First Look: Brennan brothers’ new hotel and 15th-century castle make Blue Book


A 15th-century castle in Co Kilkenny, John and Francis Brennan’s new townhouse hotel in Kenmare and a centuries-old inn with links to CS Lewis are among the Blue Book’s new boltholes for 2023.

ubbrid Castle in Co Kilkenny, Perryville House and Fernhill House & Gardens in Co Cork, The Lansdowne in Co Kerry, and The Old Inn in Co Down are the five new properties added to the renowned collection of country houses, historic hotels and restaurants for next year.

The new additions bring the total number of Ireland’s Blue Book members to 63 – its largest contingent ever.

The only property to leave next year is Glin Castle in Co Limerick, a private rental. 

With B&B from €80pp, the family-run Fernhill House and Gardens in Clonakilty will be among the most affordable Blue Book members.

Michael O’Neill Jr said his family were “absolutely thrilled” to be invited to join, “as it represents the pinnacle of Irish country house hospitality”. 



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