Why you should choose a self-catering cottage in Ireland

Natural, historic and mystical; Ireland is an island of extreme beauty and renowned for a uniquely warm hospitality, where dramatic landscapes offer an adventure into the outdoors and an ancient world can be found lying just beneath the surface of a rugged exterior.

Although this famous hospitality is present within the hotel industry, there is simply no substitute for the flexibility or personal reward that comes with choosing a self-catering cottage in Ireland; besides, you will still experience them on the road, in restaurants and local pubs.

The majestic Mount Errigal, County Donegal

The majestic Mount Errigal, County Donegal

Staying in a self-catering cottage will allow you to fully appreciate the experience of being immersed in local culture and naturally, it will also mean you can enjoy the facilities without having to muscle your way closer to the turf fire, or next to a window overlooking the marauding Atlantic.

Each cottage varies in size and offers a variety of experiences with some located in the centre of a small village and others in the midst of a typically wild landscape. Standing alone on a hill overlooking Ballmastocker Bay, Colbha Cottage in Donegal is the perfect example of the latter, where you can wake up in isolation, surrounded by luscious hills. While ‘Farmhouse Cottage in County Clare,’ deep in the West of Ireland, is a much smaller cottage offering a quaint interior which effortlessly combines modern comfort with old world living, as seen in the luxurious furniture next to a traditional fuel stove.

Another highlight of choosing a self-catering cottage is the freedom to come and go whenever you please, Cottages such as Seaside Cove, Sugarbush and Fern Cottage in County Cork are not only luxurious and cultural in terms of their interior, but the cottages are also within easy reach of the main attractions and local landmarks while still surrounded by nature in typical Irish countryside.

Stay in County Clare and you can easily visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher for sunrise, Killarney for a late afternoon drive on the Ring of Kerry or Galway city for an afternoon stroll around quaint streets before returning to this beautiful county for your nightly rest.

Ireland is an incredibly personal and cultural destination, but staying in a self-catering cottage is a local experience transcending that of any organized tour or hotel stay. Whether you are looking for luxurious accommodation or maybe something more affordable, there is a wide range of cottages available which are suitable for all budgets and offer facilities catering to all requirements. Remote, central, romantic, spectacular; the locations are endless, and the experience is different for each one.


Visiting the emerald isle is always unforgettable, but travel is all about how you feel, and a self-catering cottage is a unique opportunity to stay in a local environment surrounded by nature where you can feel at home in your own beautiful cottage on the stunning island of Ireland.

Visit Holiday Cottages Ireland and check out the wonderful self-catering cottages currently available in Ireland or head over to our
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