Summer Staycations with Ireland’s Blue Book

If like me you have wanderlust kicking in and are itching to take a break away then your best option in the coming weeks is a staycation. If you aren’t sure where to go for a break in Ireland, then I have some wonderful properties for you to totally spoil yourself this summer and autumn. Some of you may even have a little extra in your pocket if you haven’t been lured into shopping online during the lockdown so this might be the perfect time to try a little luxury that you wouldn’t normally think is within your reach. Ireland’s Blue Book properties would love to see Blue Book Gift Vouchers coming through.  Some people will think that paying directly by credit card or cash is the best way to support one of the country house hotels, historic houses, castles and restaurants located around the island of Ireland.  However, Ireland’s Blue Book Vouchers can be used in any of the 56 properties, for relaxing overnight stays, delicious meals, luxury spa breaks and more.

Wineport Lodge, Co. Westmeath 

Supper and Stay 

From: €280 total stay 

Includes: A night of lakeside luxury lodge style with made to order breakfast (room service optional) with the morning paper and a delicious casual supper in The Grapevine. 

Set on the banks of Lough Ree, enjoy an evening drink nestled in nature and surrounded by water. In good weather there are plenty of alfresco places to sit and enjoy the peaceful location. 

To Book: Visit or call 090 643 9010 


Newforge House, Co. Armagh 

Dusk Til Dawn 

From: £220 total stay 

Includes: An overnight stay in one of the bespoke ensuite bedrooms, the best “Ulster Fry” cooked to order, tea/coffee & homemade bakes on arrival and a 3-course dinner. 

Available Tuesday – Friday.

Escape for a night away in Ireland’s Blue Book’s “Dinkiest” Country House! Take a stroll in the gardens, watch the chickens in the orchard, read a book by the fire or simply get busy doing nothing.  

Set in 40 acres on the edge of the village of Magheralin, with views of mature gardens and green fields, the lovingly restored 18th century home offers peace and tranquility. 

To Book: Visit or call +44 (0)28 926 11255 


Coopershill House, Co. Sligo 

Country House Romance – 2 nights 

From: €550 total stay

Includes: Two nights B&B and one four course evening meal. 

Set on a 500-acre private estate, escape to the peace and quiet of rural Sligo at Coopershill. There are just 8 luxury bedrooms so this is a truly quiet place where we take the time to make you feel welcome and relaxed in a beautiful 18th century mansion. Golf and wonderful activities such as kayaking and hill walking are only a short drive away. 

To Book: Visit or call 071 916 5108 


Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan 

Overnight Escape at The Lodge 

From: €195 per person sharing 

Includes: One night’s fabulous accommodation at The Lodge, a full hearty Irish breakfast, a delicious light lunch for two and a mouth-watering Table d’hôte dinner.  

Unwind and enjoy the 1,000-acre countryside Estate with its glistening lakes, ancient woodlands and numerous walking trails. 

To Book: Visit or call 047 88100 


Ballyfin Demesne, Co. Laois 

From: €600 per person Bed & Breakfast 

With only twenty rooms for the 614-acre estate, this 5-star luxury hotel is the perfect place for a break from the stresses of the modern world and provides discretion and privacy like few other destinations. It is also the ideal place to take over for a very special celebration. 

Among the outdoor activities offered at Ballyfin are coarse fishing on the lake, which has a large stock of roach and pike, croquet, clay pigeon shooting, tennis, archery and falconry. 

To Book: Visit or call 05787 55866 


Glin Castle, Co. Limerick 

From: Minimum two-night stay required 

 Low season (January – April, October – December, excluding Christmas, New Year and Easter):  

€5,000 per night

High Season (May – September): €9,500 per night 

Glin Castle, home for 800 years of the FitzGerald family, hereditary Knights of Glin, stands in the middle of its 400-acre wooded demesne on the banks of the Shannon.  

The castle is available to hire exclusively for private rental accommodation, events, weddings, golf tours and group tours of castle and gardens. 

It is also the perfect venue for any number of corporate activities; from executive lunches and dinners, product launches, team building activity days and day conferences. Glin Castle can tailor a package to suit your needs. 

To Book: Visit or call 087 329 4575 



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