You are hardly aware of it but you are on an island and out there is the Atlantic with the mountains of Kerry forming part of the view; if you are not inspired by this landscape then you have no soul. The modern cottage is stone built and sturdy, with a large gravelled area at the front… a plain enough exterior, but step inside to find a place of gleaming laminate floors and all the bleached beauty of the beach. In the large sitting room there are stones, driftwood mirrors and lamps, heavy wooden table tops, sheepskins and shaggy pile rugs, and an open fireplace with a pyramid of logs. Next is a sun room with wraparound windows and remote control blinds, which you operate from the comfort of two enormous sofas in tasteful grey. The state-of-the-art kitchen has a super table and black upright chairs. Upstairs: spotless wooden floors, big beds, clean white walls, stylised pieces of furniture and tiled bathrooms. A terrace to the rear has small lights set into wooden sleepers and leads to a stone platform with a grey slate table and benches… have your meals watching the sea and the sky.