Ireland's Blue Book Blog

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10 Last Minute Romantic Escapes for Valentine's


Last minute romantic breaks for Valentine's Day and Valentine's Weekend

Plan Your Trip

A Chilled Out Visit to the Ice House


A short stay at the relaxing Ice House on the banks of the River Moy in County Mayo

Wild Atlantic Way

Walking in a Wooded Wonderland at Belleek Castle


Planning a trip to County Mayo? Include a night in Belleek Castle on your itinerary - with blazing fires, sumptuous food, and a dog that doubles as a tour guide

Events

Looking Forward to... February with Ireland's Blue Book


Things to do around the island of Ireland this February

Weddings

An Elegant Castle Wedding at Barberstown Castle


If you're looking for the perfect elegant venue to have your own "royal wedding", then Barberstown Castle could be the perfect place

Ireland's Blue Book Family

New to the Blue Book for 2019 – Introducing the Six Newest Members


New to the Blue Book for 2019 – Introducing the Six Newest Members

Plan Your Trip

12 Great Ways to Use Your Voucher from Ireland’s Blue Book


The Blue Book contains beautiful country houses, hotels and restaurants all across Ireland, many set in idyllic scenic surroundings in some of the more rugged and isolated parts of this beautiful island.

Weddings

4 Inspiring Bridal Shower Ideas


Is there anything as exciting than planning your wedding? Planning your Bridal Shower of course! We have some ideas for a bridal shower to suit you.

Weddings

7 Chic, Boutique Venues for your Intimate Wedding


7 of the best boutique hotels and country houses for intimate and elegant weddings

Food and Drink

Chef Profile - Patricia Teahan, Hed Chef at Carrig House


We get together with Patricia Teahan, the head chef at Carrig Country House in County Kerry, to ask about her passion for food, cookery and her favourite ingredients

Plan Your Trip

3 Ultimate Girly Getaways


Make a break for it with your best girl gang with one of these ultra glam destinations.

Weddings

Ask the Expert: What is the first thing people should do after their engagement?


Get expert advice from the Blue Book wedding properties, with years of experience planning weddings.

Events

A Night At The Movies....


Did you know that the Bushmills Inn has its own cinema? Why not do something a little bit different and enjoy small, intimate screenings of some of your favourite films in this exclusive boutique cinema. Package includes a 2-course dinner in the award-winning restaurant, and of course, popcorn.

Weddings

Say I Do in Donegal


Say I Do in Donegal at one of our beautiful properties

Events

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Weekend Retreat at Killadanagn House, Co. Mayo.


Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) that is part of top health, spa and recovery programs in USA and Australia is now in Ireland at Killadangan House, Westport, Ireland. EAL is a system of personal development that works with horses as co- facilitators, teachers and guides. The experience is offered with an Equine Assisted Facilitator, Mary Berkery as part of a themed workshop.

Weddings

7 Perfect Places to Propose


Some Blue Book Suggestions on perfect places to propose...

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3 Gorgeous Glamping Getaways


Camping has never been so luxurious!

Recipes

Chocolate & Frangelico Tart


This delectable recipe comes from Chef & Owner Chris 'Woody' Woodward of Blairscove House, Co Cork.

Recipes

Ballymaloe's Sticky Toffee Pudding


A delicious Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe from Ballymaloe House

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The Townhouse Suite at No.1 Pery Square, Limerick


Located on the top floor of No.1 is the Townhouse Suite, a generous and stylish suite complete with sweeping views of the city and the mountains of Clare, its own bar & dining area, comfy sofas and a large screen on which to watch all the latest movies.

History

The Library at Castle Leslie Estate


Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last great Irish castle estates still in the hands of its founding family, and houses a library that consists of about 2000 volumes built up over time from books acquired by (as well as works written by) the Bishop and the generations of Leslies who came after him.

Food and Drink

Ireland is your Oyster


The first of the native Irish oysters are appearing on menus around the country, and are being served in the Blue Book Houses

Plan Your Trip

Sweet Suite Luxury at Wineport Lodge, Athlone


After undergoing an extensive refurbishment, the Champagne Suite can now be called one of the premier hideaways in the country.

Recipes

Traditional White Soda Bread from Ballymaloe House


Rosemary & Raisin Soda Bread from Ballymaloe

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Soak up the Suds


Relax, unwind and float effortlessly in a calming and serene state, with these 5 Blissful Bathtubs from Ireland’s Blue Book.

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