Ireland's Blue Book Blog


Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Celebrate Halloween with these delicious cocktails from some Ireland's Blue Book properties.


5 Perfect Autumn Walks

Are you looking for an active getaway this autumn? We have gathered 5 of the best Blue Book walks that can be explored this season.

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Rooms With a View

What could be better than waking up to one of these spectacular views...


Let’s plan a day trip from Carrig – here are 3 of our favourites!

This summer here in Carrig so many of our guests are rediscovering Kerry, for many they are visiting some places for the very first time or for others they are revisiting locations to create new memories.


3 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes for Autumn

Colourful and tasty pumpkin recipes, perfect for autumn

Ireland's Blue Book Family

10 Stylish Venues for your next Family Get-Together

Find the perfect venue for your next family get-together, birthday celebration, anniversary or reunion.

Plan Your Trip

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.


Here at Carrig Country House the outdoors has never felt so good, but the welcome is as warm as ever inside!

It is the start of a new season here in Carrig, we officially re-opened after lockdown on July 10th and it was wonderful to welcome back so many returning guests and to greet lots of first-time visitors to our country home.


Ireland's Blue Book's Favourite Halloween Traditions

The origins of some of our favourite traditions from the spooky season

Plan Your Trip

5 Blue Book Mindfulness Retreats, perfect for an autumnal break

With our hectic lifestyles at the moment, many of us need to actively create some time to be mindful. To truly be aware and appreciate our surroundings. In a time where there is pressure on us to move fast and keep up use of different technologies, these Blue Book houses have created a luxury experience whilst also creating experiences that make guests “slow down” and be present in the moment.

Food and Drink

Irish Halloweeen Barmbrack from Butler House

A delcious Barmbrack recipe from chef Ger Dunne from Butler House, just for Halloween

Plan Your Trip

5 Great Reasons to Take a Break in October

With the countryside gearing up for an awesome display of colour, there are so many great reasons to take a break in Ireland during the month of October


Pear and Almond Tart from Gregans Castle

Try this delicious Pear and Almond Tart recipe from Gregans Castle, Co Clare


The Guardians of the Gardens - Hedgehogs “Check In” to Enniscoe Country House

Enniscoe House is delighted to welcome two new employees to their Organic Garden. These new arrivals in no way impede the restrictions put in place by Covid-19 – they are sibling hedgehogs, who will help to tackle the troublesome population of slugs present in the garden.


Wild Garlic Pesto from Dunbrody House

Kevin Dundon from Dunbrody House has shared his recipe for wild garlic pesto with us.


The Merrion's Irish Soda Bread

The Merrion’s Executive Pastry Chef Paul Kelly would like to share this Irish Soda Bread recipe for you all to enjoy making in your own kitchens.


3 Blue Book Recipes to cook at home with children

We have put together this list of 3 recipes which are perfect for cooking at home with children!


Bread and Butter Pudding by Derry Clarke

This is a perfect recipe for using up bread that has gone slightly past its best.


Romance At Home: 3 Cocktails For Your Next Date Night

Get fancy for your at-home date night with these delicious cocktails.


Romance At Home: 3 Dessert Recipes for Your Next Date Night

Wow your other half with these sumptuous desserts for your next date night at home.


Cook like Michelin Star Chef Derry Clarke

Have you been taking this time at home to practice your skills in the kitchen? Take the next step with these recipes from Michelin Star chef Derry Clarke.


Roasted Duck Breast with Parisian Potatoes, Carrot Puree and Fondant, Asparagus & Blackberry Jus - Hayfield Manor

Bring 5 star luxury to your kitchen with this recipe from Hayfield Manor, Co Cork


4 Blue Book Rhubarb Recipes

Rhubarb is at it's best for the first few months of the year and is perfect for sweetening any cake or crumble!


Chef Ger Dunnes Raspberry Champagne Cake

Chef Ger Dunne from Butler House has shared this Raspberry Champagne Cake recipe, the perfect weekend treat!

Wild Atlantic Way

8 of Ireland's wonderful Greenways

Things to do and places to see along Ireland's Greenways

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