The only way to attempt to describe the work of Cathrine and Niall, of Dunfanaghy’s Breac.House, is to say that they are artists of living, and artists of life.
Their experience of living and travelling has been distilled, element by element by element, into the magnificent architectural creation that is Breac.House. Behind every element of the experience is a wealth of knowledge, and an appreciation of aesthetics, 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. Their work in the house as hosts converts the rich prose of that experience into the poetry of hospitality.
Breac.House invites a feeling of spirituality, thanks to its framing of Donegal’s abundant beauty, as you gaze through the windows down to the shoreline around Dunfanaghy, and birds soar on air currents, tides shimmer in the bay, and the ever-changing light and cloud patterns mesmerise your senses.
Staying at Breac is something magical, the kind of magic 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. There is nowhere like it.
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