High arched windows, 27 in total, set into 1m thick walls ensure inspiring views of the Irish Sea.
For the highest vantage point, you’ll need to scale 107 steps to the kitchen.
Farther north and set in Red Rock, Sutton’s Martello Tower offers maritime-inspired interiors within exposed brick walls. Slowly chug through the countryside on your own barge, watching wildlife and birds on the riverbank as you picnic in open air – or in the galley if the weather turns.
The two bedrooms are in the lower level with the best views reserved for the mid-level balcony and 360-degree views from the kitchen. Wide-beam barges, a modification of the traditional narrowboat, feature double beds, flushing toilets and wood-burning stoves and can cater for families or small groups.
Riversdale Holidays, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim 071-9644122, Leonie Corcoran Geaglum Cottage and caravan, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh A restoration revelation, with gorgeous thatch-roof cottage and traditional wooden caravan all in one package.
Fehanaugh, Lauragh, Co Kerry 064-6683185, airbnb.ie/rooms/2643072 Cockoo Wood Hexagon, Co Mayo This cabin is the perfect hexagon-shaped love nest, just 5km from Westport but secluded on land that is half orchard, half woodland.
But the beacons remain and offer some of the most rugged, unusual places to stay thanks to the Irish Landmark Trust.
At Wicklow Head Lighthouse, guests sleep in the actual lighthouse tower.
Blackhead Lightkeeper’s House, Co Antrim, is sure to wow with breathtaking panoramic views and paraphernalia, while SJ Schooner at St John’s Point, Donegal, offers views of the almost pink sand on Coral Beach. Two-night policy: €564/two nights, sleeps four and a dog. Also on site is a vintage caravan, which sleeps two.
The toilet and shower facilities, shared between both units, are in a nearby custom-designed container building.