After a long winter of confinement, 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.
Mount Corrin, Cork
Nestled between Mizen and Sheeps Head in arguably Ireland’s most scenic coastal corner, West Cork, is this stunning period home. Set in the wild landscape, the house and grounds boast plenty of luxury, including six bedrooms for eleven people, a conservatory boot room, a separate two-bedroom cottage sleeping four, organic kitchen garden, heated pool and outdoor Jacuzzi.
Beautifully maintained in its original neo-classical Georgian style, it’s the type of place that already feels like a home, all you need to do is pop the kettle on and put your feet up. From €8,500 for a one-week minimum stay, including the cottage
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.
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.
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 €160 a night with a minimum two-night stay.
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 €443 a night.
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.
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.
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 €4,000 a night.