Our reputation is central to our success and we go to great lengths to protect it. By offering value for money, excellent customer service and holiday cottages of the highest standards, we hope you'll return to us for years to come.
The key to our success is in the selection and quality of our properties. The criteria we use in deciding whether to include a property cannot be rigidly itemised. From a farmhouse in its own grounds to a waterside apartment - each will have special qualities that might not apply to the other. That's why we try to capture the essence of each property as fully as possible in a combination of words and pictures. Each property also has the added benefit of being supervised personally by the owner or caretaker.
But of course, it's what you think that counts. That's why we welcome your comments and take all feedback - positive and negative - very seriously. By gathering your comments we can monitor cottage quality to ensure standards are maintained and continuously improved.
Your post holiday comments can either be sent to us via the freepost questionnaire we provide or completed online at the end of your holiday. All comments, positive and negative, are summarised monthly and forwarded to the cottage owner.
Many of us go on holiday to experience the thrill of living in something very different to our homes. However, you should remember that your holiday cottage, like all homes, may have "quirks" you may not be used to. Old properties often have thick walls and small windows, and as a result may have a different ambience to modern homes. Rural areas (and even some villages) may have little or no reception for mobile phones or television, while properties on farms have their own brand of "noise" whether it be the animals or tractors. Please make sure you check with us at the time of booking about reception, internet access etc if you have a particular requirement of this nature. Top
Though not every holiday cottage is equipped to the same standard, all our properties have everything you need for an enjoyable holiday and many offer far more than most would reasonably expect. From modern minimalist with every convenience to the traditional farmhouse with slate flooring and a huge AGA cooker, we have them all.
But regardless of size, age and location, all will have hot water, bathrooms and flushing WCs; kitchens will have all the utensils and appliances you would expect for every day use; well-furnished sitting rooms will normally have enough comfortable chairs for the maximum number accommodated and so will the dining table. There will also be at least one colour TV. If you would like a better indication of what to expect in a particular property then please check the 'Amenities' section of the property description where we list all that the property contains. Looking at the additional internal photographs included with each property's web site entry will also give an indication of the standards to be found. Top
Pets are allowed in many of our cottages - please check the
'Amenities' section of the property description - though we
cannot accept responsibility for their safety. However,
registered assistance dogs are allowed in all properties featured on our website or in our brochure, even where the property description states that pets are not allowed. Pets are only accepted on the understanding that they are kept under control, exercised off the premises, and many owners in Ireland will expect them to remain outside. Those that are allowed inside, must be kept out of bedrooms and off the furniture and never left in the property unattended. To help you choose your property we indicate in the description if it has an enclosed garden; however, this does not necessarily mean it will be totally escape-proof - very few gardens would pass this test. You should also bear in mind that many beaches ban all dogs (apart from guide dogs) during the summer months. Please remember to inform Hogans Irish Cottages of the details of all pets accompanying you. Where there is a charge for taking your pet, this will be made clear in the 'Amenities' section of the cottage description.
Pet Travel and EU Pet Passport
From the 1st January 2012 there will be harmonised conditions for pet dogs, cats and ferrets that travel throughout the entire EU, including Ireland. Pets entering Ireland from the EU will require:
Pets travelling from other qualifying (low risk) countries can also travel into Ireland on the same conditions as set out above.
Pets travelling from other non-qualifying (high risk) countries can also travel into Ireland without quarantine provided the pet has a passport/certificate showing identification and a subsequent rabies vaccination. At least 30 days after rabies vaccination a pet must be blood tested to confirm a neutralising antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml. A pet may enter Ireland only when at least three months has expired since a successful blood-test. Top
At the time of going to print, UK citizens travelling by ferry to Ireland do not require a passport, however, taking a photographic form of ID is recommended. If you are travelling by air then a passport may be required. Please check with your airline or travel agent. Top
Driving in Ireland offers an enjoyable and rewarding experience, and conveniently, it is much the same as driving in the UK, you drive on the left hand side of the road, and the majority of the road signs are very similar. The main difference that you will come across is that speed limits and distances are quoted in kilometers rather than miles. If you have hired a car in Ireland, the dashboard will display kilometers for distance and kilometers per hour for your speed. If you are bringing a car over to Ireland from the UK, be sure to read the correct units (kmph) on your dashboard or you may find yourself driving over the speed limit! The road system in Ireland is generally quieter than in the UK, except around major cities. Some roads can be narrow and bumpy and it is not uncommon to experience adverse camber on a corner or bend, you are also likely to encounter a greater number of sharp bends and hidden dips and please remember to allow more time than in the UK for driving the same distance. Just relax, take your time and enjoy the views!.
There are at least 5 national roads in Ireland which levy a charge on all vehicles using them. The M50, the main road leading to and from the Dublin airport, is the only Barrier-Free Tolling road. This means that there are no pay points at the toll itself and payment must be made at a petrol station or shop which carries the "pay zone" or "toll" logo. The cost is €3.00 and it is the driver's responsibility to ensure payment is made within 24 hours. The driver must give the shop assistant the registration number of the car and ensure they collect a receipt after payment. If payment is not made within the 24 hour time frame, the charge will double. Please note that if you are hiring a car some companies will bill the toll charge direct to you after your trip. Please check with your car hire company at the time of booking.Top
The currency in Ireland is the Euro (€). Exchanging currency is very easy and Euro can be obtained on ferries and in the airports. Should you find yourself in Ireland without any Euro, you can visit one of the major banks such as AIB or Bank of Ireland. These can be located throughout the larger towns and cities in Ireland. Most bank cards will work in cash machines in Ireland.Top
Most cottages provide linen in the rental price. Others make a small charge for linen hire per person per week (unless stated otherwise). Please check the 'Amenities' section of the cottage description. If you are providing your own linen please check with the cottage owner or caretaker as to what is required. You should bring your own towels and tea towels except when stated that towels are provided. Where towels are provided, they must not be removed from the property and you must remember to bring your own beach towels. Cot linen is not provided. Top
Most of the properties we represent include fuel and power in the rental price. However, some may charge a supplement, have a coin meter or make a charge based on a meter reading at the end of your stay and some may charge extra for logs/coal provided for open fires and wood burning stoves. Where there is a charge for fuel, this will be made clear in the 'Amenities' section of the cottage description. Top
For each cottage on the website, prices are displayed below the availability calendar. A Booking Fee is included in the price for the service that we offer. The charge is £35 per property, per week or per short break.
For some cottages there may also be other charges over and above the basic rental price, e.g. linen, heating, taking your pet etc. The 'Amenities' section of the relevant cottage description will provide full details. We accept payment by debit cards (Switch/Maestro or Delta) and credit cards (Visa or Mastercard). A £7.50 charge will be made for all credit card transactions (there is no charge for debit cards).
When you are booking well in advance we require a deposit of £64 of the rental plus the booking fee (£35 per property per week or per short break), plus any 'extras'. The balance of the rental is due 6 weeks before the start of the holiday.
When you are booking within six weeks of the start date of the holiday we require full payment at the time of booking. Top
Most lettings commence at 3.00 pm on the first day of your holiday (usually a Saturday) and end at 10.00 am on the day of departure unless otherwise specified in the cottage description. This ensures the Owner or Housekeeper has sufficient time to prepare the cottage for incoming guests. We advise you to contact the owner/caretaker at least 2 days before setting off to discuss the time of arrival and key collection details. Top
Winter Short Breaks (WSBs) are short breaks for up to 3 nights during the Winter season, available to book at any time. This price is unique to the individual cottage. Additional nights are charged pro-rata of the normal weekly rent.
Off Season Breaks (OSBs) are short breaks up to 3 nights. An OSB is charged at 75% of the normal weekly rental (or the WSB price, whichever is higher) with additional nights available, charged pro-rata of the normal weekly rent.
Last Minute Breaks (LMBs) are short breaks up to 3 nights available at any time of year, subject to acceptance. LMBs are bookable within one week of the start date of the holiday and are charged at 65% of the normal weekly rent (or the WSB price, whichever is higher) with additional nights available, charged pro-rata of the normal weekly rent.
Christmas and New Year Breaks are short breaks up to 5 nights. They are bookable at any time of the year for Christmas and New Year week and are charged at 85% of the normal weekly rent with additional nights available, charged pro-rata of the normal weekly rent. Top
In the first instance please call us to discuss the changes. If it's possible to accommodate them, we'll be happy to help. Please note that, once confirmed, bookings can only be moved to an earlier date. We are not able to change a booking to a later date.
Changes to an already booked holiday involve extra administration and require us to contact the owner of the holiday property. To cover these additional costs we ask the holidaymaker to pay an administration fee of £30.
If you have booked a ferry-inclusive package we will also have to amend your ferry booking, this may incur charges from the ferry company. You will be advised of any charges at the time of amending your booking. Top
Insurance is there to provide protection from the financial risks associated with going on holiday. Therefore we highly recommend that you arrange holiday/travel/cancellation insurance appropriate to your own circumstances to minimise these risks, as once the booking is cancelled, no refund will be issued by Hogans.
A comprehensive insurance policy can be purchased from Hogans Irish Cottages - Please click here to see full details. However, if you have your own policy which covers travelling to Ireland, then this may act as a suitable alternative. Further details of our Cancellation Policy are available in Section 5 of our Booking Conditions. Top
At Hogans Irish Cottages we do everything possible to ensure you have an enjoyable stay, but occasionally things go wrong. If a problem occurs you should, in the first instance, contact the owner/caretaker who is responsible for the management and maintenance of the property. Any assistance provided by Hogans Irish Cottages in resolving a complaint in relation to your booking is provided on a goodwill basis and in our capacity as an Agent. Any problem must be reported immediately, as you will appreciate that complaints made after your occupancy cannot be entertained. Top
Yes we can, we are agents for the two leading ferry companies operating between Great Britain and Ireland; Stena Line, and Irish Ferries. We have negotiated very competitive rates with both companies and can package this service with your holiday cottage rental at the time of booking. Alternatively, we can add a ferry to your booking at a later date if you are undecided or wish to have more time when considering your options. Top
We can book ferries for you on three main routes between Great Britain and Ireland. These routes are between South Wales (Fishguard/Pembroke) and County Wexford (Rosslare), between North Wales (Holyhead) and County Dublin (Dublin/Dun Laoghaire), and between South West Scotland (Stranraer) and Northern Ireland (Belfast). This selection of routes allows for crossings at different times of the day and from three different parts of the country, allowing you to pick the most suitable route for your requirements. We can also book ferries from different departure points if members of your party are travelling to Ireland from different parts of the country.Top
Travelling by ferry is a surprisingly quick way of getting to Ireland and the crossing can be completed in as little as 1 hour and 50 minutes. There are two types of vessel which can be booked; a fast craft, which will usually take around two hours to make the crossing, and cruise ferry, which will take between three and three and a half hours. Whichever craft you use, you should find that the journey becomes a relaxing and enjoyable part of your holiday. Top
Travelling to Ireland by ferry represents fantastic value for money, especially for larger groups, as the ferry price covers one car with two adults, and children travel for free! The other great advantage of travelling by ferry is that you are not bound by any weight restrictions or luggage allowances and you can easily take some pets with you. A hassle free and convenient choice. Top
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An historic house which I would certainly recommend.
Mrs Breen, Craigavon, County Armagh, January 2013
The house was immaculate and the cleanest holiday property we have ever had.
Mrs Wood, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, December 2012
It was truly a home away from home.
Ms Kelly, Highlands Ranch, Douglas, November 2012
The booking process was so easy.
Ms Whittle, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, October 2012