Declan, a former school principal, comes from a long line of country teachers: this house was built as a teacher’s residence and his great-grandfather was the first occupant – out here on the edge of the moon. A short walk through the Burren wilderness, with its weathered limestone, prehistoric dolmens and rare flowers, is said to be great therapy for mind and body. Everything is done well here, the owners are eager to make you welcome and communicate their love of the Irish language and music, while the sitting room is awash with books on the Burren. Mary’s breakfasts, with her own sodabread, are acclaimed by guests from all over the world. The tidy, brightly coloured bedrooms are compact and cosy with orthopædic beds, elegant bedcovers and timber windows that keep the cold out. The garden, stretching down towards the river Fergus, has received a lot of attention and, in warmer months, provides a pleasant place to wander or take in views of the distant hills. You can walk to the ruins of an Elizabethan fortress or a medieval churchyard, then out into the moonscape. Genuine Irish hospitality in a lovely family home.