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Ireland's Blue Book Blog


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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


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.


6 Suite Dreams with Ireland's Blue Book


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Plan Your Trip

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


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 in a Castle

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


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.


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.


Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse

Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse


Traditional White Soda Bread from Ballymaloe House

Rosemary & Raisin Soda Bread from Ballymaloe


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.


7 Traditional Irish recipes

Traditional Irish recipes from our country houses


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.


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.


Chocolate Irish Black Stout Cake

Chocolate Irish Black Stout Cake from Newforge House


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.


3 Trails to Trot

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