A former cowshed may not sound like the height of glamour, but this is a beautifully converted elegant space, a short drive east of Foynes. You really feel away from the herd (no pun intended), with 202 hectares (500 acres) of farmland between you and civilization. And what could be more civilized than going up to the manor house, where the charming owner and family resides, for dinner—or even having it brought to your door if you prefer? (€25; or you can fend for yourself in the cottage’s own kitchen). You can rent this place as a fully self-catering option, or as a B&B, with tasty Irish breakfasts cooked every morning up at the house.