Best Place to rent a villa??

September 16, 2008


Group of 3 couples planning June \’09 trip to Ireland. We would like to rent a villa for a week to use as a base for some day trips, and just enjoying hanging out.

My wife and I are return visitors but this will be first visit for others. We want them to see Dublin so we are thinking about a place within 2 hours of Dublin. We would welcome suggestions for best area to use as a base considering other places we might want to access.

Thanks for your ideas.

2 Answers

  • Gene says:

    Thank you for your very informative response.

  • IrishFlair says:


    You have many places to chose from and I’m thinking that you should be able to negotiate a good price for everything next year. So don’t be afraid to haggle!

    We don’t do a lot of self catering but I do know Ireland so can direct you where I think is good. Depending on what you want out of your stay, however, you may want to keep looking around.

    Within 2 hours of Dublin means you can easily stay as far north as Dundalk or Virginia, west out to Athlone or Birr or south around Kilkenny or Enniscorthy. Figure what area you want and then do some Google searches for that (eg “Kilkenny self catering”), I know a good many places will pop up.

    I have always wanted to try these thatched cottages in Meath. They look so amazing, right on the ocean, too.

    However, if this were my trip and I wanted to show Ireland to first timers I would go south of Dublin for there are many sights in the area and nearby that are easy to get to. Kilkenny and around there is perfect, IMO, because you can get to places in Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin all within a day but still be back to your own bed by dinner time. Do the Google search but here, too, are a couple of web addresses to get you started:

    Irish Landmark Trust – unique places to self cater in though I think that for 6 of you the only properties that work are the ones listed in Dublin city.

    Hidden Ireland Homes – guesthousing for those who want to self cater. Use the Location map to find info about the houses, most also have their own web sites.

    Triton Holiday Homes have a couple places listed more East in Ireland.

    West Coast Holidays have a few places also listed further east, just roll over the counties on the map to find what they have.

    Lastly, Irish Holiday Rentals have a large number of places to rent.

    This is not in any way a complete list. Many self catering cottages are privately owned (ie. not belonging to a company) and you may have to search around the web or even do some calling to Ireland personally to get in touch with the owners. I would also look at places like for recent reviews.

    Best of luck!

    Safe travels,


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