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.
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.
WOW FACTOR: The sunny, statue-filled conservatory is reached through a secret door hidden in a bookshelf of the library.
FLIGHT TIME: 1 hour