre property on which the cottage sits has rocky coves, walking paths, and limitless potential for exploration. The cottage itself is a cozy three-bedroom retreat. It has a wood-burning stove and other features to enhance a sense of seclusion and comfort.
Stone walls do more than just keep the ceiling up; they foster a comforting and rich atmosphere sure to make an indelible mark on your trip and mind as a whole. This beautiful cottage in Galway is dominated by impressive stonework inside and out. The kitchen and living room feel like a castle, but in actuality the local castles (at Gloughan and Dunsandle) are a few minutes away. It has a small but pleasing outdoor area and a sauna as well. The walled town of Athenry is a short distance away and certainly not a site to pass over. With two bedrooms, the home is great for couples or small families.
You’ve picked the best home for your Ireland trip, now it’s time to see how you’ll spend your blissful time there: