Stumbling Upon a Hidden Retreat in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, Ireland
Sheer madness calls for absolute tranquility, which is what you’ll find at Gregans Castle Hotel. Driving along the left side of the street, hold your breath each time a car squeezes past on the narrow, rocky road, and then exhale slowly as you turn down the driveway of this centuries-old country house. Buildings are blanketed in ivy, while wooden benches scattered across the 18-acre property beckon you to curl up with a novel and never leave. Though you only happened upon it on your way to the Cliffs of Moher, you make a mental note to return, knowing this haven will bring you back to sanity someday when your mid-life crisis hits.