Doreen Gleeson runs a wonderful country house on 16 acres of beautiful gardens and trees. It is perfectly situated for the Dublin Airport (10 to 15 minutes away). This manor, built in 1786, is magnificent.
Belcamp-Hutchinson, Balgriffin, Dublin 17, Ireland; 011-353-1-846-0843, www.belcamphutchinson.com. Double rooms from $219.
--Bill Sims, Encinitas
Sometimes, big miracles happen in small, out-of-the-way places. West Baden Springs Hotel has been lovingly restored, with the lobbies returned to their original glory.
West Baden Springs Hotel, 8538 W. Baden Ave., West Baden, Ind.; (812) 936-1902, www.frenchlickresort.com. Doubles from $135.
--Walt Chambers, San Diego