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Press Releases From Blue Book Houses

Ian Orr Appears on BBC Saturday Kitchen


Ian Orr, the multi award winning Chef Patron of Browns Bonds Hill Group, makes his BBC One Saturday Kitchen debut on Saturday 5 August at 10.00am.

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HotelsCombined recognize Castle Leslie Estate amongst the best hotels in Ireland


HotelsCombined, the Australian-based hotel meta-search company, conducted an extensive survey covering different types of accommodations within Ireland. This survey was based on gathering data from millions of guest reviews and translating them to an official Recognition of Excellence.

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Many happy returns (and there really have been thousands!) as The Tannery celebrates 20 years in business this July


Chef Paul Flynn and his wife and business partner Máire are an authentic Irish food success story, a couple who together have made an extraordinary success of their restaurant, townhouse and cookery school in Dungarvan since they opened their doors to customers for the first time on July 1st 1997. They opened The Tannery Restaurant in Paul’s home town of Dungarvan 20 years ago this July, followed by the stylish Tannery Townhouse in 2005, and then the chic, naturally-lit Tannery Cookery School, custom-designed by himself and Máire, in 2008.

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Mount Juliet Estate announced as Luxury Destination Partner for the iconic Dublin Horse Show


Mount Juliet Estate is delighted to announce a new three-year partnership with the Dublin Horse Show with the Estate becoming Luxury Destination Partner of the iconic equestrian, social and family event, now in its 144th year.

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Bushmills Inn Shines at Hotel Receptionist of the Year Awards - Winner of ‘Hotel Reception of the Year’ 2017 - Team Category


Northern Ireland Hotels Federation hosted its annual ‘Hotel Receptionist of the Year’ gala awards ceremony on 10th May 2017. In the team category the title of ‘Hotel Reception of the Year 2017’ sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland went to Bushmills Inn, One of the judges summed up the interaction they had with the team as: “Possibly one of the best check-in experiences I have ever had throughout my years of hotel inspecting. The experience was a perfect mix of genuine hospitality, very good systems and a well-trained team”.

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Summer Wine Soirée at Brabazon


Tankardstown, in association with Febvre Wines, presented guests with a very special evening of fine wine and dining at the recent Summer Wine Soirée held in Brabazon Restaurant.

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Castle Leslie Estate Celebrates 25 Years in Business


Although there is over 1000 years recorded of Leslie family history, the 10th May 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Castle Leslie Estate operating as a thriving business.

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Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre Scoops Prestigious Award


Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre triumphed last Saturday by taking home the Irish Sport Horse - Best Domestic Equine Enterprise Award at The Irish Sport Horse Industry Awards 2017, which took place in Co. Dublin.

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West Limerick Restaurant Crosses Borders for International Women’s Day


The award winning Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge in Ballingarry, Co Limerick has teamed up with Sharon Noonan, presenter of the Best Possible Taste West Limerick 102FM radio show and food podcast to host a special dinner to mark International Women’s Day 2017.

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2017 marks the 120th anniversary of the Park Hotel Kenmare,


February 2017: The Park Hotel Kenmare, on the Ring of Kerry, is delighted to announce that it celebrates its 120th anniversary this year.

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The Bushmills Inn has announced that it has been recognised, for the 2nd year in a row, as one of the top 25 UK Hotels in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards, the only Hotel in Northern Ireland to be listed 2 years running.

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Castle Leslie Estate Honoured as a Top Performing Hotel as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site


Castle Leslie Estate announced that it has been recognised as a winner in three categories in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. They scooped the awards for one of the Top 25 Hotels in Ireland, Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Ireland and Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Ireland.

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The Bushmills Inn are delighted to have been named the Best Boutique Golf Hotel in Ireland in the 2017 Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards. The results were announced last night at a function held in Carton House Hotel, Co Kildare, which was attended by over 100 golf club and golf sector interests.

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Transport yourself to the era of one of Scotland’s most loved poets Robert Burns and join in the annual celebration of his life at Ardtara Country House Hotel on Friday 27 January.

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The New Year heralds changes for everyone and we are no different here in Tankardstown as we bid a fond farewell to Rob Krawczyk and wish him the very best of luck in his future endeavours. During the entire time that Rob was with us, right by his side in the kitchen, beavering away unassumingly, was Chef Adrian Cassidy, Brabazon’ s New Head Chef.

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Bushmills Inn Wins Commitment to Local Food (Hotel) Award


The Bushmills Inn is celebrating after being crowned the winner of this year's Hospitality Ulster's Pub of the Year Commitment to Local Food (Hotel) Award, in partnership with Food NI/Taste of Ulster.

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Halloween Fun at Killarney Royal


Killarney Royal is the perfect place to enjoy a family break away this Halloween. There is plenty of fun and relaxation in the beautiful Killarney with lots of attractions and activities on offer for all the family to enjoy.

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Lots of Treats This Halloween at Hayfield Manor


Why not plan a family break away this October with the little ones and enjoy a relaxing and exciting Halloween getaway at Hayfield Manor. There are lots of treats in store for both adults and kids to ensure that everyone is entertained during a fantastic trip to Cork.

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Castello Banfi Dinner at Brabazon Restaurant


Tankardstown, in association with Febvre Wines, presented guests with a unique evening of fine wine and dining at the recent ‘Castello Banfi Dinner’ held in Brabazon Restaurant. Guests enjoyed a Tuscan influenced menu designed by Chef Rob Krawczyk, which was paired with fine wines from the Castello Banfi Vineyard. The exquisite and extensive array of Castello Banfi wines on the night were sponsored by Febvre Wines.

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Taste of the Estate Dinner at Tankardstown


On Thursday evening, 21st July, Tankardstown held its successful ‘Taste of the Estate Dinner’ as part of the Boyne Valley Food Series 2016.

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Introducing Hayfield Manor’s Detox Afternoon Tea


Hayfield Manor have created a delicious and healthy Detox Afternoon Tea which is the perfect dining option should you wish to maintain your clean-eating spell!

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North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe House traces Vice President Joe Biden’s Roots to Garden Street in Ballina, Co. Mayo.


On the eve of the visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Ireland, the North Mayo Heritage Centre is delighted to announce that it has traced the origins of the Vice President’s maternal lineage, that of the Blewitts of Co. Mayo, to the area of Garden Street in Ballina.

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The Bushmills Inn Named as Winner of Customer Service Excellence Award at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards


The Bushmills Inn are thrilled to have been named as the winner of the Customer Service Excellence Award at this year’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards. Taking place at St Columb’s Hall, Derry, the glittering awards ceremony recognises the outstanding achievements within the Northern Ireland Tourism Industry.

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The Victorian Treatment Rooms at Castle Leslie Estate Introduce Touch Therapy Treatments.


The Victorian Treatment Rooms at Castle Leslie Estate is proud to announce they are now offering Touch Therapy Treatments. Touch Therapy is a thoughtful and innovative series of nurturing spa treatments for anyone who has undergone or is undergoing cancer treatments.

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Forget the dreaded novelty gifts this Father’s Day and treat the first man in your life to a truly memorable experience at Hayfield Manor. Surprise Dad with a delicious lunch with a difference this Father’s Day while supporting Hayfield Manor’s latest charity initiative, which will be launched this Father’s Day, 19th June.

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