Gift ideas from Ireland’s Blue Book

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Treat your loved one to a reminder of their favourite place to stay with these gorgeous gift hampers from stunning Irish hotels and restaurants

In partnership with Ireland’s Blue Book

A gourmet food hamper is an unforgettable Christmas gift, and who better to curate a decadent selection of food and drink than leading hoteliers? Several of the Ireland’s Blue Book properties have curated their own range of hampers, so that you can gift someone a taste of their favourite place to stay. Filled with festive delicacies and signature favourites, these gift hampers will wow.

Dax Restaurant, Dublin

Dax Restaurant will be selling Christmas Gift Boxes, which include carefully chosen wines from owner Olivier and vouchers that can be used in the restaurant. There are 4 boxes to choose from, the first starting at €135. Visit for more information.

Virginia Park Lodge, Co. Cavan

Chef Richard Corrigan created a luxury Christmas Day hamper, including roast turkey wellington, honey and English mustard glazed ham hock, duck fat potatoes and Corrigan’s Christmas pudding with brandy custard. It is available for collection from Virginia Park Lodge and delivery across counties Meath, Cavan and Dublin. The hamper, priced at €275, feeds up to six people and comes in a beautiful wicker basket packed full of festive favourites. One of the hampers will include a ‘Golden Ticket’ giving guests a chance to win an overnight stay at the Gate Lodge Cottage, sleeping up to four guests. Visit for more information.

Castle Grove Country House, Co. Donegal

Castle Grove’s food ethos has always been around using locally sourced produce from within Donegal and fruit and vegetables from their heritage four acre walled garden. Their Christmas hampers include soy ginger cured salmon, smoked chicken and cranberry terrine, walled garden tomato relish and Castle Grove rhubarb and ginger gin, and there are up to 25 items in the hampers. They are accepting orders for their Christmas Hampers from now until December 8th with delivery or collection available from December 10th-20th. Prices start from €75. To order, call 074 915 1118 or email

Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork

The Ballymaloe House Hamper will be packed full of delicious goodies including JR’s Ballymaloe Christmas pudding, a bottle of exclusive Ballymaloe Garden Gin, their favourite olive oil, coffee, Ballymaloe bread mix, homemade fudge, oat biscuits, marmalade and so much more beautifully packaged and including unique unmistakably Ballymaloe small blue and white gingham tablecloth and napkins. Prices start from €395.

They are also offering a Ballymaloe Wine Connoisseur Bag, which includes four bottles of extremely special wines from the Ballymaloe wine cellar (from €299) and a Ballymaloe Garden Gin gift set including a bottle of our exclusive Garden Gin, two large balloon gin glasses and Poachers tonic water (from €75). Ballymaloe are also offering a golden ticket in every 20 hampers sold. This golden ticket will be inviting the recipient and a guest to Ballymaloe House for lunch. Visit for more information.

Longueville House, Co. Cork

Longueville House are offering Cider Hampers, starting from €16. The kits range from Hot Cider packs to larger Christmas hampers. Longueville House Beverages has been fermenting Cider and distilling Ireland’s only Brandy now for over 30 years, only using heritage, heirloom cider apples namely Michelin and Dabinett apples grown in their orchards on the estate of their 18th century Country Manor House Hotel in the beautiful Blackwater valley in Cork. Visit for more information.

Ireland’s Blue Book Gift Vouchers

Ireland’s Blue Book gift vouchers can be used in over 50 romantic country houses, historic hotels, castles and restaurants throughout the island of Ireland. With a choice of elegant Georgian manors, stately castles, historic hotels, luxury boutique hotels, designer lodges and gourmet restaurants, there is something for everyone.

For those looking for a gourmet getaway or seeking a scenic retreat, there is somewhere perfect for them in the Blue Book. We offer the perfect places to switch off and escape from it all. For those desiring a more active break there is fishing, golf, cycling and equestrian pursuits. Included in the collection are some indulgent spas for those looking to be spoiled.

The collection includes the five-star Merrion Hotel, Dublin; Park Hotel Kenmare, Co. Kerry; Glenlo Abbey, Galway and Hayfield Manor, Cork, Mount Juliet Estate, Co Kilkenny and Ballyfin Demesne, Co Laois. Also included are Gregans Castle, Co. Clare; Dunbrody House, Co. Wexford, Ballymaloe House, Co. Cork and Dublin restaurants Chapter One, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, l’Ecrivain and Dax Restaurant.

For more information or to purchase gift vouchers please see or call 01 6769914.