Imagine lying in a mahogany sleigh bed watching dolphins play in the bay (if you’re lucky), then walking through a magical garden to a private cove for a swim. Youthful, vibrant, Dolphin Beach is no ordinary place. Extended and modernised, the 200-year-old farmhouse lies at the windswept edge of Europe among wild fuchsia and the light of the Atlantic. Big bedrooms are full of luxurious fun and eccentric detail: Billy’s fabulous handmade headboards, mosaic tiles, wooden ceilings, portholes, warm floors and patio doors that open with smooth precision onto quiet courtyards full of colourful pots or staggering views. The whole family are involved here and they will organise just about any activity you want – riding, deep-sea fishing, hikes, bikes. Barbara cooks with inspiration and fresh produce from the farm and the local area – Connemara lamb, organic veg grown in her neat-as-a-pin plot, wild salmon, fresh lobster. Savour it in the raised dining room overlooking Clifden Bay. After dinner, visit the bustling town by taxi, or lounge in your choice of two sitting rooms. Finally, let the sea lull you to sleep.