10 charming Irish cottage rentals that cost less than a hotel

Ireland is a country that apparently everyone wants to visit. It’s disconcerting that relatively few do, given its much-admired charms and the fact that one can enjoy the inviting atmosphere of the Emerald Isle without breaking the bank.

The country is full of idyllic cottages that promise a relaxing trip and an unforgettable opportunity. Of Galway at Dublin, Ireland has a wealth of unique attractions and little wonders that rarely leave a lasting impression. Whether you come for the natural beauty present in a host of National parks or the simpler pleasures of an ocean view, Ireland really does seem to have it all.

Save money and broaden your horizons by staying in an Irish cottage. The rural parts of Ireland shine the brightest, and the best way to experience these charms is from the comfort of a simple cottage. These isolated places are best reached by car and renting one will open up the possibility of having amazing road trips

Here is a list of perfect and easy to rent Irish cottages. They represent the geographic expanse of the country and each can be purchased for less than the average hotel.

Seaside farmhouse in County Cork


Rent now$76/avg per night

The waters of Trahata Cove are as blue as the countryside is green. Enjoy this pleasant 18th century farmhouse in the southwest corner of Ireland. Directly on the water, the property offers breathtaking views of the bay and neighboring islands. No stuffy slums, the house has been renovated in such a way that it appears to be a fully modern home with charming traces of its past. The hayloft is now an open kitchen, but a wood-burning stove still provides warmth in the living room.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 4

Old Vicarage in the Wicklow Mountains


Rent now$118.34/avg per night

The ideal place to enjoy peace and productivity, this stone cottage promises a relaxing retreat for couples looking for a change of scenery. About an hour south of Dublin, the cottage is in a rural area of ​​Ireland close to major attractions. A prehistoric stone circle is just down the road, with a host of charming lesser-known places that are rarely talked about. The house is rustic on the outside but has a modern decoration on the inside. High ceilings soar above the fireplace in the living room, a hearth that begs to be lit whatever the weather.

Bedrooms: 1

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 4

Converted 17th century cottage at Kenmare Bay


Rent now$122.29/avg per night

Built from rough stones and centuries-old wood, this centuries old cottage in county kerry is another great place to explore the many facets of Ireland. Formerly a workshop for local craftsmen, it is now a guest house and an elegant blend of contemporary comfort and patinated materials. Enjoy magnificent views of the estuary from the comfort of the private terrace before heading out to discover the many charms of the Irish countryside. Best of all, the house welcomes dogs who will enjoy the rural way of life as much as anyone.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 5

Cool Beg Lodge


Rent now$135.11/avg per night

Strips of vines and other plants cover a stone structure, making Cool Beg Lodge as green as Ireland itself. Travelers often struggle when their romantic image of a destination doesn’t match reality; that’s no problem when you stay here as this cottage is undoubtedly the Ireland of your imagination. Small structure, it has two bedrooms (one with a double bed and a single bed, the other with two single beds) and cozy interiors. Kitchen appliances and bathrooms are modern but retain echoes of past eras in their design. Located in Kildimo, the house is a short drive from Limerick city.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 5

The old stable


Rent now$142/mo per night

A former carriage house with a pleasant stone and glass facade, this charming cottage is another excellent base for couples and solo travelers drawn to Ireland. Located outside the charming and picturesque town of Sligo, it is ideal for exploring the charming Atlantic coast of the island. Inside, the house is a mix of wooden beams, brick walls and ceramic surfaces. A spiral staircase leads to the master bedroom, a space directly connected to the living room, a space whose comfort is enhanced by the use of the wood stove. The outdoor area is covered with gravel. It features a hammock, seating area and views of local farms.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 1

Sleeping: 4

Cottage Row in a normal castle


Rent now$147/avg per night

Taste the life of a peasant of yesteryear while staying at this cottage in the shadow of a 500 year old castle. Although you don’t have to do the backbreaking labor of a medieval peasant, guests are welcome to roam the herb garden, inspect the vegetable patches and marvel at the population of domestic animals on the 100-acre farm. . The building has rustic furnishings, low ceilings supported by strong wooden beams, and comfortable rooms that give a very real sense of the differences between life now and life as it was. It has six bedrooms, most of which have queen beds. In total, the building can accommodate a large group of up to 14 people.

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms : 5

Sleeping: 14

Former Ashford Castle School


Rent now$147.93/avg per night

Enjoy the idylls of rural Ireland from this charming cottage on the Ashford Estate in County Galway. Built by the Guinness family in the mid-19th century, the quaint house promises a true Irish experience. The area has two large lakes, verdant forests and charming Irish towns (Cong’s pubs and inns are a 20 minute walk away). The estate has pleasant trails and a myriad of activities ranging from falconry and horseback riding to zip lines. Renovated and comfortable even by today’s standards, the chalet has a full kitchen and two bedrooms and can sleep up to five people.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 5

Designer Cabin in the Heart of Ireland


Rent now$151.87/avg per night

Not only this beautiful modern cabin near the geographic center of Ireland, but the property it sits on goes to the heart of what Ireland is, capturing an indicative slice of its history, landscapes and way of life. Although only an acre in size, the land has a stream, mossy ruins and beautiful driveways. Located on a hill, it also offers stunning views from the foyer, terrace and interiors. The cabin is sleek and stylish, as modern and streamlined as the surrounding area is ancient and mysterious.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 6

Chalet Kilbaha


Rent now$190.34/avg per night

Set off in any direction from anywhere in Ireland, and it won’t take long before you reach the sea. This incredible home in County Clare, however, is much closer to the blue waters that lap the shores of the Emerald Isle than most. Visually and audibly, the presence of the sea is felt in almost every room. The 10 acre property the cottage sits on has rocky coves, walking trails and limitless exploration potential. The cottage itself is a cozy three bedroom retreat. It has a wood burning stove and other features to enhance the feeling of seclusion and comfort.

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms : 3

Sleeping: 6

Wonderful Cottage in Galway


Rent now$212.03/avg per night

Stone walls do more than hold the ceiling in place; they foster a comforting and rich atmosphere that will leave an indelible mark on your journey and your spirit as a whole. This beautiful cottage in Galway is dominated by impressive masonry inside and out. The kitchen and living room look like a castle, but in reality the local castles (at Glughan and Dunsandle) are minutes away. It has a small but pleasant outdoor area and a sauna. The walled city of Athenry is a short distance away and definitely not a site to cross. With two bedrooms, the house is ideal for couples or small families.

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms : 2

Sleeping: 4

You have chosen the best house for your trip to Ireland, now it’s time to see how you will spend your time there:

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