Sink into deep pillows and gaze on the lake from your bed: the windows are tall, the views are exquisite. Westmeath is the county of lakes, the area is spotted with fine fishing and Verity’s family has lived here for ever. A trained cook with her own catering business in England, warm friendly Verity is back home to run B&B. Down a long avenue of mixed trees, with sheep-strewn fields to either side, you arrive at an elevated site and not a house to be seen. Lough Bawn House was built in the 1840s and its rooms are large, comfortable and filled with light. There’s a drawing room for guests with two comfy sofas and a proper log fire, and a dining room in pale green with a big table in the middle (and a smaller one by the window for a matchless lakeside view). Homemade bread and fruit compotes feature at breakfast; at dinner: fresh vibrant dishes in Ottolenghi style, and produce glistening from the garden. After a day’s walking, fishing or visiting Tullynally Gardens, what a treat to come home to a prettily refurbished bedroom, with a dressing table-set for a touch of glamour and a piping hot bath.