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Thatcher's Rest Cottage

Thatcher's Rest Cottage

Thatcher's Rest Cottage living room

Thatcher's Rest Cottage living room

Superb beach side location.

Superb beach side location.

Devine all year round garden interest

Devine all year round garden interest

Super king-size double with luxury en suite

Super king-size double with luxury en suite

Excellent coastal and hill walking.

Excellent coastal and hill walking.

Warm home-made welcome

Warm home-made welcome

Rose Cottage en suite master bedroom

Rose Cottage en suite master bedroom

Honeymoon Cottage bedroom

Honeymoon Cottage bedroom

Luxury individually designed

Luxury individually designed

The Apple Loft Cottage living room

The Apple Loft Cottage living room

Little Orchard Cottage dining room

Little Orchard Cottage dining room

Little Orchard Cottage kitchen

Little Orchard Cottage kitchen

Garden Cottage downstairs en suite

Garden Cottage downstairs en suite

Garden Cottage

Garden Cottage

Special couples rates

Special couples rates

The Annual Laytown Strand Races

The Annual Laytown Strand Races

Laytown Bettystown beach

Laytown Bettystown beach

Room with a view

Room with a view

Sea swimming

Sea swimming

Thatcher's Rest Cottage

Thatcher's Rest Cottage

Thatcher's Rest Cottage living room

Thatcher's Rest Cottage living room

Superb beach side location.

Superb beach side location.

Devine all year round garden interest

Devine all year round garden interest

Super king-size double with luxury en suite

Super king-size double with luxury en suite

Excellent coastal and hill walking.

Excellent coastal and hill walking.

Warm home-made welcome

Warm home-made welcome

Rose Cottage en suite master bedroom

Rose Cottage en suite master bedroom

Honeymoon Cottage bedroom

Honeymoon Cottage bedroom

Luxury individually designed

Luxury individually designed

The Apple Loft Cottage living room

The Apple Loft Cottage living room

Little Orchard Cottage dining room

Little Orchard Cottage dining room

Little Orchard Cottage kitchen

Little Orchard Cottage kitchen

Garden Cottage downstairs en suite

Garden Cottage downstairs en suite

Garden Cottage

Garden Cottage

Special couples rates

Special couples rates

The Annual Laytown Strand Races

The Annual Laytown Strand Races

Laytown Bettystown beach

Laytown Bettystown beach

Room with a view

Room with a view

Sea swimming

Sea swimming

The Cottages

Ireland, A92 C8VF

Luxury, Private, Beachside Irish holiday cottages

  • Spectacular gated, private, beach side location
  • Family-friendly cottages with extra baby kit
  • Flexible arrival and departure dates - 3 night min
  • Heritage, golf, gardens, fishing and more nearby
  • Special low occupancy rates for couples
  • Easy access Dublin & World Heritage Boyne Valley

Awards

Failte Ireland 4 star graded
Failte Ireland 5 star graded
Best Holiday Home in Europe Award 2016

Cottages

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From €420
  • Little Orchard Cottage sea views
  • Little Orchard Cottage living room
  • Wonderful gardens to visit
  • Little Orchard Cottage dining room
  • Little Orchard main bedroom
  • Little Orchard twin bedroom
  • Little Orchard Cottage single room
  • Little Orchard Cottage bathrooms
  • Private garden nooks
  • The cottage gardens
  • Stunning 6 mile beach location
  • Private gated beach access
  • Excellent choice of Racing venues
  • 40 + Links and Parkland courses
  • Choice of Fishing on River Boyne
  • Coastal, hill and river walks
  • Hawk walking and Falconry
  • Food Festivals and Farmer's Markets
  • Welcomed with homemade tea & scones
  • Open all year round.

Little Orchard at The Cottages - Ireland

Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Dog Free Cottage

There are 6 cottages at this site

Sleeps 5Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2Bathrooms 2
Dines 12Dines 12
Dog Free Cottage Dog Free Cottage
From €420
  • Rose Cottage -  sea views
  • Rose Cottage with sea views
  • Stunning 6 mile beach location
  • Rose Cottage kitchen with sea view
  • Rose Cottage main bedroom
  • Rose Cottage en suite twin bedroom
  • Private gated beach access
  • Rose Cottage bathroom
  • Lots of family activities around
  • Choice of Fishing on River Boyne
  • Special rates for couples
  • The cottage gardens
  • Beautiful organic flower garden
  • 40 + links and parkland courses
  • Food Festivals and Farmer's Markets
  • Excellent choice of Racing venues
  • Hawk walking and Falconry
  • Superb coastal and hill walking
  • Welcomed with homemade tea & scones
  • Open all year round

Rose Cottage at The Cottages - Ireland

Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Dog Free Cottage

There are 6 cottages at this site

Sleeps 4Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2Bathrooms 2
Dines 6Dines 6
Dog Free Cottage Dog Free Cottage
From €420
  • Honeymoon Cottage
  • Open plan living room and kitchen
  • Honeymoon Cottage dining room
  • Honeymoon Cottage garden room
  • Honeymoon Cottage bedroom
  • Honeymoon Cottage luxury bathroom
  • The Cottages picturesque gardens
  • Bettystown Beach
  • Romantic setting
  • Photographers heaven
  • Excellent coastal and hill walking
  • Food Festivals and Farmer's Markets
  • Excellent choice of Racing venues
  • 40 + Links and Parkland Courses
  • Choice of Fishing on River Boyne
  • Hawk walking and Falconry
  • Stunning Spring Break location
  • Discover Ireland's Ancient East
  • Welcomed with homemade tea & scones
  • Open all year round

Honeymoon Cottage at The Cottages - Ireland

Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Dog Free Cottage

There are 6 cottages at this site

Sleeps 2Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1Bathrooms 1
Dines 2Dines 2
Dog Free Cottage Dog Free Cottage
From €420
  • Thatcher's Rest Cottage
  • Thatcher's Rest Cottage living room
  • Kitchen with sea views
  • Thatcher's Rest Cottage super king
  • Double bedroom
  • Individually designed bathroom
  • Stunning 6 mile beach location.
  • Beautiful organic cottage gardens
  • The cottage gardens
  • Thatcher's Rest Cottage Bluebells
  • Superb beach side location.
  • Private gated beach access.
  • Excellent choice of Racing venues
  • 40 + Links & Parkland courses.
  • Choice of Fishing on River Boyne.
  • Superb walking and hiking
  • Hawk walking and Falconry.
  • Food Festivals and Farmer's Markets
  • Welcomed with homemade tea & scones
  • Open all year round.

Thatcher's Rest at The Cottages - Ireland

Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Dog Free Cottage

There are 6 cottages at this site

Sleeps 6Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2Bathrooms 2
Dines 8Dines 8
Dog Free Cottage Dog Free Cottage
From €420
  • Garden Cottage - Garden views.
  • Garden Cottage dining
  • Garden Cottage kitchen.
  • Super king-size double
  • Garden Cottage downstairs bedroom.
  • Garden Cottage downstairs bathroom.
  • Superb organic flower gardens.
  • The cottage gardens
  • Stunning 6 mile beach location.
  • Special rates for couples.
  • Excellent choice of Racing venues.
  • 40 + Links and Parkland Golf Clubs.
  • Choice of Fishing on River Boyne.
  • Inviting coastal and hill walking.
  • UNESCO Bru na Boinne
  • Hawk walking and Falconry.
  • Food Festivals and Farmer's Markets
  • Welcomed with homemade tea & scones
  • Garden Cottage sitting room
  • Open all year round.

Garden Cottage at The Cottages - Ireland

Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Dog Free Cottage

There are 6 cottages at this site

Sleeps 4Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2Bathrooms 2
Dines 4Dines 4
Dog Free Cottage Dog Free Cottage
From €420
  • Wonderful gardens to visit
  • Apple Loft Cottage - sea views
  • The Apple Loft Cottage living room
  • Apple Loft farmhouse style kitchen
  • Apple Loft Cottage bedroom
  • Apple Loft twin bedroom
  • Apple Loft Cottage sunken bath
  • The cottage gardens
  • Private gated beach access
  • Stunning 6 mile beach location
  • Choice of lots of Family Fun
  • Wide choice of Racing venues
  • 40 + Links and Parkland courses
  • Fishing on River Boyne
  • Excellent coastal and hill walking
  • Hawk walking and Falconry
  • Food Festivals and Farmer's Markets
  • Special couples rates
  • Welcomed with homemade tea & scones
  • Open all year round

The Apple Loft at The Cottages - Ireland

Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Dog Free Cottage

There are 6 cottages at this site

Sleeps 4Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2Bathrooms 2
Dines 6Dines 6
Dog Free Cottage Dog Free Cottage

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Features

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WiFi

WiFi

Parking

Parking

Ground Floor Facilities

Ground Floor Facilities

Dog Free Cottage

Dog Free Cottage

Dog Free Site

Dog Free Site

Enclosed Garden

Enclosed Garden

Beach (within 1 mile)

Beach (within 1 mile)

All Ensuite

All Ensuite

Pub (within 1 mile)

Pub (within 1 mile)

EV charging onsite

EV charging onsite

Child-Friendly

Child-Friendly

Extra baby kit

Extra baby kit

Outdoor play equipment

Outdoor play equipment

Space to play

Space to play

Babysitting by arrangement

Babysitting by arrangement

Barbecue

Barbecue

Spa treatments available

Spa treatments available

Gas / electric fire

Gas / electric fire

Fine dining (within 1 mile)

Fine dining (within 1 mile)

Fine dining (within 10 miles)

Fine dining (within 10 miles)

National Trail (within 1 mile)

National Trail (within 1 mile)

National Trail (within 10 miles)

National Trail (within 10 miles)

Bike storage

Bike storage

Catering available

Catering available

Ready meals available

Ready meals available

Supermarket delivery available

Supermarket delivery available

Hypoallergenic bedding option

Hypoallergenic bedding option

Matched bathrooms

Matched bathrooms

Credit cards accepted

Credit cards accepted

Activity breaks available

Activity breaks available

Owners/Manager onsite

Owners/Manager onsite

Large groups welcome

Large groups welcome

Covid Refund Guarantee

Covid Refund Guarantee

About & Contact

Member since 2003

Luxury, Private, Beachside Irish holiday cottages


Luxurious 300-year-old thatched cottages superbly situated in private, gated, organic flower gardens in a magical, haven like setting on 6 miles of sandy beach. Discover the hidden treasures of Ireland's Ancient East from this perfect location.

Featured by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine as the 'The Coolest Cottages in Britain and Ireland'.

Come and explore the mysterious and ancient beauty of the Boyne Valley or the vibrant beat of Dublin’s Heart, discover the many and varied attractions in the area, including the world heritage site of Newgrange which predates the pyramids, over 40 golf courses, an abundance of castle and gardens, a wide choice of children's attractions including Dublin Zoo, Water World and Emerald Park or just relax, stretch your limbs and ease your mind on miles of sandy beach and then retire to your own dream cottage.

These 5* whitewashed seaside cottages are situated on the famous 6-mile sandy beach between the villages of Bettystown and Laytown, just 25 minutes from Dublin Airport. The perfect base from which to explore the East Coast of Ireland.

The Cottages are that wondrous thing 'an undiscovered treasure'' somewhere once experienced, never to be forgotten. With uninterrupted sea or garden views, feature fireplaces, well-stocked bookshelves, free WiFi, satellite TV & Complimentary EV charging, organic flower gardens, play areas and barbecues. Take time to exhale in this oasis of calm and beauty, above all Relax, Revive, Recharge. You will not be disappointed!

Personal service and a family tradition dating back to 1908 have provided us with a wealth of experience in making your holiday a special one to remember. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail. Traditional Irish pubs, restaurants, shops, supermarkets and services all just a short walk by beach or road.

To quote a travel writer who visited in the recent past... "In a completely selfish moment... I thought 'don't write about this one... keep it as a secret hideaway'... but a place so beautiful is meant to be shared and enjoyed..."

The Cottages provide all-year-round comfort and space. Take time out in 2024 to relax and enjoy some downtime in an extra special place!

Meet the owner

Liz & Roger Pickett

Roger and I took two years out to renovate and update The Cottages Ireland to the highest standard that we wanted for our Guests, our criteria was to create a cottage experience where we ourselves would love to holiday. Each year we continue to upgrade both the cottages and the gardens to provide that extra special environment for all who stay. Roger as an Engineer is totally at home with all the upgrades and I am ever happy with the interiors and cottage gardens, which I am delighted to say are a constant source of pleasure for all to enjoy. Together with our long established and valued Team, we are here to Welcome you and ensure that your holiday is one where magical cherished memories are made. We live here at The Cottages ourselves so it's very much 'A labour of love'. We look forward to welcoming you to your home away from home. As they say in Ireland "A stranger is a friend you've yet to meet"

Location & Attractions

  • Beach Beach
  • Castle Castle
  • Food Food
  • Gardens Gardens
  • Golf Golf
  • Heritage Heritage
  • Leisure Parks Leisure Parks
  • Museums Museums
  • Pub/Restaurant Pub/Restaurant
  • Town Town
  • Visitors Attraction Visitors Attraction
  • Walks Walks
  • Wildlife Wildlife

The Cottages

Seabank
Coast Road
Bettystown
Ireland
A92 C8VF

Gardens The Boyne Valley Garden Trail

A host of wonderful gardens to visit through out the area. The Boyne Valley Garden Trail offers gardening enthusiasts great days out from castles to cottages from coastal to country.

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Heritage Boyne Valley Drive

9,000 Years of history in one valley. Wander through time and discover Ireland's rich heritage...birthplace of Ireland's Ancient East.

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Pub/Restaurant Guinness Storehouse

What an experience for everyone, the Guinness website says it all ... from Pouring the Perfect Pint to the Connoisseur Experience ... finishing up in the Gravity Bar, spectacular City views!

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Town Historic Town of Drogheda

Ancient gates and walls, sacred sites, battlegrounds and big houses, family fun, culture, adventure, shopping and nightlife!

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Museums Epic - The Irish Emigration Museum

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is an immersive, interactive museum located in Dublin's Docklands telling the history of the Irish diaspora and emigration to other countries. Trace your Irish roots!

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Heritage Loughcrew Cairns

Loughcrew, possibly the oldest cemetery in the world, tells of Ireland’s neolithic cultures, shrouded in myth and mystery. The Irish equivalent of Egypt’s pyramids, predating them by over 2000 years!

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Visitors Attraction Mondello Park Motor Racing

Ireland's only international motorsport circuit. Track days, driving experiences... must be booked in advance.

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Gardens National Botanical Gardens

The National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm & beauty. Located just three kilometres from Dublin City Centre and famous for their exquisitely restored historic glasshouses. Entry is Free

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Gardens June Blake's Gardens

The very best gardens intrigue and restore us, and so it is with June Blake's garden which is a rare fusion of inspired design and painterly planting.

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Visitors Attraction The Kildare Maze

Leinster’s largest hedge maze, a challenging and exciting day out with good old fashioned fun for all the family.

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Visitors Attraction Kildare village Shopping

A gorgeous shopping village offering magical savings on all your favourite brands. Great restaurants/coffees too.

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Food The Boyne Valley Flavours

Winners of the "Ireland's Foodie Destination" title, the Boyne Valley Flavours have everything from honey to cheese, ice-cream to whiskey...be sure to check out their Food Series Events!

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Wildlife Newgrange Falconry

A family run falconry school, offering a stimulating, unique and memorable experience by a very experienced team in this most noble and ancient art of falconry.

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Walks Clogherhead Cliff Walk

A lovely coastal walk, perfectly coupled with a stop into the Fisherman's Catch, a fish shop selling catch fresh off the owners boat. Enjoy a chowder to go.

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Visitors Attraction Avoca Handweavers & Foodhall

Avoca Store, Cafe & Mill Tour at The Avoca Village a most famous tourist destination. The oldest surviving working mill in Ireland alongside fabulous food, crafts and clothes.

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Visitors Attraction Listoke House & Gardens

Listoke House with Edwardian gardens, tea rooms and art gallery.

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Visitors Attraction Listoke Gin Distillery & School

Listoke Gin Distillery & School is Ireland's first and only interactive gin experience. Tour the distillery, sample the gins and design and distil your very own gin to take home.

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Visitors Attraction Dundalk Stadium - Horse & Dog Racing

Dundalk has a long history of racing, over 120 years on the Stadium's site alone. Now uniquely combining horse and greyhound racing with top class restaurant and facilities.

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Gardens Beaulieu House & Gardens

Beaulieu House is a 17th Century house and gardens. It is one of the first unfortified houses built in Ireland. The gardens are part of The Boyne Valley Garden Trail.

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Wildlife Newgrange Farm

Newgrange Farm is a genuine family owned and run working farm where children can try the experience of holding, petting and even bottle feeding the farm animals.

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Heritage Millmount Museum & Tower

Drogheda's most significant heritage site. Situated on a great mound, visible from all the town, the museum housed within a large fort that played a crucial part in Drogheda's history.

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Heritage Old Mellifont Abbey

The first Cistercian monastery in Ireland founded in 1142 by St Malachy of Armagh, its most unusual feature is the octagonal Lavabo c. 1200.

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Heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange

Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth Neolithic tombs. ...

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Gardens Powerscourt Estate, House & Gardens

Powerscourt House and Gardens is an 18th century historical estate in Wicklow, and one of the most well-known and popular in Ireland. See Ireland's highest waterfall!

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Walks Glendalough

Known as 'the valley of the two lakes‘ for its spectacular scenery, history, archaeology & abundant wildlife. A remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart & fill your soul.

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Town Howth

A bustling village that offers visitors a myriad of attractions – look out for Lambay Island, Howth Castle, The National Transport Museum and more. Famed for gorgeous walks & seriously good food.

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Town Skerries

Skerries is beautiful little fishing village in north county Dublin offering a host of great cafes, restaurants and shops. No visit is complete without a treat from Storm in a Teacup!

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Visitors Attraction Dublin Zoo

A must see experience and the perfect day out for families, friends, couples and those visiting Dublin. In Winter season make sure to check out their Wild Lights experience too!

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Castle Trim Castle

Trim Castle is the largest Norman castle in Ireland and is famed for being featured in the epic Braveheart movie starring Mel Gibson.

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Visitors Attraction Skerries Mills

Skerries Mills is a unique collection of two windmills and a watermill with mill pond, mill races and wetlands. The Mill complex also houses the Watermill Café & Craft Shop.

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Beach Laytown & Bettystown Beach

Six miles of sandy beach, this famous strand is home to Laytown Races run annually under Jockey Club Rules and to the National Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Competition.

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Castle Slane Castle & Whiskey Distillery

Set in a 1,500 acre estate in the heart of the Boyne Valley Slane Castle is famous for hosting concerts & now boasts a brand-new visitor centre & world class working whiskey distillery!

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Heritage The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

The Battle of the Boyne (1690) Oldbridge House with visitor Centre, audio visual show, original and replica 17th Century weaponry displays, tea pavillion, gift shop and beautiful walled gardens.

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Castle Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle, Gardens, Avoca Craft Emporium, Restaurant and the Village of Malahide provide a day out which suits all the family all year round! We Love It!!!!

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Golf County Louth Golf Club 'Baltray'

How to decide which one to tell you about? With over 40 courses both Links and Parkland within an hour's drive of The Cottages Golfers are spoilt for choice!

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Leisure Parks Tayto Park

Ireland’s only Theme Park offer's a huge variety of things to see, do and experience! For all ages, from thrill-seekers to animal lovers.

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