From the moment you see the Twelve Pins of Connemara National Park across the front lawn and over Bearnaderg Bay, you know you’ve made a good choice. This delightful 200-year-old Regency manor looks, feels, even smells just as a country-house hotel should: where others fall short of expectations, Rosleague delivers. It doesn’t feel impersonal, either. Snug drawing rooms have unstuffy elegance: open fires, comfortable seats, private cubbyholes. The grand dining room draws in the view – ideal for a leisurely breakfast by the window. In the evening, it has the buzz of a dinner party despite the separate tables. Friendly staff orchestrate each course with little fuss, serving much-lauded dishes, and a new candlelit conservatory twinkles invitingly for pre-dinner drinks. Front bedrooms with the view are the best but the other few compensate by being absolutely enormous. A double room may have a giant bed and a palatial bathroom that make it feel more like a suite. If you can pull yourself away from all this laid-back luxury, visit Inishboffin Island, play tennis, take a sauna, or climb a Pin.