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6 Irish coastal stays to help you start your summer planning


by Megan Burns
12th Apr 2021
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Secluded Coastal Studio, Kilgraney, East Cork, AirBnb

After a long winter confined to our own locality, we’re dreaming of a summer escape, and Ireland’s beautiful coastline gives us plenty of great options.

During what seemed like a particularly long winter, not infrequently our thoughts turned to the possibility of warmer days when we might be able to travel a little further afield than our own area. And while it doesn’t seem like foreign travel is on the cards yet, Ireland’s coastline is up there with any Mediterranean retreat for sheer beauty.

Granted, we may not always get the weather to match, but this summer you can bet we’re going to take our opportunity to explore it, rain or shine. When it comes to accommodation, we’ve found options from self-catering to B&B that will suit a range of travellers. If last summer is anything to go by, you’ll need to get your booking in early.

AirBnbs

Secluded Coastal Studio, Kilgraney, East Cork

Irish coastal stays

Just a 30 minute drive from Cork, yet in a wonderfully secluded location, this recently-built coastal studio sits just metres from the beach, so even on colder days you can sit and admire it from your window.

Inside, the space is modern and comfortable, with a Yotul log burner, a spacious dining area and armchairs to relax in. The studio sleeps two, so would make a perfect getaway for a couple. From €140 a night.

Lettermacaward Cottage, Donegal

Irish coastal stays

If peace and quiet is what you’re looking for in a stay, you can’t get much better than a property with access to its own private beach. This stone cottage has recently had a modern extension, combining a traditional building with modern comforts.

Irish coastal stays

It has a fully equipped kitchen as well as a comfortable living area. It sleeps up to four people, and pets are permitted on request. From €139 a night, with a two night minimum stay.

Eco stays

Fernwood, Clifden

Irish coastal stays

Fernwood is a house is on a 140 acre private farm comprising of native woodland and bog on the shores of the Salt Lake. The farm setting means you’ll be welcomed with a basket of fresh produce, and there are resident animals that you can meet.

Inside, the property features underfloor heating, a wood-burning stove and sheepskin rugs to keep things cosy, while the local area has plenty of outdoor activities to keep you entertained. It sleeps up to two, from €150 a night with a minimum two night stay.

The Salthouse Hotel Eco lodges, Ballycastle

Irish coastal stays

Set on the grounds of the Salthouse Hotel in Ballycastle, Co Antrim are a number of self-catering eco-lodges with beautiful views out towards Rathlin Island. They are powered by wind and solar sources, offering a sustainable option, while inside you’ll find a double height open plan living area and fully equipped kitchen.

The Spa facilities at the hotel are also available to guests in the eco lodges, adding a touch of luxury to your trip. Sleeps up to six, from €305.33 a night.

Hotel options

Cashel House Hotel, Connemara

Irish coastal stays

For a seaside stay with a country house feel, Cashel House is ideal. This 19th century home has a wonderful traditional feel, and is surrounded by 50 acres of beautiful gardens and woodland walks, while overlooking Cashel bay. Rooms from €190 B&B.

Cliff Beach House, Ardmore

Irish coastal stays

The iconic Cliff House Hotel has a new option for guests: the Cliff Beach house. Located just a two-minute walk from the main hotel, it gives access to its amazing facilities, while providing more space and privacy for a group.

Irish coastal stays

The newly-built house has six ensuite bedrooms, each with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the beautiful coastline. There are luxurious touches throughout, such as a cinema room, an outdoor hot-tub, a gym and even a baby grand piano, while the wellness and dining facilities of the hotel are on hand if you desire. Sleeps up to 12, from €2,500 a night.

Find more coastal stays in the Spring issue of IMAGE magazine, which is out now.

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