Castlewood House in Dingle, Co Kerry, may be one of the most highly acclaimed guesthouses in Ireland, but there are certainly no airs and graces about the place.

When Irish Country Living arrives on a cold Friday night after a long and tiring drive, we are welcomed – literally – with open arms by a hug from Helen Heaton, and a buck’s fizz made by husband Brian. With the friendly atmosphere and stunning views of Dingle Bay, it doesn’t take long for us to feel relaxed.