It's nothing to do with the luck of the Irish that Ballyfin is one of the most idyllic country house hotels we've ever stayed at.

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The restoration of this 18th-century estate at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, an hour-and-a-half outside Dublin, has been a decade-long labour of love for American billionaire Fred Krehbiel and his Irish wife.

Inside the regency exterior is everything you'd want from your Downton Abbey-style fantasy - twinkly chandeliers, stucco ceilings and deep sofas next to crackling fires, while rooms feature heavily-draped four-posters and polished mahogany furniture.

It's so old-school grand there's even a cocktail hour, so make sure you pack your jewels.

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WOW FACTOR: The sunny, statue-filled conservatory is reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf of the library.

FLIGHT TIME: 1 hour

GO: Deluxe rooms from £785, half-board (www.ballyfin.com). Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) flies to Dublin from £64 return.