Set amongst 300 acres of rolling countryside, historic Lough Rynn Castle has seen major investment and a great deal of TLC to restore it to its former glory for its current use as an hotel.
Aside from structural restoration, original furnishings were located and refurbished before being reinstated in their former home, and many other luxurious items, including hand-painted silk wallpaper from Paris, were carefully sourced to complement the property.
Approached via a winding wooded road, it is now entered through an impressive manned black and gold wrought iron gate, and guests are welcomed at the door.
Opulently appointed lounges, drawing rooms and a library (with memorabilia connected with author John McGahern, who was from the area) are remarkably private and intimate for public rooms in an hotel, and have views out over the lawns and lake: a peaceful and comfortable place to read, or have a light lunch or afternoon tea.
Bedrooms include luxurious castle rooms offering unique accommodation, with wonderful views of the estate and surrounding countryside.
The aim is to make Lough Rynn a perfect country haven, and no expense or effort has been spared; there is over a square mile of lake, and the gardens - which are also of significant historical interest - are under restoration too, together with the nature trails and lakeside walks.
However, this is a lovely place and there is plenty to keep visitors occupied here already.