Few views are as enchanting as those found at Ard na Sidhe, which means "hill of fairies" in Gaelic. Built in 1913 as a country retreat for the Irish aristocrat Lady Edith Gordon, it was completely renovated and reopened as a luxury lodge last year. Today, it remains one of the country's finest examples of the Arts and Crafts style. The handsome limestone mansion sits on the thickly wooded shores of Lake Caragh. Inside, the 18 bedrooms are a cosy fusion of old and new; some feature antiques that date back to Lady Gordon's era, alongside contemporary comforts for today's visitor.
Ard na Sidhe, Lake Caragh, Killorglin, Co Kerry, Ireland (00 353 66 976 9105; ardnasidhe.com). Doubles start at €160, including breakfast.