Press Releases From Blue Book Houses

The Bushmills Inn is crowned Best Hotel in Ireland


The Bushmills Inn were delighted to be crowned the regional winner for all Ireland earning them the coveted title of Best Hotel in Ireland at the Best Loved Awards.

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Tricks and treats for all at Mount Juliet Estate’s Halloween Pony Camp


Park your broomsticks and sharpen your fangs this Halloween midterm for a thrilling experience at Mount Juliet Estate’s Halloween Pony Camp.

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One of Ireland’s most renowned country house hotels, Marlfield House in Co. Wexford, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Marlfield House is long established as one of Ireland’s most romantic country house hotels and is one of only five members in the country of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group and longstanding members of the Ireland's Blue Book.

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Picnics at picturesque Mount Juliet Estate


The magnificent gardens at Mount Juliet Estate are a haven of peace and tranquility and make the prettiest backdrop to the perfect summer picnic.

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The Bushmills Inn Celebrate Being Named ‘NI’s Best Hotel Stay 2018’


The Bushmills Inn are celebrating being named ‘Northern Ireland’s Best Hotel Stay 2018’ in this year’s Northern Ireland Tourism Awards which have showcased the very best in local tourism for the fortieth time - at the venue where they first began.

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Castle Leslie Estate today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

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Ladies’ Day at the Mustard Seed in Ballingarry, Co Limerick


On Thursday 8 March, guests to the Mustard Seed will choose from a menu which features some of head chef Angel Pirev’s favourite ingredients. Dishes will include salmon from Birgitta Hedin Curtin’s Burren Smokehouse in Co Clare, which was famously served to the Queen of England during her visit to Ireland in 2011, and cheese from award winning Kerry cheesemaker, Maja Binder.

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Sweet Suite Luxury at Wineport Lodge,


With every room and suite at Wineport Lodge named after a wine or wine region, it stands to reason that the very best in this luxury bolthole is named the Champagne Suite. After undergoing an extensive refurbishment, the Champagne Suite can now be called one of the premier hideaways in the country.

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Make A Date at the Mustard Seed to Celebrate Valentine’s Day


The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry, Co Limerick is the perfect romantic hideaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year and proprietor, John Edward Joyce, and his team are standing by in anticipation of facilitating the perfect proposal.

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Dunbrody Country House Sweeps Accolades in Several Travel Awards


Dunbrody Country House Hotel wins awards from Haute Grandeur, the Luxury Travel Guide and the Travel & Hospitality Awards.

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Castle Leslie Estate is delighted to announce the appointment of Philip Brazil as Executive Head Chef. He will oversee all of the Estates’ culinary operations including the 2 AA Rosette award winning Snaffles Restaurant and Conor’s Bar and all Private Dining and Banqueting on the prestigious Estate.

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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 2018 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 Best for Service in Ireland.

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The Bushmills Inn celebrates 30th Anniversary after record year of award wins


The Bushmills Inn reinforced its reputation for excellence with a record haul of industry awards in 2017 as the 4-star hotel celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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The Condé Nast Johansens 36th annual awards for excellence were held on Tuesday 7th November 2017 at The May Fair Hotel in London. Hundreds of top hotel industry professionals were in attendance and Castle Leslie Estate scooped the prestigious 2018 award for excellence in the category of Best for Weddings, Parties or Special Occasions.

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Thursday Tidings Brought to you by the Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge


The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge in Ballingarry, Co Limerick is providing the ideal excuse to gather your family, friends or work colleagues together for a magical evening of fine food and hospitality this Christmas. The beautiful Victorian country house provides the perfect setting for a resplendent Christmas tree with the mantelpieces adorned with bejeweled garlands creating an idyllic seasonal ambiance.

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The Bushmills Inn wins Prestigious Golf Tourism Award


The IGTOA National Golf Tourism Conference & Gala Irish Golf Awards is the largest annual gathering of Irish Golf Tourism Industry professionals and this year’s annual event took place on Sunday 22nd October and Monday 23rd October at one of Ireland's premier links courses, The Trump International Golf Links, Co Clare.

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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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