Pierre, cultured and ineffably kind, travelled from France to rescue these old farm cottages by the sea and brought a dash of panache to a sleepy farming village. Look across the water to Croagh Patrick or the verdant fields that surround you and there’s nary a sound, just the lapping waves and the occasional cow. A hot tub and sauna make the most of the vista, while bedrooms are newly-decorated with super bedding from the Irish Foxford Woollen mills, and a new family room opens to the pretty garden. Walls are decked in pine with bold modern art or vintage posters, wallpapers are striking, windows are large and light floods in. Breakfast is in the main house (dinner too, if you’re lucky, with homegrown fruit and veg in season) in a dining room that looks out to the apple orchard and the sea; there’s fresh coffee, homemade jams, delicious bread. All guests are invited into the sitting room: find an open fire and a finely tuned grand piano. You might even catch a night of classical music. Lovely Westport, Achill Island and the road to Connemara are all within easy reach. Superbe!