A lovely hotel set on more than 50 acres of parkland, Rathsallagh House first came into being when the low-slung, ivy-covered Queen Anne stables were converted into a farmhouse in 1798. Enveloping couches and chairs, large windows, handsome fireplaces, and lots of lamps welcome you to the two drawing rooms. Large guest rooms have enchanting, pastoral names like Buttercup, Over Arch, and the Yellow Room, with its claw-foot bath set in an alcove. Try to get a room overlooking the walled garden, where the scent of wildflowers wafts in through the beautiful French doors. The outstanding haute-Irish dinner menu changes daily. Specialties include venison with a walnut-and-herb crust, roast baby squash, and Brussels sprouts. There is a golf course and tennis courts beside the hotel.
Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow, Ireland