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Hot Press Magazine Lists Blue Book houses in its Best ‘Overnight Sensations’ 2019


March 2019: Ireland’s Blue Book is delighted to announce that Bishops Gate Hotel, Marlfield House, Ghan House, Dunbrody House, The Park Hotel Kenmare, Virginia Park Lodge, Wineport Lodge, Ballyfin Demesne, The Merrion Hotel and Ballymaloe House have been listed in Hot Press Magazine’s Best ‘Overnight Sensations’ 2019.

Bishops Gate Hotel, Derry ‘a stylish, elegant boutique hotel’ is included as one of the Best for City Breaks.

Marlfield House, Co. Wexford and Ghan House, Co. Louth are listed as the Best Hotels for Old World Charm. Marlfield, a celebrated stately home, is regarded as ‘a history buff’s dream’; while Ghan House is ‘a real Georgian Gem and one of the oldest private houses of its kind in Ireland.’

Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford and the five-star Park Hotel Kenmare, Co. Kerry are among the Best Hotels for Relaxation. Dunbrody offers a combination of ‘fine food, stunning style and serene spa facilities, while the ‘supremely decadent’ Park Hotel is well-known for its retreats in its SÁMAS spa; a well-known centre for peace and tranquillity.

‘A luxurious hotel infused with history and character’, Ballyfin Demesne, Laois is one of the Best Historic Hotels.

‘Delight in the beauty’ of Virginia Park Lodge, Co. Cavan, and ‘romantic undertones’ of Wineport Lodge, Co. Westmeath who are both among the Best Hotels for Romance

Best for Glamour goes to the five-star Merrion Hotel. ‘The epitome of understated elegance, Dublin’s Merrion Hotel combines a bustling city-centre location with all the relaxation of a striking country getaway’.

Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork is one of the Best Hotels for Family Trips, with a home farm for the family to explore and outdoor activities for all ages.

The Best of Ireland 2019 is a complete guide to the country, highlighting everything that is vibrant and interesting to see and do around the island of Ireland. Celebrities, TV stars and musicians like Jennifer Zamparelli, Cathy Jordan, Paul Ronan and Bressie are among those selecting their favourite attractions, sites, restaurants and pubs from throughout the country.

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