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Ireland's Blue Book Blog

Recipes

Cocao L’Amour – The Merrion Hotel


Create the perfect L'amour for your love...

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

5 Valentines Cocktails to 'wow' your loved one this Valentines


4 Valentines Cocktails to 'wow' your loved one this Valentines

Romance

3 Romantic Country Houses in Connemara


BLUE BOOK DE L'IRLANDE

Romance

6 Suite Dreams with Ireland's Blue Book


SUITE DREAMS - BEAUTIFUL BLUE BOOK BEDROOMS

Spa

6 Spa Treatments for Gentlemen


Indulge in an invigorating facial, rejuvenate with a heavenly massage, or simply relax with a luxurious spa treatment specifically designed for him.

Wedding

3 Inspiring Ideas for your Bridal Shower


Is there anything as exciting than planning your wedding? Planning your Bridal Shower of course! We have some ideas for a bridal shower to suit you.

Romance

5 Perfect Places to Propose


Ladies it’s a leap year, here are some Blue Book Suggestions on perfect places to propose

Weddings

Ask the Expert: What is the first thing people should do after their engagement?


Get expert advice from the Blue Book wedding properties, with years of experience planning weddings.

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.

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

Explore the Exceptional - Unusual Bedroom Names


Unique names for bedrooms, suites and cottages of Blue Book houses

Culinary Tours

Time for Tea


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

Recipes

7 Delicious Pancake Recipes


Sweet and Savoury Pancake Ideas From Some of the Blue Book Houses

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.

Gardens

Powerscourt Gardens


Beautiful Powerscourt House and Gardens is located within the 1,000 acre Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Meet Our Chefs

Chef Profile – David Fitzgibbon Aherne’s Townhouse


Open wood fires and the warmest of welcomes await you in this family run hotel in the Historic walled port of Youghal. The bedrooms exude comfort and luxury, stylishly furnished with Antiques and paintings. The Famous Seafood Bar and Restaurant Specialise in the freshest of the local landed Seafood (Lobster, Oysters, Crab Prawns, Mussels, Salmon, Squid, Sole, etc). We caught up with head chef David Fitzgibbon to find out about his favourite ingredients, food memories and much more…

Wedding

Top 5 Trends in Wedding Themes


Top 5 Trends in Wedding Themes

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

Swimming

Blue Book Swimming Pools


Whether you're looking to relax or for a bit of exercise, sometimes you just need a dip in a Blue Book pool.

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.

Cycling

A cycling adventure to Gregans Castle


As I sat down to dinner in Gregans Castle, one of Irelands blue book hotels, last evening looking out at the purple hue form the limestone mountain across the valley I noticed the sky beginning to change colour. As each course of my meal was presented the sky went from pink to orange to red before finally succumbing to darkness as my desert arrived.

Gardens

13 Garden Delights


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

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Enjoy the ‘Celestial Vault’ at Liss Ard Estate


JAMES TURRELL IRISH SKY GARDEN Designed and constructed under the close observation of famed Artist, James Turrell, The Irish Sky Garden or Crater gives the viewer a totally unique opportunity to admire and enjoy the ‘celestial vault’. Turrell, considered the greatest American Land Art Artist, has turned the Crater into a massive naked – eye observatory. The sky is his studio.

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