I had a business report to write and needed some peace over a long weekend to get it done. I booked Mia’s Cottage on the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal and it turned out to be a perfect choice. It would be hard to fault the cottage – John and Dolores, the owners, have done a great job in restoring it whilst still retaining an Irish farmhouse feel. It has a wood / peat stove with oil central heating backup making it very cosy at all times. The area is beautiful with hills sweeping down to the seashore – it seems to be a good place to walk with a number of guided trails and, at some point, I shall go back with my wife to do some walking there. There’s a pub called the Rusty Nail nearby which does decent food and, apparently, has good music during the high season. The village of Clonmany about 3 / 4 miles away also has a number of pubs, food takeaways including a Chinese and a good sized grocery store. There are good local taxi services for those who like a pint. I took the Sunday off and drove the 25 miles or so to Derry – one of Ireland’s most historic cities and well worth a visit. Phone reception isn’t great and there’s no Wi-Fi at the cottage but there is good Wi-Fi at hotels at Ballyliffin and at various other local spots. I recommend it.