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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.

Wild Atlantic Way

The Burren is in Bloom at Gregans Castle


Gregans Castle is nestled right in the heart of the Burren. With breath taking views across Galway Bay and idyllically situated overlooking the unique Burren landscape, this is the ultimate luxury and gourmet hideaway.

Romance

3 Manoirs Romantiques dans le Connemara


LE BLUE BOOK DE L'IRLANDE

Plan Your Trip

The 2017 Irish Open


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

Recipes

CONNEMARA LAMB


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

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?

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

History

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

A little bit of pre theatre drama...


Pre-Theatre Menus from our Blue Book restaurants

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Recipes

Traditional White Soda Bread from Ballymaloe House


Rosemary & Raisin Soda Bread from Ballymaloe

Equestrian

3 Trails to Trot


Equestrian Pursuits at Blue Book Houses

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