Overlooking the sea and the Mournes, near the Silent Valley, this is a truly warm and welcoming place to stay. The Hall family creates an atmosphere of a home away from home—albeit a rather grand and elegant one. Bedrooms are large, filled with natural light, and decorated in understated, elegant tones. A few have real fireplaces. One of the main reasons this place is so highly rated, however, is the excellent restaurant, where locally sourced ingredients are used to create sumptuous classic Irish meals. It comes as no surprise at all that they also run a 1-day cookery school several times per month; check the website for an up-to-date schedule.