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The sea is an ever-present feature at this pleasant, whitewashed little B&B in Skerries, a pretty commuter town just north of Dublin. The coastline is literally feet away from the wooden terrace at the back, and the sound of the waves can help soothe you to a restful sleep at night. Guest rooms are decorated in summery white and blue colors, with jaunty, candy-striped accents. The owners are welcoming and extremely helpful—Joe, the co-owner, is a mine of information about the local area, and his wife, Jackie, displays some of her art around the house. Breakfasts are good, and in summer you can get afternoon tea (€20) or a “romantic picnic” lunch (€25), although you'll have to fend for yourself at dinnertime. (Joe can provide an exhaustive list of places to eat nearby.) The only major snag is that Skerries is far outside of the city; the train journey to the center takes about 40 minutes, and the bus over an hour. Still, it’s nothing more than local commuters do every day, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more tranquil and welcoming retreat after a long day of sightseeing.