We’ve selected three of the best private rentals for family gatherings this summer …
For reunion stays or “bubble breaks” 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. We’ve selected three of the best private rentals. Ireland’s Blue Book Vouchers are welcomed at all the properties.
Dunowen House, Co Cork
Dunowen House is a luxury 18th-century property on the Wild Atlantic Way, close to Clonakilty. Surrounded by private coves and beaches, guests get the chance to experience West Cork and indulge in a range of activities from surfing to kayaking and from hiking to fishing. Carefully restored, Dunowen House showcases its unique rock and roll heritage, as the former home of Noel Redding, bass guitarist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. A music room is dedicated to memorabilia, vintage posters and music magazines. There are only six bedrooms, all individual in style showcasing the owners’ love of interior design. Also located on the property is the luxurious self-catering Orchard Cottage which sleeps five. When you stay at Dunowen House, it is yours exclusively – ideal for families, friends, celebrations and events; www.dunowenhouse.ie.
Glin Castle, Co Limerick
Glin Castle, home for 800 years of the FitzGerald family, hereditary Knights of Glin, stands proudly in its 400-acre wooded demesne on the banks of the River Shannon in Co Limerick. The castle is available to hire exclusively for private rental accommodation, events, weddings, golf tours, as a film location, and for group tours of the castle and gardens, with lunch. The team can tailor a package to suit your needs. The castle comprises 15 enchanting en-suite bedrooms, a grand hall, dining room, library, elegant light drawing room and cosy TV sitting room, all with open fires. To learn more about this impressive property, follow this link. The professional catering kitchen can provide for up to 85 people; www.glin-castle.com.
Longueville House, Co Cork
Set in 500 acres of wooded estate in the heart of the Blackwater Valley, Longueville House is a Georgian heritage mansion (dating from 1720) owned and run by the O’Callaghan family. This gorgeous house usually accommodates groups of up to 18 guests and is available to rent exclusively. Should your party require more bedroom space this can be arranged (with space for an additional eleven guests available). Longueville House also offers a smaller five bedroom property, adjacent to the main house, known as The Courtyard Mews. This can accommodate small groups of up to ten guests; www.longuevillehouse.ie.
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.