Step through the bright red door and – wow, if it weren’t for the electricity and running water, you might imagine you had gone back 200 years. Huge, magnificently restored rooms are filled with studded seats, old trunks, oil lamps, crocheted wall hangings, ball and claw baths… It’s the antithesis of soulless chain hotels. Here, furniture and fabrics are much-loved and mismatching in the best possible way. The farmhouse kitchen, complete with a Rayburn cooker and game hooks in the ceiling, is an atmospheric setting for meals around a 50s-style bench table. For special dinners, eat at a period dining table by an open fire, then retire to a music room with a free-standing organ and antique piano where you might imagine the Brontë sisters entertaining guests. Bedrooms are a museum of period furniture and floral patterns that are now back in fashion. In the gardens, another surprise: an old cattle shed converted into a wellness area with a sauna and jacuzzi. Surrounded by working farmland overlooking the Mourne Mountains, it feels wonderfully remote. Yet Newry is five miles away and Belfast a 40-minute drive.