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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.


10 Great Places to Dine Alfresco in Ireland

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


3 Manoirs Romantiques dans le Connemara



Richard Scott Sculpture at Ballymaloe House

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


Castle Durrow Garden Tour

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


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.


Drama at Rathmullan House

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


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


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?


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.


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.


12 Indulgent Spas

Relax, Renew and Rerevitalise at these indulgent spas of Ireland's Blue Book


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.


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


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


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.





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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