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Make a holiday rental, home or holiday cottage County Cork, Ireland your home away from home

County Cork is the South Eastern county of the Republic of Ireland, and the largest of all the Irish counties. County Cork is a land of lush farmland, river valleys, jagged coastline and wild sandstone moors. County Cork has a long history, will traces of settlements dating back to the Stone Age. A holiday from a self catering Cork holiday cottage can be as adventurous or relaxing as you like, but County Cork is a haven for peace and tranquilly.

Places to holiday in County Cork

The city of Cork is Ireland’s second largest city, with a huge shopping sector. It has a reputation as a relaxed destination where the bars, restaurants and pubs are lively and serve a combination of the best of local and English foods. There are many festivals to be enjoyed from your choice of self catering Cork accommodation, with the Cork Jazz Festival, Folk Festival and Film Festival. A great place to get a feel for the city is to climb Shandon Tower, and have a go at ringing the bells!

Things to do on a County Cork holiday

The hiking in County Cork is extensive. The stunning scenery of the coastline provides a beautiful backdrop to enjoy whilst you walk from a Cork holiday cottage. Walks to the Beara Peninsula and Mizen Head are very popular due to the breathtaking rock formations and the abundance of charming, friendly villages.

County Cork is a golfing hot spot. Corkians love their golf, and as a result there are a huge number and variety of golf courses in County Cork, and with 33 courses open to the public, there should be no trouble getting in a round from your County Cork holiday cottage.

The best ways to get into the stunning scenery of County Cork is by foot, bicycle or on horse back. There are many stables in County Cork offering hirelings or guided treks into some of the most beautifully wild scenery in Ireland. Alternatively, there are off-road driving centres at Clonakilty and Coachford which can teach you to drive on the rough terrain.

County Cork’s coastline is an ideal location for sea fishing. Boats can be hired from Cork Harbour, Ballinacurra and Ballynoe. For course and game angling, the Blackwater River near Mallow is one of the best Rivers in Ireland. There are also 3 diving centres on the coast.

No holiday in a County Cork holiday cottage would be complete without sampling some Gaelic sports, whether it is Gaelic football, hurling or road bowling. Details of matches can be found in all local papers.

Weather in County Cork

Ireland’s climate is well documented as being unpredictable, but if it starts to rain whilst you are enjoying County Cork's beautiful countryside, there is always a pub nearby! Summer average temperatures reach around 18°C, and winters stay mild at around 5°C.

Flights and ferries to County Cork

Cork has its own airport, just a few miles outside Cork City. Cork Airport receives flights from Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Cardiff (CWL), Leeds Bradford (LBA), London, Manchester (MAN), and Southampton(SOU). Cheap flights to Cork are provided by Flybe, BMIbaby, Ryanair and British Airways.

Alternatively, you can reach your County Cork holiday rental by ferry. Ferries leave from Swansea provided by Fastnet Line.

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Cottages in Cork - Self Catering (300+)

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    Exceptional! 5.0/5
    (6 reviews)
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    • 4 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    House #6107053
    6
    Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
      Exceptional! 5.0/5
      (17 reviews)
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      • Studio
      • 1 BA
      • Separate Toilet
      • Sleeps 2
      Cottage #1988660
      17
      Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
        • 2 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 4
        Cottage #514931vb
        5
          • 4 BR
          • 5 BA
          • Sleeps 7
          House #1684398
          16
            Exceptional! 5.0/5
            (36 reviews)
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            • 3 BR
            • 3 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 6
            House #6459
            36
            Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
              • 2 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              House #6517502
              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                (23 reviews)
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                • 3 BR
                • 3 BA
                • Sleeps 5
                House #508740
                23
                Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                  • 4 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 7
                  House #557607vb
                  13
                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                    (21 reviews)
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 5
                    Cottage #77024
                    21
                    Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                      (6 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Multiple rentals Cottage #17860
                      6
                      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (12 reviews)
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                        • 3 BR
                        • 3 BA
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Multiple rentals House #17860
                        12
                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                          • 3 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Separate Toilet
                          • Sleeps 6
                          House #20484
                          4
                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                            (16 reviews)
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 7
                            Bungalow #969616
                            16
                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                              • 6 BR
                              • 7 BA
                              • Sleeps 12
                              House #4203484
                                • 3 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 5
                                Apartment #1744903
                                12
                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Separate Toilet
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Bungalow #567060vb
                                  30
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (6 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    House #2505429
                                    6
                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 3 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      House #2014513
                                      4
                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 3 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Cottage #562992vb
                                        12
                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
                                          (9 reviews)
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Cottage #3495575
                                          9
                                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Apartment #3668699
                                            23
                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                              (14 reviews)
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                                              • 4 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 9
                                              House #3511777
                                              14
                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                (6 reviews)
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                Castle #1101459
                                                6
                                                Viewed 29 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  Cottage #3576742
                                                  10
                                                    • 3 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                    Cottage #576822vb
                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                      (13 reviews)
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                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                      Bungalow #3507614
                                                      13
                                                      Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                        (16 reviews)
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                                                        • 4 BR
                                                        • 3 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                        Bungalow #704826
                                                        16
                                                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Townhome #4054544
                                                          5
                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                            (52 reviews)
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                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 3
                                                            Multiple rentals Cottage #72453
                                                            52
                                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                              (6 reviews)
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                                                              • Studio
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                              Multiple rentals Chalet #72453
                                                              6
                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Multiple rentals Cottage #72453
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (46 reviews)
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                                                                  • Studio
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #3437
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                                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Multiple rentals House #3437
                                                                    4
                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Multiple rentals Cottage #3437
                                                                      21
                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 7
                                                                        Chateau / Country House #1072270
                                                                        5
                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                          (34 reviews)
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                                                                          • 5 BR
                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 10
                                                                          House #871958
                                                                          34
                                                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                            (14 reviews)
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                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                            House #74378vb
                                                                            14
                                                                            Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (12 reviews)
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                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                              Cottage #847277
                                                                              12
                                                                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                (13 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                Cottage #448636
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                                                                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                  (5 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                                                  Townhome #4215595
                                                                                  5
                                                                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                    (13 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                                    House #868248
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                                                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                      House #1006436
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        Cottage #8124346
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                                                                                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 10
                                                                                          Cottage #600688
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                                                                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                            (12 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 8
                                                                                            House #57155
                                                                                            12
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                                              Cottage #3589843
                                                                                              4
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                (9 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                House #1085271
                                                                                                9
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                  Multiple rentals House #1095455
                                                                                                  2
                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #1095455
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Amazing

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    This has got to be the most beautiful spot in the whole of Ireland. If you want to get away from it all; this is it. This is raw, natural beauty. Pictures simply can't do justice to the sublime, tranquil view of the bay that this property feels like it owns all to itself. We, a family of four, have rented both the house and cottage for the last 10 years in the Summer. We're well travelled, but nothing compares with this location. Either property is perfect with children, they are on the beach in 30 seconds. Our children love rock pooling, swimming, kayaking and clambering over the rocks; especially to the near offshore island at low tide. There is none of the hassle of getting mucky children into a car or finding a toilet, it's all on the doorstep. We take out our kayak daily to catch mackerel, which go straight onto the BBQ. Fish don't come fresher than that. This year, we were lucky enough to be joined by dolphins and seals swimming around our kayak near the cottage, even though they were also after the mackerel! The quiet lanes around the area are adorned with wild flowers, dairy farms and idyllic panoramas of the dramatic Atlantic coastline of W Cork. Both properties are cosy and comfortable and have everything you need. The smaller property is a beautiful Irish cottage with ample room for 4. The larger property is huge with its top and front gardens, stunning terrace and panoramic flat roof. The internet works fine but don't expect mod cons here like a massive flat screen TV. It's not that kind of place. The Irish weather inevitably has its occasional risks, but take jigsaws, board games and baking stuff for rainy days. The children love it. Take wet suits to enjoy swimming in the sea for long periods and aqua shoes for rocks. The water is crystal clear and well suited to snorkelling. It's near Skibereen, where you can stock up on fresh, local supplies. Also near local villages with good pubs . Excellent fishmonger at Union Hall. A car is absolutely necessary. Enjoy it, but don't let too many people know! Once you've found it, you'll want to keep it a secret.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Stunning views

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    A bright and comfortable home with views from every window. Well situated for a peaceful getaway while being in reach of town with shops and restaurants. The 'private' beach was only a few minutes down the road and offered protected water for swimming and relaxing the day away.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                    Great old castle

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The castle is restored in a great and lovely fashion, it feels like a really historic building but also provides the modern amenity, that are well hidden or integrated into the historic structure. We were looking for a quiet comfortable place. That is exactly what we found. You will need a car to get around. Small Pub without food close by, close by car, can also be walked.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016