2. Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House, County Antrim
Staying in a lightkeeper’s house tops our list as a heavenly winter hideaway. Next door is Blackhead lighthouse, whose light once guided some of the most famous ships Belfast ever built, among them the Titanic. Perched on the edge of a cliff at Blackhead, the good news is that this Irish Landmark-managed property is available to rent as self-catering accommodation. Stunning seascapes are best enjoyed with a soundtrack of a crackling fire on a stormy winter’s evening.
1. Temple House, County Sligo
You can expect a welcome as warm as the fire at the Georgian-style Temple House, run by Roderick and Helena Percevel. The house, which has been in the Perceval family since 1655, enjoys a sublime setting overlooking Temple House Lake and the 13th century Knights Templar castle. Enjoy tea and hot, buttered scones by a blazing fire in the morning room, or a delicious dinner in the dining room by the homey hearth.