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There is no place more magical to spend Christmas than in Ireland. With classic wintry conditions, and great proximity for Santa to travel, Ireland is a winter wonderland. Whether traveling from abroad, or staying put, consider renting a Unique Irish Home for the most memorable Christmas gathering in Ireland.


These are the best self catering holiday homes to rent for Christmas gatherings in Ireland…

8. The Carriage House, County Dublin

Where better to celebrate the festive season than at RTE’s ‘Home of the Year 2020’? This city sanctuary is both steeped in history and sits on the edge of bustling Dublin city so you get the best of both worlds. Just outside Dublin’s M50 ring road where the city starts to give way to golf courses and vegetables but is still within easy reach of all the main transport routes. This makes it an ideal base from which to explore the enchantment of Ireland’s capital from an historic domain.

This old coach house has been charmingly transformed into a quiet and refined country home. It faces onto its own sunny enclosed granite and cobblestone courtyard, surrounded by a cluster of outbuildings dating from the early 1700’s. The Carriage house sleeps up to 4 guests – check out the full home here.

7. Cullens Cottage, County Wicklow

If Christmas isn’t cosy, is it even Christmas? It doesn’t get much cosier than Cullens Cottage in Wicklow. It has been a ten-year labour of love to rehabilitate a small cluster of ruins into an exceptional homestead. And the results are just marvellous. This holiday homes sleeps up to four guests in the most stunning interiors. No detail has been overlooked here.

High in the muscular mountains of Wicklow, surrounded by pastoral countryside, fresh air and grazing sheep, this granite cottage is an ideal HQ for indulging in a hiking or mountain biking holiday. And with bustling Dublin City beckoning under an hour downhill, the forecast for adventure doubles… book your stay now.

6. Lis na Carrig, County Dublin

There’s nowhere quite like Lis na Carrig: an exceptional Victorian mansion hiding within an immaculate five-acre garden, in the exclusive leafy Dublin suburb of Foxrock. We can just imagine a very luxurious Christmas here, curled up next to the fire, turkey roasting away in the oven, someone playing away on the piano…

This original section of the house contains the more formal rooms, featuring elaborate pelmet-ed drapes over generous sash windows, period furniture, and quintessential black and white marble fireplaces in the drawing and dining rooms. The home has been expanded to include a gym and home cinema, each room in this irregular heritage house offers stunning glimpses of the ubiquitous gardens. Just perfect family gatherings, 25 minutes from the city centre and sleeping 8 guests. Book your holiday season stay now.

5. Danieli, County Galway

When it comes to homes to rent in Ireland over Christmas and the festive season, Danieli is utter perfection. This generous stone cottage sleeps eight across five bedrooms with classic Connemara seascape views, uniquely suited to cross generation family vacations.

As for a kitchen to cook up a serious feed in, an expansive and comprehensively equipped family kitchen complete with Aga range, annexes the southerly aspect of the cottage. Just off the sitting room, this space is shared with a generous dining table, leather and chrome chairs, marble floors, and a wood burning stove. Check out every nook and cranny of Danieli here and find some nearby activities here!

Danieli house luxury rental Ireland Christmas rent

4. Sandbrook House, County Carlow

An inviting and elegant home, this substantial 300 year old Queen Anne style country house, set in twenty five acres of mature parkland, makes the perfect setting to share memorable family gatherings, celebrations or corporate retreats. Sandbrook House sleeps 27-31 guests so there’s plenty of room for all of your friends and fam!

Within easy reach of Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford and the sunny south-east, Sandbrook House makes a totally unique escape. Book your festive stay now!

3. Doolin Lodge, County Clare

Dear Santa, can we have Doolin Lodge for Christmas? The larger of two meticulously restored 18th century farmhouses, Doolin Lodge’s surprising interior shows great attention to detail, and brings an international five star quality to a remote rural cottage.

The traditional rustic stone hearth is now occupied by a more serviceable wood burning stove – perfect for getting toasty beside during the winter. Bedrooms don’t get much cosier than those at Doolin Lodge, perfect for curling up and snoozing in during Irish winters. The home sleeps 8 people across four double bedrooms.

Check out the area here and the full holiday home listing here.

Dooling Lodge rent for Christmas Ireland

2. Tipperary Lakeshore House, Co. Tipperary

Christmas luxury awaits at the iconic Tipperary Lakeshore House. With space for 12 guests, this extremely elegant historic mansion overlooks Lough Derg, and is one of the finest houses on the lake.

Approached by a winding avenue which travels through mature parkland and woodlands, it affords spectacular views and the utmost privacy being set well back from the road, and invisible except from the lake. The Victorian main house, with some forty rooms, was extensively refurbished yet retains the integrity of the original period features – ornate cornicing, broad wooden floors, antique marble fireplaces, panelled mahogany doors and decorative architraves. Check out the full property here.

1. Castlehaven House & Castlehaven Lodge, County Cork

The perfect pair for larger groups at Christmas. Together, Castlehaven Lodge and Castlehaven House sleep a total of 16 people. Just a short jaunt from the main house which sleeps 12, you’ll find the charming lodge which sleeps an additional four – perfect for keeping the peace this holiday season. ⁠⠀
The whimsical estate offers plenty of space to entertain, dazzling views of the Atlantic, acres of maintained gardens, and a private walk through an historic glen to the secluded seashore. This home is everything you’ve dreamed of, and so much more. Follow the links above to view more and book now.

Split image of Castlehaven House and Lodge in Ireland with gorgeous living room and lush exterior

All homes are currently available for Christmas – get your bookings in ASAP to secure your stay!

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