about us

Relax Ireland is a leading provider of self-catering houses, with an extensive portfolio of the best holiday homes in Ireland and best self-catering homes in Spain. Since 2013, over 15,000 holidaymakers from Ireland, Europe, USA and the rest of the world have booked self-catering accommodation with us!

Founded by Brenda McDermott and Caroline Howlett, Relax Ireland is an independently-owned, Irish company based in Wexford. Together, we have over 50 years combined experience in the travel and hospitality industry. Our knowledge, experience and passion has helped us to grow Relax Ireland every year since we launched and there are now over 500 specially selected holiday homes listed on our site.

We are supported by a team of dedicated customer care professionals in our office in Wexford, who are always available to answer queries and solve any problems that may arise. Relax Ireland is known for the personal service we offer, along with our outstanding customer care. Your peace of mind and satisfaction is always our top priority in all our interactions with holidaymakers and home owners.

It is our policy to personally visit, inspect and approve all the properties listed on our site. We have in-depth local knowledge of all our holiday locations so that we can help you get the best from your holiday, while also give insider tips on local services and amenities.

Relax Ireland is proud to be a trusted provider of the best holiday homes in Ireland and best self-catering homes in Spain. We have been featured on TV3’s Ireland AM and RTE’s The Afternoon Show, and in the travel pages of the Irish Times and the Irish Independent.

So please do get in touch and allow us to help you find your perfect holiday accommodation – it’s the first step to a great holiday and we look forward to hearing from you!

Brenda McDermott – Co-Founder/Finance Director

Brenda has over 25 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitability sector, working in roles across sales, customer service and management. At Relax Ireland, Brenda is responsible for the company’s strategic vision and managing all financial aspects of the business, including accounting, finance and cash flow management. She also oversees the office administration to ensure smooth operation of the back office functions of the business. Brenda is also a qualified financial adviser and payroll technician. In her career, Brenda has built an impressive network of contacts, including tourism bodies, holiday home owners and content management system providers like Super Control, while also developing affiliations with Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and HomeAway. 

Brenda McDermott – Co-Founder/Finance Director

Brenda has over 25 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitability sector, working in roles across sales, customer service and management. At Relax Ireland, Brenda is responsible for the company’s strategic vision and managing all financial aspects of the business, including accounting, finance and cash flow management. She also oversees the office administration to ensure smooth operation of the back office functions of the business. Brenda is also a qualified financial adviser and payroll technician. In her career, Brenda has built an impressive network of contacts, including tourism bodies, holiday home owners and content management system providers like Super Control, while also developing affiliations with Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and HomeAway. 

Caroline Howlett – Co-Founder/Managing Director

With over 25 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality sector, Caroline is an experienced sales manager with significant human resource and people management skills that allows her to manage the sales team and their performance. She is highly experienced in sales, customer service, employee relations, negotiations and team building. Her experience in the tourism and hospitality sector includes sales, people management and performance management. Caroline also has significant experience in home owner contracting and negotiations. She is an experienced entrepreneur having previously owned and run a successful business selling property in Spain and Bulgaria to Irish purchasers. In addition, over the past 5 years Caroline has built strong relationships with home owners and consumers alike and has excellent negotiation skills.

Caroline Howlett – Co-Founder/Managing Director

With over 25 years’ experience in the tourism and hospitality sector, Caroline is an experienced sales manager with significant human resource and people management skills that allows her to manage the sales team and their performance. She is highly experienced in sales, customer service, employee relations, negotiations and team building. Her experience in the tourism and hospitality sector includes sales, people management and performance management. Caroline also has significant experience in home owner contracting and negotiations. She is an experienced entrepreneur having previously owned and run a successful business selling property in Spain and Bulgaria to Irish purchasers. In addition, over the past 5 years Caroline has built strong relationships with home owners and consumers alike and has excellent negotiation skills.