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.

Co. Antrim

Ballealy Cottage, Shane's Castle Estate, Co. Antrim

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.

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Barbican, Glenarm, Co. Antrim

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.

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Blackhead Cutter, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

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.

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Blackhead Lightkeeper's House 1, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

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.

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Blackhead Lightkeeper's House 2, Whitehead, Co. Antrim

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.

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Drum Gate Lodge, Bushmills, Co. Antrim

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.

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Kiln Wing, Old Corn Mill, Bushmills, Co. Antrim

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.

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Magherintemple Lodge, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

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.

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Co. Carlow

Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow

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.

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Co. Clare

Inchiquin House, Corofin, Co. Clare

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).

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Loop Head Lightkeeper's House, Kilbaha, Co. Clare

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.

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Co. Cork

Annes Grove Miniature Castle, Castletownroche, Co. Cork

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.

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Galley Head Lightkeeper's House 1, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

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.

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Galley Head Lightkeeper's House 2, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

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.

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Parade House (red door), Elizabeth Fort, Co. Cork

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.

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Garrison House (blue door), Elizabeth Fort, Co. Cork

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.

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Inish Beg Estate, Baltimore, West Cork

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.

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