'Restoring, and then inviting the world to share it, is a splendid way to save an old family house,' states Alastair. In this case, 'the blend of antique and modern gives the house easy charm. You won't easily forget John's fine food. Nor his father's tireless pursuit of perfection outside: the formal garden is deservedly listed.'
Where 58 Newforge Road, Magheralin, Craigavon, Co Armagh, BT67 0QL (02892 611255; www.newforgehouse.com)
How much Doubles from £120, B&B