Self catering holiday cottages in Conna, Cork, Ireland

Conna is a lovely little village of only 300 people in County Cork in Ireland, and is set by the banks of the picturesque River Bride. Surrounded by fields and pastures, Conna could be perfect for a country cottage holiday.  There is a great sense of community in Conna due to its small, close-knit population and there are lots of local places to see including a range of friendly and cosy pubs, a shop selling all the things you need while on holiday plus a couple of churches, a Church of Ireland chapel and a Roman Catholic church, both with beautiful interiors.  Whether you have in mind a romantic break in the country, a rural pet-friendly holiday or a rustic family getaway, Conna could be a great choice.

About Conna for Cottage Holidays


The main attraction to the village is Conna Castle which dominates the backdrop. This striking and historical building is a five-storey tower house which is located by the flowing river and perched on a limestone outcrop. It dates back to 1554 when construction work began on the castle by the Earls of Desmond, and was completed in 1564, a decade later. The castle has an interesting history as it went through lots of different owners, from Sir Walter Raleigh to the Earl of Cork. Its rightful heir, James Fitz Thomas, was imprisoned in the Tower of London after trying to capture the castle and in 1851, Hilary L’Estrange bought the building. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction and should definitely be visited if you want to learn more about the castle and to experience it for yourself.  It would be a shame to miss a visit to this wonderful historical building whilst on a cottage holiday close to Conna or in the village itself.

Conna is close to the town of Fermoy, set on the River Blackwater and home to Irish dancer Michael Flatley. As it is so close to Conna it is a recommend place to visit if taking a self-catering break in the area as there are quite a few things to do. The river itself is a main attraction and is perfect for salmon fishing or for beautiful scenic strolls by the banks. As the river is one of the main draws to this town, it is used in many events including two annual regattas in May and September. The Fermoy Rowing Club which is nearly 130 years old hosts these events which have been going for nearly 75 years, and it makes for an exciting day out under the Irish sun with good food, drinks, welcoming people and a brilliant regatta! Fermoy also hosts a poetry festival which has only been going since 2012.

We hope you’ve found our tourist information on this part of Ireland helpful and inspirational even.  Conna is a quaint village that makes for a wonderful place for a country cottage holiday.  Whether you have in mind a rustic romantic cottage, a large country house or a log cabin holiday hidden away in the countryside, we trust that you’ll enjoy browsing through the available choices in this corner of County Cork on Country Cottages Online.

Book a Conna cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Cork on holiday.

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