Dublin, IRE. – A trip to Ireland can be transformed into a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a stay at one of Ireland’s Blue Book’s unique hotels. Here are just a few of the exclusive and individual properties found among its members:
Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo
For almost two centuries, the Clare Island Lighthouse has stood guard at the entrance to Clew Bay, perched high on the craggy cliffs off Ireland’s western Atlantic coast. Once providing safe passage for sailors, this heritage property now offers an uncommon sanctuary for travelers. Lovingly transformed into a fully-catered luxury accommodation, the Lighthouse offers a restorative haven surrounded by sea views, an inspiring natural environment, and an unhurried island pace. To focus on the beautiful scenery, interiors are uncluttered and sleek, yet exceedingly comfortable. And since there are no televisions (Wi-Fi is available), guests can totally relax and socialize in the welcoming warmth of the guest suites, kitchen, drawing room or library. Five bedrooms/suites.
The Shannon Princess, Co. Westmeath
Shannon Princess is a luxury hotel barge that cruises exclusively along the fabled River Shannon to explore its natural beauty, unspoiled landscapes, wild fowl reserves, history, antiquity and folklore. Privately owned and operated by husband-and-wife couple Ruairi and Olivia Gibbons and a professional crew, it combines the thrill of boating with delicious food and renowned Irish hospitality; an unforgettable experience of contemporary luxury combined with casual informality. Onboard amenities include air conditioning and a deck-side pool. Itinerary choices include: Classic, Walking, Golf and Family Cruises. Cruises are 6 nights/7 days and Shannon Princess can be booked on an individual cabin basis or as a charter for private parties up to 10 guests. 5 en suite cabins.
Glenlo Abbey, Co. Galway
Glenlo Abbey is a Five-Star hotel nestled peacefully on a stunning 138-acre resort on the edge of Ireland’s largest lake: Lough Corrib. Dating back to 1740, and built by one of the historic Tribes of Galway members as a country house just outside the old town, it offers scenic views and ample walking for those looking to explore the rugged landscapes of Connemara, and fresh air activities including golf, fishing, falconry and archery. Inside, open log fires warmly welcome guests who can relax in one of the many reception rooms or view a movie in the Abbey Movie Theatre. Guests dine aboard the award-winning Pullman Restaurant, set on two original Orient Express carriages (one was used in the 1974 movie Murder on the Orient Express). The adjacent 18th-century Abbey is perfect for banquets, occasions and intimate weddings. 50 bedrooms and suites.
Bushmills Inn, Co. Antrim
In the early 1600s this Coaching Inn was a favorite stop for visitors en route to the Giant’s Causeway. As one of Ireland’s most well-known and luxurious hotels, the award-winning Bushmills Inn has been faithfully restored, extended and refurbished to an exceptionally-high standard, while maintaining the quaint and atmospheric ambiance of the Inn’s bygone days. Guests can enjoy the Taste of Ulster Restaurant and wine cellar created from the original 17th century stables that overlook the Garden Courtyard, and sample the world-famous Bushmills whiskey from the Inn’s private cask in the traditional Gas Bar while enjoying live Irish music. Located a stone’s throw from the Old Bushmills Distillery, Royal Portrush Golf Club and Dunluce Castle. 41 guestrooms.
Hunters Hotel, Co. Wicklow
Ireland’s oldest coaching inn, Hunters Hotel offers a long-standing tradition of friendliness, hospitality and good food in the welcoming hands of the 5th generation of the same family. Voted as one of “Ireland’s Top Ten Most Beautiful Hotels,” it is set in two acres of renowned gardens on the banks of the River Vartry in Co. Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland, and just five minutes from Mount Usher Gardens, one of Ireland’s most celebrated gardens. Most guestrooms overlook the flower-filled gardens, and there are still two ancient Yew trees at the bottom of the garden near the river. Originally developed in the mid-1600s, it maintains its old-world charm. In addition to area gardens, nearby activities include fifteen 18-hole golf courses (notably Druid’s Glen and the European), horseback riding and walking. 16 guestrooms.
Create truly unique memories at one of Ireland’s Blue Book’s distinctive hotel 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.