Cottage Holidays in Ireland
Ireland is a beautiful country, and the most authentic way to experience it is with cottage holidays. Here are some exciting cottage holidays in Ireland.
When on holiday, instead of staying at a new hotel, many holidaymakers, also known as vacationers in Ireland, prefer their cottage holidays in traditional Irish cottages.
An Irish cottage holiday in Ireland hosts the perfect way to experience the wildflower-swathed hillsides and lush green gardens that cover the Emerald Isles.
On holiday, you will undoubtedly encounter the unpretentious heritage of the country and warm culture of the Irish people while you stay in your cosy cottage.
And the views are to die for.
These quaint Irish cottages blend seamlessly into the striking landscapes and seascapes that make up the best Ireland has to offer.
Wondering what is it like to stay in an Irish cottage?
Here is what to expect of these quaint residences on your cottage holiday.
Let’s get rolling.
1. The hearth is the heart of the cottage holidays in Ireland
The hearth’s cosy fireplace and wood-burning stoves are the heart of the house. In the early days, bedrooms were behind the hearth to soak up the heat from the fire. Most hearths sit in the middle of the home, except some attached to gable walls or at the end of cottages.
Early cottage hearths were built of daub and wattle, but later builders used stone flues for safety after coal heated homes.
2. Irish gardens kiss the edge of the sea in serene coastal towns
Coastal cottages host picturesque garden views that feature beautiful flowers that meet the sea.
You’ve undoubtedly seen the pictures in travel magazines!
Imagine your patio doors opening to an Irish garden and fresh ocean breezes showcasing stunning sea-front views.
These Irish gardens surrounding cottages are one of the most glorious sensory experiences you will encounter on your Ireland holiday break.
3. Thatched roofs of a bygone era give way to modern materials
In the 1800s, thatched roofs covered cottages. Nearly half of the population cooked their meals, spent time with families and slept soundly beneath thatched roofs.
Builders used a wide variety of materials to build the roofs. Lime mortar was preferred, but it was pricey. Other roofs were constructed of tempered mud and then strengthened by reeds and straw. The most popular roofs used sod under timber on the bottom and straw thatch made of flax and wheat lay on top.
Thatchers threaded and cut the materials meticulously. It took roof thatchers 5,000 handfuls of straw to finish one roof.
Today, many cottage roofs have to be reroofed and cottage roofers now use more durable materials that take less time to complete. So it is rare that holidaymakers will stay under thatched roofs on cottage holidays anymore.
In the present times, staying in an Irish cottage offers tourists the best of both worlds. You can now experience the best of ancient Ireland whilst enjoying modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, modern plumbing, and kitchen facilities.
When you visit the captivating sites in Ireland, staying in a cottage is a lovely alternative.
Our traditional Irish cottage is set on the Causeway Coast in Ballycastle and oversees beautiful Rathlin Island. Contact us today to begin planning your dream cottage holiday.