First Look: Ireland's Blue Book unveils six new members for 2016
Ireland's Blue Book is adding six new properties to its collection of hotels, country houses and restaurants for 2016.
Joining the collection are Browns Restaurant in Derry, the Killarney Royal, No.1 Pery Square in Limerick and Viewmount House, Co. Longford.
Coolmore Manor in Co. Donegal and the Shannon Princess barge, based in Co. Westmeath, are also joining as luxury private rentals.
Ballyfin, one of Ireland's most expensive hotels, is resigning from the Blue Book for 2016 - as is Stella Maris Country House in Co. Mayo.
This brings the total of 49 the total number of hotels, restaurants, country houses and private rentals in one of Europe’s premier collections - membership of which is notoriously difficult to achieve.
Here’s what you can look forward to from the new members:
Browns Restaurant, Derry
Ian Orr & Marcus Roulston's restaurant is a focal point of Derry's food scene, a multi-award winning eatery sure to feature heavily in Northern Ireland's Year of Food & Drink 2016. Located in the heart of Derry overlooking the River Foyle, Browns is the sister restaurant to Ardtara Country House.
Details: A three-course set menu costs £21.95/€31, with a six-course tasting menu priced at £40/€57. See brownsrestaurant.com.
Killarney Royal, Co. Kerry
The Scally family has been welcoming guests to its four-star boutique hotel for three generations (and over 100 years). Luxurious accommodation, gracious hospitality, innovative cuisine and a town centre location make it the ideal abode from which to explore the bustling town of Killarney, according to Ireland's Blue Book.
Details: Going to press, the Killarney Royal had B&B with dinner from €64.50pp on special offer. See killarneyroyal.ie.
No.1 Pery Square, Co. Limerick
Patricia Roberts' town house hotel comprises of 20 bedrooms overlooking the Georgian People's Park in Limerick. Bedrooms are individually styled, the hotel has its own boutique spa, and the reputation of Sash restaurant is growing. Whatever about the Blue Book, it's definitely one for your Little Black Book.
Details: One Pery Square has B&B from €99 per night on special, with an overnight break including dinner at Sash from €109pp. See oneperysquare.com.
Read more: 10 Great Reasons to Visit Limerick
Viewmount House, Co. Longford
Beryl and James Kearney's 17th century country house is a reason in itself to visit Longford, surrounded as it is by four acres of gardens. Open fires, antique furniture and Irish literature abound, while Gary O'Hanlon's VM Restaurant is the icing on the cake - it was Georgina Campbell's Restaurant of the Year in 2014.
Details: Double rooms were available from €130 going to press, with VM's a la carte dinner menu from €60. See viewmounthouse.com.
Two new private rentals have also been inducted into the 2016 edition - the Schwander family's 19th century Coolmore Manor in Donegal and Shannon Princess, a boutique hotel barge cruising the River Shannon.
For more see irelands-blue-book.ie.