Sometimes, the most beautiful destinations are right on our doorstep – and sometimes it takes a global pandemic and long-distance travel complications to really make us appreciate that . . . Velvety pints of Guinness, verdant landscapes, medieval castles, marvellous pubs, and who could forget the good old fashioned “craic”, the list of things that the Emerald Isle is known and loved for goes on and on. If you’re interested in a city break to this fun-loving destination, may we suggest you check out our city guides to Dublin and Limerick? But if you’re looking for something a little more stately, a little more private, a little more serene; stay right where you are because we’re about to share with you some of most beautiful properties to rent for an escape into the blissful Irish countryside.
Luxury Staycation Properties To Rent in Ireland
Lismore Castle | Country Waterford
Swanning around the stately rooms and up and down the endless corridors, it’s easy to feel like royalty during a stay at Lismore Castle. Surrounded by the leafy forests of County Waterford, this gothic-style castle dates back to 1170 and is available on an exclusive-hire basis making it the perfect setting for a big family gathering or bringing together friends for a special celebration. During your stay here, you will be taken care of by a team of friendly and professional staff who will help you discover everything that the the castle and its surroundings have to offer. From horseback riding across the rolling meadows, hiking through the nearby Knockmealdown Mountains, playing a round of golf in some of the country’s most scenic courses, or even just spending a lazy afternoon in the parlour with a good book and some board games, Lismore Castle is a dreamy countryside retreat for anyone with an appetite for the grander things in life.
Mullans Bay | Fermanagh
Overlooking the tranquil Lough Erne on Boa Island in Kesh, the Mullans Bay Lakeside Lodges are located only 100 metres from the water’s edge. From the moment you arrive here, you’ll feel a sense of calm and stillness wash over you – this is a place where time moves slowly and your only priority is making the most of the quality time with your family. Surrounded by 36 acres of private parkland for you to enjoy from your doorstep, the lodges are perfect for family getaways with two ensuite bedrooms and an open plan kitchen/dining and living space. The furnishings are contemporary and minimalist, taking no attention away from the gorgeous natural scenery all around you. Mullans Bay is a family-run business and their passion for it is reflected in the warm and welcoming way that they take care of all their guests (many of whom return year after year) throughout their stay. If you’re travelling as a couple or as a larger group, Mullans Bay also has a selection of homes and apartments that can be booked on a self-catered basis depending on your accommodation needs.
Cliff Beach House | Waterford
Clinging to a cliff on Ardmore Bay, the Cliff House Hotel has long established itself as one of the leading luxury boutique hotels in Ireland. As part of their accommodation offering, they have opened Cliff Beach House, an exclusive luxury rental mansion that is nothing short of breathtaking. Overlooking Ardmore Bay, the sleek home has been expertly designed by an architect to offer residents unparalleled views of the surrounding area. Wide open spaces and floor to ceiling windows make for a grand and modern property perfect for socialising with a big group of family and friends. The property features six ensuite bedrooms, a fully-equipped gym, fireplace, cinema/games room and plenty of entertaining and dining space, and is only a two-minute walk away from the hotel’s five-star facilities including a world-class spa and Michelin-star restaurant. During your stay here, the team will be delighted to arrange a whole range of activities for you to take part in including cliff walks, water sports and wild hiking.
Dunmore House | Cork
Run by the same family since its founding in 1948, Dunmore House is a special place of tradition and warm Irish hospitality on the shores of Clonakilty Bay. Revitalising Atlantic ocean air flows through this stately home which has been thoughtfully transformed into a 30-bedroom boutique hotel, each of the rooms individually decorated with a combination of handmade solid wood furnishings, Irish cashmere rugs and organic amenities. Everything you do at Dunmore House feels charmingly wholesome, from afternoon teas in the lounge to a round of golf on the property’s very own adjoining 9-hole golf course. The hotel has a selection of dog-friendly rooms for those travelling with furry friends and for those who want their own space and privacy, The Courtyard which is adjacent to the main hotel has a six-bedroom and three-bedroom house as well as a one-bedroom apartment.
Fanningstown Castle | Limerick
Surround yourself in medieval history at Fanningtown Castle, a 12th century castle meticulously transformed into a self-catered luxury home away from home. Sleeping up to ten people, the castle is the perfect size for large groups of family or friends looking for a truly unique spot to stay nearby Limerick. The castle benefits from its own manicured private grounds and its close proximity to one of Ireland’s most charming villages, Adare. All five large double bedrooms are furnished with pieces that strike just the right balance between traditional grandeur and contemporary comfort. During your stay at Fanningtown Castle, a wide choice of activities will be available for you to take part in including fishing in the River Maigue and a day at the races at the famous Limerick Racecourse.