On this page, I’m going to show you the best large holiday cottages in Ireland, along with things to do nearby.
All the properties are of an excellent or exceptional standard throughout.
27 Best Large Houses to Rent in Ireland
Beach House (County Wexford)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | Near the sea | Near a pub | WiFi | Open fire
A contemporary and luxurious holiday home set next to the beach in the seaside village of Courtown. Listen to the waves lapping against the beach.
Things to do: Visit Wells House and Kia-Ora petting farm with its own fire engine. Take a drive to Wicklow Mountains National Park.
Annagh (County Mayo)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 1 | Pets No | Games room | WiFi | Open fire
A unique house set amidst tranquil gardens with uninterrupted lake views in Ballinrobe.
Things to do: Visit the Museum of Country Life at Turlough. Go to Connemara National Park, with its stunning scenery.
Skeaghnore (County Cork)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Near the sea
An apartment set on the ground floor of the owner’s home near the coastal village of Castletownshend.
Things to do: Castletownshend has a 17th century castle, quayside and harbour. There is also a golf course and an indoor sports centre nearby.
The Mermaid (County Donegal)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open fire | Near the sea
This old country house has spectacular views of Maghery Lough, the Atlantic Ocean and Arranmore Island.
Things to do: Walk to the beach which is safe for swimming. Take a boat trip from Burtonport harbour to Arranmore.
The Brook (County Fermanagh)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire
This characterful cottage is located beside the Fermanagh Lakes, just a short drive from the town of Enniskillen.
Things to do: The village of Enniskillen is worth your time, with its sightseeing opportunities, museums and boating trips.
The Farmhouse (County Tipperary)
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Open Fire
The Farmhouse, dating back to the 1640s, sits four miles from the County Tipperary town of Cashel in the South of Ireland.
Things to do: Near Cashel, ruins of Hore Abbey, Golf courses in Cahir, Dundrum and Tipperary Town. Coolmore Stud in Fethard is around 25 minutes away and is home to the finest stallions in Europe.
The Barn (County Meath
Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire | Games Room
A charming cottage with a homely feel, The Barn is a fantastic family abode from which to explore the many attractions that this area of Ireland has to offer.
Things to do: When you’re not exploring the excitement of the local area, spend some time in the shared games room, offering hours of entertainment for all ages, or make the most of your time in the gym while the little ones delight at the play area outside.
Holly Glen (County Donegal)
Sleeps 9 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | WiFi | Open Fire
Perched on the hillside and boasting excellent views of the Glengesh Pass near the County Donegal town of Ardara, is this delightful detached farmhouse-style cottage.
Things to do: At the rear of this Ardara cottage is a small man-made pathway that leads over a stream and up to the top of the hill where you can enjoy the best view of all. The charming town of Ardara is bursting with personality and has many craft shops and pubs.
Gallivans (County Kerry)
Sleeps 9 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | WiFi | Open Fire | Seaside
A beautiful detached cottage located next to a quiet road, on a hillside overlooking a golden beach, close to the village of Caherdaniel, County Kerry.
Things to do: The quaint village of Caherdaniel is one of many that dot the beautiful coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula and features a shop and pub, as well as beautiful unspoiled beaches such as Derrynane Strand and O’Carroll’s Cove. There are also opportunities for swimming, horse riding, and golf at the renowned Waterville Golf Club.
Architect House (County Kerry)
Sleeps 9 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets No | WiFi | Open Fire
This bright and spacious detached property lies in the secluded countryside of Ballineanig near Ballyferriter on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.
Things to do: This cottage near Ballyferriter offers easy access to the attractions of the Dingle Peninsula. Natural wonders include the Blasket Islands and Mount Brandon, while lazy days can be enjoyed amongst the Gaelic-speaking residents of the nearby villages for a true Irish experience.
Cairbre House (County Waterford)
Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 6 | Pets No | Near the sea | Near a pub | WiFi | Open fire
Set on the shores of the Colligan River estuary in the harbour town of Dungarvan.
Things to do: Explore the historic harbour town of Dungarvan, set around the 13th century King John’s Castle. Go for a hike in the nearby Comeragh Mountains and beautiful Nire Valley.
Benbulben View (County Leitrim)
Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire | Seaside
Benbulben View is a stunning detached house enjoying an idyllic, coastal location in Tullaghan, County Leitrim in Ireland.
Things to do: Tullaghan, with its convenience store, is in an excellent location for venturing the West coast of Ireland. Mullaghmore and the vibrant seaside town of Bundoran are both close by and offer a variety of pubs and hotels to enjoy plus fun-filled activities for all of the family including golf courses, mini-golf, horseback riding tours, cliff walks, adventure parks, and numerous water sport activities including kite surfing and bodyboarding.
Tranquil Hill (County Mayo)
Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | WiFi | Open Fire | Seaside
A stunning, contemporary detached cottage situated in an elevated position, 6.5 miles from the town of Belmullet, County Mayo.
Things to do: Sitting at the mouths of Broadhaven and Blacksod bays, the lively town of Belmullet has many facilities including a wide variety of boutique shops, pubs, and restaurants. The town is renowned for sea angling and watersports.
Procklis House (County Antrim)
Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire
Boasting rolling countryside views within 127 acres of farmland, is this outstanding farmhouse, Procklis House.
Things to do: Within walking distance, there’s a farm shop, which serves a beautiful Ulster fry for breakfast and also serves lunch and early tea. Five miles away is the popular wedding venue of Galgorm Manor.
Lough View Cottage (County Donegal)
Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire | Games room
Benefitting from breath-taking views of the Muckish Mountain and the majestic Glen Loch, is this wonderful Lough View Cottage.
Things to do: Venture to the nearby Olde Glen Bar Restaurant, seaside resort of Carrigart, and Glenveagh National Park.
The High Field (County Kerry)
Sleeps 11 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | WiFi | Open Fire
This stunning, detached cottage sits in a superb position, offering views towards the Atlantic, just outside the vibrant town of Cahersiveen on the Ring of Kerry.
Things to do: There are many nearby attractions to chance upon, including Valentia Island, boat trips to the Skelligs and the seaside village of Waterville.
Croughmore West (County Kerry)
Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open fire
A grand house set in the small village of Firies, surrounded by lush green countryside and just a short drive from the holiday town of Killarney.
Things to do: Take in the scenic views of Kerry and West Cork. Visit Dingle for its lovely beaches and cliffs.
Doolough Lodge (County Kerry)
Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire
Set in a picturesque location overlooking Doolough Lough and a stone’s throw from the striking Lough Guitane, in Muckross close to Killarney in County Kerry, is this superb detached cottage.
Things to do: There is also outdoor furniture should you fancy some alfresco dining. The Killarney area is recognised worldwide as one of the most scenic parts of Ireland due to its crystal clear lakes, mountain peaks, and stunning scenery. It is also home to the Killarney National Park, Ross Castle and the Gap of Dunloe.
Millers Lane House (County Donegal)
Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire | Games room
Situated along a quiet country road, this stunning, detached, cottage is just a few miles from the fishing village of Muff in County Donegal.
Things to do: The small village of Muff lies on the Inishowen Peninsula, just 20 minutes from the historic walled city of Derry and Derry Airport, and close to the border of Northern Ireland, making it a wonderful place to explore both regions.
River House (County Kerry)
Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets No | WiFi | Open Fire
A stunning, stone-built, detached property, ideally situated in a delightful, rural location nestled on the banks of the Sneem Estuary, 0.5 miles from the village of Sneem, in County Kerry.
Things to do: Relax to the sound of the flowing river while dining alfresco in the large garden, a birdwatcher’s paradise, or curl up in front of the cosy open fire on chilly evenings; this Sneem cottage is perfect at any time of year.
Ballynacree Cottage (CountyAntrim)
Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | WiFi | Open Fire | Games Room | Sauna
Nestled within extensive acres of picturesque land is Ballynacree, a countryside hideaway and converted servant quarters attached to the owner’s manor house, this grand dwelling is the perfect base for a large gathering with family or friends.
Things to do: The kids will be entertained in the exciting games room, which features a TV, board games, a pool table, a pinball machine, and bean bags to sink into and relax. Soak your troubles away in the lavish outdoor hot tub. Close by is Drumaheglis Marina, where you can enjoy fishing, sailing or canoeing, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
Kyle Cottage (County Tipperary)
Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 6 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire
This delightful detached cottage is situated across the road from the owners’ B&B in County Laois, just a few miles from Roscrea, a historic market town just across the border in County Tipperary.
Things to do: To the rear of this cottage in Laois, you will find a sheltered patio area with furniture and a barbecue, ideal for those sunny evenings dining alfresco, and this holiday home also boasts a fantastic hot tub! Just a few minutes’ walk from this Roscrea holiday home is the owners’ own lake, stocked with fish where a private rental can be arranged for your leisure.
Mulroy View (County Donegal)
Sleeps 14 | Bedrooms 7 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets Yes | WiFi
Luxury cottage with views of the dramatic Mulroy Bay near the village of Kerrykeel.
Things to do: Head to Portsalon for its world-renowned beach, and Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. Donegal is known as one of the most beautiful and unspoiled counties in Ireland, so make the most of walking and taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Preston House (County Laois)
Sleeps 14 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 6 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open Fire
Preston House, which was built circa 1820, is a striking Georgian dwelling sitting in the heart of Abbeyleix town, Ireland.
Things to do: With its mountains, canals, forest trails, rivers & lakes, Laois is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Preston House and Abbeyleix is the perfect location starting point to explore.
Seabrooke House (County Louth)
Sleeps 15 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | WiFi | Open fire | Near a pub | Near the sea
Luxury holiday home in the heart of Gyles Quay. With views of the Cooley Mountains and Dundalk Bay.
Things to do: Take a sailing trip around Carlingford Lough waters or go for a walk in the Cooley Mountains.
Luxury Cottage – City Centre (Galway)
Sleeps 19 | Bedrooms 7 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | WiFi | Hot tub
Stunning large apartment with hot tub in the city centre.
Things to do: Enjoy the city of Galway. Visit the shopping centre and Galway Cathedral.
Ocean View (County Cork)
Sleeps 20 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets No | WiFi | Games room | Near the sea
Set in Kinsale this holiday home is at the top of a hill with views of the ocean. Kids will love the large pirate ship climbing frame and there is also a heated enclosed gazebo with Sky TV and seating up to 10 people.
Things to do: Visit the wide and meandering Charles Fort. Go for a brisk walk on Kinsale Beach.
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