New to the Blue Book for 2019 – Introducing the Six Newest Members
Ireland’s Blue Book have officially announced the six additions to 45th edition of Ireland’s Blue Book, bringing the total number of member properties up to 56. Included this year is a luxury glamping experience; the former home of a legandary rock star; two stunning city hotels; a luxurious 5 star and an elegant historic hotel in Killarney.
Ballyfin Demesne – Co. Laois
Ballyfin Demesne is widely renowned as one of the most luxurious hotel estates in the world, and this year was named 2nd Top Hotel in the World and 1st Top Resort Hotel in Europe in the 2018 Travel and Leisure Awards. Like stepping back in time into a more elegant past, this 5 Star Hotel in the ultimate in indulgent escapism.
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Ballyfin is a place of history and romance, of tranquillity and great natural beauty, offering the very best of Irish hospitality. Guests can enjoy guided walks around the estate, falconry and more. With 614 acres of peaceful grounds, you can leave the rest of the world behind and enjoy a couple of days rest and relaxation in the most beautiful surroundings imaginable.
Bishop’s Gate Hotel – Derry/Londonderry
Bishop’s Gate Hotel in the centre of the Walled City, blends historical elegance with modern comforts, with beautiful Edwardian architecture, stylish appointments and luxurious facilities which have been sensitively incorporated in keeping with the rich heritage of the building.
An intimate urban oasis and a wonderful place to relax and unwind after a day exploring the city, ideally situated in the Cathedral Quarter. The atmospheric Wig and Gown Champagne Bar and Restaurant offers casual high end dining so guests can enjoy a glass of champagne or a cocktail, before a sumptuous meal. Bishop’s Gate has 30 beautifully decorated bedrooms and elegant suites, offering both comfort and luxury for the perfect night’s sleep.
Butler House Hotel - Kilkenny
Sweeping staircases, magnificent plastered ceilings and marble fireplaces await you at Butler House. Butler House is the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle and is situated in the centre of the vibrant city centre of Kilkenny, offering guests a welcome, peaceful retreat after an afternoon spent exploring the shops of Kilkenny or an evening out in the busy bars and restaurants.
With its own private entrance to Kilkenny Castle, guests find themselves among surroundings steeped in history, The peaceful walled garden is perfect for a morning afternoon stroll after breakfast or a delicious afternoon tea.
Cahernane House Hotel - Co. Kerry
Cahernane House is a beautiful historic country house in County Kerry, just 20 minutes from Killarney town.
The house exudes a sense of relaxation and peacefulness where guests can retreat from the hectic pace of life into a cocoon of calmness and serenity. Bedrooms are individually decorated with luxurious wallpaper, original antique furniture and beds made with the finest cotton sheets and goose down duvets and pillows.
Beautiful sash windows overlook the vast grounds and distant hills flecked with sheep. The hotel is also situated right on the edge of Killarney National Park, offering guests a range of activities and excursions to enjoy, including hiking the McGillycuddy Reeks, or more leisurely walking around the Lower Lake.
The Hideaway at Dromquinna Manor – Co. Kerry
The ultimate luxury camping experience on the Dromquinna Manor estate in County Kerry. The Hideaway is the ultimate surrender to serenity. Perched atop a wooded cliff and with stunning lake-side views from your own private veranda. If you’re looking for the ultimate retreat, with just birdsong and lapping water as your soundtrack, then look no further than the Hideaway.
The luxurious tent is equipped with everything you need for complete comfort, including a private en-suite bathroom, King-Size Wilderness Bed made up with crisp white linen and goose down duvet and pillows, plush towels, your own private veranda with armchairs, a variety of books, magazines and boardgames. Breakfast will be delivered to the Hideaway each morning of your stay, so you can stay in your bubble of peace and tranquillity a little longer.
Dunowen House – Co. Cork
A unique private rental and the former home of Noel Redding, bass guitarist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. The main house has 6 luxurious, individually decorated suites, with magnificent canopy beds, and huge standalone bathtubs in some of the rooms.
Dunowen House is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere for a family get-together or an elegant getaways for a group of friends. The main house can sleep 18 with the separate Orchard Cottage catering for an additional 5 people
Dunowen is close to some beautiful beaches along the coast of Cork, including Sands Cove, just a 10 minute walk away, and perfect for a picnic, BBQ, a quiet read, or a spot of rock pool hunting. Other activities nearby surfing and paddle boarding, horse riding , fishing and golf.
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