Not far from Carrowkeel, Ross Farmhouse is a restored 1880s cottage, surrounded by acres and acres of rolling farmland. The cheerful owners, Nicholas and Oriel Hill-Wilkinson, see this place as their pride and joy, and it shows in the gregarious welcome they give guests. Bedrooms are reasonably sized, with simple, unfussy furnishings. One is a family room, and another is fully accessible to wheelchairs. Downstairs are two lovely guest lounges, filled with antiques. An open peat fire warms the hearth in winter. Breakfasts are good, and they’ll cook for you in the evenings if you book in advance (very reasonable at €35 per person; there’s a good wine list too, or you can bring your own). In addition to all the countryside walks, ancient ruins, and sweet little towns you could wish for, the area also has some of the best horseback riding in Ireland—ask if you’d like recommendations for local riding centers. Note: Not all bedrooms have a private bathroom, so specify when you book if you want one.