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6 Cosy Winter Hideaways on the Wild Atlantic Way to Book Now

Carol's eco house, Sligo

These six West of Ireland retreats score top marks on the snuggle scale – and they’re all available to rent…

If there’s one plus to an Irish winter, it’s that it’s the perfect excuse to have the laziest, snuggliest getaway ever. With howling gales and torrential rain typical, there’s no pressure to head off hiking or surfing or, God forbid, zip-lining. No, your only goal is to stay inside and do nothing while looking out at moody rain-lashed scenery (foul weather actually makes this experience all the better). Curl up with a good book in front of the fire or binge on the entire series of The Wire… whatever – we don’t judge. If the weather’s tolerable, you can always venture out for a gentle walk to acknowledge  your stunning surroundings. We’ve rounded up six of Airbnb’s most alluring winter hideaways way out west, so get booking now…

1. THE TREE HUT
Cuckoo Wood Hexagon Hut, Westport, Co. Mayo

Cuckoo Wood Hexagon Huts, Westport, Co. Mayo

Why you’ll love it * Orchard/woodland setting, 2km from Clew Bay, 200m from the Owenwee river, filled with salmon and trout * Decking on both sides for catching morning and evening sun * Its own cuckoo! (seasonal) * Wifi * Pot-belly stove * Freshly baked soda bread, butter, eggs and peat delivered daily

How much? €75 per night/€500 per week (sleeps 2)

Book Cuckoo Wood

2. THE CLIFFTOP COTTAGE
Dinny’s Cottage at the Cliffs, Liscannor, Co. Clare

Dinny's Cottage at the Cliffs, Liscannor, Co Clare

Why you’ll love it * 200-year-old cottage overlooking Liscannor Bay, 1.5km from Cliffs of Moher * Authentic cottagey interior with mod-con updates * Rustic wake-up call courtesy of the cockerels on the open farm next door * Cable TV * Fireplace * Hot tub

How much? €120 per night/€500 per week plus cleaning fee of €30 (sleeps 4)

Book Dinny’s cottage

3.  THE ECO RETREAT
Carol’s eco house, Oughterard, Connemara, Co. Galway

Carol's eco retreat, Oughterard, Connemara, Co. Galway

Why you’ll love it * Stunning lake and mountain views, overlooking Lough Corrib and the mountains of Connemara * Eco-conscious build for a conscience-friendly holiday  * TV and stereo with iPod dock * Fireplace * Underfloor heating throughout * Table tennis

How much? €79 per night/€474 per week plus cleaning fee of €45 (sleeps 5)

Book Carol’s eco house

4. THE ISLAND COTTAGE
Leonard’s fisherman’s cottage, Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, Co. Galway

Leonard's cottage, Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, Co. Galway

Why you’ll love it * 300-year-old limestone cottage, refurbished with underfloor heating for minimal carbon footprint and constantly hot water *  High vantage point with sweeping views of Galway Bay and the neighbouring Aran Islands * Wifi * Roaring fire (or the means to build one) * Neighbouring hens who visit daily

How much? €50 per night/€350 per week plus €75 cleaning fee (sleeps 6)

Book Leonard’s cottage

5. THE COSY CHALET
The Cosy Chalet, Ballyrisode, Co. Cork

The Cosy Chalet, Ballyrisode, Co. Cork

Why you’ll love it * 100-year-old converted shepherd’s shelter set on 60,000 square metres of park, forest and lawns * 500m from sandy beaches * TV * Wifi * Indoor fire * Rock pool out back (if you’re brave enough)

How much? €29 per night plus €40 cleaning fee (sleeps 4)

Book The Cosy Chalet

6. THE SCANDINAVIAN-STYLE LODGE
Clarkwood Lodge, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo

Clarkwood Lodge, Kilmactranny, Co. Sligo

Why you’ll love it * Smart wooden Scandinavian-style accommodation in the heart of lakeland Sligo, close to arresting Lough Arrow and 15 minutes from Lough Key Forest Park * Wood-burning stove * In the grounds of Clarkwood House, with its resident dog and rabbits, spacious garden and swings * Breakfast provided

How much? €40 per night/€375 per week (sleeps 4)

Book Clarkwood Lodge

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