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    Luxury self catering in Ireland

    Get away from it all and plan a perfect escape to a luxury self catering retreat in the peaceful Emerald Isle. There are lots of luxury self-catering properties in Ireland and below is a small selection of 7 luxurious self-catering options that are ready and waiting for your next vacation in the land of forty shades of green….

    Adare Manor, County Limerick

    Experience a luxurious peaceful retreat at the Manor Lodges at Adare Manor in Adare, County Limerick.

    Adare Manor provides beautifully designed and furnished two and four bedroom Manor Lodges, which are a cosy alternative to the stately castle. The Manor Lodges are located immediately adjacent to The Carriage House, which is Adare Manor resort’s dining destination and social hub, and a four minute walk from Adare Manor House. These self-catering houses can accommodate up to four people in a two bedroom lodge and up to eight people in a four bedroom lodge. Each Manor Lodge has its own private entrance, air conditioning throughout and each bedroom is ensuite. Guests will also find a kitchenette and dining room, a cosy and comfortable living room.

    The golf course is a stone’s throw away, with the pro shop and locker rooms conveniently situated in The Carriage House courtyard, with both the driving range and putting green nearby.

    Adare Manor’s Rose & Lavender Cottages are two three-bedroom storybook cottages, which you can also hire on a self-catering basis. Perfectly situated right next to The Carriage House and only a three minute walk from the Manor House, these two historic buildings are full of charm and character. Each cottage has luxurious finishing touches that you expect from Adare Manor, with marble-floored bathrooms, fully-fitted kitchens with Nespresso coffee machine, cloud-soft goose down bed clothes and exactly the same linens, towels, and exclusive Aqua di Parma bathroom amenities as the hotel. While the Manor cottages are a peaceful retreat, staying connected with the outside world is also made easy with WIFI, phones, and satellite TV in the living room and each bedroom.

    Rose Cottage at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick ©

    Castlemartyr Resort, County Cork. 

    Experience a “Home from Home” experience at the Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork with the Castlemartyr Resort Luxury self catering accommodation – It offers the perfect solution for a family break, couple’s escape or bridal party stay in Ireland.

    The Mews Houses are located in the grounds of the 12th century castle which still looms high overhead today. Past residents include Earl Richard de Clare, also known as Strongbow and Sir Walter Raleigh. Each of the 2 & 3 bedroom houses have an individual layout, some with original wooden beams, and all are equipped with modern conveniences and a bedroom on the ground floor.

    The Walled Garden Lodges are set in the grounds of the former orchards and greenhouses with many of the features still present. The area is also home to one of Ireland’s oldest trees, “The Cork Tree” located in the South West corner of the walls. The inner door leads into the bright and spacious open-plan dining and kitchen area. A limited number of Walled Garden Lodges are also pet-friendly.

    The Heron’s Reach Gate Lodges, comprise of a Master Double with en-suite, a double room plus a twin room. Unwind in the living area spaciously designed to accommodate 6 people or perhaps enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the tranquil forest setting on the outdoor terrace.

    Castlemartyr Resort Lodges ©

    Dunowen House, County Cork. 

    Plan a luxury escape to West Cork. Dunowen House is a luxury 18th-century property on the Wild Atlantic Way, just ten minutes from vibrant Clonakilty town. Set in a stunning coastal headland location, the property is surrounded by private coves and unspoilt sandy beaches. Dunowen offers guests the chance to totally switch off and experience West Cork living at its best. Originally built in 1771 by Captain George Sandes, Dunowen House in West Cork has had many interesting owners over the years. Each generation has left its signature on the house and gardens, to be enjoyed by it’s guests today. With six luxuriously appointed bedroom suites, a formal drawing room, dining room and large music and memorabilia room, Dunowen House makes the perfect venue for an escape with friends or extended family groups.

    For more than 30 years Noel Redding, former bass guitarist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience lived at Dunowen House, where he entertained music legends throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. After his death in May 2003, his ashes were interred in the garden. Dunowen House is decorated throughout with items of rock and roll memorabilia linked to Noel Redding and Jimi Hendrix, specifically original concert posters, vintage magazines and music.

    Dunowen House, Co. Cork ©

    Cliff Cottage at the Cliff House Hotel, County Waterford. 

    Cliff Cottage is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a luxury self-catering stay in County Waterford in Ireland’s Ancient East. The 5 star Cliff House Hotel’s facilities, including the Michelin-starred restaurant and luxury spa, are located just minutes’ walk away.

    With three large bedrooms — one double with en suite, one double and one twin — Cliff Cottage offers elegant bedrooms to accommodate up to six adults, with a den for children to play in, complete with bunk beds. Decorated in the colours of the sea, sand and sky with whitewashed walls and plenty of light, Cliff Cottage is bright and airy, reflecting its oceanside setting. The fully equipped kitchen is open-plan, with plenty of space for your family or group to dine as you look out across the sea.  Enjoy this exquisitely designed residence in total privacy and relax after a day exploring in front of the wood-burning stove in the living room.

    Cliff House Cottage at Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford © Cliff House Hotel

    The Lodge at Marlfield House, County Wexford. 

    Marlfield House in County Wexford, in Ireland’s ancient East, offers guests the option of a luxurious contemporary two-bedroom self catering cottage, called “The Lodge at Marlfield”. Enjoy total privacy and relaxation at the Lodge at Marlfield, while having the freedom to experience Marlfield House, it’s grounds, it’s restaurants and the beautiful scenery in the surrounding area. For your comfort the Lodge has multi channel TV’s, Wi-Fi, a mini bar, an open plan kitchen and a living area with an open fire.

    A bedroom at the Lodge at Marlfield, Co. Wexford ©

    Inch House, County Tipperary. 

    For luxury country house accommodation, Inch House in County Tipperary, can be exclusively hired on a self catering or a catered basis. Your family or small group can live like royalty at Inch House, with its beautiful reception rooms, halls, library bar and kitchen, together with six en-suite guest rooms, accommodating groups of up to 19 people.  Each of the luxurious bedrooms are spacious and elegantly decorated. All of the bedrooms are individually styled with antique furniture and tasteful embellishments in keeping with the period of the Georgian mansion house, yet offer all the modern amenities that it’s guests might need. There is a minimum 2 night stay requirement at this luxury self catering property.

    Inch House Co. Tipperary ©

    Mount Juliet Estate, County Kilkenny. 

    In an idyllic setting in the heart of the 500 acre renowned Mount Juliet Estate in County Kilkenny, guests have two self-catering options – a Four Bedroom Walled Garden Lodge and a Two bedroom Chauffeur Lodge.

    The 4 bedroom Walled Garden Lodge has 4 double ensuite bedrooms, extensive living accommodation, and 2 large sun balconies. In keeping with classical exteriors, this property has high ceilings, large windows and a generous layout to offer an elegant and spacious environment that is ideal for both family or friends stay. In order to maximize the light and views, the living space is located upstairs where the morning sun floods an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space that overlooks the elegant internal courtyard on one side while at the other a large lounge overlooks the Championship Golf Course. Enjoy the evening sun as it shines through the mature trees that bound the Walled Garden.

    The 2 Bedroom Chauffeurs Lodge is superbly located beside the Manor House Hotel in the heart of this wonderful estate. It is a detached two-story two bedroom house of exceptional charm and character, which has been extensively refurbished and modernized in recent years. This property comprises a front garden, entrance hall, living room, fitted kitchen and dining room, utility room, cloakroom with washroom; and upstairs there are two double ensuite bedrooms, each with fitted wardrobes.

    Luxury self catering accommodation at Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny © Mount Juliet Estate

    Luxury tour of Ireland

    Scenic valleys, gorgeous gardens, challenging golf courses, soaring mountains and historic ruins, the Emerald Isle is a must see treasure trove with many luxuries waiting for you to explore.

    If you would like to arrange for luxury self catering in Ireland for your next vacation and you want to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 

    Have a look at our private chauffeur vacations for some additional tour ideas. Luxury self catering options can be arranged instead of hotels, if you prefer. We always enjoy hearing from our friends around the world who share a passion for Ireland like our team here at Specialized Travel Services and we’re more than happy to answer your travel to Ireland queries. Just drop us a line at

    Our Gift of Ireland “Gift Certificates” are available for purchase on our website and they make a wonderful valentine’s day gift, wedding gift, anniversary gift, birthday gift, or an Irish Experience with family & friends. Our Gift Certificates can be redeemed as full or part payment for any of our Ireland Vacations, chauffeur drive packages, luxury self catering stays, Honeymoons and Mini Moons and they are valid for 5 years from date of purchase, so you have lots of time –  which is another great Irish luxury!



    Note: Featured image at the top of the blog is a bedroom from Lavender Cottage at Adare Manor, Co. Limerick © Adare Manor.

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