If you’ve been longing to reconnect with friends and are in search of inspiration Ireland’s Blue Book offers an impressive range of discreet, luxuriously appointed properties. Comprising country house hotels, elegant Georgian manors, stately castles, historic hotels, luxury boutique hotels and barges there is something to suit all tastes and requirements. Ireland’s Blue Book Vouchers are welcomed at all the properties.
No.1 Pery Sq, Co Limerick
Overlooking the tree-lined Peoples’ Park in Limerick’s historic Georgian Quarter, No.1 Pery Square is a luxurious boutique bolthole, perfect for a weekend away with girlfriends. The townhouse comprises 20 bedrooms all individually named and styled, with a Voya spa tucked away in its basement vaults. As for the food – with its own kitchen garden and boutique wine shop – guests can dine at Sash or for lighter snacks and meals in the Park room lounge. Afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco is served at weekends. Nearby, guests can enjoy the wonderful Hunt Museum, King John’s Castle and riverside walks; www.oneperysquare.com.
Wineport Lodge, Co Westmeath
Nestled on the lakeshore, surrounded by woodland, Wineport Lodge is a haven of natural beauty and cosy laid back luxury. It has all the ingredients of the perfect girly getaway. Relaxation is effortless at Wineport’s Treatment Suite and their expert therapists are ready to pamper with a soothing range of body treatments and the most indulgent beauty care. Its rustic outdoor cedar-clad hot tub is perfectly placed to enjoy the amazing views across the lake in complete tranquillity. For the more adventurous, why not sail the lake on one of the bespoke boat trips, or explore the woodland on bike or foot. Afternoon Tea in the Grapevine Lounge is served daily from 1pm – 4pm and dinner is served each evening from 5pm in an idyllic setting overlooking the lake; www.wineport.ie.
The Wilder, Dublin City Centre
This chic city hideaway is located in one of Dublin’s most affluent neighbourhoods on the tree-lined Adelaide Road. As a residents-only boutique townhouse every bedroom at The Wilder Townhouse has been uniquely designed to offer a relaxing and memorable stay – divine details include Maison Margiela toiletries, This Works Lavender pillow sprays and sleep masks. In the evening, relax with your friends at The Gin and Tea Rooms which serves a large selection of bespoke craft gin, while in the morning there is a delicious home cooked breakfast using artisan produce. A late checkout allows you to linger and enjoy this pretty hideaway fully; www.thewilder.ie.
Ice House, Co Mayo
Perched on the banks of the Moy, with stunning views across the river and out to the Wild Atlantic Way, a trip to the Ice House is completely rejuvenating. It’s also perfect for a spa break – and facilities include five treatment suites, beauty room, steam room, outdoor sauna, experience shower, two outdoor cedar-wood hot-tubs, relaxation area, outdoor spa garden, full range of yon-ka and VOYA products. Meanwhile rooms reflect the eclectic style and laid back buzz of the hotel while the restaurant serves fabulous fresh local food in an inspiring setting. What’s not to like? www.icehousehotel.ie
Castle Leslie, Co Monaghan
Set amongst 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie is one of Ireland’s most breathtaking estates (and it’s no surprise it has been the site of many celebrity weddings). There is plenty to do at Castle Leslie Estate such as dining in the 2 AA Rosette award winning Snaffles Restaurant, exploring the estate on horseback or lounging in the spa. The West Wing Suite is a newly restored two-storey, two bedroomed suite in a private wing of Castle Leslie, the décor of which was overseen by owner Sammy Leslie. Think four poster beds, roll top baths, pretty balconies and a private spa treatment room – just right for a small group of friends or a couple to enjoy; www.castleleslie.com.
Need to know: For further information on all of the 56 properties in the Ireland’s Blue Book collection, which also includes a number of award winning restaurants, four of whom have been awarded Michelin stars, visit www.irelandsbluebook.com.
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