Top 5 Irish Cottages to stay at in Ireland Danny July 3, 2011 Cottages If you’re aiming for an authentic Irish holiday why not look into staying at a luxury four or five star holiday cottage, to complete you holiday? Here is a selection of high quality cottages from around Ireland, that have self catering options and are for rent. These are the ones that I personally like. I hope you do too.1. Hazelfort House, DonegalHazelfort House is an award-winning property situated only ten minutes from local villages Belleek and Ballyshannon. The cottage is situated only a few minutes from the stunning Irish coastline, making swimming and sunbathing an easy option. This property is ideally situated for those wishing to see Donegal at its most beautiful and offers an ideal touring base for Fermanagh and Sligo as well. The cottage contains 4 bedrooms and a range of facilities such as internal heating, television and DVD player and a Jacuzzi bath. Local activities on offer include horse riding and golf. The McCauley family who own the cottage, have been renting out out this self catering gem for 30 years, it is fully fitted out and up to date in decor and style2. Connemara Holiday Cottages, GalwayConnemara holiday cottage is a traditional stone cottage recently renovated into a luxurious holiday home. Set on a 1.5 acre plateauBeautiful Comnemaraoverlooking Streamstown Bay. The bedrooms have been individually decorated incorporating a stylish mix of antique and old Irish cottage furniture, and all rooms have spectacular views of the bay and surrounding areas.Connemara is the unspoilt heart of Ireland. If you are in to Shark Fishing, then the coast here as some of the best Blue Shark Fishing in the world, Tuna and other large game species are also present.For both the casual hill-walker and the mountain hiking enthusiast they are ideally located, a 5-minute walk to the hiking trails, visitor’s centre, and scenic walks of Connemara National Park.Connemara is a place to relax, where one can take a break from the busy world and feast one’s eyes on the surrounding landscape of unspoiled natural beauty.3. Sunnybank House and Cottages, Clifden, Galway.For the ultimate in holiday luxury, Sunnybank House is a beautiful country house of immense character situated in Clifden, Galway. This 19th century house was once a convent, but was renovated into 11 spacious rooms. Tastefully restored to provide old world atmosphere with modern day facilities, the house is set in its own grounds and features a tennis court and outdoor heated pool and sauna, a stone patio and extensive gardens.There is an excellent theatre in Clifden and there is live music throughout the year and some excellent restaurants, Mitchells Restaurant in Clifden, there is an excellent selection of Seafood, and old favourites like deep fried Gubbeen Irish Artisan Cheese. If you are staying in this house, you will not want for fine food from the restaurants of Clifden4. Thatchers Rest Cottage, Laytown, Meath.Just 25 minutes north of Dublin Airport, this 300 year old holiday cottage nestles onto a beach front on Ireland’s East Coast, next to the beaches of Laytown and Bettystown. Offering deluxe accommodation in the tranquil surroundings of large organic flower gardens, this picture postcard thatched cottage was recently renovated.The cottage contains a large open plan lounge room with vaulted oak beamed ceiling and stone fireplace, and a full-fitted pine kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and breakfast bar. There are three bedrooms and two luxury bathrooms with en-suite, power showers, separate double ended baths and under floor heating. The cottage also features stunning ocean views from the front bay window, and is covered in a wonderful Thatch, that is very much in keeping with the original thatch style.Thatcher’s Rest is an exceptional location for an authentic Irish holiday at any time. This cottage is probably one of the prettiest cottages that I have seen in Ireland, and certainly is a rare gem as cottages in greater Dublin are quiet hard to find.5. Little Orchard Cottage, Bettystown, Meath.This charming 300 year-old thatched cottage has recently been totally refurbished to provide luxurious holiday cottageLaytown Thatched Cottage, Meath, Irelandaccommodation for five. The cottage features an open plan lounge with bay window, feature fireplace and solid oak flooring. There is a separate dining area and a cosy library.This traditional Irish farmhouse is fully fitted with an integrated electric oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine. Not to mention a stunning garden and sea views from the kitchen. The property also contains three bedrooms and two luxury bathrooms, complete with under floor heating and heated towel rails. The Cottage is located very close to the K Club, where the Ryder Cup was held in 2006 and is within 40 minutes drive of Dublin city centre.6.Seal Rock Cottage, Co KerryJust south of Kenmare, on the coast of Kerry, this Cottage has the most soul inspiring views that I have ever seen. Spend an afternoon in the garden watching the seals come to the rocks, to rest, feed and play. A sea theme is reflected inside as well, with wonderful drift wood mirrors on the walls, sun bleached timbers tables.Sheepskin rugs and open fireplaces, inviting lovers to snuggle together with a glass of wine, friends to enjoy an Irish gift of whiskey and reminisce.The Kitchen and facilities are a blend of modern and traditional, excellent functionality yet keeping in with the theme and character of the house. Kenmare itself has many excellent restaurants, indeed it was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 places in the World to retire. Restaurants that I recommend in Kenmare would be No. 35 and the Lime Tree. I hope that you like these Irish Cottages as much as I do, and I would love to hear any feed back that you may have on staying in them or any other Self catering Cottages in Ireland.If you are the owner of a Self catering Cottage in Ireland, or indeed any tourist business and you would like some additional exposure for you business, why not send us an article outlining what you and your locality have to offer, we’ll publish it and include a link back to your site. Email us: editor @ holidaysaroundireland.com (Remove those Spaces).