A shrine to Seamus Heaney, behind the bright red door of Eugene and Gerardine Kielt’s elegant villa, B&B guests will find an intriguing collection of books and memorabilia. Eugene Kielt, a Blue Badge guide, gives award-winning tours of the area, and reveals the landscapes and community that inspired the late Nobel prize-winning poet and playwright. Gerardine’s breakfasts (fresh fruit salad, a full Ulster, gourmet scones) are served in the wood-panelled dining room, beneath Heaney poems on scrolls.
‘A very special place,’ say guests in 2019, of Sian and David Ibbotson’s Victorian hunting lodge overlooking the Irish Sea. ‘The accommodating hosts went out of their way, more than once, to ensure we had a terrific time.’