5 Amazing Holiday Homes in Ireland You Need To Stay In

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What are two of the most important factors in deciding where to stay on your holidays? Well we reckon when you’ve worked hard all year luxury and location are top of that list! With this in mind we’ve scoured the internet and done the hard work for you. We’ve chosen five of the most amazing holiday homes and cottages in Ireland, and there’s something to suit everyone. From beaches and water sports, to scenic green mountains, we’ve even thrown in a 15th century feudal castle. Keep reading to discover all about your next holiday!

1. Martello Tower Sutton

Described as “the coolest place to stay in Dublin” by 98FM’s Dermont Whelan, and just 20 minutes from the heart of Dublin City Centre, Martello Tower Sutton makes a great location for a unique trip to Dublin in style.

The Martello Tower were originally built by the British Empire in the 19th century to defend against invasions, with a number of similar towers scattered across the East Coast of Ireland. The Sutton Edition however is  a little bit different!

Located a stone’s throw from Howth on the North Coastline of Dublin Bay the accommodation exists on three levels, with the highlight being the 360 degree views from the beautiful kitchen and dining room.

The sturdy, two story defensive fort was built in 1804 and many of the original features of the structure still remain, including the stone staircase and 10ft thick walls! It is truly unique and one of the best holiday homes Ireland has to offer.

Sitting Room Martello Tower Sutton

2. Westport on the Water

The quaint town of Westport in County Mayo is only a 3 hour drive from Dublin Port, and is perfect for a relaxing family getaway or an adrenaline filled adventure! The holiday home we’ve chosen is located perfectly for water lovers at only a few metres from the picturesque Clew Bay.

If you’re from a big family you’ll know the struggle of finding somewhere to sleep all of your brood! This property ticks all the boxes as it sleeps up to 8 people with 2 bathrooms. So it’s even perfect for groups too.

If you’re wondering what you can get up to when you’re there well just take your pick:

  1. Easy access to the cycling trails of all levels at the Great Western Greenway
  2. Explore the natural beauty in the Clew Bay Islands
  3. Relax on some of the best beaches Ireland has to offer
  4. Are you an adrenaline junkie? There’s water sports galore including kayaking, paddle boarding and coasteering

And if you don’t fancy walking too far there’s fishing and boat trips available right on your doorstep. Yep, that’s right there’s a jetty right in front of the house!


3. Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle

Ok, so this one is for you if you ever fancied feeling like a real life king or queen with your own castle! Situated in Cashel, it’s less than a 2 hour drive from Dublin Port, so despite what the songs tell you it definitely isn’t a long way to Tipperary 🙂

Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle was built in 1480 and was transformed from ruins by it’s very dedicated and loving owners. It now stands as one of the most magnificent holiday homes in Ireland.

The views stretch across the green Irish countryside, and you’ll easily be able to pick out the Rock of Cashel – one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions during your stay.

One word of advice though! Make sure you take the correct turn while en route to your bathroom, one wrong turn and you could end up in the castle dungeon…

Ballytarsna Castle1

4. Sheen Falls Lodge, County Kerry

Here at Stena Line we reckon you’d be hard pushed to find a more beautiful setting than the Sheen Falls Lodge in County Kerry. Situated in the heart Kenmare Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s the perfect luxury retreat in one of the finest holiday homes in Ireland.

We’ve picked this one as it’s a little different to the rest. The holiday homes are located on the grounds of a 5 star Relais & Chateaux hotel, so while your holiday feels like a luxurious home away from home you also get unlimited access to all of the hotel’s services and activities!

Plus there’s a fab choice of holiday homes to choose from, including a 4 bedroom thatched villa or a traditional quaint cottage with marble bathrooms, open beam ceilings, a log fire and bay and woodland views.

Sheen Lodge Bay Villa

5. The Well, County Cork

Last but not least is a stunning stone cottage occupying an envious location on a sunny embankment overlooking Schull Harbour. Only a 4 hour drive from Rosslare Port, it’s perfect for a family or friend reunion as it sleeps up to 11 people.

The owners even recommend some of their favourite activities which include a pint at Newmans and a bowl of mussels in Bantry! But we reckon your best bet is just to get out there and explore.

The Well Kerry


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