Experience the Irish Countryside at Ballymaloe Country House Hotel
This estate originated as a Norman castle in the mid-14th century. Today, 400-acre Ballymaloe, 20 miles from the city of Cork, is home to a superb farm-to-table restaurant and a variety of guest rooms and cottages. According to senior editor Derk Richardson, it’s not the fanciest manor house accommodation (Ballyfin is pretty hard to top), but it feels like the countryside, and it’s a foodie paradise. For the past 30 years, the Allen family has operated the world-renowned Cookery School in nearby Kinoith. Darina Allen (something like the Alice Waters of Ireland) might take you on a foraging walk around the grounds and into the woods. From $200.