I'll be in Ireland appx. from February 8th - 15th, 2010.
I found the following link as an example of properties that can be rented out:
The following link is an example of a group property that could be rented:
This might seem like a crazy idea, however, I am curious to rent this kind of property with a group of international travelers - our group composed of strangers. A rental split 14 ways (or so...)
Leave a note if you're interested.
An interesting query appeared in the Irish Times newspaper travel section at the weekend...this may help you find somewhere suitable. I won't join you, but sounds like an interesting idea!
Question: We are a large family of six brothers and sisters with 18 children, aged from six months to 18 years, between us. Twenty of us are looking to go away in Ireland around December 27th for two nights. We are flexible in terms of kids sharing beds and so on. We would love to stay in one house but are finding it difficult to find somewhere suitable. We have looked at castles, as we would like to make the trip as memorable as possible, but this option is proving very costly, and we would like to keep the cost down as much as possible. It has been suggested to us that going to Scotland would be a better choice, but we would prefer to stay here.
Answer: The good news is that a variety of large homes and mixed developments around the country could accommodate your family. No need to go to Scotland. The first place to look is the Havens Hideaways website, irishgems.com, which features castles, modern houses and period homes, groups of large apartments, Palladian mansions and haunted houses for rent from two nights. Prices vary from property to property, and you should give Havens Hideaways a call on 01-2889355. It will know which are available and suitable for your group.
On daft.ie, if you search under Short Term you will find a selection of more modern properties around the country with six or more bedrooms.
I have come across a selection of individual properties. Fair Isle Castle, in Co Fermanagh, is a beautiful house with eight bedrooms and six bathrooms. You can get in touch on 00-44- 1608-658878 or through holiday-chateau.com. This company has a selection of holiday properties in Scotland, England and Wales, too.
Sunnybank House, near Clifden, Co Galway, can sleep up to 22 people. You can contact the owner on 086-8587391 or through connemararentals.com. Also near Clifden, Joyces Waterloo House has 10 bedrooms and would be comfortable for your family. Get in touch on 095-21688 or through joyces-waterloo.com.