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New to the Blue Book for 2020 – Introducing the Newest Members to the Collection


Ireland's Blue Book introduces its newest members to the collection - a chic, boutique townhouse in Dublin, and a historic castle in Limerick.

Christmas

Festive Foodies


Christmas is a time for gathering with friends and family and enjoying a few creature comforts. Make your festive feast memorable this year with some decadent dining options from the houses of the Blue Book.

Christmas

‘Tis the Season to be Cosy – Christmas Movie Nights at Bushmills Inn


This festive season, Bushmills Inn is screening 6 of your favourite Christmas films in their own intimate screening room.

Food and Drink

8 Festive Afternoon Teas


Throughout December, enjoy some seasonal favourites and joyful treats with there delectable festive afternoon teas in Blue Book Houses

Events

7 Elegant New Year’s Eve Galas, Parties and Balls to Ring in 2020 in Style


Planning for New Year's Eve always seems to be the last thing on peoples' to do lists during the festive season. Get planning early this year and see in 2019 at one of these stylish events.

Recipes

Dark Chocolate Pots with Berry and Nut Crumble from Dunbrody House


Dark Chocolate Pots with Berry and Nut Crumble from Dunbrody House

Christmas

The Perfect Wine Pairing for Christmas Dinner


Every year, we find ourselves asking the same question: what is the perfect wine pairing for Christmas dinner? And the answer varies, based on what you’re cooking and indeed who you ask. For most people, Christmas is just not Christmas without turkey, and because it is not powerfully flavoured and has a low fat content, it generally pairs best with white wines, and if a light red is preferred, it should be low in tannin.

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.

Romance

Suite Dreams with Ireland's Blue Book


Suite Dreams - Beautiful Blue Book Bedrooms

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.

Food and Drink

9 Top Tips for Planning a Perfect Christmas Dinner - from Sallyanne Clarke


9 Top Tips for a Planning Perfect Christmas Dinner - from Sallyanne Clarke

Plan Your Trip

5 Perfect Spots to throw a Private House Party


Imagine a truly exclusive venue in a grand country house to celebrate a special birthday, a family reunion or simply to have a party with friends.

Recipes

Chocolate & Frangelico Tart


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

Food and Drink

Christmas Presents for Food Lovers


When it comes to Christmas presents for food lovers, there are so many options, from artisan smoked Irish salmon to Michelin starred meals and cookery courses.

Recipes

Hot Chocolate Pudding


A sumptuous Hot Chocolate Dessert recipe from Aherne's Townhouse in Youghal

Food and Drink

Dining in Dublin over the festive season


The finest private dining rooms, for private meetings, to season’s greetings.

Taste the Island

Wet Your Whistle


 Whiskey Experiences with Ireland’s Blue Book

Recipes

Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse


Irish Coffee Recipe from Aherne's Townhouse

Spa

Recharge with a Winter Spa Break


With the dark evenings drawing in and Christmas just around the corner, winter is the time of year when it feels particularly good to spoil yourself with a quick getaway to a luxurious spa. Many of the country houses and hotels in Ireland’s Blue Book have world-class spa and treatment facilities, in beautiful and peaceful surroundings.

Plan Your Trip

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.

Ireland's Blue Book Family

Chef Profile - Lucy Hodgson from Currarevagh House


We meet Lucy Hodgson the Head Chef at Currarevagh House, for a quick chat on her passion for food, food memories and the ingredients she couldn't live without.

Wild Atlantic Way

4 Stunning Star Wars Filming Locations along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way


4 Stunning Star Wars Filming Locations along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Taste the Island

Rise and Shine - The Best of Blue Book Breakfasts


Who doesn't love a hotel or country house breakfast - here, we've put together 8 of the best

Food and Drink

Chef Profile - Dervilla O'Flynn, Head Chef at Ballymaloe House


Interview with Dervilla O'Flynn, Head Chef at Ballymaloe House on her favourite ingredients and what she loves about her job

Recipes

Hayfield Manor’s Dark Chocolate Brownie


Ingredients 675g Castor Sugar 9 Eggs 400g Unsalted Butter (soft but not melted) 170g Cocoa Powder 225g Cream Flour 500g Melted Dark Chocolate 75g Skinless Hazelnuts 75g White Chocolate Drops

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