This is just the ticket for a big family or a group of friends to get together. There’s so much space you’ll never feel on top of one another: 10 sleep in the main house, with room for 9 more. Cook together in the huge kitchen, cosy with a wood-burner, or spill out onto the terrace for barbecues. The living room is vast and filled with books and CDs, there’s a full-sized billiard table and a big TV and the dining room seats 12 plus an extra 6.
The gardens are expansive too with a walled fruit garden and a badminton and boules lawn. Beyond are fields with sheep, a stream and a calming pond. All this is yours to wander at will – you’ll feel immensely private and privileged.
Walk along paths that criss-cross through woods, fish in the reservoir or try your luck at salmon fishing (permit required) in the river Lee, 10 minutes away. If you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to look after yourselves just ask Patricia and all can be organised.