Cathrine and Niall’s Breac.house offers the sort of magical experience which the great food writer Richard Olney once summarised in the adjectival triplet of: “sensuous-sensual-spiritual.” Breac.house is a sensuous, sensual, spiritual – and joyful – experience. The house is ascetic, almost monastic, yet it is also playful. Aesthetically, it is complete, thanks to the obsessive attention to detail from Cathrine and Niall. It sits high on a hill on Horn Head overlooking Dunfanaghy village, in farthest northwest County Donegal, yet it seems to embedded in that steep hill, and embedded in nature. The success of the siting and design means that everything here feels organic, despite the intense manipulation of the architecture. Architecturally, the house follows a path of radical Donegal architecture and design, and to understand that continuum, you should visit two nearby masterpieces by the great architect, Liam McCormick. McCormick's churches at Burt and in nearby Creeslough are amongst the most holistic and radical Catholic Churches ever designed in Ireland. Braec.house fits right into that architectural culture. As hosts, Cathrine and Niall are artists of living, and artists of life, and their generosity and consideration is total. Behind every element of the experience is a wealth of knowledge, from the arrangement of the food on the breakfast tray – nods to both Swedish ideas, and to bento boxes – to the fab 1970’s Bang and Olufsen record deck. There is nowhere else quite like Breac.house.
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