Something quite extraordinary, this one. Imagine a luxury apartment – the kind you get in the posh suburbs or a nice city block – then transplant it into the middle of the Northern Ireland countryside. You've got 'The Stables'.
I stayed there for the best part of a week, to get some studying and writing done. Now my main problem was my brain – it just wasn't working. But there was no problem with the setting. I couldn't have asked for more peace and quiet!
The apartment came with all mod cons – fully fitted kitchen with washing machine and dryer, and a beautiful bathroom with a generously sized shower cubicle and heated towel rail. The one drawback was the telly – I could only get the main terrestrial channels. Maybe I just wasn't using the remote correctly, I don't know. I couldn't even get RTE.
Location, of course, is everything. 'The Stables' is actually part of a vast facility called Edenmore Country Club. This is a popular golf course with gym, spa and award-winning restaurant. The food mainly comprises traditional dishes – but done well.
You'll need to take your car, by the way. I was more or less stranded as I'd been travelling around using public transport. Going out for a walk is possible, but not always advisable. The country lanes aren't very lonely – tractors and trucks thunder past at an alarming rate. If you do go out for a trek, wear wellies because you'll often end up in the ditch to let vehicles by.
The surrounding area is beautiful. Moira is a pretty village with regular trains to Belfast. Magheralin itself is a tiny place with the pièce de résistance – the deeply atmospheric ruins of an epic medieval church.
Edenmore's managers Kenneth and Cherry Logan are extremely hospitable. Nothing is too much bother for them. I can only imagine this place will go from strength to strength. I even got all my washing done!