Picturesque Gorey sits at the foot of the castle with views that stretch across the bay – watch the twelve-metre tide surge and ebb in an ever-changing vista. Inside is extremely comfortable. If it’s pouring with rain you can take a book to the fireside, slowly sip a barrel-aged house negroni, then take a long lazy lunch in the restaurant. Yoga and pilates sessions run regularly in the tranquil studio or out on the terrace in good weather.
Bedrooms, some with a balcony, have local art on the walls, Nespresso machines and bay or castle views. Wake to ‘Scandi’ breakfasts: Norwegian crisp breads, meat and cheese platters, smashed avocado, poached eggs and their own smoked salmon with plenty of vegan options too. There are two separate menus for the bar and the restaurant but both are from the finest local ingredients and are simply prepared so the flavours can shine.
Set off to explore the coastline on foot or hire an electric bike from the hotel.