50 greatest self-catering stays in Eire – here is a vacation dwelling for each value level

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If staycations had been the story of summer time, self-catering was the story of our staycations.

ven earlier than lockdowns lifted, we had been Googling Covid’s hottest properties – self-contained homes and flats the place we may sit back, cook-in and management the comings and goings in our personal area. Eire’s 5,000 or so vacation properties turned out to be the true ‘journey bubbles’ of 2020 – with enterprise briskest for coastal properties and well-known resorts with homes.

There have been gripes about costs (some justified, others not a lot), however anticipate charges to drop as we head into autumn – with primary, three-bed homes costing from round €500 every week. Worth is not concerning the price ticket alone, in fact. If you’d like nice places, stylish design, extra space during which to sprawl and spoil-yourself options like standalone baths and movie home windows, put together to pay extra.

With hardly any abroad guests, festivals or occasions, Irish tourism is on edge as faculty resumes. Jitters about native lockdowns have made late bookings extra frequent, however there are causes for hope too.

We Irish have at all times cherished to self-cater (from the sunny south-east to package deal holidays in Spain and Portugal); new arrivals like Heart Parcs and Cabü by the Lakes have taken issues up a notch, distant working is a brand new alternative, Trident Vacation Properties alone added 45 new properties during the last two months, and we’ll be capable to avail of the ‘Keep & Spend’ initiative from October to April.

Many people are additionally already trying to 2021, it appears. Final week, rental firm Underneath the Thatch says it took extra vacation bookings for subsequent 12 months than for the remainder of 2020. “So far 2021 bookings are very sturdy,” provides Eilís McDermott of Trident. “Which may be very optimistic and maybe an indication that persons are not prepared to journey aboard subsequent 12 months.”

Ideas? You may discover the most effective charges midweek and off-peak (i.e. exterior of mid-term and Christmas, that are reserving strongly). As a rule, the additional inland you go, the extra aggressive the costs. Remember to examine cancellation insurance policies and Covid-19 protocols earlier than reserving, and decide to a stage of analysis that justifies your spend.

“Learn the web site!” says Rosie Campbell of Distinctive Irish Properties. “Learn the outline, which tells you at a look what number of it sleeps, the bedrooms and the options… numerous folks have a look at the photographs, and that is it.”

She recommends studying up on the realm, organising issues like restaurant bookings forward, and having wet day plans to keep away from disappointment. “Do a little bit of homework earlier than you go. Do not simply chip up and anticipate all of it to be implausible. No vacation’s implausible with no little bit of planning.”

1. Sienna, Co Kerry


'Sienna' in Kenmare, by Unique Homestays

‘Sienna’ in Kenmare, by Distinctive Homestays

‘Sienna’ in Kenmare, by Distinctive Homestays

Finest for: Design followers, €€€

Why: In case you harbour fantasies about dwelling within the type of home you see in interiors magazines, that is the place for you. Each little nook and cranny of this Kenmare escape has been thoughtfully designed, from the wall-mounted wooden burner to the tasselled credenza. However whereas the inside is dreamily stylish, from the surface you’re in a countryside fairytale, with orchards and a dainty stream that runs alongside the home. If that wasn’t sufficient, you can even gaze on the mountains from the Canadian sizzling tub. — NB

Insider Tip: Don’t get your personal jumpers smoky on the hearth pit — the homeowners present fleeces to maintain you cosy.

Particulars: Costs begin from €831 for 4 nights. (+44) 1637 881 183; uniquehomestays.com

2. The Cover, Co Donegal


Inside 'The Hide', Co Donegal. Photo: Under The Thatch
Inside 'The Hide', Co Donegal. Photo: Under The Thatch

Inside ‘The Cover’, Co Donegal. Picture: Underneath The Thatch

Inside ‘The Cover’, Co Donegal. Picture: Underneath The Thatch

Finest for: Nature lovers, €€

Why: A causeway cottage sleeping six, The Cover’s modest identify belies its critical type credentials. With three bedrooms, a brilliant, open-plan dwelling area and direct personal shore entry, it verges on Scandi stylish. Designed to harmonise with the pristine Donegal setting, the cottage sits near Glenveagh Nationwide Park, and a lot of abandoned seashores close by. — JB

Insider tip: That is purple deer nation and you’ll anticipate to see these native beauties grazing most dawns and dusks. A big colony of gray seals inhabits close by Dooey Seaside.

Particulars: Three nights from €393 plus reserving payment; (+44) 1239 780 800; underthethatch.co.uk

three. Elfin Cottage, Co Clare

Finest for: Bathtub fiends, €€€

Why: In case you dream of a horny bathtub, then Elfin Cottage is simply the ticket. In the main bedroom there’s an enormous copper tub the place you’ll be able to soak as you gaze out upon the shoreline, glass of purple wine in hand. Then you’ll be able to swan into the lounge, plonk your self down by the floor-to-ceiling home windows and revel in the identical view by the roaring hearth. There are 5 different cottages within the Doolin Village Lodges assortment too, and 11 lodges, all distinctive in type. — NB

Insider Tip: Your cottage rental comes with a welcome hamper of natural eggs, home made bread, Burren smoked salmon and a few candy treats besides.

Particulars: Charges at Elfin begin from €200 per evening. (061) 411 109; doolinvillagelodges.com

four. Clifford Home, Co Wexford


Clifford House, Co Wexford
Clifford House, Co Wexford

Clifford Home, Co Wexford

Clifford Home, Co Wexford

Finest for: Guesthouse groove and golfers; €€

Why: You wouldn’t suppose it standing over Rosslare Harbour, however just some hundred yards to the south lies a stretch of shoreline that might be lower from the Caribbean. Perched above it’s Clifford home, constructed as a Victorian summer time getaway in 1898, and prolonged by Michéal Delaney and Margaret Hartigan into a contemporary Irish B&B with an nearly subtropical really feel to the gardens and movie home windows peering out on palm fronds and sea views. The self-catering home is a four-star, three-bed set-up (“we name it the mews,” Margaret says), and all friends have direct entry to the seashore. — PÓC

Insider Tip: The coastal path continues south to St Helen’s Bay and past. The home is dog-friendly, and there’s a big storage the place bikers and hikers can retailer and dry gear.

Particulars: B&B from €80; self-catering from €750 per week (sleeping six). (053) 913 3226; cliffordhouse.ie

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5. Woodland Villas, Parknasilla, Co Kerry


Dining al fresco at Parknasilla
Dining al fresco at Parknasilla

Eating al fresco at Parknasilla

Eating al fresco at Parknasilla

Finest for: Households with younger youngsters, €€

Why: A favorite with households, Parknasilla’s trendy self-catering properties mix high quality lodging with entry to the resort’s wonderful amenities. Only a 10-minute stroll from the resort, friends have entry to the outstanding fantastic thing about the 500-acre waterside property. You’ll discover mapped strolling trails to discover in addition to enjoyable treasure and fairy trails, mini golf, a playground, zipline and teenage zone hideaway. — JB

Insider tip: Pets aren’t allowed indoors however Parknasilla provides boarding kennels onsite, €10 per evening (e book forward). Canine could also be walked on a lead on the resort.

Particulars: 5 nights (sleeping six) from €780 plus reserving charges. (064) 664 1170; parknasillaresort.com

6. Galway Coast Cottages

Finest for: Younger households wanting a metropolis close by, €€

Why: If you’re heading off with the children, you need to be sure that a self-catering property has every part you possibly can probably want. And who is aware of your wants higher than mother and father themselves? Daniel Final and Sarah Kearney have three younger children of their very own, and these homes in Barna are kitted out with every part you possibly can require (together with a bathtub for bathtime). There’s a playground, a inexperienced for kickabouts, and seashores only a brief hop away. If it’s drizzly and also you want leisure, Galway is shut by too. — NB

Insider Tip: Order a take-out dinner and cocktails from The Twelve resort (thetwelvehotel.ie) simply up the highway.

Particulars: Costs begin from €299 for a weekend off-peak. (085) 705 2535; galwaycoastcottages.com

7. Milk Harbour Holidays, Co Sligo

Finest for: A quiet escape on the Wild Atlantic Means, €€

Why: This northern stretch of Sligo is usually handed over for Strandhill and Rosses Level, however is somewhat treasure on the coast, with Streedagh and Mullaghmore among the prettiest spots within the northwest. Milk Harbour is in the course of the 2 and proper on the water, with two self-contained flats just lately transformed and out there to lease. They’re brilliant, ethereal and thoughtfully designed, with an out of doors hearth pit in case you get fortunate with the climate. — NB

Insider Tip: Island View Driving Stables is just some minutes away for seashore treks. islandviewridingstables.com

Particulars: Charges from €100 per evening within the boathouse, sleeping two. (087) 179 4307; milkharbourholidays.ie

eight. Inish beg, Co Cork

Finest for: Group get-togethers; €€€

Why: A spectacular West Cork location, this personal island property provides up nearly 100 acres of natural land, together with beautiful gardens, woodland, parklands and foreshore for exploring. A uncommon hideaway, friends can rent one in all 10 luxurious properties, accommodating between two and eight friends. The jewel within the crown is Inish Beg Boathouse, a waterfront vacation dwelling with 4 bedrooms, a light-flooded dwelling space and large deck that open on to the River Ilen. — JB

Insider tip: A 13m indoor heated pool and steam room are yours to make use of, and youngsters will adore it right here, with cattle and three enjoyable animal trails within the woodlands.

Particulars: Weekly charges from €640 (sleeping two) to €2,465 within the Boathouse (sleeping eight). (zero28) 21745; inishbeg.com

9. Galley Head Lightkeepers’ Homes, Cork

Finest for: Introverts, €€

Why: You’ll by no means sleep in addition to you do while you’re subsequent to the ocean. And also you couldn’t ask for a location nearer to the ocean than an precise lighthouse, perched on the cliffs exterior Clonakilty. These homes have wonderful views of the lighthouse itself in addition to the rolling surf beneath the cliffs, so you’ll be able to bundle up in a cable knit jumper and reside out all of your seafaring fantasies. — NB

Insider Tip: The wooden burner comes with sufficient gas to get you going, however for extra hearth classes you’ll want to choose up some extra in your method. For different lighthouse stays, see greatlighthouses.com.

Particulars: Charges from €499 for 2 nights. (01) 670 4733; irishlandmark.com

10. Nissen Hut, Co Waterford


Evelyn McNamara's Nissen Hut, Co Waterford
Evelyn McNamara's Nissen Hut, Co Waterford

Evelyn McNamara’s Nissen Hut, Co Waterford

Evelyn McNamara’s Nissen Hut, Co Waterford

Finest for: Beachside bliss, arty escapes, €€

Why: “It’s actually particular, the mix of the construction itself and the placement — simply metres from the seashore however nonetheless fairly sheltered.” So says photographer Evelyn McNamara of her stunning and trendy coastal retreat at Rathmoylan Cove close to Dunmore East. The home is designed round a prefabricated, half-cylindrical metal construction, with creature comforts together with French doorways, a Balinese-style toilet (you’ll be able to see the ocean from the bathe) and a double-sided range from Danish firm, Heta Kosi. — PÓC

Insider Tip: The Dunmore East cliff stroll is steps away from the entrance door and patio. Oh, and produce the snorkel.

Particulars: From €190 an evening in off-season, with a two-night minimal keep. evelynmcnamara.com; airbnb.ie/rooms/35414559

11. Cnoc Suain, Connemara

Finest for: Romantics, €€

Why: This superb assortment of thatched and slate-roofed cottages is like one thing out of a fairy story. Within the wilds of Connemara, Cnoc Suain is ready on a privately owned 200-acre nature protect, good for lengthy nation walks with nothing however birdsong for firm. The standard stone cottages are dreamily cosy, with thick partitions and patchwork quilts on the mattress. That is the type of place that shines when the climate is depressing — all of the extra motive to tuck your self below a blanket with a very good e book, because the wind whips exterior. — NB

Insider Tip: There are decreased charges for solo leases, which is a rarity — it prices €570 for 4 nights.

Particulars: Costs at Cnoc Suain begin from €630 for 4 nights. (091) 555 703; cnocsuain.com

12. Dunowen Home, Co Cork


The lounge at Dunowen House
The lounge at Dunowen House

The lounge at Dunowen Home

The lounge at Dunowen Home

Finest for: Large teams, €€€

Why: When you have an enormous gang to get collectively, this Blue E-book bolthole is the proper place (learn Pól Ó Conghaile’s Dunowen Home overview). It sleeps as much as 18 folks, and every of the rooms are en suite, eliminating any crossed-leg toilet queuing within the morning. There’s additionally the smaller Orchard Cottage subsequent door, sleeping 5, which you’ll be able to lease individually or collectively. Each homes are fabulously designed, with plush leather-based couches, homely touches and, oddly, musical memorabilia — this home used to belong to Noel Redding, bass guitarist with the Jimi Hendrix Expertise. — NB

Insider Tip: The secluded Sands Cove is a brief stroll away, proper on the finish of the lane, so convey your togs.

Particulars: Two nights begin from €2,000 (in the primary home) and €300 (cottage). (zero23) 886 9099; dunowenhouse.ie

13. Cliff Cottage, Co Waterford

Finest for: Oceanside luxurious; €€€

Why: To Dublin’s Cliff Townhouse, Ardmore’s Cliff Home Lodge and Cliff at Lyons in Co Kildare, the CLIFF Group has added the Cliff Cottage in Ardmore — a three-bed (sleeping six adults, however with additional den area for teenagers) simply steps from the five-star resort. Count on numerous mild, marine-inspired white and blue tones, an open-plan kitchen with Smeg fridge and views over the water, and a comfortable, wood-burning range for winter (or warming up after chilly sea swims). — PÓC

Insider Tip: Obtained a bigger group and a special day? The Cliff Seaside Home is one other new addition, with cinema room, six en suite bedrooms and a €2,500-a-night price ticket.

Particulars: Charges from €550 an evening with a two-night minimal keep. (zero24) 87800; cliffhousehotel.ie



One of the new Manor Lodges at Adare Manor
One of the new Manor Lodges at Adare Manor

One of many new Manor Lodges at Adare Manor

One of many new Manor Lodges at Adare Manor

14. Adare Manor, Co Limerick €€€

Its new manor lodges (above) are critically swish… however what else would you anticipate from Adare Manor? There are two- and four-bedroom lodges out there, absolutely kitted out with lavish linens, goose down duvets and Nespresso machines. There are additionally two luxurious cottages out there for lease, and you may get a elaborate takeaway from The Carriage Home, too. From €900 an evening; adaremanor.com

In case you like that, attempt… The luxurious self-catering lodges at Fota Island Resort (fotaisland.ie) or Castlemartyr (castlemartyrresort.ie).

15. Farnham Property, Co Cavan €€

The Farnham Resort homes are set throughout the former walled gardens of this lovely property, shut sufficient to the primary resort and its wonderful spa and restaurant, however eliminated sufficient to really feel good and personal. The underfloor heating can also be a pleasant contact. Two nights begin from €419; farnhamestate.ie

In case you like that, attempt… The lodges on the always-improving Johnstown Property in Co Meath (thejohnstownestate.com), full with terraces and leisure centre entry.

16. Lough Erne Lodges, Co Fermanagh €€€

One for the golfers, the turret lodges on the five-star Lough Erne Resort have fab views of the course and lake, which you’ll be able to get pleasure from out of your little balcony. Inside, they’re decked out in luxurious type, with plush armchairs and a stunning clawfoot tub. Costs from £595 every week in a two-bed lodge. lougherneresort.com

In case you like that, attempt… The luxurious personal leases from Authentic Irish Lodges, a bunch of independently-owned resorts in Eire. originalirishhotels.com


Mount Falcon's Woodlands Lodge, Co Mayo
Mount Falcon's Woodlands Lodge, Co Mayo

Mount Falcon’s Woodlands Lodge, Co Mayo

Mount Falcon’s Woodlands Lodge, Co Mayo

17. Mount Falcon, Co Mayo €€

You’ve acquired the selection of a number of lodge varieties at Mount Falcon (above), whether or not you need to base your self within the woods, the courtyard or on the lakeside. They’re all tremendous cosy, and there’s loads to maintain your little nation squires occupied on web site, from falconry to clay pigeon capturing. Charges from €300 for 2 nights this autumn. mountfalcon.com

In case you like that, attempt…The self-catering flats at Breaffy Woods (breaffyhouseresort.com) exterior Castlebar are open seasonally.

18. Inchydoney Island, Co Cork €€

These two-bedroom flats have lovely views of the ocean from the lounge, and a balcony or terrace so you’ll be able to get pleasure from an al fresco breakfast. There’s additionally a washer, which turns out to be useful for seashore days… Charges from €395 for a two-night keep; inchydoneyisland.com

In case you like that, attempt… The three-bedroomed homes at Clonakilty Park Lodge are one other nice household possibility. clonakiltyparkhotel.ie

19. Faithlegg Property, Co Waterford €€

You possibly can select between flats or vacation properties at Faithlegg and spend your days taking advantage of the beautiful property, whether or not you need to play a number of rounds or hit the tennis courts. Two-bed mews vacation properties begin from €450 for 4 nights this autumn, with decreased golf charges for friends. faithlegg.com

In case you like that, attempt… The Park Lodge Dungarvan has two- and three-bed vacation properties from €385 for 2 nights. parkhoteldungarvan.com

Prime Tip: Verify the drop-down ‘lodging’ tabs for self-catering choices on vacation spot web sites like visitkilkenny.ie, govisitdonegal.com or laoistourism.ie — they’ll typically throw up attention-grabbing leads that aren’t listed on different websites.

20. Heart Parcs, Co Longford

Finest for: Multi-generational breaks, €€€

Why: It’s been open for over a 12 months now, and Heart Parcs continues to be taking part in a blinder. Positive, it has its critics (most notably on the costs of lodges and paid actions), however not even a pandemic has dinted its reputation, and for good motive. You possibly can hold all the children entertained within the Subtropical Swimming Paradise regardless of the climate, or unwind within the wonderful Aqua Sana spa, with its glass-walled saunas overlooking the bushes. — NB

Insider Tip: In our ‘new regular’, pool classes need to be pre-booked, so try this as quickly as your keep is confirmed.

Particulars: From €519 for 4 nights midweek in a two-bed woodland lodge; (1890) 995 588; centerparcs.ie

21. Fuchsia Lane farm, Co Tipperary


Fuchsia Lane, Co Tipperary
Fuchsia Lane, Co Tipperary

Fuchsia Lane, Co Tipperary

Fuchsia Lane, Co Tipperary

Finest for: Peace and quiet, €

Why: If the identify appears fairly, wait till you see the true life fantastic thing about Fuchsia Lane Farm. Providing 4 authentic stone cottages near the shores of Lough Derg, the restored buildings date from the 1840s and are tucked up a quiet laneway on a working household farm. Friends have entry to nation walks and a woodland area with its personal meditation zone. Near the picturesque lakeshore village of Terryglass, Fuchsia Lane is a good spot for exploring the Lough Derg space and Eire’s Hidden Heartlands. — JB

Insider tip: Bicycles are supplied freed from cost and there’s a cute play space for kids and out of doors barbecue space.

Particulars: Two-night weekend or three-night midweek breaks low season from €250 (sleeping two) to €380 (sleeping eight). (zero67) 22041; fuchsialanefarm.ie

21. The Outdated Deanery, Co Wexford

Finest for: Group gatherings; €€€

Why: A good-looking glebe home in Ferns, The Outdated Deanery is a perfect spot for a household celebration. Obtainable for group bookings solely, of 14 to 27 folks, the six-acre property contains a courtyard of stone stables which have been transformed into cosy cottages with names like The Duck Home and Sheep Shed. Friends have entry to The Barn, a stunning operate room that’s splendid for a particular dinner (and comes with a complimentary Prosecco reception in the home’s wine cellar). — JB

Insider tip: Native caterer Phelim Byrne can ship choices for a seated meal or buffet in The Barn.

Particulars: Weekend charges from €three,000 (open February to November). (087) 263 3355; theolddeanery.com

22. Horseshoe Cottage, Co Down


Horseshoe Cottage, Co Down
Horseshoe Cottage, Co Down

Horseshoe Cottage, Co Down

Horseshoe Cottage, Co Down

Finest for: Foodies; €

Why: You couldn’t ask for a cosier setting than that of Horseshoe Cottage. This toasty and heat farmhouse on the shores of Strangford Lough is the type of place the place all you need to do is flop on to the deep couch and eat heat soda farls slathered in butter. Which is simply as effectively, as a result of Tracey, the proprietor, not solely bakes however runs cookery lessons — and there’ll be a tray of freshly baked treats ready for you on arrival. And if that wasn’t sufficient, there’s even a pet who’ll need loads of head pats. — NB

Insider Tip: Pop into Daft Eddies for dinner — it’s on the close by Sketrick Island and has killer views.

Particulars: Charges from €199 for 2 nights. (+44) 7711 4848 50; horseshoecottage.co.uk

23. Owenmore Cottage, Co Galway


Owenmore Cottage, Ballynahinch
Owenmore Cottage, Ballynahinch

Owenmore Cottage, Ballynahinch

Owenmore Cottage, Ballynahinch

Finest for: Countryside fanatics; €€€

Why: Set on the grounds of gorgeous Ballynahinch Fort are two self-catering properties for luxurious and privateness. The six-bedroomed Owenmore Cottage is contemporary out of a refurb, tucked into the calming forestry of the property. Every morning, a breakfast hamper is delivered with freshly baked items, and whereas it’ll be tempting to stay by the roaring hearth, there are complimentary bicycles so that you can head out on. — NB

Insider Tip: Order your groceries forward of time, and so they’ll arrive full with a haul of produce from the walled backyard and large greenhouse.

Particulars: Charges begin from €2,500 for 3 days. (095) 31006; ballynahinchcastle.com

24. Ballydougan Pottery Courtyard Cottages, Co Armagh

Finest for: Inventive souls, €

Why: There are 4 cottages and an residence throughout the courtyard of Ballydougan Pottery, the place you can even take a pottery workshop, tuck into some home made scones within the restaurant, or browse the vary of ceramics within the present store. The cottages are conventional in type, with authentic interval options and vary from a candy little one-bedroomed affair to a bigger three-bed, good for households. — NB

Insider Tip: You possibly can e book dinner delivered into your cottage, prepared and ready for you in your return.

Particulars: Charges from €177 for 2 nights. (+44) zero28 3834 2201; ballydouganpottery.co.uk

25. Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges, Limerick


Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges
Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges

Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges

Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges

Finest for: Exercise breaks, €

Why: Straddling the borders of Limerick and Cork, Ballyhoura Nation is an enormous playground of hills, pastures and forest beloved by outside fanatics. Ballyhoura Mountain Lodges make an excellent base for exploring, with 9 fashionable self-catering lodges surrounded by woodland walks. Every of the 9 lodges sleeps six and they’re positioned simply minutes from the superb Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails, a 98km community of purpose-built bike tracks. — JB

Insider tip: Earlier than arriving, uncover the wealth of points of interest and actions within the space at visitballyhoura.com.

Particulars: Weekend charges from €295 to €560. (063) 91666; ballyhouramountainlodges.ie

26. Fort Leslie Steady Mews, Co Monaghan


Stable Mews at Castle Leslie Estate.
Stable Mews at Castle Leslie Estate.

Steady Mews at Fort Leslie Property.

Images by Ashley Morrison.

Steady Mews at Fort Leslie Property.

Finest for: Households and holidaymakers who love horses; €€

Why: Restored and refurbished with actual type, Fort Leslie’s Outdated Steady Mews provides luxurious self-catering on the grounds of the huge property. The previous stone coach home includes 12 spacious two-bedroom mews in a reasonably courtyard, and is only a brief stroll from the fortress and its many facilities, together with eating places, spa and equestrian centre. Every elegant mews sleeps 5, with two bedrooms, two bogs and canines are welcome. — JB

Insider tip: A 3-night household break package deal together with lodging, a household breakfast basket, three mild lunches and three dinners prices €1,400.

Particulars: A two-night weekend break begins from €650. (047) 88100; castleleslie.com

27. Ard Nahoo, Co Leitrim


A self-catering eco-cabin at Ard Nahoo, Co Leitrim
A self-catering eco-cabin at Ard Nahoo, Co Leitrim

A self-catering eco-cabin at Ard Nahoo, Co Leitrim

A self-catering eco-cabin at Ard Nahoo, Co Leitrim

Finest for: A sit back break; €

Why: Get again to nature on the final inexperienced vacation spot, Ard Nahoo in Dromahair. The yoga retreat provides three timber body eco cabins, which may be independently booked for a self-catering vacation. That includes good cedar cladding, hemp insulation, wooden pellet stoves and pure paints the cabins are powered by wind. Ard Nahoo is surrounded by Leitrim’s superb surroundings and friends can benefit from the web site’s peaceable Celtic Nature Path, sizzling tub and infrared sauna. — JB

Insider tip: Ard Nahoo is near the native village, Dromahair, the place the superb Riverbank Restaurant is run by a protégé of Neven Maguire’s. riverbankrestaurant.ie

Particulars: Weekend charges from €330 (sleeping two) to €595 (sleeping seven). (083) 134 6242; ardnahoo.com

28. Ballyportry Fort, Co Clare


Ballyportry Castle. Photo: HiddenIreland.com
Ballyportry Castle. Photo: HiddenIreland.com

Ballyportry Fort. Picture: HiddenIreland.com

Ballyportry Fort. Picture: HiddenIreland.com

Finest for: Households, fortress followers; €€€

Why: Atmospheric and distinctive, the sense of historical past is palpable in each inch of Ballyportry Fort. It is a 15th-century Gaelic tower home that has been sympathetically restored to marry fashionable comforts (underfloor heating, for instance) with fabulous character partitions and a dramatic stone inside. Obtainable as an unique let, the cosy fortress sleeps eight and its location is right for having fun with the Burren. — JB

Insider tip: A Ballymaloe-trained chef can provide beautiful meals for you and fill the fridge, and bespoke excursions of the hidden Burren may be organized with an area knowledgeable.

Particulars: Weekend stays from €2,043; (01) 660 9038; ballyportry.ie

29. Cabü by the lakes, Co Cavan


If you go down to the woods... A lodge at Cabü by the Lakes
If you go down to the woods... A lodge at Cabü by the Lakes

In case you go right down to the woods… A lodge at Cabü by the Lakes

In case you go right down to the woods… A lodge at Cabü by the Lakes

Finest for: Cabin stylish; €€

Why: Is Heart Parcs too mainstream on your woodland wanderings? Contemplate Cabü by the Lakes, its smaller, extra Insta-friendly cousin. A complete of 28 cabins and lakehouses are unfold round Killykeen Forest Park on the shores of Lough Oughter, with good designs (from standalone bed room baths to Belling ranges) and a safari-style, open-air gathering space dubbed a ‘Sitooterie’. Forest bathing, fishing and kayaking are among the many actions on web site. — PÓC

Insider Tip: Restaurant and bar openings are delayed to October as a result of Covid-19. Name to verify the opening date if you wish to eat out.

Particulars: Cabins from round €195 per evening, with a three-night minimal. (zero49) 489 4027; holidays.cabu.co.uk

30. Captain Lysley’s Retreat, Co Limerick


Captain Lysley's Retreat, Co Limerick
Captain Lysley's Retreat, Co Limerick

Captain Lysley’s Retreat, Co Limerick

Captain Lysley’s Retreat, Co Limerick

Finest for: Reunions and cocooning; €€€

Why: The previous dwelling of an previous Etonian British Military captain might sound like a stuffy retreat, however this 19th-century glebe home has been lovingly revamped by John and Katrina O’Connor right into a stunning self-catering keep only a stone’s throw from Adare. 5 bedrooms sleep as much as 12, with numerous nooks and crannies, a Nespresso machine and 16 acres of grounds good for our age of social distancing. The home launched simply final 12 months. — PÓC

Insider Tip: Look out for the hammocks and tyre swing within the gardens. Thirty hours are left between teams to permit for rigorous cleansing and sanitisation between visits.

Particulars: From €195 (midweek) to €395 (weekends) per evening. (061) 970 090; captainlysleys.com

31. Inchiquin Home, Co Clare €€€

On the sting of The Burren, Inchiquin Home has been superbly restored by the Irish Landmark Belief. That includes interval particulars, beneficiant rooms and dazzling views, it’s an expensive alternative for a household gathering. Benefit from the formal eating room and e book a caterer to do the onerous work.

Particulars: From €1,342 for a weekend. (01) 670 4733; irishlandmark.com

32. Hannon’s Nation Farmhouse, Co Sligo €

Tucked beneath the Caves of Keash, this comfortable and spacious renovated farmhouse sleeps eight comfortably. With its dramatic setting, it’s an ideal base for having fun with Sligo and close by Lough Key Forest Park.

Particulars: From €580 per week. (+44) 124 435 7719; hogansirishcottages.com

33. Cloon Cottage, Co Galway €€

Cottage escape in Connemara, anybody? This tasty, contemporary-styled cottage sleeps as much as 4 in a double and twin, with two wood-burning stoves and underfloor heating to maintain you cosy in our Covid winter. A pleasant nation kitchen will probably be helpful for cook-ins. Name forward to verify doggie particulars.

Particulars: From €950 per week (or €500 at weekends). (087) 991 1840; uniqueirishhomes.ie

34. Lakeside Lodges at Killyhevlin Lodge, Co Fermanagh €

On the banks of Lough Erne, Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodge provides 14 stylish cabins which are pet-friendly. Superb for exploring the Fermanagh Lakelands, every luxurious cabin sleeps 4, and friends can avail of the resort’s eating places, well being membership and new play park on web site.

Particulars: From £260 for two-night midweek breaks. (+44) 28 6632 3481; killyhevlin.com/lodges

35. Lakeside Luna & Kuba, Co Donegal €€

Small and completely shaped, this shepherd’s hut stands on the Donegal shore with a deck and out of doors ‘dice’ for hearth evenings overlooking the bay, with a canine or two by your aspect. Self-contained and personal, think about it a bijou bolthole.

Particulars: Three nights from €424. (+44) 1239 780 800; underthethatch.co.uk

36. Ballykeefe Farmhouse, Co Kilkenny €

Sleeping 5, this engaging farmhouse comes with an exterior video games room, massive garden and Ballykeefe Wooden and Nature Reserve close by. The property sits on a working farm, so youngsters should be supervised and your canine well-behaved throughout stays.

Particulars: From €522 per week. (+44) 124 435 7719; hogansirishcottages.com

Prime Tip: “There’s an expectation that every one properties have Wi-Fi. They don’t!” says Lisa Argue of Dream Eire. “In case you’re planning on working, utilizing Netflix or bringing teenage children, examine to be sure that it’s there.”

40. Merrion Mews, Dublin

Finest for: An city escape; €€€

Why: The one authentic 18th century mews remaining off Merrion Sq., the Irish Landmark Belief has labored its magic and restored this good-looking property to former glories. Sleeping six, the heritage hideaway provides you your personal entrance door within the coronary heart of Georgian Dublin, making it an excellent base for a relaxed weekend of tradition, buying or sightseeing within the metropolis. The memorable mews is ready above horse stables and is charming, cosy and child-friendly. — JB

Insider tip: The lodging is upstairs, above working stables that are often utilized by the Mounted Unit of An Garda Síochána. Horses might come and go throughout your keep.

Particulars: Weekend charges begin from €856. (01) 670 4733; irishlandmark.com

41. Malone Lodge, Belfast

Finest for: Multi-family journeys, €

Why: In case you’re in search of an extended break in Belfast Metropolis, the flats in Malone Lodge match the invoice properly. Set in a separate constructing over the highway from the resort, you’ll be able to nip into the bar there should you fancy a tipple or chunk to eat should you don’t really feel like cooking. This nook of Belfast is implausible for locations to eat — the superb Barking Canine restaurant is simply across the nook, and serves among the best Sunday roasts you possibly can ask for. — NB

Insider Tip: In case you’re celebrating a special day, allow them to know — you may simply discover a bottle of Prosecco ready for you within the residence.

Particulars: Charges from €620 every week. (+44) zero28 9038 8000; malonelodgehotel.com

42. Elizabeth Fort, Cork

Finest for: Historical past buffs, €€

Why: You’d by no means anticipate finding a spot like this smack bang in the course of town. This 17th-century fort has an interesting historical past, however was most just lately a Garda station, with three on-site homes out there for gardaí and their households. Two of those at the moment are run by the Irish Landmark Belief, and each inch emanates cosy, conventional appeal, from the patchwork quilts on the mattress to the crockery stacked within the dresser. — NB

Insider Tip: Take a stroll alongside the highest of the fortress partitions, for lovely views of town.

Particulars: Charges from €366 for 2 nights. (01) 670 4733; irishlandmark.com

43. The Mews Theatre Lane, Limerick

Finest for: Structure buffs; €€

Why: There’s a community of secure lanes behind all the grand Georgian townhouses in Limerick, and this property is a transformed mews that makes for an excellent trendy bolthole. Proprietor Nicole Dunphy studied 18th-century Dublin structure at Trinity, and introduced this dwelling again to life a number of years in the past. There’s loads of authentic stonework on show, alongside fashionable touches and comfortable areas for lounging. — NB

Insider Tip: Head to the close by Milk Marketplace for brunch and a browse, possibly choosing up some nibbles for somewhat cocktail hour come dusk.

Particulars: From €140 an evening; airbnb.ie/rooms/21033933

44. Coach Home Douglas, Co Cork


Coach House, Douglas, Cork
Coach House, Douglas, Cork

Coach Home, Douglas, Cork

Coach Home, Douglas, Cork

Finest for: Social households; €€

Why: An important keep is all concerning the little touches. And Emily O’Donoghue, proprietor of the Coach Home Douglas, at all times goes the additional mile whether or not it’s providing to choose you up from the bus station or throwing a load of laundry in should you get soggy within the winter. This secluded and personal cottage is just some minutes from the village of Douglas however a brief drive from Cork metropolis, and is ideal for teenagers — Emily has two of her personal, who typically find yourself taking part in with visiting households too.

Insider Tip: There’s a GHD straightener supplied, so you’ll be able to depart that out of the suitcase.

Particulars: Charges from €140 an evening. (087) 295 5520; thecoachhousedouglas.com

45. Island Lodges at Waterford Fort Resort, Co Waterford


The island lodges at Waterford Castle
The island lodges at Waterford Castle

The island lodges at Waterford Fort

The island lodges at Waterford Fort

Finest for: A soothing household break; €€

Why: Eire’s shortest ferry crossing will take you to the hidden Waterford Fort Resort, the place you’ll discover a personal 310-acre island resort with luxurious self-catering homes, a golf course and the eponymous Waterford Fort. Simply 5km from Waterford, you’ll be able to discover town by day earlier than returning to this tranquil retreat. Every trendy lodge has good dwelling area and three spacious bedrooms, with numerous family-friendly actions, together with trails, at hand. — JB

Insider tip: The Waterford Greenway is a brief drive away and makes for an ideal time out.

Particulars: Weekends from €399. (051) 878-203; waterfordcastleresort.com

44. Connacht Cruiser, Galway

Finest for: RV followers, road-trippers; quirky stays €€€

Why: One of many key causes we embody resorts on our annual Fab 50 record is innovation. That’s why the Connacht Lodge was there this 12 months, and it continues to push the notions of what a metropolis resort may be with the newest arrival — a stationary RV dubbed the ‘Connacht Cruiser’. Parked exterior the resort, with its personal personal out of doors space, as much as eight friends can self-cater right here, making use of a number of good TVs, an en suite master suite and drop-down hideaway bunk, whereas additionally popping in to make use of the resort leisure centre. Simply don’t attempt to drive it away! — PÓC

Insider Tip: The resort additionally does one- and two-bed flats, with free parking and entry to the pool and fitness center included. Two-beds sleep a most of six.

Particulars: From €350 per evening (min. two-night keep). (091) 381200; theconnacht.ie


Inside the 'glampotel' at River Valley Holiday Park
Inside the 'glampotel' at River Valley Holiday Park

Contained in the ‘glampotel’ at River Valley Vacation Park

Contained in the ‘glampotel’ at River Valley Vacation Park

45. Berehaven Lodge, Co Cork €

Set simply exterior Castletownbere, these 15 lodges are a wonderful base on the Beara Peninsula. There are patios with backyard furnishings, a small playground, and the on-site restaurant is arguably the Beara’s greatest (be careful for the South African chef’s braai barbecues).

Particulars: berehavenlodge.com; from €550 every week

46. Donegal Boardwalk Resort, Co Donegal €

If you’d like the children to run wild and play, that is simply the place — there are two playgrounds, and villas are all set amongst three peaceable cul-de-sacs. It’s a simple stroll to the sandy seashore, and there are additionally tennis and basketball courts and a five-a-side pitch.

Particulars: From €625; dreamireland.com

47. River Valley Vacation Park, Co Wicklow €

Select between cell properties, a log cabin and a cool glampotel at this Redcross favorite, however with so many actions on web site you’ll barely be spending any time in your room anyway. There’s desk tennis, loopy golf, distant management boats and a playground, in addition to indoor soccer and basketball. Mickey Finn’s subsequent door does nice pub grub to go along with its Wicklow Brewery beers, too.

Particulars: From €645 every week; rivervalleypark.ie

48. Corralea, Co Fermanagh €

On a serene little nook of Lough MacNean you’ll discover an journey paradise. You and the children can attempt your palms at archery, mountain climbing and canoeing, and all actions are personal for efficient social distancing. There’s an out of doors sauna and sizzling tub, too.

Particulars: Cottages from €89 an evening; corralea.com

49. Hookless Vacation Properties, Co Wexford €

Simply across the nook from Hook Lighthouse, these homes (sleeping six) are on a non-public, five-acre property and just some moments from Sandeel Bay. There’s a playground and tennis courtroom, too — and Dunbrody Home is a 20-minute drive for these particular meals out.

Particulars: From €497 every week; hooklessholidayhomes.ie

50. Lough Lannagh Village, Co Mayo €

Set on the shores of the lake however proper in the course of Castlebar, it is a good spot for water lovers — children can go wild with SUP and kayaking, courtesy of the parents at mayoadventureexperience.ie, and also you’re additionally proper on the 7km greenway to Turlough, too.

Particulars: From €630 every week; loughlannagh.ie

Prime Tip: Verify websites like dreamireland.com, tridentholidayhomes.ie, letsgoselfcatering.com, imagineireland.com and uniqueirishhomes.ie for plenty of choices in a single place.

PS. Kilbaha Cottage, Co Clare

Finest for: Gorgeous sea views, €€

Why: There’s no higher pleasure in life than mendacity in mattress and gazing out upon the ocean. And at this cottage proper on the jagged outcrop of Kilclogher Head, you are able to do simply that. Nevertheless wild it will get exterior, you’ll keep good and heat throughout the partitions, the place you’ll be able to cosy up on a sheepskin-strewn sofa in entrance of the roaring hearth. Kilbaha Cottage sleeps six, so it’s helpful for a number of pals or couples. — NB

Insider Tip: The proprietor’s late father was Norwegian, so he insisted upon having a sauna on the property — benefit from it after your wintery walks.

Particulars: Charges from €1,000 per week; (083) 054 7789; kilbahacottage@gmail.com

NB: All charges topic to availability and alter. Name forward to familiarise your self with Covid-19 protocols, and at all times examine cancellation insurance policies earlier than reserving.

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