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The top 5 Southern holiday homes

Planning a half-term getaway down South? Like many, we’d love a place we could easily escape to at the schools holidays or for a weekend break. We’ve rounded up our dream properties across the border featuring a tennis court, a former coastguard house and of course, beautiful green lawns that give the Emerald Isle its namesake.

Williamson Court, County Louth from Savills

Williamstown Court

Williamstown Court

Approached by a private tree lined avenue, Williamson Court is a wonderful detached farmhouse set within an old-world stone courtyard. Within this charming courtyard are the main house, a two-storey cottage and an array of stone outbuildings.

Set amidst a wonderful rural landscape framed by mature trees, Williamson Court houses a games room, party room for up to 80 people seated, a small pond and an en tout cas flood lit tennis court. The south-facing garden is accessed by several points from the house and opens onto the paved patio and barbeque area.

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Terryduff, Co Mayo from Tuohy O’Toole

Terryduff

Terryduff

Located on the southern shores of Lough Conn, Terryduff is a fully refurbished and extended three-bed, modern home. Accessed via a short tree-lined avenue, the house sits amongst unspoilt countryside and ensures total privacy.

Arguably one of the finest modern houses in County Mayo, the present owners have created a wonderful contemporary home that takes full advantage of its spectacular waterside location with lakeshore views from many of its rooms.

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Kestral, Co Waterford from Palmer

Kestral

Kestral

Kestral stands proudly on the coast road, just outside the popular fishing village of Dunmore East. Occupying an elevated site, the detached home overlooks the bay and Hook Peninsula with absolutely breath-taking sea views.

Finished to an impeccably high standard and containing four generous double bedrooms, there is more than enough room for large groups to take a trip down South. Numerous small beaches and coves within walking distance are perfect for appreciating the stunning surroundings.

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Duck Cottage, Co Donegal from Templeton Robinson

Duck Cottage

Duck Cottage

Ideal for those with a love of the coast and the countryside, Duck Cottage sits on the water’s edge on Rutland Island, half a mile from the Donegal mainland. Its own boat slipway and a deep-water mooring allow easy access to other islands and the mainland.

A former coastguard station, Duck Cottage is a truly unique property full of delightful touches such as rainwater being harvested from the cottage roof for showering and washing up. Built in the early 1800s and modernised over recent years, the cottage is one of just fourteen homes on this unspoiled island.

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Greenbank House, Co Donegal from Franklins

Greenbank House

Greenbank House

Dating back to the 1930s, Greenbank House is a fine example of how a period property can look if well-maintained over the years. Retaining all of its original features, this property enjoys spectacular views over Lough Foyle.

One of the outbuildings was in fact once home to a shirt making factory which dates back to the 1850s. The 2.6 acres of gardens have been immaculately manicured and the stables have also been converted into a garage.

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