Charming Irish Holiday Cottages That Won't Break the Bank

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The largest choice of Irish holiday cottages on the UK market - many at newly-reduced prices - is available in the 2010 programme from There are over 1500 available - so one is bound to be just right.

Views from Kenmare Bay Cottage

We've some great cottages throughout Ireland this year - and many have lower prices than last year!

More than 1,500 Irish Holiday Cottages ranging from secluded rural hideaways for two to magnificent mansions for 22 are to be found in scenic locations from Dublin to Donegal and from Limerick to Londonderry. They include 250 in the most popular tourist region of Kerry and more than 100 in Northern Ireland.

Many key-week rents have been reduced, making them lower than last year. Prices now start at below £4 person per night until March 26 (under £7 in peak summer season) where eight people share a homely four-bedroom detached house on a working dairy farm close to the Lakes of Killarney in Co Kerry. More than half the properties welcome pets which - unusually - stay free of charge, and there are great deals on ferry-inclusive holidays and car rental.

Established for seven years and based in West Yorkshire, Imagine Ireland also offers short breaks, year-round special offers such as two weeks for the price of one, and the option to start a rental on the day of your choice at many cottages.

With its beautiful, peaceful countryside, mountains, lakes, unspoilt sandy beaches, charming little towns, and friendly, laid-back locals, Ireland makes a natural choice for a family holiday. Imagine Ireland's website provides information on things to see and do from every cottage - whether it's walking, riding, fishing and golf, or simply sampling the legendary craic in a local pub with live traditional Irish music.

Among exceptional properties is a beautiful thatched character cottage in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains in Co Wexford. It is full of cosy, country charm with an open fire, wood floors, shuttered windows, pretty bedrooms and the unexpected bonus of a private hot tub in a log cabin in the garden. Sleeping up to 12 and welcoming up to three pets, it is terrific value at £440 per week until March 26, rising to £657 in July/August, and makes a great base for exploring both the mountains and the coast with its sandy beaches only half an hour away.

For the ultimate escape, Imagine Ireland recommends a secluded stone cottage with breathtaking views of lakes and mountains at Kenmare Bay in Co Kerry. Beautifully-restored, with exposed beams, stone walls and a wood-burner, the cosy cottage sleeps five and is an unbeatable location for walkers. Fishing, golf and sailing are all available locally and the Ring of Kerry is within an easy drive. Weekly rental is from £279-£515.

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