“We are just a very ordinary Irish family.” But that’s exactly what overseas visitors (90pc of her guests) come to experience.
Springview’s old-fashioned rooms and décor won’t be to everyone’s taste, but the dairy farm setting, slap-up breakfasts and homely chats just might.
That means the list will change from year to year, avoid the usual suspects (unless they’re thrilling us anew, of course) and leave room for the unsung heroes of Irish hospitality, from B&Bs to campsites. Most importantly, this list is not gathered via Google. Squirrelled away down bohareens draped in leaves, this exquisite arts and crafts-style house is a little sister to The Europe and Dunloe Castle, but its detail — dating from 1913 and lavishly restored — trumps both.
It’s an expert edit compiled with trusted writers who have visited and spoken to every inclusion. There are thousands of places to stay in Ireland — narrowing it down to 50 was a fraught task! Think oak wainscoting and casement windows with views over Caragh Lake...
An elegant tea room is open for lunch and afternoon tea; there’s a sultry basement bar; sensitive painting and soft furnishings allow the original Adams plasterwork to pop.