A mile and a half outside town, this family-run hotel with six acres of gardens and supremely stylish guest rooms is an excellent choice if you're touring by car. The open fires and polished wooden floors in the lobby and residents' library complement the warm welcome of the friendly staff, most of whom have worked here for years. The most striking salon marries modern black-and-white photography with baronial oak walls. Up the mahogany staircase, the bedrooms in the main
house are all suavely decorated; rooms in the newer wings have large bathrooms with separate shower and tub, and a more contemporary look. Eat in the formal dining room, or enjoy bar food and a bit of "craic" with the local clientele.