Braec House – County Donegal, Ireland
Located on Donegal’s dramatic Horn Head overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Breac.House was ten years in the planning but worth the wait. Opened in 2017 by Dubliners Cathrine Burke and Niall Campbell, this modern retreat triumphs, cleverly fitting into the wild landscape. Designed by award-winning local architects and built by a team of local tradesmen, it’s about the very best of Irish design here. The four rooms, with spectacular panoramic sea and mountain views, are deliciously cosy, with super-king custom crafted oak beds, topped with pure Irish wool duvets, and bold terrazzo bathrooms. Things get even better when a scrumptious breakfast arrives through a hatch. During the day, explore the deserted beaches and ancient forests, hike in a national park, take a surf lesson, play a round of golf, visit art galleries and heritage buildings or just gaze at the ocean. Back at Breac.House, relax on the terrace, curl up in the library or beside a roaring fire. There is also a seaweed bath and wood-fired sauna. There is no restaurant but the pre-dinner drinks are fabulous as are the many excellent eateries nearby.
Double rooms from €355