Ireland’s Blue Book is adding four new properties to its elite collection of country houses, hotels and restaurants for 2015.
Joining the collection are Ghan House in Carlingford, Co. Louth; Campagne restaurant in Kilkenny and Restaurant Forty One in Dublin.
Sea View House, a four-bedroom hideaway set against the background of Ben Bulben in Co. Sligo, is also joining Ireland’s Blue Book as a private rental.
The additions bring to 47 the number of boutique hotels, restaurants and country houses in one of Europe’s premier collections – membership of which is notoriously difficult to achieve, and highly-prized as a result.
Garret Byrne and Bríd Hannon’s Kilkenny restaurant is now a firmly established star in the Irish foodie scene, winning a coveted Michelin star in 2013.
Opening in 2008 (Byrne previously worked in Dublin’s Chapter One), the emphasis has been on high quality seasonal produce with French influences. The chic, contemporary rooms are set beneath the old railway arches on Gas House Lane.
Ghan House, Carlingford
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Dating from 1727, Ghan House (pictured above) is the standout accommodation in medieval Carlingford – a listed Georgian House set within three acres of walled gardens.
Located “a tree-length” from the characterful Louth resort, the country house hotel comes with 12 bedrooms (four in the main house, and eight garden rooms) and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant. The gourmet getaway is just an hour from Dublin and Belfast.
Restaurant Forty One, Dublin
Overlooking St. Stephen’s Green from the plush setting of private members’ club, Residence, Restaurant Forty One is one of the plushest dining destinations in Dublin.
Graham Neville was Food & Wine Magazine’s 2014 Chef of the Year, and he and his team work to create delicate, elegant dishes using the finest ingredients, including herbs and vegetables from their own garden in Kenah Hill, Killiney, Co. Dublin.
Sea View House, Co. Sligo
The Blue Book doesn’t just do hotels and country houses – it also has three properties available for private rental: Screebe House in Connemara, the Martello Tower in Sutton and, as of now, Sea View House in Rosses Point.
The new addition is a luxury hideaway overlooking Drumcliff and Ben Bulben, nestled in 14 acres of meadow, and with private access to a pebble beach.
It comes with four double bedrooms, and a two-bed apartment.