Kevin Dundon's Dunbrody voted world's best luxury country house
Luxury Travel Guide
Dunbrody Country House hotel has been named Luxury Country House of the Year by the Luxury Travel Guide.
Owned and operated by Kevin and Catherine Dundon, the Blue Book country house scooped the international accolade for its "authentic charm, relaxed ambiance and top class dining experience", it said in a press release.
“Since opening our doors in 1997, Catherine and I have striven to deliver excellence in all we do here at Dunbrody House," said Kevin Dundon.
"This award will hopefully focus increased interest in the Hook Peninsula, an idyllic part of the country," he added (see gallery above).
The UK-based Luxury Travel Guide (ltgawards.com) is a travel and lifestyle resource for Corporate LiveWire, geared towards an affluent corporate audience.
Its annual Luxury Travel Guide (LTG) Awards celebrate excellence across all sectors of global tourism, with voting open to subscribers, hotel guests and industry experts.
The awards are sponsored by United Airlines.
As well as luxury rooms and fine dining, Dunbrody offers guests a spa and cookery school in its plush country setting at Arthurstown, Co. Wexford.
Going to press, a 'Bed & Breakfast Retreat' was priced from €95pp, with a residential one-day cookery course from €225pp.
The news comes just months after Ashford Castle was voted world's best hotel by another luxury travel network, Virtuoso, and Conde Nast Traveler readers named four Irish hotels among Europe's Top 10 resorts.
Trump International Gold Links & Hotel (No.2) in Co. Clare, Mayo's Ashford Castle (No.4), Wicklow's Powerscourt Hotel (No.8) and Sheen Falls Lodge in Co. Kerry (No.10) all made the prestigious list.
The full list of LTG award-winners will be announced shortly.