Instead of staying at a hotel or bed and breakfast, why not try renting a cottage? If you are going to be in one area for at least a week it can be much cheaper to rent a cottage than to stay at a hotel or bed and breakfast. Search the internet for cottage rentals in the area you want to stay in. You'll find them both through agencies and just by individuals. There are some suited to families and others for couples.
We chose Rhinebeck cottage for its proximity to areas we wanted to see. We had to rent a car in order to get there, but unless you are on a bus tour or plan to stay in one city you'll need a car in Ireland.
The cottage had two bedrooms with two twin beds in each and two full bathrooms. It was ideal for a group of four unrelated adults (two women and two men). The kitchen was equipped with plenty of items for cooking, though we really only used it for breakfast. There was also a washer and dryer.
With no one to cook for you, staying in a cottage makes you shop in a local market where you will find new products. When we were in Ireland we picked up Kerrygold butter which we found to be much tastier than most of the butters we have in U.S. stores. When we returned home we found some stores carry this butter, but we never would have thought to try it without our shopping trips in Ireland.
With four of us sharing the cottage it was less than $25 per person per night. Try finding a decent hotel for that price!
This lovely B&B is full of antiques and antique reproductions. It is a beautiful, comfortable B&B with thoughful hosts, great breakfasts, relaxing gardens, and even the loan of fishing gear if you want! Centrally located in Connemara.
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