Press Releases From Blue Book Houses



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 Irelands Blue Book.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Marlfield has planned to host a celebration lunch, featuring champagne cocktails, canapes and dishes similar to what was on Marlfield’s menu in 1978.   Francis Brennan, a long standing friend of the Bowe family, will act as master of ceremonies.  

Commenting on the 40th year anniversary, Francis Brennan said: “It is an absolute pleasure to be joining the Bowes to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Marlfield House. The family have been friends and colleagues of mine in the industry for so many years and it’s incredible to witness the changes and evolution of the property since Mary and Ray first opened in the 70’s. I am immensely proud to be part of their journey and success here over 40 years.”

Margaret Bowe added; “Celebrating 40 years in business marks a key milestone in the history of Marlfield and our family. Marlfield is now an integral part of the colourful history of Gorey and the hospitality industry in the area. This is an exciting year as we celebrate a historic past and look forward to some great changes in the future.”

Since opening, Marlfield House has welcomed many famous people from Irish Presidents to Hollywood stars, including Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks during the filming of ‘Saving Private Ryan’, all member of U2, The Cranberries, Robert Redford, two ‘James Bonds’ Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore to name just a few.

“Strategically located an hour away from Dublin, the hotel has many loyal guests who celebrate weddings and birthdays with us each year. The longevity and success of the hotel is possible due to the amazing commitment of our team over the past four decades and we look forward to continuing over the coming years, when we have great plans including the development of romantic pods in the garden” added Laura Bowe.

About Marlfield House

Built in 1830, Marlfield House was the principal residence of the Earls of Courtown in Ireland for generations. In May 1977 Mary and Ray Bowe purchased the property from the Earls and renovated it before opening with 11 bedrooms in May 1978. The magnificent Turner style conservatory was added in 1982 and six sumptuous state bedrooms in 1989. In 2009, sisters Margaret and Laura Bowe took over the running of the hotel and in 2015 they converted the courtyard buildings into the hugely successful Duck Terrace Restaurant. Last year ‘Duck Lodge’ an original dwelling on the grounds was renovated into a luxurious two- bedroom cottage overlooking the gardens.

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