Ireland’s traditions of hospitality go back decades, if not centuries.
Dublin, Ire. – Several Ireland’s Blue Book members are celebrating important anniversaries, emphasizing their longevity and “specialness” among Ireland’s luxury hotels. In a time when hotels come and go, these unique properties and restaurants have stood the test of time, and continue to provide the finest in luxury accommodations and delectable cuisine to guests, year after year.
Park Hotel Kenmare – 120 years
Since 1897, world travelers have enjoyed the five-star Park Hotel Kenmare and its renowned restaurant offering five- and seven-course tasting menus. Set overlooking Kenmare Bay in the heart of Ireland’s scenic countryside, the hotel offers 46 spacious bedrooms and suites furnished with antiques and original art, and some with a full sea view or private veranda. Park Hotel Kenmare is known for its destination spa SÁMAS, offer healing and therapeutic traditions from the East and West. www.parkkenmare.com
Bushmills Inn – 30 years
Situated a stone’s throw away from The Giant’s Causeway, Royal Portrush, Dunluce Castle and Game of Thrones filming locations, the 41-bedroom Bushmills Inn maintains the tone of historic Ireland with its roaring peat fires, nooks and crannies, the gaslight-lit bar and a secret library. www.bushmillsinn.com
Castle Leslie Estate – 25 years
Steeped in history and full of character and charm, Castle Leslie Estate offers the ultimate Irish rural escape. Nestled on 1,000 acres of rolling countryside, the gem of this property is its great Irish castle, with its authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality. The Lodge country house hotel features 29 bedrooms, all true to the original building’s structure. www.castleleslie.com.
The Merrion Hotel – 20 years
Dublin’s most stylish five-star hotel, The Merrion, sits opposite government buildings in the city center. It was created from four Georgian townhouses with stunningly-restored interiors that provide the backdrop for one of Ireland’s most impressive art collections, and features a contemporary Garden Wing. The Merrion offers 142 bedrooms and suites arranged around beautifully-manicured gardens, two bars and two restaurants including the two-Michelin Star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. www.merrionhotel.com
The Tannery – 20 years
What makes The Tannery special are its original and welcoming experiences in Irish food created by chef/owner Paul Flynn using fresh Waterford ingredients, ever-changing menus and mouth-watering focus on local produce. The Tannery Townhouse offers 14 compact and cozy bedrooms in the heart of downtown in the seaside town of Dungarvan, nearby to the Cooper Coast and the Comeragh Mountains. www.tannery.ie.
The Ice House – 10 years
A wonderful combination of old and new through the marriage of the original 18th-century building with contemporary styling, The Ice House offers 32 bedrooms and suites providing panoramic views to the river Moy on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Guests can be pampered with VOYA treatments in the Chill Spa, relax in the thermal suite, outdoor tubs and barrel sauna, and enjoy fabulous food by Chef Anthony Holland. www.theicehouse.ie.
Rosleague Manor – 50 years
A beautifully-situated Georgian house on 30 acres of secluded woodland overlooking Ballinakill Bay, Rosleague Manor has been lovingly converted into a first-class hotel with a Victorian-style conservatory and delightful drawing rooms with open fireplaces, and 16 bedrooms individually decorated and featuring fine antiques and paintings. Guests delight in fine dining on fresh, local ingredients at the Rosleague Connemara restaurant, with local seafood like Cleggan Bay Crab and line-caught Mackerel and Connemara lamb its specialties. Rosleague Manor is located one mile from the Connemara National Park and 5 minutes from Kylemore Abbey and its walled gardens for off-site excursions. www.rosleague.com
Marlfield House – 40 years
Marlfield House is a beautifully-restored Regency-period house offering 19 elegant and luxurious bedrooms and staterooms filled with gleaming antiques and paintings, and overlooking 36 acres of grounds and gardens. Its reputation was greatly built upon its fine dining experience, and Marlfield House is considered to be one of the finest restaurants in Gorey, Co. Wexford, featuring the freshest ingredients gathered daily. In addition, the Duck terrace restaurant, café and bar provides a casual alterative, offering European food in its converted courtyard buildings. Marlfield also hosts exclusive-use house weddings. www.marlfieldhouse.com
Many of Ireland’s Blue Book members are rooted in the history and traditions of Ireland often tracing back for hundreds of years. Whether travelers are looking for the unique experience of an ancient castle or the convenience of an in-town stay, Ireland’s Blue Book has something for everyone.
Create your own long-lasting legacy at one—or more—of Ireland’s Blue Book’s properties.
About Ireland’s Blue Book
Ireland’s Blue Book is a unique collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Georgian Manor Houses, Stately Castles, Luxury Boutique Hotels and Designer Lodges, and Michelin-star Restaurants representing the finest of Ireland’s hospitality, accommodations and cuisine. Activities range from golf, fishing, spas, area tours, horseback riding and cookery schools to relaxation in warm and comfortable surroundings.
To maintain exclusivity and represent its bespoke high standards, Ireland’s Blue Book members must be invited to join, and a “vote in” of 75% is required by the current membership. Characteristics of Ireland’s Blue Book members include uniqueness, environmental awareness, high standards and self-regulation, as well as fine and award-winning cuisine.
Ireland’s Blue Book is the sole Irish representative association of Europe’s leading heritage accommodation provider – Historic Hotels of Europe. Learn more about Ireland’s Blue Book properties or reservations can be made at www.irelands-blue-book.ie or 800.323.5463.
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