These self-catering rentals in Ireland are perfect for a getaway with the family, a reunion with friends or even just a distanced break for two

With hotels and accommodation across Ireland gearing up for a July 20 opening date, we’re all starting to think about ways we can spend our holidays in Ireland. Whether it’s a reunion with the wider family or a group of friends, or a distanced romantic getaway you’re after, these stunning self-catering rentals in Ireland and Northern Ireland are a great choice for your trip.

Elfin cottage, Doolin Village Lodges

Doolin Village Lodges, Co Clare

With a number of different self-catering lodges ranging in occupancy from two people to eight, the Doolin Village Lodges are a great choice. In the heart of beautiful Doolin village on the west coast, with views over the Cliffs of Moher and the Wild Atlantic Way, this spot is perfect for a scenic break.

Self-catering holiday homes in Sheen Falls, Co Kerry

Sheen Falls Lodge Bay Villas, Co Kerry

Sheen Falls Lodge is situated just outside of Kenmare in Co Kerry alongside the breathtaking waterfall with views out to Kenmare Bay. As well as the hotel accommodation, there are a handful of luxury self-catering cottages on the estate. The Bay Villas are perfect for a bigger family gathering, with two side-by-side four-bedroom houses that sleep eight each, or 16 people in total.

Galway Coast Cottages is on our list of self-catering rentals in Ireland

These cottages located in Barna, Co Galway, are perfect for groups big and small. With great amenities for kids too, they’re a good choice for families or groups that have lots of ages to cater to. Accommodating groups from six up to 14, and much more if you book more than one house, this Galway spot would be lovely in late summer if the good weather sticks around. The cottages are pet friendly, too.

Mullans Bay self-catering lodges

Mullans Bay, Co Fermanagh

Mullans Bay is situated within a 36-acre private parkland on Boa Island in Kesh, Co Fermanagh. Visitors can choose from the Lakeside Lodges that accommodate up to six people – the Platinum Lodge includes a private outdoor hot tub – or the two villas and apartment on the grounds, which sleep up to twelve guests. With a tennis court, nature trail and lakeside views over Lower Lough Erne, this is a lovely spot for young holiday-makers.

The Reserve apartments at Muckross Park are pet friendly

The Reserve at Muckross Park Hotel, Co Kerry

Situated in the heart of Killarney National Park in Co Kerry, Muckross Park Hotel has self-catering apartments available to rent. There is a large number of two-bedroom apartments that can accommodate up to five guests, with rooms being made up as either a double or twin. Bonus note – they’re also pet friendly. 

Cliff Cottage in Ardmore

Cliff Cottage @ Cliff House Hotel, Co Waterford

If you’ve never visited the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford, put it on your list – it is a must-visit in Ireland with stunning cliff-side views, amazing spa and a Michelin-star restaurant. The hotel also offers the Cliff Cottage for exclusive rental, accommodating up to six adults with additional room for children. The luxury hideaway at the Cliff Cottage is a real treat.

Two-bedroom Duck Lodge

The Duck Lodge @ Marlfield House, Co Wexford

Located at Wexford’s stunning five-star Marlfield House, this two-bedroom cottage is a luxurious home away from home. With mini bars, an open fire and access to all that the House has to offer, this one is a perfet treat for a small group looking to catch up in private.

Dunowen House can accommodate up to 23 guests

Dunowen House, Co Cork

When you book Dunowen House it is yours exclusively making it perfect for extended families, groups of friends, bespoke celebrations and events. Just ten minutes from Clonakilty town, it’s a ideal spot from which to explore all that West Cork has to offer – great views and great food being top of that list. With nine bedrooms, large reception rooms and a fully equipped country kitchen, Dunowen can accommodate up to 23 guests between the main house and Orchard Cottage in the walled garden – ideal for a big gathering in late summer.

The self-catering Gate Lodge at Culloden Estate

The Gate Lodge @ Culloden Estate, Co Antrim

This cottage is situated just outside of Belfast city in Co Antrim. With space for up to six guests, this is a real luxury getaway with full access to the five-star Culloden Estate hotel spa. Decorated with comfort and relaxation in mind, it’s a delightfully a cosy spot that would be ideal an autumn or winter break with loved ones later in the year.