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Ireland's Blue Book Blog


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

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5 Private Party Houses

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.


Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse

Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse


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.


10 Delicious Pancake Recipes

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


7 Traditional Irish recipes

Traditional Irish recipes from our country houses


3 Trails to Trot

Equestrian Pursuits at Blue Book Houses


Love Potions...

6 Cocktails to 'wow' your loved one this Valentines


3 Romantic Country Houses in Connemara



6 Suite Dreams with Ireland's Blue Book



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.


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.


5 Perfect Places to Propose

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


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.


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.


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


Explore the Exceptional - Unusual Bedroom Names

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

Culinary Tours

Time for Tea



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.


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…


Top 5 Trends in Wedding Themes

Top 5 Trends in Wedding Themes


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


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.


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.

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