County Kerry, Ireland
For 40 years this tumbledown cottage was home to nothing more than tufts of overgrown grass and a herd of mountain goats seeking refuge from the harsh Irish winter. That is until a local family rescued the ruins, gave the goats their packing orders (don't worry, they're still grazing on the mountain) and polished the red-roofed pad into somewhere we'd happily hunker down. Its timber cladding was foraged from the nearby forest, the mud floor stripped back and lime rendered while the concrete colour-matched to the wild Treangarriv landscape. We can't promise it won't rain but, when the clouds clear, Lost Cottage really does feel like the pot of gold at the end of the wild County Kerry's rainbow.