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Ireland's Blue Book Blog

Ireland's Blue Book Family

The property was won in a card game - Currarevagh House


Currarevagh Country House, on the banks of Lough Corrib, in Co. Galway, has an interesting provenance of its own. The property was won in a card game by Hodgson’s great grandfather seven times back. The move came up aces when he went on to discover tin and copper in the area, making his fortune and putting two steamboats on the lake, the Lioness and the Tigress, to ply both goods and passengers. “They also did what people almost always do when they strike it rich, they razed the original house and rebuilt a bigger one, the current house,” said Hodgson.

Wild Atlantic Way

Living on the shores of Caragh Lake, Ring of Kerry & welcoming the Wild Atlantic Way


Carrig Country House is a proud member of Ireland's Blue Book. It is hidden away on the shores of Caragh Lake in County Kerry and is run by Frank & Mary Slattery.

Food

10 Great Places to Dine Alfresco in Ireland


The best part about the sunny weather, is the opportunity for outdoor dining.

Romance

3 Manoirs Romantiques dans le Connemara


LE BLUE BOOK DE L'IRLANDE

Events

Richard Scott Sculpture at Ballymaloe House


Ballymaloe House will host Richie Scott's Sculpture Exhibition this summer 2017, launching on Midsummers Eve.

Gardens

Castle Durrow Garden Tour


Visit Castle Durrow & take a garden tour with Bart Howard the Head Gardener.

Spa

10 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.

Events

Drama at Rathmullan House


Great Expectations and The Wind in the Willows come to Rathmullan House

Romance

Rooms With a View


What could be better than waking up to one of these spectacular views...

Plan Your Trip

The 2017 Irish Open


Ardtara House– The Perfect Getaway for the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Recipes

Kevin Dundon's Beef Burgers


BBQ season is right around the corner, so here is Kevin Dundon's recipe for Beef Burgers

Plan Your Trip

Top 10 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Blue Book Holiday!


Who better to go on holiday with than Man's Best Friend?

Travel

14 Jardins Exceptionnels à Découvrir en Irlande


Le Blue Book de l’Irlande est une collection de Irish Country Houses, Hôtels, Manoirs, Châteaux et Restaurant. Laissez-vous charmer par l’ensemble des jardins Blue Books situés sur l’ile d’Irlande.

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.

Plan Your Trip

17 Unique Places to Stay on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way


Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way stretches from the Northern Headlands to the Surf Coast, and is famous for its sweeping coastlines, towering sea cliffs, and diverse landscapes.

Spa

12 Indulgent Spas


Relax, Renew and Rerevitalise at these indulgent spas of 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

Plan Your Trip

The Marshall Doran Collection in Belleek Castle


Why not take a step back through time and discover the fantastic history of the unique Castle through a guided tour and explore the Marshall Doran Collection of fossils and Medieval European Armour.

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

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.

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Chef Profile: Christina McCauley


We caught up with Christina McCauley, Head Chef of Coopershill House to find out about her favourite ingredients, food memories and much more

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

CONNEMARA LAMB


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

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.

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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