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Rock Cottage is a magical place – it’s a pretty, slate-covered house in a stunning coastal setting not far from Schull, in deepest west Cork. Owner Barbara Klotzer is the perfect host, offering wonderful cooking and warm hospitality. It’s an ideal spot for exploring the gorgeous west Cork coast. Doubles from €70, b&b.

Ballyvolane House is our beautiful 18th-century house near Fermoy, north of Cork city. It’s more Downton Abbey-style house party than swanky posh hotel; it has just six bedrooms and communal dinners featuring a 4-course set menu are always a high point, with most ingredients grown or reared on the estate farm and gardens. Woodland walks and salmon fishing are just some of the activities on offer, and there’s a crackling log fire to keep you warm. Doubles from €85, b&b; four-course dinner €55pp.

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