The enchanting quality of this 18th-century manor-house hotel overlooking Lough Ourna is amplified by the fact that you can row out to an island on the lake and explore an overgrown ruined castle. The house is decorated with heavy references to its historic origins, with Regency-era color schemes and quality antique furniture. Fishing can be arranged on the Lough, as can horseback riding; or you could just stroll around the beautiful gardens, with their vast swathes of peaceful woodland. Four-course dinners, served in the elegant red dining room, can be arranged for around €50 per head.