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Ireland's Blue Book Blog

Travel

10 Ways to spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day


Spoiling your Mum this Mother’s Day with Ireland’s Blue Book

Recipes

Dunbrody House - Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ingredients 110g Butter 85g Brown Sugar 70g Caster Sugar 1 egg 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 2 tbsp honey Pinch Salt 250g Flour 1 tsp Baking Powder 200g Mixed Chocolate chips

Spa

5 Fabulous Facials with Ireland’s Blue Book


We’d like to share with you some revitalising facials available at Blue Book spas and treatment rooms.

Romance

6 Suite Dreams with Ireland's Blue Book


SUITE DREAMS - BEAUTIFUL BLUE BOOK BEDROOMS

Plan Your Trip

8 Things to do for the Long Weekend


Make the most of the long week by making it a Blue Book weekend

Culinary Tours

Time for Tea


INDULGE IN ONE OF THE GRANDEST OF TRADITIONS - AFTERNOON TEA – IN A BLUE BOOK COUNTRY HOUSE OR HISTORIC HOTEL.

Gardens

13 Garden Delights


Beautiful Gardens of Ireland's Blue Book Country Houses, Historic Hotels and Castles.

Recipes

CONNEMARA LAMB


CONNEMARA LAMB MARINATED IN PORT AND HONEY, WITH A TOMATO & MINT CHUTNEY

Plan Your Trip

5 Things to do for your Country Spring Escape


Spring is in the air so it's time to plan a country escape.

Food

Hayfield Manor’s Dark Chocolate Brownie


Ingredients 675g Castor Sugar 9 Eggs 400g Unsalted Butter (soft but not melted) 170g Cocoa Powder 225g Cream Flour 500g Melted Dark Chocolate 75g Skinless Hazelnuts 75g White Chocolate Drops

Romance

Romance in a Castle


Romance in a Castle Create memories to treasure at one of Ireland’s Blue Book Romantic Castle

Recipes

Dunbrody House - Strawberry Temptation


Simple can be best, even in the finest hotels – as this delicious way with strawberries from the Dunbrody kitchen garden shows.

Travel

12 Great Ways to Use Your Voucher from Ireland’s Blue Book


The Blue Book contains beautiful country houses, hotels and restaurants all across Ireland, many set in idyllic scenic surroundings in some of the more rugged and isolated parts of this beautiful island.

Recipes

Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse


Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse

Recipes

Traditional White Soda Bread from Ballymaloe House


Rosemary & Raisin Soda Bread from Ballymaloe

Recipes

Newforge House – Spring Green Vegetable and Garden Herb Salad with Gabriel Shavings


In May the vegetable patch at Newforge House springs to life again with the arrival of asparagus. The combination of all the wonderful fresh herbs and green vegetables with salty Gabriel is fantastic; Gabriel is Irelands equivalent to Parmesan and, along with its sister cheese, Desmond is made in west Cork – John gets it from Trevor Irwin at St. George’s Market in Belfast and it is widely available from cheesemongers and good delis in Ireland and abroad.

Recipes

7 Traditional Irish recipes


Traditional Irish recipes from our country houses

Gardens

Glorious Gardens


“My best loved gardens” by Kay McEvilly

Plan Your Trip

5 Perfect Places for Private House Parties


Imagine a truly exclusive venue in a grand country house to celebrate a special birthday, a family reunion or simply to have a party with friends.

Food

Game On


As the evenings, dare we mention it, get a bit shorter, the colder months have their compensations. Although we may complain about the weather, the punctuation of four distinct seasons means that things never get monotonous. And when it comes to food, one of the things that really heralds the warming dishes of the cooler months is the start of the game season.

Food

Chocolate Irish Black Stout Cake


Chocolate Irish Black Stout Cake from Newforge House

Food

Cooking Up A Storm


Roll up your sleeves with these delectable cookery courses, and hone your skills with some of Ireland’s most talented and well known chefs.

Equestrian

3 Trails to Trot


Equestrian Pursuits at Blue Book Houses

Romance

Love Potions...


6 Cocktails to 'wow' your loved one this Valentines

Romance

3 Romantic Country Houses in Connemara


BLUE BOOK DE L'IRLANDE

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