Stay in some of the finest historic country houses, cottages, castles and gate lodges in Ireland that are available as self-catering accommodation, including all of The Irish Landmark Trust properties.
Ballealy Cottage, Shane’s Castle Estate, Co. Antrim
Located close to the shores of Lough Neagh, Ballealy Cottage is a nature lover’s paradise in a secluded spot at the end of a long farm lane. With a wonderful wildlife garden and surroundings to explore this property is ideal for people who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Perfect for star gazing and wildlife spotting. Ballealy Cottage makes a good base from which to explore the beautiful county of Antrim. The cottage has a romantic fairytale appearance and is a must stay for wildlife enthusiasts.
Barbican, Glenarm, Co. Antrim
Barbican, positioned beyond an old stone bridge over the Glenarm River, is a charming building with gothic windows and a stone turret staircase. Built in 1825, this medieval miniature castle is a perfect romantic hideaway in one of Ulster’s oldest villages. There have been substantial alterations to the castle over the centuries, including the demolition of most of one wing and the alteration of many windows, so it is extremely fortunate that Barbican and its surrounding battlements remain intact.
Blackhead Cutter, Whitehead, Co. Antrim
Blackhead Cutter is one of three properties available as part of the Blackhead Lighthouses. It surveys the sea from the edge of a majestic cliff on beautiful Belfast Lough. It was built and its light first exhibited in 1902 and would have guided many famous vessels during Belfast’s golden age of shipping, including the ill-fated Titanic. It was converted to electric operation in 1965 and lightkeepers lived at the station until 1975. Guests can enjoy spectacular views over Belfast Lough.
Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House 1, Whitehead, Co. Antrim
Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House 1 is one of three properties available as part of the Blackhead Lighthouses. They are ideally situated on the North Shore of Belfast Lough. The panoramic views from this property are stunning and fill visitors with pure delight and admiration. This magnificent house, in its breathtaking location, is a proud example of Ireland’s maritime heritage. Guests can enjoy spectacular views over Belfast Lough from the Lightkeepers’ Houses.
Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House 2, Whitehead, Co. Antrim
Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House 2 is one of three properties available as part of the Blackhead Lighthouses. They are ideally situated on the North Shore of Belfast Lough. The panoramic views from this property are stunning and fill visitors with pure delight and admiration. The lighthouse was built on the north shore of the entrance to Belfast Lough in 1901, opposite its twin across the Lough at Mew Island. They would have guided all of the great ships of Belfast’s shipbuilding glory days, including the ill fated Titanic.
Drum Gate Lodge, Bushmills, Co. Antrim
The Drum is a unique and pretty two storey gatelodge situated on a quiet country road, and its rustic setting makes it an ideal romantic retreat from the stresses of everyday life. It was built at the end of a long avenue of beech trees at the western edge of the Ballylough Estate in 1800, by Archdeacon Traill two years after he bought the estate. His family are still in residence. There is one bedroom so this beautiful and unique property is suitable for two people.
Kiln Wing, Old Corn Mill, Bushmills, Co. Antrim
The Kiln Wing sleeps two in a double bedroom with a king size bed and is part of a restored 19th century corn mill on the River Bush in Bushmills. This beautiful wing is full of character and has a real sense of warmth. For almost 400 years the water from the Bush River has been used by the world’s oldest licensed distillery for its distinctive whiskey, Old Bushmills. Until 1949 it also provided the electricity to power the tramway which took tourists along the spectacular Antrim coastline to marvel at the Giant’s Causeway.
Magherintemple Lodge, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
Magherintemple Lodge is located in the beautiful seaside town of Ballycastle on the north Antrim Coast. It sleeps 2 adults and 2 children and is a wonderful get-away for the family. There is a great feeling of quiet and peace, yet it is only 5 minutes drive to a beautiful beach. The very spacious dining and kitchen room is full of light. The living room is very comfortable and on cooler evenings you can enjoy the warmth of a real log fire. Hidden away at the top of the house is a quiet space where you can sit and read a book.
Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow
If you are looking for a country getaway close to Dublin you can stay in any one of the different old stone and restored cottages and our renovated courtyard stables on Lisnavagh Estate, an exquisite private country retreat in Rathvilly, County Carlow. Based on 600 acres of parkland and woodland among exclusive surroundings you can enjoy wonderful walks and peace and tranquility only just over an hour’s drive from Dublin City Centre.
Knocknalosset House, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
Knocknalosset House is an endearing two-storey farmhouse in roughcast with a hipped roof. Set down a country lane this property is ideal for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With original features throughout this property you are invited to take time to relax, unwind and recharge in this charming farmhouse that sleeps up to 4 people. During your stay why not visit one of Co. Cavan’s music venues, the restored historic Belturbet Railway Station (45 mins) or the Marble Arch caves.
Inchiquin House, Corofin, Co. Clare
Inchiquin House is an elegant period home with five bedrooms, romantically tucked away in the west of Ireland not far from the Wild Atlantic Way. It is the perfect base from which to explore the unique Burren landscape, historic sites and the region’s many leisure activities. The house is well placed for days out in the Burren, a visit to world famous Cliffs of Moher (40 mins drive), a visit to “Fr. Ted’s” parochial house for afternoon tea or a day out walking in the 12 o’clock Hills (45 mins to start point).
Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House, Kilbaha, Co. Clare
Perched proudly on an enclosure at the tip of Loop Head stands the lighthouse station. Surrounded by birds and wild flowers, cliffs and Atlantic surf, Loop Head offers holiday accommodation with all of the spectacular appeal of the rugged west coast. The coastline is of a dramatic character with cliffs sculpted by Atlantic storms where rock ledges and caves are home to seabirds, seals and other maritime animals. Loop Head Lighthouse station is a major landmark on the northern shore of the Shannon River.
Annes Grove Miniature Castle, Castletownroche, Co. Cork
A miniature medieval castle, Annes Grove Gatelodge was designed in 1853 to impress visitors to the main house – Annesgrove House and Gardens. The silence which surrounds this rural property is part of the charm for our visitors. Beyond the gate, in the privacy of a small garden, guests can enjoy great peace and tranquility – and the small patio offers a wonderful opportunity to dine ‘al fresco’ on balmy summer evenings. This is an intensely romantic building.
Galley Head Lightkeeper’s House 1, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Galley Head Lightkeepers’ Houses are perched on dramatic cliffs at about 130 feet above sea level overlooking St George’s Channel. The houses, in their elevated setting, make an ideal location for relaxing and getting away from it all. The views from every angle are awe inspiring and breathtaking. The station consists of a tower connected by a 38 metre corridor to the semi-detached, two-storey, dwelling, originally built for the principal and assistant keeper, a single-storey dwelling for the gas maker.
Galley Head Lightkeeper’s House 2, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
Galley Head Lightkeepers’ Houses are perched on dramatic cliffs at about 130 feet above sea level overlooking St George’s Channel. The houses, in their elevated setting, make an ideal location for relaxing and getting away from it all. The views from every angle are awe inspiring and breathtaking. Lightkeepers who lived here would have witnessed the tragic loss of the Lusitania in 1915, and sighted a German ship carrying arms, in disguise as a Norwegian steam, being pursued up the St. George’s Channel by British destroyers.
Parade House (red door), Elizabeth Fort, Co. Cork
Situated within the walls of Elizabeth Fort, one of the oldest and most historic sites in Cork, Parade House offers guests an incredibly central base for exploring the history, culture, and wonders of Cork City. The fort dates to the early 17th century and has played a hugely important role in Cork city since then. One of two properties available as self-catering accommodation at this site, Parade House (red door) sleeps three people and offers guests a unique opportunity to stay within the fort walls.
Garrison House (blue door), Elizabeth Fort, Co. Cork
Situated within the walls of Elizabeth Fort, one of the oldest and most historic sites in Cork, Garrison House offers guests an incredibly central base for exploring the history, culture, and wonders of Cork City. The fort dates to the early 17th century and has played a hugely important role in Cork city since then. One of two properties available as self-catering accommodation at this site, Garrison House (blue door) sleeps three people and offers guests a unique opportunity to stay within the fort walls.
Inish Beg Estate, Baltimore, West Cork
Inish Beg is a private island estate (with a road bridge, accessible by car) in beautiful West Cork, just a few miles from the thriving market town of Skibbereen and the idyllic port of Baltimore with its sailing, fishing and diving centres. Your hosts, Paul and Georgiana Keane, have undertaken a uniquely sympathetic renovation and rejuvenation of this island paradise. The Estate with its beautiful gardens, woodlands, parkland, farmland and foreshore will enchant all who choose Inish Beg for their self catering holidays.
Railway Crossing Cottage, Drumstevlin, Co. Donegal
Railway Crossing Cottage, which sleeps two in a 4 foot double bed, is located just 6 minutes drive from Donegal Town. This beautiful cottage is full of character and has a long garden that follows the course of the old rail tracks. The cottage was ‘Gate House No. 9’ because it’s the ninth crossing cottage on the Killybegs branch of the County Donegal Railway when it was opened in 1893. It was originally constructed in c.1892/93 and through the years was inhabited by a succession of families up until the late 1970s.
SJ Clipper, Dunkineely, Co. Donegal
Clipper is located on St. John’s Point Lighthouse station in Co. Donegal. It’s quite a thrill driving down to St. John’s Point Lighthouse, to see it looming at the end of one of the longest peninsulas in Ireland. Enjoy a stay in one of the two characterful lightkeeper’s cottages managed by Irish Landmark Trust and experience the delights of wild and wonderful Donegal. Discover the pretty, almost pink, sands of Coral Beach. Breathe in the fresh sea air.
SJ Schooner, Dunkineely, Co. Donegal
Schooner is located on St. John’s Point Lighthouse station in Co. Donegal. It’s quite a thrill driving down to St. John’s Point Lighthouse, to see it looming at the end of one of the longest peninsulas in Ireland. Enjoy a stay in one of the two characterful lightkeeper’s cottages managed by Irish Landmark Trust and experience the delights of wild and wonderful Donegal. Take in the fantastic views across Donegal Bay and towards Sligo, Mayo and far beyond.
Termon House, Dungloe, Co. Donegal
Termon House, set on a stunning beachfront location along the Wild Atlantic Way, is a perfect escape destination. Located in the heart of the Gaeltacht area this property is ideal for a true ‘get away from it all’ holiday. Whether it is searching the beach for treasure, mixing with the locals or simply a wish to while away the time reading in front of the open fire, Termon House ticks all the boxes. A beautiful and unique defensive Famine Wall still surrounds the house.
Frewin Cottage, Ramelton, Co. Donegal
Frewin Cottage on the grounds of Frewin House is ideal for those who are interested in fishing, golf, riding, hill walking or simply wishing to explore Donegal’s beautiful, wild and mountainous countryside and spectacular coastline. Ramelton has a population of 1000 and is an old Georgian port town located on the river Lennon where it joins Lough Swilly. There are several pubs and shops in the village and some fine restaurants within a few miles, with our local restaurant in Ramelton open at the weekends.
Helen’s Tower, Bangor, Co. Down
Helen’s Tower perched high above the rolling hills of Co. Down, is an enchanting three storey stone tower nestled deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate. Standing on top of the world with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, one can see as far as distant Scottish shores from the top. Built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin, 5th Baron of Dufferin and Ava in honour of his mother Helen Selina Blackwood, Helen’s Tower has since been immortalized by Tennyson in the poem of the same name.
JP Ketch, Killough, Co. Down
Located on the St John’s Point Lighthouse station in gorgeous County Down, Ketch offers holiday accommodation with all of the spectacular appeal of the rugged coastline. St John’s Point Lighthouse’s strikingly tall tower beside Ketch is marked with vibrant bands of yellow and black. Live the life of a lightkeeper in this remote and beautiful spot. Enjoy very comfortable and characterful self-catering accommodation in either of the two lightkeepers’ cottages, JP Ketch or JP Sloop.
JP Sloop, Killough, Co. Down
Located on the St John’s Point Lighthouse station in gorgeous County Down, Sloop offers holiday accommodation with all of the spectacular appeal of the rugged coastline. St John’s Point Lighthouse’s strikingly tall tower beside Sloop is marked with vibrant bands of yellow and black. St John’s Point is the perfect place for a quick visit or time out to refresh and revive. It’s also a great base for walking, discovering the likes of Strangford Lough, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Tullymurry House, Donaghmore, Co. Down
This fabulous period home is a historic Irish country farm house. Set on wonderful gardens including an orchard, Tullymurry House is an ideal base for golf, fishing, hiking, walking, beach, and other outdoor pursuits. It is the ideal holiday house for groups, families and couples. Its historic and traditional Irish country house style and atmosphere with its modern facilities will welcome you into a holiday let you will surely remember. It has magnificent gardens where you can relax and forget the world around you.
Merrion Mews, Off Merrion Square, Dublin 2
This is a truly unique guest experience in spacious accommodation with three bedrooms. The accommodation has a living area which overlooks the stable yard, while two of the bedrooms look back towards the main house, which has one of the few remaining gardens in Merrion Square. The mews building at the rear of No.63 Merrion Square is an integral part of one of the most significant survivals of an 18th century Dublin townhouse – comprising main house with garden, mews and stables with its own small garden.
Triumphal Arch Lodge, Colebrooke, Co. Fermanagh
The Triumphal Arch Lodge at Colebrooke is located in the heart of Co. Fermanagh and is a two bedroom Grade B Listed Building. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is only a short distance from the beautiful Lough Erne. The estate has a long history dating back to the 1640s when a large portion of confiscated land at Brookeborough was given to the Brooke family as a reward for services during the 1641 rebellion. It has remained in the Brooke family ever since.
Bayside Cottage, Cashel, Connemara, Co. Galway
Bayside Cottage is a recently built traditionally styled home with thatched roof and whitewashed walls. The charming, pet-friendly ‘real-world’ escape is situated on the shores of the majestic Cashel Bay, directly located on the Wild Atlantic Way in the heart of Connemara. A stones throw from the shores of the sheltered bay, this property has three double en-suite bedrooms (one with mezzanine level and additional double bed) and offers unrivalled views.
Pier Cottage, Castlecove, Co. Kerry
Pier Cottage is idyllically situated one mile west of Castlecove, just off the famous Ring of Kerry. It is actually a pair of sensitively restored, old stone coastguard cottages overlooking its own shingle beach with panoramic views over the beautiful Kenmare estuary. It can be rented throughout the year as two separate units or one interconnecting cottage. The West End sleeps up to seven in three bedrooms. The East End sleeps four in one double and one twin bedroom.
Westcove Lettings, Castlecove, Co. Kerry
Westcove House, The Stables and Garden Cottage are three unique period properties, full of character, set in the same grounds, overlooking the beautiful Kenmare estuary on the southernmost point of the ‘Ring of Kerry’. Together, all three properties are ideal for family reunions, get-togethers, small weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Various delicious catering options can be provided. Within an hour’s drive you will find several top class facilities making Westcove also an ideal base for golfers.
Batty Langley Lodge, Leixlip, Co. Kildare
An elegant two storey building with seven stone pinnacles, Batty Langley Lodge was designed to be viewed from the River Walk below as part of the planned landscape surrounding the world famous Palladian Castletown House. It is due to the generosity of OPW – both financially and by partnership with Irish Landmark – that this building is available for guests. It is situated on the old Dublin entrance to Castletown House, now a quiet country lane, and is far removed from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
Castletown Gate House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
This beautiful two bedroom house provides a cosy retreat for a get-away-from-it-all break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Gate House at Castletown is one of three adjoining gatelodge buildings – known separately as The Round House, The Pottery and The Gate House – and is situated at the the bottom of a tree lined avenue leading to Castletown House, the most significant palladian country house in Ireland. We know that the Gate House was constructed in 1783.
Castletown Round House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
The Round House at Castletown is one of three adjoining gatelodge buildings – known separately as The Round House, The Pottery and The Gate House. It is situated at the pedestrian entrance to Castletown House, the largest and most significant Palladian country house in Ireland. Prominently positioned at the top of the main street in Celbridge, the Round House is located across from the quaint Church of Ireland Christ Church, built in 1884, which retains the majestic tower of an earlier church.
Ballybur Castle, Cuffsgrange, Co. Kilkenny
Ballybur Castle is a self catering holiday home in the beautiful county of Kilkenny, Ireland. The 16th century towerhouse has been restored to it’s former glory using the techniques and materials of the original builders. The Castle has five floors, each beautifully furnished and decorated maintaining a traditional medieval atmosphere. It is the ancient seat of the Comerford clan, built by Richard Comerford around 1588. Despite the violent times, it seems to have maintained a fairly peaceful existence.
Roundwood House, Mountrath, Co. Laois
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, just over an hour from Dublin, Roundwood House is a beautiful and historically significant 18th century Irish Country House with some self-catering options. The Forge is an open plan, split-level apartment that occupies what used to be the old forge at the house. The Writer’s Cottage is a tiny, secluded cottage hidden away in a corner of the walled garden of Roundwood House and is ideal for inspiring country holidays or romantic getaways.
Springfield Castle, Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick
Welcome to Springfield Castle, the ancestral home of Lord and Lady Muskerry. The castle is situated in the heart of County Limerick on a magical 200 acre wooded estate and is approached along a magnificent three quarter mile long avenue, lined with ancient lime trees. An ideal vacation place for you, your family and friends. A place to unwind and relax whilst on your luxury Irish castle stay. Betty, Jonathan, Karen and family will ensure that your visit will be one to remember.
Thatcher’s Rest Cottage, Bettystown, Co. Meath
This picture postcard spacious thatched holiday cottage recently renovated to the highest standard provides luxury accommodation for up to six people. It is one of six exclusive 300 year old thatched holiday cottages nestled on the beach front on Ireland’s East Coast located right in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. The Cottages Ireland offer luxury holiday accommodation in the peaceful, tranquil surroundings of large organic flower gardens. Stretch your limbs and ease your mind on miles of sandy beach.
Clonleason Gate Lodge, Navan, Co. Meath
Hidden in the heart of the Boyne Valley our luxury one bedroom riverside cottage is at the entrance to a small Georgian farmhouse. The cottage overlooks parkland and its garden runs down to the edge of the river. Visitors will find this the ideal place to relax and unwind with little to disturb the peace but birdsong. Our cottage is within easy reach of Dublin and Belfast and visitors will find many fine golf courses, walks, fishing and amazing archaeological sites close by.
Lissadell on The Beach, Lissadell Estate, Co. Sligo
The former Estate Manager’s House situated within the Lissadell Estate on the seashore offers exclusive rental accommodation. The 2800 sqft property has been restored with the finest materials. The floors and staircase are hand limed oak. Each room boasts carefully chosen Farrow and Ball heritage paint or William Morris wallpaper. The house and its furnishings have been specially designed to make the most of the spectacular Ocean and Garden views from each window.
The Schoolhouse at Annaghmore, Collooney, Co. Sligo
Built in the 1860s, The Schoolhouse, Annaghmore is an attractive rural two bedroom building picturesquely located by the Owenmore River and surrounded by mature woodland. The building retains many original decorative features including ornamental wooden bargeboards and lattice windows surmounted by wooden hood mouldings. Some 19th Century schoolhouse furnishings still survive including the schoolhouse fireplace, coat hooks and chalkboards.
Georgian Country Manor, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary
Built in 1827, this historic residence has been beautifully restored, retaining all original features, while providing a classic, luxuriant and comfortable home. Set in Ireland’s equine heartland, with complete privacy, this gated property includes landscaped gardens, rolling fields and river walks. The property accommodates up to 16 with four superking, three king bedrooms and one double. With large reception rooms ideal for entertaining, it also boasts a gymnasium, games room, fully stocked cellar bar and cinema room.
Lisheen Castle, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Lisheen Castle is a family owned, lovingly restored Irish castle that offers luxury self catering vacation rental for groups of up to 16 guests. The castle is ideally located centrally in Ireland making it the perfect base for taking day trips to many of the magnificent visitor attractions of Ireland. Today the castle is available for luxury weekly rentals to groups on a self catering basis. It is a beautifully restored Georgian Manor/Castle set in the lush green countryside of Thurles, Co. Tipperary. .
Inch House, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
If you are considering an Irish vacation with a difference, then look no further than Inch House. This beautifully restored Georgian mansion, dates back to 1720 and has survived some of the most turbulent years in Irish history. To step through its enchanting front door is to step back centuries in time, where the stresses of the modern world fall away and you find yourself in an altogether more relaxed and refined period in time. Experience life as Lords and Ladies, Downton Abbey style, at this unique property.
Killoskehane Castle, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary
Killoskehane Castle is located in a most beautiful, tranquil private situation just a short drive from the town of Templemore, Co. Tipperary, with superb views of the Devil’s Bit Mountain and the Slieve Felim Mountains. This house was the seat of the Willington Family and consists of approximately 20 acres of paddocks and gardens, with outhouses and a gatelodge. Rental is available from one month to four months duration, with a caretaker and gardener included.
Salterbridge Gatelodge, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford
This enchanting one bedroom property accommodates two people in great comfort with wonderful underfloor heating throughout. Among its interesting features is an octagonal garden room from which the two main rooms, bedroom and sitting room, lead; and the kitchen and bathroom are to the rear. Situated on the Salterbridge estate, on the valley road a mile from the charming village of Cappoquin, the lodge is only 6 miles from the heritage town of Lismore and 10 miles from the sea at Youghal and Dungarvan.
Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Dunbur Head, Co. Wicklow
Wicklow Head Lighthouse has safeguarded the scenic Wicklow coastline since 1781. It is a peace seeker’s haven with inspiring and refreshing views of the Irish Sea. The landscape and scenery surrounding the lighthouse provide a perfect backdrop for a unique and memorable break. It has 6 octagonal rooms carefully constructed in the void that existed within the tower when it was first taken on by Irish Landmark. This property is a most unique place to stay.