As darkness falls, rope lights sprinkle the trees in the garden. This is a remote and magical spot with a view, on a clear day, of Aillwee Mountain. Wallow in the hot tub; gather round the fire pit and gaze at the stars.
Remote, yet close to the Aillwee Caves, are two new houses and yours: open-plan, solar-heated and bright with light. Generous Ciara and John leave wellies by the door, a cupboard full of basics, homemade bread, eggs, scones and flowers – and they light the wood-burner and ready the hot tub for arrival.
They know the best walks, starting with Flaggy Shore (15km) on the Wild Atlantic Way, made famous by Seamus Heaney. Finish the day at Linnane’s Lobster Bar, with seafood fresh from the ocean. Or head off for Ireland’s first Michelin-starred pub: the lovely Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna.