This year, the Covid-19 pandemic is set to see the rise of the staycation as Irish travellers swap holidays abroad for a break closer to home. Self -catering holidays offer visitors the flexibility to set their own holiday timetable, menu and vacation budget. Situated only an hour from Dublin, Kildare offers a huge variety of self-catering accommodation from luxury holiday cottages, to bespoke lodges and camping parks. Here Into Kildare gives you the county’s top self-catering options:
Kilkea Castle Lodges
The luxurious Kilkea Castle Estate & Golf Resort is located in Co. Kildare and dates back to 1180. It is located just one hour from Dublin and is an important landmark of Irish history. Kilkea Castle was once the home of the FitzGerald’s, Earls of Kildare, but today it is now a wonderful hotel with the mystical charm of a 12th Century majestic Castle. Decorated in timeless sophistication and style Kilkea Castle is ready to extend a warm Irish welcome to guests from around the globe. As well as the 140 hotel rooms available, Kilkea Castle offer Self Catering Lodges which are the perfect solution for Self Isolation with family or a loved one. There are two and three bedroom lodges available all with private entrances and with full access to the Resort’s 180-acre grounds.
Call: +353 59 9145600
Ashwell Cottages Self Catering
Ashwell Self Catering Cottage is a 4 star rated Fáilte Ireland approved property located in the beautiful countryside of Johnstown Co. Kildare. The luxurious cottage sleeps six people and consists of three ensuite bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. This self catering accommodation is only three miles from the bustling town of Naas and is the perfect base for exploring the stunning county of Kildare. It is close to shops, restaurants offering take away services, outdoor attractions and walking and cycling trails. Cosy up on a summer evening with an open fire in the cottage and relax in the serenity of the rural landscape or take a walk an evening walk on scenic country roads into town. The cottage also includes a washing machine and dryer, dishwasher and colour TV. Bed linen and towels supplied free of charge.
Call: 045 879167
Stable Yard at Burtown House & Gardens
Burtown is very much a cross between history, heritage, gardens, art and seasonal organic produce straight from the garden. At Burtown they are passionate about what they eat and where it comes from, and when staying at Burtown the team hope to inspire, relax, entertain and make you feel good. The Stable Yard House is located in the stable yard courtyard garden, set within the grounds of the historic Burtown House and Gardens. Built in 1710 by Quakers, it is one of two houses in Kildare from the 18th century to have never been sold. The Stable Yard House is suitable for up to 6 people staying in three bedrooms. There are two large bathrooms with a double ended baths with a separate large rain shower, as well as a separate downstairs cloakroom. Guests have free access to all the gardens, as well as the courtyard garden, a tennis court, and surrounding parkland and farm walks. It is also possible to buy organic produce from the kitchen garden, as well as The Green Barn, which is an organic restaurant, artisan food shop, retail area, with a series of galleries. The Stable Yard kitchen which comes equipped with your own Aga and full set up cooking utensils. By prior arrangement catered dinners can be arranged.
Call: 059 862 3865
Robertstown Holiday Village
Enjoy a truly Irish stay experience in this stunning location at Robertstown Holiday Village. Situated overlooking the Grand Canal, Robertstown Self Catering Cottages are located in the tranquil village of Robertstown, near Naas in County Kildare on Irelands Midlands and East Coast region. There are so many exciting things to do and see in here in Kildare. Enjoy Walking, golfing, fishing, canal barges, great Irish houses, gardens & more all on your doorstep. The accommodation is only a one hour drive from Dublin airport, Dublins ferry ports. In Robertstown Self catering holiday homes guests experience stunning views of rural Ireland. The area has outstanding and unique landscapes from The Plains of the Curragh to the Bog of Allen. This is the perfect for family holidays, romantic getaways or family reunions. With many kilometers of Canal tow paths to meander on foot, a grand tour to drive or rest easy on a bar stool, Robertstown is the place to be. A welcome hamper is provided for guests and discount and concession vouchers for local attractions are available, as well as VIP discount cards for Kildare Village & Newbridge Silverware.
Details: These self catering cottages sleep 5 guests maximum in each cottage. Minimum stay is 5 nights during the summer season.
Rates: June/July/August for this period is €550
Call: 045 870 870
Forest Farm Caravan and Camping Park
Forest Farm Caravan and Camping Park is a three Star, Bord Failte accredited site and offers a range of accommodation facilities for motor homes, caravans and campers. It is fully serviced and is situated on a picturesque family farm in South Kildare just 5 km from the Heritage town of Athy and 55km from Dublin. The working farm features magnificent mature Beech and Evergreen trees. It’s location makes it an ideal touring base for the nearby attractions of the Japanese Gardens, the National Stud and the world renowned Horse Racing venue of the Curragh. Golfing facilities are available close by, with 18 Hole courses in Athy, The Curragh and Carlow all located with a 15 mile radius. The River Barrow and the Grand Canal both run through Athy, thus catering for both the Coarse and Game angler. Facilities include: Free Hot Showers, Hardstands, Toilets, Fridge Freezer, Campers Kitchen, 13A Electricity and a Large Lounge.
Price: Sites from €10 per night. Adults €5 and Children under 12 €4 per night. Under 2s are free.
Call: 059 8631231
Belan Lodge Courtyard Accommodation
Belan Lodge Self Catering Holiday Homes are part of the magnificent Belan House estate. Located in the renovated historic courtyard of the estate the holiday homes offer cosy accommodation near the main 17th century farmhouse. The estate is steeped in ancient history and you can find an old ringfort and an original Millrace on a stroll through the property. It is thought that Ebenezer Shackleton diverted the last 300m of the Millrace from the River Greese to the nearby stream. The 4 star Self Catering Lodges all have central heating and solid fuel stoves and each lodge has been thoughtfully and individually decorated giving a warm and homely, yet contemporary feel. Enjoy walks through beautiful unspoilt Kildare countryside and take a ramble down the road to the Moone High Crosse Inn (Opening date subject to restrictions). There are four Courtyard Lodges available to rent, with both one and two bedroom lodges available in different sizes and layout.
Call: 059 8624846