If staycations were the story of summer, self-catering was the story of our staycations.
ven before lockdowns lifted, we were Googling Covid’s hottest properties – self-contained houses and apartments where we could chill out, cook-in and control the comings and goings in our own space. Ireland’s 5,000 or so holiday homes turned out to be the real ‘travel bubbles’ of 2020 – with business briskest for coastal properties and well-known hotels with houses.
There were gripes about prices (some justified, others not so much), but expect rates to drop as we head into autumn – with basic, three-bed houses costing from around €500 a week. Value isn’t about the price tag alone, of course. If you want great locations, chic design, more space in which to sprawl and spoil-yourself features like standalone baths and picture windows, prepare to pay more.
With hardly any overseas visitors, festivals or events, Irish tourism