What a year it’s been already for Dunbrody Country House Hotel. As we continue to promote the Irish country house experience both at home and internationally we’ve seen great growth in bookings from Ireland and also new and emerging markets like Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Much of this is resulting from the promotion of Ireland’s Ancient East and here in the heart of it Dunbrody House has won some fabulous international acclaim. Being members of the prestigeous Ireland’s Blue Book certainly helps our presence on the international stage too.
Indulgence is always the order of the day at Dunbrody with world-renowned gourmet restaurant, chic champagne seafood bar and breakfast til Noon daily. Couple this foodie focus with owners Catherine & Kevin’s aim to please and pamper and you get a feel for what Dunbrody House is loved for. Set in 300 acres of parkland on the idyllic Hook Peninsula on Ireland’s south coast 1830s Dunbrody really is the perfect year-round choice for a romantic getaway to the country.
For the culinary inquisitives there’s the temptation of Kevin Dundon’s cookery school with a range of 1, 2 & 5 day courses and for those seeking some me-time there’s the luxury boutique Spa. Tasting the craft beers from our micro-brewery and sampling of the “craic” in our traditional Irish pub “The Local” are also musts.
Late 2017 we received two awards from Haute Grandeur. Haute Grandeur is recognized as the world’s leading Awards initiative, acknowledging the finest hospitality experiences across 7 continents and more than 60 countries. Each year, the world’s premium luxury hotel and spa brands compete for the ultimate accolade in overall excellence and greatest contribution to the industry. Brilliance is recognized by means of a rigorous rating process, based on a unique concept exclusive to Haute Grandeur. By relying on quality feedback from guests rather than a quantity of votes by the general public or judges, fairness, transparency and unbiased results are guaranteed.
Best Culinary Experience in Republic of Ireland
Best Restaurant Hotel in Republic of Ireland
Among the other victors were top global luxury hotel and spa brands – One&Only Resorts, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Anantara Hotels & Resorts, Banyan Tree Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Ritz Carlton Luxury Hotels, Park Inn Hotels, ESPA Spas and Raffles Resorts, among others. For a small property like Dunbrody House to be included in such company was really amazing.
“A Haute Grandeur Award is a guaranteed golden stamp of excellence, and powerful in its ability to amplify marketing, guest perception and revenue,” says founder Marinique De Wet. “We are proud to contribute and encourage establishments worldwide to continuously excel on all levels. Participating establishments emphasize the value and importance of continuously striving for excellence, and set the standard in the industry. Haute Grandeur promises to raise the bar by awarding only the most exceptional hotels and spas, thereby inspiring establishments to reach even greater heights. To win a Haute Grandeur Award takes will and determination,” said De Wet. “An establishment must excel on all levels. Therefore, the winners truly attained the ultimate in excellence; recognized with the highest accolade a hotel or spa can receive.”
In addition, Dunbrody again received an international award from the Luxury Travel Guide for Boutique Hotel of the Year. The Luxury Travel Guide, www.ltgawards.com an international awards programme in recognition of all accommodation options from large hotels & resorts to small luxury properties. The Luxury Travel Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Their team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators. Last year Dunbrody won Country House of the Year from the Luxury Travel Guide and this year we have won:
Boutique Hotel of the Year 2018 – Luxury Travel Guide
In addition Travel & Hospitality Awards, (www.thawards.com) have also awarded Dunbrody House as their choice of
Boutique Hotel of the Year 2018 – Travel & Hospitality Awards
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Finally we’ve been included in this years Best Inb Ireland Guide from John & Sally McKenna and have once again secured the Michelin Plate for our restaurant and inclusion for the hotel too.
With all this recognition 2018 promises to be another great year of growth and we’re hoping to see the numbers continue to grow from Mainland Europe, Australia & New Zealand which will make up for any decline in numbers from the UK due to Brexit.
“Ease, Elegance, Excellence” Seamus Heaney, Poet Laureate
Number of Bedrooms 22 including suites & guest lodge ****Hotel