Irish cottage hideaway named Best Beach Holiday Home in Europe
A coastal hideaway within striking distance of Dublin has been named the Best Beach Holiday Home in Europe.
Thatcher's Rest (above), one of a suite of six seaside cottages in Bettystown, Co. Meath, was a winner at the 2016 European Home Holiday Awards, held in Brussels.
Entries from over 23 countries were submitted for the awards, which are run by the European Holiday Homes Association (EHHA).
"We're over the moon," said Liz Pickett, who runs Cottages Ireland with her husband Roger, when contacted by Independent.ie Travel this week.
"We had zero expectation of winning. We felt like we'd won being shortlisted, to be honest. We were up against gorgeous places ranging from Cornwall to an island in Croatia, with all the bells and whistles. It is a major wow to have won."
The Picketts' six cottages are a mix of old-meets-new with their own private beach access, and though they may be little known to holidaymakers here in Ireland, guides like Sawday's and Premier Cottages have confirmed their reputation abroad.
'They're basically these beautiful, 300-year-old cottages that we've renovated to 5-star standards," Liz explains. "It's a lovely, old-world feel but with cutting edge Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs, luxury beds and linen... all the stuff you'd want to find."
Rates at the cottages range from €420 for three nights at the Honeymoon Cottage, which sleeps two, to €1,260 for three nights at Thatcher's Rest, which sleeps six across three bedrooms. Seven-night rentals are also available.
"We are very proud of the Picketts for their great achievement," said Dorren Quinn of the Irish Self Catering Federation (ISCF), of which Cottages Ireland is a member.
"Irish self-caterers have reached the finals before, but this is the first Irish win."
The Picketts will be presented with an award certificate during the ISCF AGM and Conference taking place in Dublin on Thursday, November 17.
See iscf.ie and cottages-ireland.com for more details. The full list of European Holiday Home award winners is available on holidayhomeaward.eu.