Ballylagan is a fully certified working organic farm (the first in Northern Ireland, no less) and at the center of it all is this welcoming little 1840s farmhouse. Covered by lush vines, the two-story greystone building looks as if it, too, has grown out of the landscape. Patricia and Tom Gilbert are passionate about what they do, and that ethos shines through, especially in the food. All breakfast ingredients are completely organic (of course), from the fresh-baked bread to the bacon and sausages at breakfast; home-cooked dinners can be provided too, if booked in advance. (Due to licensing restrictions, they can’t serve wine, but you’re welcome to bring your own.) The guest rooms are in a separate building from the owners’ home, giving everyone a bit of privacy. Painted in soothing colors, the bedrooms are large enough to easily fit a sofa and a couple of chairs in addition to the extremely comfortable beds. Tea and homemade cakes await your arrival in the guest lounge. For an extra charge of £10 you can have the use of a wood-burning stove in your room. A quiet night’s sleep is guaranteed—Ballyclare is about 21km (13 miles) north of Belfast.